Jailbreaking is a process of unlocking your iOS device in order to remove the restriction set by the manufacturer, i.e. Apple. While Jailbreaking is not as popular as it used to be, but if you have an old iPhone lying around, there is many reasons to jailbreak it. So, here we are, sharing some of those ‘productivity-boosting’ reasons on why you should jailbreak your device.
Before we begin, you should know, just, like rooting your Android, jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, will also void your warranty. So, we recommend you apply these jailbreaks on an old iPhone or iPad that’s running iOS 12. Here is our guide on how to jailbreak iOS 12 with Chimera or Pwn2Ownd. With that out of the way, let’s check out the best Jailbreak Tweaks for productivity.
Best iOS 12 Jailbreak Tweaks
By default, our iPhones automatically turn off Low Power Mode when they’re charging and exceed 80%. The message to enable LPM appears at 20% (or 10% if you didn’t turn it on at 20%). SmartLPM is a tweak which helps you customize anything and everything linked to Low Power Mode. Low Power Mode is necessary for many users to extend their battery life to last the whole day, especially users of old iPhones. Well, with SmartLPM, you can set the percentage at which you want to toggle Low Power Mode behavior when you connect it to the charger and much more.
We unlock our phones a lot throughout the day. With iPhone X and above, all iPhones have FaceID which doesn’t unlock your phone even after recognizing your face, eventually making it a 2-step process. AutoUnlockX rectifies this by taking you straight to the home screen as soon as FaceID recognises you. So, instead of pointing the phone at your face and swiping the lock screen all the way up, you just have to point the phone at your face and it’ll take you straight to the home screen.
Isn’t it irritating when you get a call you can’t reject while using your iPhone and have to wait before the caller disconnects to get back to the home screen? Well, CallDismiss fixes this by allowing users to tap the home button or swipe up on the home bar when getting a call. This minimizes the call and lets it ring in the background, thereby not interrupting your workflow.
Type and Send, there goes that risky text and your chance of taking it all back. For futureproofing your sloppy fingers ConfirmToSend would give you a popup every time you press the Send button. It’s a little tweak that makes the Jailbreak more useful and fun. You can get it from Cydia, Sileo, or from the repo in the link below.
Desire to get a cleaner and a minimal interface on your iPhone shouldn’t be bundled with Jailbreak tweaks but here we are. CleanHomeScreen is a nifty tweak that allows you to remove titles from app icons on the home screen and even hide them altogether. Just follow the steps and install it from the repo on your Jailbroken iPhone and enjoy a cleanER iPhone.
If you’re a serial texter with an iPhone, this tweak is going to be a life-changer. BarMoji adds a row of your most frequently used emojis right at the bottom of the keyboard on iPhone X and newer, effectively saving you a couple of taps every time you have to use an emoji. Talk about life hacks!
If you’re paranoid about privacy, you have every right to be so in the day and age we live in. NoTracking+ will let you sleep better at night though because it does not allow any app to track a user’s location, data, and usage patterns. A must-have for the security fanatic.
While Apple has given the ability to developers to include biometric protection, users still have to depend on the developers to include the feature in future updates. Some applications like WhatsApp have included the feature but many are still lacking. BioProtectX allows users to choose any app they want and put it under biometric protection, without waiting for the developer to include it. This is a Godsend when it comes to ancient Banking applications which are hardly updated.
iPhone users have been complaining for years about the large, bang in the middle volume HUD. The HUD basically ruins the user’s movie watching and gaming experience for at least a few seconds. Melior fixes this though. It replaces the stock UI with a much sleeker and modern element that is at the side and absolutely non-obtrusive.
Dune performs a very simple yet powerful function, System-wide dark mode. It looks especially beautiful on the newer iPhones with OLED displays. Now, we know that this tweak is built into iOS 13, but it is still a great solution for users of older iPhones which are not supported or even users who don’t want to update before a jailbreak for iOS 13 comes along.
Harpy is a jailbreak app which lets you block unwanted users from your local network or hotspot. It’s basically what Netcut is on Windows or zAnti is for Android. A very effective app to deal with nosy neighbors or roommates. Unless you’re the nosy neighbor.
iPhone notifications, while considerably improved in iOS 12, are still somewhat of a mess. If you get a lot of them, it can get very clumsy and frustrating pretty quickly. To add to it, removing all notifications at once is not exactly an intuitive process. LSPullToDismiss fixes that. Simply pull down on your Lock Screen and this nifty tweak deletes all of them.
When you tap on the WiFi or Bluetooth symbol on the Control Centre to turn them off, they’re not actually turned off. Instead, they just disconnect from all current connections. This can be annoying and can be fixed with RealCC. This tweak helps you make things right and instead of going all the way to the Settings app, you can use the Control Centre to actually turn these Settings off.
If you’re a real productivity beast, we’re sure you value function over form. NoMotion is based on this principle. It reduces all the parallax effect throughout the UI. For the uninitiated, the parallax effect is the effect which basically makes the user feel like the icons are adjusted according to his eyes irrespective of the angle the phone is held at. In return of turning it off, you get amazing battery life and better performance.
This is one tweak which, once you get used to it, is hard to live without. ShortLook improves the notification system significantly on the iPhone. With this, whenever you get a notification, the display flashes with the icon of the app and a short preview of the notification message instead of the whole screen turning on. It looks especially neat on iPhones with OLED displays because only the colorful icon part of the display wakes up.
16. Goodges 2
Goodges 2 radically changes the way notification badges work on the iPhone. For example, if there are 2 updates pending on the App Store and 4 messages pending on WhatsApp, it won’t just say 2 and 4 like stock iOS. It will elaborate it and read “2 Updates” over the App Store icon and “4 Messages” over the WhatsApp icon. It might be a very tiny add-on but can be very useful for the right kind of user.
Repo: Goodges 2
FluidEnabler brings iPhone X-like gesture navigation on older iPhones. So, for users of older iPhones who want to try the new gesture-based navigation system, FluidEnabler is a great option.
Another simple, basic feature that iOS lacks while Android boasts is the ability to close all the apps at once in the task switcher. EasySwitcherX solves this problem by allowing you to kill all apps with just a single gesture. Simply open the task switcher, pull down on anyone of the apps and all apps will automatically be terminated. So, you push an app upwards if you want to close just that one, or you pull any of the apps down to terminate all of them. Very elegant integration, indeed!
19. iCleaner Pro
As the name suggests, iCleaner Pro finds all the unused junk files in your iPhone and removes them to free up space. These junk files mostly include unused cache and system files. For people with 16GB or 32GB iPhones, this is a blessing in disguise.
Repo: iCleaner Pro
If you’re living with a jailbroken iPhone, you know that system crashes and bugs, while not common, do happen from time to time. Restarting the springboard or respringing the iPhone is the only way out in cases like these. DragSpring makes this process easier by simply allowing you to respring your iPhone by opening the Settings app and pulling down once.
LendMyPhone2 is basically Guest Mode for iPhone. You can configure the apps, settings and data the guest user can access and change it accordingly.
These were all our favorite tweaks to boost your productivity and supercharge your iPhone experience. Use all these regularly and even the thought of going back to a non jailbroken iPhone hurts! Of course, there might be many more tweaks that you love and use regularly which we might have missed. Let us know all about them in the comments section below!