If you’re still on the fence and haven’t jailbroken your iPhone or iPad yet, then here are some of the top reasons to jailbreak iOS 8.4:
Jailbreaking will allow you customize your iOS device in every way possible. You can install themes to change the look and feel of your iPhone or you can use Winterboard that allows you to transform your iPhone into an Android phone or transform your iPad into a Mac. Jailbreak tweaks also let you add a 5-icon dock, additional row of keys to iOS’ virtual keyboard, change the carrier logo and lots more.
You can change app icons that annoy you to better versions, designed by people from the community. You can check our post on the perfect jailbroken iPhone to get an idea of how you can customize your device.
#2. Messages on Steroids
Apple revamped the Messages app and added some cool features like audio messages, self-destructing attachments and interactive notifications in iOS 8.
However, jailbreak tweaks like MessageCustomiser allow you to completely change the look and feel of the Messages app. It’s a pity that biteSMS doesn’t support iOS 8 – iOS 8.4, but tweaks like Columba have attempted to bring some biteSMS features like Quick Compose, message forwarding and scheduling, message templates and lots more to iOS 8.
#3. Enhanced Lock Screen
Tweaks like IntelliScreenX add a ton of useful information to the Notification Center and Lock Screen. The tweak adds Mail, RSS, Facebook and Twitter to the Notification Center, extends the Calendar view to 2 weeks, and adds a new way to quick reply and compose messages without having to go to the Messages app. It also adds a neat way to quickly access all these types of information from the Lock screen.
#4. Extend Control Center
With Control Center, we can only turn on or turn off 5 system toggles and have quick launch icons for 4 apps/features. CCSettings fixes this by allowing you to customize Control Center by allowing you to add extra toggles in the top row, and also extra quick launch app icons in the bottom row.
#5. For The Power User
Activator is a must-have jailbreak tweak for power users. It 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 iOS device.
Check our post on how you can supercharge your jailbroken iPhone or iPad with Activator.
Instead of paying a monthly fee to your carrier, jailbreak apps like MyWi, allow you to tether your laptop and other mobile devices to your iPhone’s data connection for a one-time fee.
However, please note that this can get you into trouble with your carrier so try this with caution.
#7. Find My iPhone+
Apple has made Find My iPhone more fool proof by adding Activation Lock, however it still does not offer features offered by jailbreak tweaks such as iCaughtU Pro that take a photograph of the person who enters the wrong passcode using the front camera and prevent someone from turning off your device, makes it a lot more fool proof. There have been several instances it has helped catch a thief who is oblivious of such hacks.
#8. Set Default apps
One of the major limitations of iOS is the lack of an option to set your favorite third-party app as the default app. Thankfully jailbreak tweaks like MapsOpener (not yet updated for iOS 8.4) allow you to set Google Maps as the default app instead of Apple’s Maps app and BrowserChooser allow you to change the default browser.
#9. Protect a folder or an app with Touch ID
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 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 your iPhone at night.
#11. Springtomize 3
Springtomize 3 allows you to customize every aspect of the iOS 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, hide icons of stock apps, resize icons and lots more.
#12. File Manager
iFile offers 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.
#13. Cool animations
Barrel adds cool animations while swiping through Home screen pages.
#14. Change System Font
BytaFont 2 allows you change the system font on your jailbroken iPhone. It allows you to change the font in apps, Lock screen, and more.
#15. Get iOS 9 features right now
Apple unveiled iOS 9, the ninth major release of the mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch during the WorldWide Developer Conference keynote on June 8th.
iOS 9 includes new features such as Proactive Assistant, transit directions in Maps, enhanced multitasking features for the iPad, and lots more.
Apple has seeded beta versions of iOS 9 to developers and plans to release it later this fall. But if you’ve jailbroken your iPhone, you can get some of the iOS 9 features on your jailbroken iOS 8 – iOS 8.4 device right now. Check our post for more details.
Did you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad? Let us know which tweaks you’ve already installed, and which ones are you looking forward to the most.