How to get old cellular signal bars back on iOS 7

iOS7 bars - Signal Bars

iOS 7 brought big changes to the software that powers iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. One of the most noticeable change this software update brought was replacement of traditional cellular signal bars with new and more minimalistic circles. While many people liked the new signal indicators others hated them and wished to get the old ones back.

If you are one of those who would like to get the iOS 6 like signals on your iOS 7 powered device then you are in luck. A new visual hack for jailbroken iOS devices has been released called iOS7 Bars, which brings back the cellular bars to iOS 7.

It is a simple hack that can be applied using the WinterBoard app. While installing iOS7 Bars is simple enough there are a few extra steps that you need to perform before it would work for you.

Update: The ‘iOS7 Bars’ is no longer available in Cydia. You can install ‘Signal Bars iOS7 Theme‘ from Cydia’s BigBoss repo and get the same functionality.

Here’s how to get old cellular signal bars back on iOS 7

  1. On your jailbreak broken device install WinterBoard if you do not have it already.
  2. Now search for ‘iOS7 Bars’ in Cydia and once you find it simply install it.
  3. Next you need to open iFile app and go to var/mobile/library/Caches/ directory and delete the ‘Images’ folder found in there.
  4. You can delete the ‘Images’ folder simply by swiping towards right side on it.
  5. Exit iFile app and launch WinterBaord. Go to ‘Select Themes’ screen and select iOS7 Bars from the list. Respring your device.

Now you should have the classic signal bars in your status bar. Enjoy!

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  1. just wondering if you don’t end up keeping winterboard how hard is it to revert back to the circular signal strength indicator

          1. I’ve done some digging on iOS 8 it looks like they might be encrypted because I can’t see the images anymore. Is it safe to still follow the same process?

    1. zotddt has “bars and battery” – default repo if you didn’t delete it, but it says it makes ios 6 look like 7, i want the opposite

  2. i did this thing.. actually you can put any signal themes whether its not ios 7 compatible.. just always delete the ui/statusbar folder whenever you change signal problem is i cant installed colored signal themes, it always show black and white icon wheter i put colored signal bars..

  3. wow thanks alot if anyone is having trouble just go to cydia on search type ios 7 bars then it should say ios 7 bars and battery thats the one you need to download it acually works thanks 🙂 btw follow me on twiter @U_WuV_MeH

  4. Can somebody post the exact name or a screen shot of the “iOS 7 Bars” theme for Winterboard? Searching cydia for “iOS 7 Bars” returns hundreds of options, none of which says exactly “iOS 7 Bars”…

    1. Its certainly not fake as I am using it on my iPhone for several weeks. Its strange why its not appearing in search for some users.
      Its under ModMyi.

      1. Can you upload the file contents somewhere and post a link. Cuz I did have it but deleted it and now it’s no longer available. Thanks.

  5. let’s say u got the iOS 6 bars, but then you’ve decided to get back the iOS 7 circle bar, how do you get it back? thanks

  6. try this .. download facebook 1.0 its under ZodTTD from cydia and activate it from winterboard after it rispring u will get the ios6 cellular signal .. hope it will help

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