How-to: Change the themes and icons of Sony Ericsson P1i

The p1i by default comes with a rather drab theme, and the default ones are no good either. So, to spice up the phone’s look a bit, you can always download new themes(my current one is the PSP original theme from Themebin). While changing the theme is a no-brainer – just download (or beam) the theme(.utz) file to your memory card(or phone memory), use file manager to browse to the location where the theme is saved, click on it and just apply! The new theme – including wallpapers, sound schemes will all be applied. Most themes also come with icon replacements, which replace the original icons with new ones. To check if your theme has icon replacements, Just check if there’s a folder called “resource”, present in the skin archive. IF it’s there then your theme comes with an Icon pack.

For that we’ll have to do a bit of tweaking. No, don’t worry, it won’t cause you P1i to go berserk. First, connect your p1i to the computer via the USB cable(Bluetooth won’t do) in file transfer mode. Once the memory card is detected,  browse to it. Just copy the “resource” folder from the theme folder over to your memory card. When asked to replace or overwrite, just say yes.

This is how my P1i looks, with the PSP original theme.

P1i Main Menu          P1i Standby Screen

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55 Comments on How-to: Change the themes and icons of Sony Ericsson P1i

  1. Santosh says:

    Looks good dude. I haven’t been able to find a good enough theme for my n70. If I do find one, I get bored of it quite quickly. :(

  2. Mayank says:

    Try iphone,vista themes.
    They will surely blow you.

  3. Rajesh says:

    I really hate the iPhone’s theme,so dont try em but yeah do try the Vista themes they look good on any phone !

  4. Sathya says:

    @Santosh For me, I pick one theme, then I never change it

    @Mayank, Rajesh No Vista themes for me. Right now I’m using a PSP themewith few icons from teh iPhone them. Looks good as my flickr pics show

  5. zah says:

    dont have a resource file or theme file on my P1!!! where do i find them????

  6. Sathya says:

    @Zah You can find the themes on the web – just google for Sony Ericsson P1i themes. The theme and resource file will be there with the theme archive.

  7. ricci says:

    thanks for the nice theme dude. just 1 question, im using W960, where do i save the resource folder? thanks again

  8. Sathya says:

    @ricci copy it to the root directory of your memory card, and restart your phone

  9. ricci says:

    @sathya do i copy the whole resource folder or only its contents to the root directory. note: my phone is W960i, no memory card. thanks again.

  10. Sathya says:

    @Ricci Extremely sorry for the delayed reply. Yes you copy the entire resource folder. when prompted to overwrite, jus say yes

  11. migs says:

    hi can you send me the icons? please? tnx so much.. my email is

  12. nAgen says:

    i have downloaded theme..their preview comes w/ a different icon.. but it appears that when i install them its the same as the default… i can’t understand the archieve that ur talking about

  13. Sathya says:

    @Migs you can download the icons from the link mentioned above

    @nAgen After installing the theme, you need to restart your phone for the new icons to take effect

  14. amoo hasan says:

    please send p1i icons to me

  15. erwin says:

    how to find the resource file in the file theme???…i already dowload it..but i can’t find it….can someone tech me how???????

  16. kiwiboyz says:

    Hi.Anyone has new P1i icons to download? Also am looking for a free english dictionary & the monoploy game for my SE PI1


  17. arjun says:

    i hav a w960i n i want to change the theme,but whichever theme i download comes in a zipped folder format which is not supported in the cell.

  18. Hashishmoto says:

    OMG people, read the instructions

  19. Steve says:

    I was able to install the PSP Theme and the icons. I am trying to get the default icons back, but unable to…. what should I do to get the default icons

    1. Sathya says:

      Steve – you can go back to the original icons, for this, you’ll have to delete some files, from your memory card.
      Now from your memory card, head over to Resource folder. From there, goto Apps folder, and delete ALaunchIcon.mbm file. Come back to Resource folder, enter ZSLIB folder, and delete ZSLIB.mbm file.
      Restart your phone, the original icons will be back :)

      Note that you need a tool like Swiss task manager to delete these files, or else just remove the memory card, insert it into a card reader into your laptop/desktop and delete the above mentioned files.
      DOn’t forget to restart your phone!

  20. sohail says:

    this is great

  21. carlo says:

    how can i find the skin archive? where it is located? please someone help me.. tnx..

  22. Ichan says:

    If I edit this theme in theme creator n changed the background and sound … Is the Icon back to standard os still with PSP icon?

    1. Sathya says:

      Yes, the icon sets are managed by different files.

  23. xaz says:

    sathya.sory.i still not clear how to install theme in my w960i.piz help me.i juz buy it.a.s.a.p

  24. Ichan says:

    Hi,i’ve already had a new icon for my W960 coz i’m bored with psp icon 😉 i want to ask u,do u know where i can get the right driver 4 my phone? I’ve been download 2 version but ìt still can’t explore root folder from my phone like c:/resource which i can’t find it. Please help me

    1. Jatinbajwa says:

      How u changed the icons

      1. Sathya says:

        How I’ve changed, I’ve already explained in the post, as well as comments.

  25. re3bo0t says:

    Hi Sathya, I think my problem is the same with ricci, there is no external memory card in W960i, Once I copy “resource” files to root it says “operation not permitted”. How can I solve this kind of problem?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Sathya says:

      Have you & ricci rebooted the phone after copying over the icons ?

  26. jie says:

    hi i put the “resource” to my theme folder in the memory card then what? restart my phone again???

  27. Jatinbajwa says:

    Helo frnds i hv w960i . . . Bt none of ur solution works . Plz tel me hw cn i change icons

  28. Jatinbajwa says:

    hi frnds on my w960i flash is not working but wen i open service menu and chek . . .it works . . . Bt stil it is nt working in camera option . . Plz gv me a solution

    1. Sathya says:

      Is flash enabled in the camera ? Check for that.

      1. Jatinbajwa says:

        Yes flash is enabled in camera

        1. Sathya says:

          Get your phone serviced, then.

      2. Jatinbajwa says:

        Hey frnd my 1 more que. Dat i downloaded utz themes from zedge and de r of very smal size abt max. 300kb and does nt contain any resource folder . . And the themes u suggested r of v.large size abt 5mb . . .and in rar format . . . .nw wat to do

  29. Jatinbajwa says:

    There is no themes folder and any resourcf in my file manager . . . . :( plz i need help

    1. Sathya says:

      Have you installed Caps Switch ? By default, the resource folder is not shown. Follow the steps as mentioned

  30. Jatinbajwa says:

    I downloaded capsswitch bt dnt knw hw to instal it . . . .cn u help me frm where cn i gt it?

  31. Jatinbajwa says:

    in my file manager the themes are saved in folder named document . . .nw wat to do

      1. Jatinbajwa says:

        I download and installed caps swtitch nw wat to do?

      2. Jatinbajwa says:

        Gv me any link for any application in jar or jad format . . With wici i cn unzip d zipped files

  32. Jatinbajwa says:

    Bro plz also give response to my above queery abt my flash

  33. Jatinbajwa says:

    Bro even these files are available in zip. Format n my phn dnt read dese files

    1. Sathya says:

      did you try copying them via a software like MyPhone Explorer?

  34. Jatinbajwa says:

    Bro wat to do with my phone explorer?. . .in wich format i hv to change dis zip files?

  35. Jatinbajwa says:

    Even some of the themes and softwares are available in zip format . . . Plz tel me in simplified way hw to change icons plz . . . My g.f is also bord wìth dese bulshit icns . . . I wana gv hr surprise. . . Plz help

  36. Sathya says:

    The post itself is quite simple – I’ve explained what files to copy, where to copy. Connect your phone to PC, use Windows Explorer or MyPhoneExplorer to open the folders mentioned in the post, and extract the files to these folders.
    Reboot. Its as simple as that

  37. domoto1234 says:

    my control panel, contact, calender n message icon doesnt seem to be changing. Anyone knows how to change them?

  38. Sarvesh says:

    what resource folder??how and where do i find the resource folder of the theme?

  39. samyn says:

    hey buddy..after restartinh the phone, icons diddnt change, what do you think that i’ve to d0??

  40. Lasheli D says:

    aah apa ini gimana caranya daritadi ga bisa2 terus orz

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