If you’ve successfully jailbroken your iPhone and wondering what next, then here are our best jailbreak tweaks and apps that are available in Cydia that you must check out.
We’ve picked jailbreak apps and tweaks that will allow you to customize your iPhone in your own unique way and also add functionality to your iPhone that is currently not available in iOS.
Activator allows you to invoke actions using shortcuts from anywhere in the iOS. You would be surprised by the number of shortcuts you can use such as double tap on the status bar, triple tap the Home button, double press the sleep button to trigger stock actions or launch an app or go to the Settings toggle. It offers almost limitless shortcuts to make it easier to use your iPhone.
Activator is a must-have jailbreak tweak for advanced users.
SBSettings offers a faster way to access iPhone Settings from any app without going through the hassle of exiting the app and launching the Settings app. Jailbreak app developers can also create custom toggles for SBSettings that can be installed from Cydia, which can then be quickly accessed by users via SBSettings. You can access SBSettings either by swiping on the Status bar or via the Notification Center.
WinterBoard is one of the most popular jailbreak apps that allows you to download custom themes from Cydia, that can be applied to change the look and feel of your iOS device.
WinterBoard allows you change the icons, modify`the look and feel of status bar, dock, lock screen, change the font and lots more. You can also customize all kinds of system sound with Winterboard. Another great feature of WinterBoard is that there is no limit on the themes you can install and you can also mix & match several themes together.
Springtomize allows you to customize every aspect of the iOS but it uses a differ%nt approach compared to Winterboard, which is why the two jailbreak tweaks compliment each other quite well (with some overlap).
With Springtomize you can do things such as increase the number of apps in the dock to 10, give the dock a cool coverflow effect, change the duration of the system-wide animations, remove the page limits, customize the default animations, the lock screen, enable app switcher in landscape mode, hide icons of stock apps, resize icons and lots more.
Notification Center is easily one of the best features of iOS 5, but IntelliScreenX makes it even better by adding tons of features such as the ability to access it from the Lock screen, allows you to access the full text of the email and Calendar items directly within Notification Center, access Facebook news feed, Twitter timeline, RSS feed from anywhere in the iOS from the Notification Center. It also adds useful badges for missed email, SMS, phone calls, and silent status in the status bar. Messages+ which enhances the Messages app also comes built into IntelliScreenX.
Alternative: You can also check out LockInfo, which adds tons of features to your Lock screen.
One of the things badly missing in iOS is a file manager. iFile fills that gap by offering a complete file manager and viewer for the iPhone. It even gives access to device files like Finder on the Mac. It also allows you to edit text files and property lists, which can be quite useful occasionally.
My3G is a jailbreak tweak that will make “Wi-Fi only” iPhone apps “believe” that they are running over a Wi-Fi network even though your iPhone is connect to the 3G network thus allowing you to use such “Wi-Fi only” apps over a 3G network.
Alternative: 3G Unrestrictor 5 ($3.99)
MyWi turns your iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Share your WiFi signal via your own WiFi Hotspot or via USB. This allows your iPhone to be connected to a WiFi hotspot, and share that connection to other devices via it’s own Wi-Fi Hotspot.
However, please be careful as jailbreak apps such as MyWi can get you in trouble with your carrier.
biteSMS is one of the best alternatives for the Messages app. It includes number of features like Quick Reply, Quick Compose from Notification Center, scheduled messages, delivery reports, signatures, displays Contact photos etc. that are not available in the native app.
Cost: Ad free version $8.99
Alternative: Messages+ ($7.99) is another good alternative, which enhances the native Messages app. As we mentioned earlier, it comes built into IntelliScreenX so you don’t have to buy it or biteSMS if you’ve already purchased IntelliScreenX.
iCaughtU is a nifty little jailbreak app that takes a picture with the front-facing camera when someone enters the wrong passcode or tries to turn off your iPhone. It emails the photo along with information such as location by email. The jailbreak app also prevents someone from turning off your iPhone when it is locked. You can also configure it to perform actions based on SMS commands such as playing an alarm etc.
If you want to save the trouble of reinstalling jailbreak apps and tweaks after upgrading to the latest iOS software update, then PkgBackup is a must-have. The jailbreak app takes a backup of all the packages in addition to preferences and SpringBoard files on the device or on Dropbox. You can also schedule the backups.
Zephyr brings cool multitasking gestures to the iPhone. It allows you to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to close apps, switch between apps simply by swiping left or right from the edge, smoothly swipe up to see the app switcher and swipe down on the status bar to take a peak at the Notifications and widgets.
We’ve all been there – a notification arrives on your iPhone late at night, and the screen brightness nearly blinds you for the first few seconds after unlocking. F.lux aims to solve exactly this problem by adjusting the color of your iPhone’s display to better adapt to the time of the day.
You’d be amazed to realize how relaxed your eyes feel after installing this tweak, especially if you`tend to use your iPhone just before sleeping. In addition to this, it also helps you get rid of that eerie glow on your face when using a phone at night.
As the name suggests the jailbreak tweak removes the limitation of 12 iPhone apps in a folder so you don’t have to end up creating multiple folders for games and utilities, which defeats the purpose of creating a folder to quickly find an iPhone app.
With InfiniFolders and Infinidock (another jailbreak tweak by the same developer), you can place all your apps in just one Home screen.
Some other noteworthy jailbreak apps and tweaks:
iBlacklist ($12): It allows you to block`calls, FaceTime, SMS and MMS on your iPhone. You can also configure it to redirect calls to your voicemail and lots more.
Action Menu Plus Pack ($2.99): It enhances the copy/paste menu. It allows you to quickly tweet highlighted text or lookup highlighted text on Google Search, Wikipedia, Dictionary and Google Translate. It also maintains the history of items added to the clipboard.
Curiosa (Free): The jailbreak tweak enables Notifications for Cydia updates. It can be found on Ryan’s beta repository (http://rpetri.ch/repo/).
CleverPin ($1.99): It makes passcode protection smarter. CleverPin automatically disables the passcode when you’re connected to your Home Wi-Fi network. (Warning: We observed an issue with mails downloading with no content after installing it).
CallBar ($3.99): The jailbreak tweak prevents calls from interrupting you while you’re playing an iPhone game or writing an important email or message by displaying a banner notification when you get an incoming call. It also gives you an option to answer, decline or dismiss the call from the banner notification.
Reveal ($1.99): The jailbreak tweak allows you to scroll through text in the banner notification or the notification on the Lock screen, so you don’t have to waste time launching the app to check the notification.
PasswordPilot Pro ($1.99): It auto-fills your password while downloading apps and updates from the App Store.
DashboardX ($1.99): This tweak brings widgets to your iPhone’s Home Screen. We’ve also started seeing custom widgets created for it.
Zeppelin (Free): Zeppelin allows you to change the carrier logo on your iPhone’s status bar.
NCSettings (Free): This jailbreak tweak adds popular Settings toggles to Notification Center. While it is no SBSettings killer, we really like the sleek look.
Barrel ($2.99): It brings cool 3D-effect while swiping between your iPhone’s Home screen. (Warning: SpringBoard crashed once after installing it in iOS 5.1.1)
Unfold (Free): It brings the cool “fold-to-unlock” concept to life. (Warning: It seems to have some compatibility issues in iOS 5.1.1)
We hope you liked our top picks of jailbreak apps and tweak. If you have any suggestions or feel we have missed a must-have jailbreak tweak or app, then please don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments.
Added My3G, MyWi, Zeppelin and NCSettings to the list.