How to install Anemone themes on iOS 11-11.1.2 [iPhone X and below]

Coolstar’s jailbreak development toolkit allows basic theming on iOS 11. Here’s how you can install Anemone themes on iOS 11-11.1.2 firmware versions.

How is theming possible on iOS 11?

With all these tools coming out on a daily basis, it’s definitely hard to keep track of everything. Today a new tool, called Electra, was released for iOS 11 firmware.

Just like other tools, it makes use of existing exploits. However, there is one major difference between Electra and others – it comes with full Anemone theming support.

This feature is aimed at developers and power users for testing purposes. With that said, there’s no good reason as to why average users can’t use it with the right tutorial.

Anemone themes

You can now easily run Anemone themes on your device just like you do on iOS 10.

Don’t confuse this with no-jailbreak themes as your device must still be in jailbreak state.

Although Anemone now supports iOS 11, it still doesn’t work out of the box. Therefore, you must use an FTP client to manually install themes and tweaks on your device.

Which Anemone themes are compatible with iOS 11?

These popular themes are confirmed to be compatible with iPhone X and below models. You can grab them from the direct download links below.

Remember, many of these themes aren’t yet updated for iOS 11-11.1.2. Although some of them work just fine, you might experience a few annoying bugs or glitches with some themes.

I will update this list as more users report back with their results.

Requirements

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • A compatible iOS 11 version
  • A desktop-based FTP client
  • A computer running Windows, macOS, or Linux
  • Basic knowledge of SSH
  • Debian package of the desired Anemone theme

Installing Anemone themes on iPhone X and below

1. Establish an SFTP connection

Step 1 Install and run Electra jailbreak toolkit on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. This will ensure your Apple device is prepared for the upcoming theming and customization.

Step 2 Download WinSCP FTP client from this link. You can also use Cyberduck for the same purpose but I will demonstrate all the following steps with WinSCP on Windows only.

Step 3 Install WinSCP on your computer. Once it is installed, SSH into your device using the following session details.

  • File Protocol – SFTP
  • Host name – Your Wifi address (you can find this from Settings by pressing the “i” icon next to your Wifi network’s name)
  • Port number – 22
  • User name – root
  • Password – alpine

Step 4 Press Login to commence the session over SFTP. You will now get inside your iPhone’s root filesystem.

2. Extract theme files

Step 5 You must grab the Debian package of the theme you want to install using the links above.

Step 6 Open the Debian package with 7Zip.

Step 7 Unpack the data.tar archive and go to . > Library > Themes. Here are all the files of the Milkshake Anemone theme.

Step 8 Extract all the .theme folders to any location on your computer. These are the core files of the theme you want to install on your device.

3. Transfer theme files

Step 9 Navigate to this location – /bootstrap/Library. Create a new folder in this directory if it isn’t already present and name it “Themes”.

Step 10 Now simply drag the .theme folders from step 8 into this location one by one.

4. Apply the theme

Step 11 Open Anemone from your home screen.

Step 12 You can now enable any theme of your choice straight from Anemone.

Muffin Anemone theme

Step 13 If themes are absent from Anemone, you must run this command in Terminal.

-s /System/Library/Themes /Library/Themes

I suggest using this command only if themes don’t appear automatically after step 7.

Installing Anemone themes with Filza [No computer]

The above method is a bit too complicated for average users. Here’s yet another theme installation tutorial that doesn’t require you to have a computer.

Step 1 Install FilzaEscaped file manager on your device. This app will allow you to have root access without a proper jailbreak.

FilzaJailed

Step 2 Download the Debian package of the theme file from the links above.

Step 3 Open and extract the package as explained above with ZipApp free App Store application.

Step 4 The core theme folders are present in Library > Themes in the default directory in ZipApp. These themes folders will now go to ZipApp’s folder in this directory – /var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application. 

Step 5 Copy all these folders (with .theme extension) from the aforementioned location to this location – /bootstrap/library/themes.

Step 6 Apply the desired theme with Anemone.

If you are an iOS theme addict, please post the themes that are running on your device in comments below. I will update the compatibility list as soon as possible.

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