Enhance your privacy in Facebook and Facebook Messenger with SilentMessenger

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When you’re using the Facebook Messenger app, you normally don’t have control over your privacy. For instance, you cannot disable the typing indicator or hide your online status. SilentMessenger is a new jailbreak tweak that provides you the freedom to use Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps privately.

With the new tweak, you can easily use Facebook in invisible mode by hiding your online status, disabling the typing indicator so that others will not see when you’re typing a message for them and preventing your friends from finding out you’ve read their message. Additionally, you can hide your last seen timestamp and stop Facebook Analytics from sending your usage data and statistics to Facebook.

Apart from these features, SilentMessenger also provides enhancement functionalities such as sending as many photos as you’d like in a message, preventing videos from getting played automatically in Facebook and sending videos without any duration limit.

Once you install SilentMessenger, go to the tweak’s dedicated preferences pane in Settings to enable or disable each of these features. The pane contains a long list of toggles, each corresponding to the individual features of the tweak. You can enable or disable each of the features from here as well as read a description of what they do.

The pane also features a Silent Mode toggle which does the following when enabled:

  • Hides your online status and last seen timestamp
  • Disables typing indicator and read receipts
  • Disables Facebook’s VoIP feature

A blue bar is also added to the top of Facebook Messenger to notify you that Silent Mode has been enabled. The only downside to this mode is that when you turn it on, you won’t be able to see the online status, last seen timestamp, typing indictor and read receipts of the other person, just like how they can’t see yours.

SilentMessenger is a very useful tweak if you want to get rid of Facebook’s restrictions and use the official Facebook and Messenger apps more privately. These options aren’t provided in the app by default so if you ever wanted them then SilentMessenger is a solid tweak for you.

SilentMessenger is available for $1.5 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo and supports devices running iOS 7 through iOS 9. Make sure to let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.

Currently, you can only jailbreak iOS 9.1 or lower, check our article for the latest update on iOS 9.3.1 – iOS 9.3 jailbreak.