How to Change the iOS Spotlight Background

Searching on the iPhone or iPad can be simplified with Spotlight, which provides a one-stop location to find various different items on your device. One thing that normally can't be changed is the look of the Spotlight background. Swiping to the right on the first home screen page will bring up the default Spotlight screen, which is opaque enough to obscure the home screen background.

Clear The Air tweak Cydia iOS

Those with jailbroken devices can now change this default look to reveal the background behind search results. The effect is achieved with a slider to change Spotlight screen transparency in the Settings once the tweak Clear The Air is installed from Cydia. Like many free tweaks, Clear The Air is a simple way to change one aspect of iOS.

The tweak can be enabled or disabled from Settings -> Clear The Air and the transparency of the Spotlight screen adjusted to your liking. Another option that's provided is Keep Statusbar Opacity, which will toggle whether or not the status bar at the top of the screen is transparent.

Clear The Air is available on Cydia from the BigBoss repository for free. Check here for instructions on how to jailbreak iOS 6.x with evasi0n. You can also find out how to purchase and install Cydia tweaks with this guide.