Ever wished your iOS device would play a smooth intro video whenever it’s powered on? iStartupMovie is a new jailbreak tweak that lets you do just that with little to no effort.
With this tweak, you can play any video, any video at all, before the iOS home screen is finally displayed. You could, for example, play a hilarious viral video to start off the day or just another startup animation you might find pleasant. Installing this jailbreak tweak will in no way change how your device operates. Instead, it will simply add a “iStartupMovie Manager” app to your device’s Springboard.
In order to get iStartupMovie up and running, you first need to obtain some videos, they can be either .mov or .m4v files. There’s no apparent length limit, yet please be reasonable: a device that takes 1 minute to boot won’t be all that pleasant at the end.
Once you’ve found the video of your dreams, move it to the /var/mobile/Library/Startup Movies directory using either iFile (which can be obtained from Cydia) if the video is already stored on your device, or a tool like iPhoneExplorer if the video is stored on your computer. You can move as many videos into that directory as you want, then, in order to select which one you actually want to be played at bootup, launch the iStartupMovie Manager app and just pick your preferred video. The change should take effect immediately.
In order to install this tweak, you first must jailbreak your iPhone. You can follow our step by step guide posted here to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on iOS 4.3.5 using Redsn0w (or PwnageTool), or on iOS 4.3.3 using Redsn0w, PwnageTool, Sn0wbreeze & JailbreakMe (that last one being the easiest). As with any unauthorized Apple tweak, you’re expected to have some basic iOS diagnosing knowledge, such as entering DFU mode and restoring your device, should any problems arise.
While I personally wouldn’t use this tweak, I understand the need for it, or at least the point it’s making. If you’re looking to spice up your iOS experience, this should definitely be part of your arsenal.
You can grab iStartupMovie from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for the price of free.