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How-to: Change the themes and icons of Sony Ericsson P1i
about Tutorials on 30/03/2008 - like it?

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 - really? way cool!

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. :(

Written by Santosh on 01/04/2008

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

Written by Mayank on 01/04/2008

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

Written by Rajesh on 02/04/2008

@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

Written by Sathya on 06/04/2008

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

Written by zah on 08/04/2008

@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.

Written by Sathya on 09/04/2008

[…] How to install this theme ? […]

Written by Original PSP XMB Theme for W960i, W950i, M600i & P1i | on 31/08/2008

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

Written by ricci on 05/09/2008

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

Written by Sathya on 05/09/2008

@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.

Written by ricci on 07/09/2008

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

Written by Sathya on 10/09/2008

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

Written by nAgen on 22/09/2008

@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

Written by Sathya on 22/09/2008

please send p1i icons to me

Written by amoo hasan on 02/10/2008

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???????

Written by erwin on 31/10/2008

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


Written by kiwiboyz on 01/12/2008

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.

Written by arjun on 01/12/2008

OMG people, read the instructions

Written by Hashishmoto on 04/12/2008

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

Written by Steve on 09/01/2009

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!

Written by Sathya on 10/01/2009

this is great

Written by sohail on 15/02/2009

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

Written by carlo on 24/03/2009

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?

Written by Ichan on 18/04/2009

Yes, the icon sets are managed by different files.

Written by Sathya on 19/04/2009

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

Written by xaz on 09/05/2009

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

Written by Ichan on 09/05/2009

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.

Written by re3bo0t on 19/06/2009

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

Written by Sathya on 22/06/2009

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

Written by jie on 25/06/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 02/08/2009

Is flash enabled in the camera ? Check for that.

Written by Sathya on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Sathya on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Sathya on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 02/08/2009

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

Written by Sathya on 02/08/2009

I download and installed caps swtitch nw wat to do?

Written by Jatinbajwa on 03/08/2009

How u changed the icons

Written by Jatinbajwa on 03/08/2009

Yes flash is enabled in camera

Written by Jatinbajwa on 03/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 03/08/2009

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

Written by Jatinbajwa on 03/08/2009

Get your phone serviced, then.

Written by Sathya on 05/08/2009

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

Written by Sathya on 05/08/2009

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

Written by domoto1234 on 29/12/2009

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

Written by Sarvesh on 02/02/2010

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

Written by samyn on 19/02/2010

aah apa ini gimana caranya daritadi ga bisa2 terus orz

Written by Lasheli D on 03/07/2010

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