While the iPhone gets a lot of attention in the jailbreaking community, there are dozens of useful jailbreak tweaks and apps for iPad worth mentioning. With the release of the Pangu jailbreak, we thought it was a great time to highlight some of our favorite jailbreak tweaks and apps for the iPad.
The complete list features over 20 different jailbreak tweaks to test drive on your iPad, many of which extend the functionality or customization of the tablet. We’ve tried to reach a balance of free and paid tweaks. If there are any noteworthy jailbreak apps and tweaks for iPad that were not included in this list, feel free to share your recommendations in the comments section down below.
Auxo 2 reimagines the task switching experience on iPad with three powerful features: Multi-Center, Quick Switcher and Hot Corners. The tweak essentially combines an app switcher, multitasking screen and Control Center into one, accessible by sliding up from the bottom middle edge of the screen. Auxo 2 is $3.99 on Cydia in the BigBoss repository.
Activator has long been one of the most popular jailbreak tweaks, thanks to the hard work of iOS developer Ryan Petrich. The tweak enables you to assign custom gestures to certain actions, such as triple-tapping the home button to open the Safari app. Activator is also deeply integrated into several other tweaks, making this a must-have package if you are a jailbroken user. Activator is free on Cydia.
ProWidgets is a widget suite and framework for both iPhone and iPad, and there are several different ProWidgets available on Cydia that have been released as a result. These widgets can let you perform quick tasks anywhere, as they can be activated right on top without disturbing your workflow. ProWidgets is $2.99 on Cydia in the BigBoss repository.
CleverPin is a useful jailbreak tweak that makes password protection smarter on the iPad. The tweak enables you to set your iPad to only require a passcode when you need it, and disable it at other times like when you are connected to Wi-Fi or listening to music. CleverPin is completely configured through the Settings app, and it is $1.99 on Cydia in the BigBoss repo.
Italian developer Filippo Bigarella’s Springtomize 3 lets you customize nearly every aspect of your iPad, including animations, app sliders, dock, folders, icons, lock screen, pages, status bar and more. It even lets you customize larger elements of iOS, such as Control Center and the Lock screen. Springtomize 3 is $2.99 on Cydia in the BigBoss repository.
CCControls is advertised as the real Control Center you have been looking for, allowing you to fully customize the look, feel and functionality of the swipe-up menu. The tweak includes Flipswitch integration, over a dozen themes, Lock screen restrictions, multi rows, the ability to customize the order of toggles, SystemInfo support and more. CCControls is free on Cydia in the ModMyi repository.
Apple might have introduced Notification Center widgets in iOS 8, but what if you want to use them elsewhere? Cydget remains one of the best jailbreak extensions for doing so, enabling iPad users to have a fully customizable Lock screen with widgets. Many HTML Lock screens have been ported to work with Cydget as well. The tweak is free on Cydia and included in the default sources.
BytaFont 2 allows you to set a custom font systemwide on your iPad, with dozens of fonts available on Cydia in the “Fonts (BytaFont 2)” section. The custom font will appear virtually everywhere, ranging from the Lock screen and Home screen to stock and third-party apps. The only exception is that not all Cydgets are compatible with the custom fonts. BytaFont 2 is free on Cydia in the ModMyi repo.
If you want to replace the carrier name or simply “iPad” that shows up in the top-left section of your status bar on iPad, look no further than Zeppelin. The tweak lets you effortlessly set a custom carrier logo on iPad, with a dozen logos included and additional ones available on Cydia. The preinstalled logos include ones for Apple, Android, Asteroids, Batman, Beats and more. Zeppelin is free on Cydia in the ModMyi repo.
Controllers for All
Controllers for All is a very cool tweak that provides third-party controller support for iPad for several games. You can pair your iPad with controllers for PS3, PS4, Wii U Pro, iPEGA 9025, iPEGA 9017, Wamo and Bluetooth or wired keyboards. RetroArch support is also included, extending controller support to emulators. Controllers for All is $1.99 on Cydia in the ModMyi repo.
Winterboard is another iconic jailbreak tweak that has been around for years. The app allows you to enable custom themes on your iPad, customizing the look and feel of your Home screen, app icons, status bar, dock and more. There is a huge theming community that exists for iOS devices, resulting in dozens of iPad themes to choose from. Winterboard is free on Cydia.
VideoPane detaches videos into a separate, draggable pane, allowing you to multitask watching videos from YouTube, iTunes, Safari, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Twitch, iPlayer and more. The tweak has simple gestures and can be customized with Activator. VideoPane by Ryan Petrich is $1.99 on Cydia in the BigBoss repo.
While some jailbroken iPad users may prefer using Cylinder, Barrel is probably the more popular tweak that adds different graphic or transitional effects to your icons as you scroll through them on your Home screen. There are several modes to choose from, including page fade, spin, carousel, icon roll and vortex. Barrel is $2.99 on Cydia from the BigBoss repo.
OS Experience is a window manager and multitasking switcher for iPad, claiming to bring true multitasking to the tablet. Heavily influenced by OS X, OS Experience maximizes the productivity that can be achieved on iPad by allowing multiple tasks to be completed at once, with separate, draggable windows. Think of it as Mission Control for iPad. OS Experience is $9.99 on Cydia in the BigBoss repo.
SwipeSelection Pro aims to be a new way of editing text on iOS using keyboard-based gestures to move the cursor and select text. You can adjust the swipe sensitivity, cursor speed and which portion of the keyboard can be swiped, alongside several other features. If you’re looking to make your keyboard experience more intuitive on iPad, SwipeSelection Pro is $1.99 on Cydia in the BigBoss repo.
Apple has received a lot of criticism for iOS because of how closed the platform is, at least compared to Android. One of the biggest complaints is that iOS devices do not have root filesystem access, but iFile solves that problem on jailbroken devices. If you are looking to view, manage and edit your iPad’s filesystem, iFile is the utility you need. The app is free on Cydia but requires a license.
F.lux is a really interesting jailbreak tweak that warms up your screen depending on the lighting situation surrounding you. So if you are using your iPad at a bar or dark restaurant and noticing a blue hue emanating from the screen, this jailbreak tweak is designed for you. Each evening at sunset, the tweak warms up your screen’s colors. At dawn, it returns to daylight colors. F.lux is free on Cydia.
Apple introduced a lot of animations that are annoying slow in iOS 7, so you can only imagine what NoSlowAnimations is for. You guessed it: the jailbreak tweak speeds up slow animations on iPad to be much faster. For the best results, enable the Reduce Motion option in Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion. NoSlowAnimations is free on Cydia from the BigBoss repo.
When you jailbreak your iPad, or any device, there can often result in a lot of unnecessary caches and files that remain. For instance, random files from a jailbreak tweak can remain in your iPad’s filesystem even after you uninstall the package from Cydia. Enter iCleaner, a useful jailbreak tweak for cleaning up your iPad’s filesystem. The tweak is free on Cydia.
Infinidock, as you could guess by its name, lets you scroll infinitely through your dock. The tweak is the ultimate dock scrolling and customization tool, and it’s developed by a popular member of the jailbreaking community in Grant Paul (chpwn). You can even set how many icons per page you want, and give your dock pages. Infinidock is available on the Cydia Store.
If you are not interested in using Auxo 2 on iPad, then perhaps Imperium HD will suit your needs. The tweak is designed to be a completely new and improved app switcher for iPads, based on Mission Control in OS X and LaunchPad. Its features include killing all background apps with a single swipe, taking a quick photo, getting song lyrics and more. Imperium HD is 99 cents on Cydia in the BigBoss repo.
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