JailBreaking on iOS

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What is Jailbreaking?

Technical Definition of Jailbreak:
The iPhone, iPod touch, iPad & Apple TV hack that allow users to gain access to the entire Unix filesystem. In Unix terms, this refers to changing the root of the directory tree to /.

Understandable Definition of Jailbreak:
A hack that gains access to areas of the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad that users aren’t supposed to mess with. Typically, this is an immediate prelude to either installing cool programs, unlocking the handset for use with another cellular network, or both.

Through jailbreaking, you are able to add additional applications to your iDevice. It allows you to do so by adding an application called Cydia to your iDevice. It also allows modding (changing) of your iDevice application icons, wallpaper, dock, status bar, chat bubbles, weather backgrounds, keyboard….etc. 

Why Jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Apple TV?

When you first hear about the ability to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV you are probably thinking, “Why should I do this?” Well, the two main reasons are to allow programs to run that Apple doesn’t approve of and to customize the look of your device. I’m going to try and cover some of the best programs (apps) that you can run and best customizations (mods) you can do after jailbreaking your device.

Apple has recently done a great job of adding more and more features to the iOS software which makes many people think there is no longer the need to jailbreak their iDevice. I disagree. The jailbreaking process, along with the apps, hacks and mods that follow, are the reasons that Apple has added so many features to the iOS software. Early hacks like adding wallpaper, scrolling pages, folders and even installing apps were all started in the hacking community. Below are some of the reasons I still jailbreak my iDevices that I use on a daily basis.

Example Jailbreak Apps


Cydia is like the App Store, it’s lets you install applications right to your device without a computer. Really, the correct way to say it would be the App Store is like Cydia because there was Cydia before there was the App Store. There was also an app called Installer before that, but now Cydia has taken over as the best program to use to get jailbroken apps onto your iPhone or iPod Touch. Anyway, basically the App Store works just like Cydia. 

Some Interesting Hacks on Jailbroken iDevices

Winterboard is the application that allows you to change the look of things on your iPhone. We’ll use this a lot later when we look at modding your iPhone. Basically it lets you install different themes or visual changes to your device.

Example Modifications (Mods)

Wallpaper on your Springboard
Apple lets you put wallpaper on your lockscreen but not on your Springboard (home screen). With Winterboard you can. Just check “User Wallpaper” and your wallpaper is now on both your lockscreen and Springboard. There’s also a “Dim Wallpaper” option if you want it to look more faded.

Note: Apple has now made this a feature of firmware 4.x. You can have a separate image for your lockscreen and your homescreen. Winterboard still allows more control of your homescreen such as the “Dim Wallpaper” mentioned above.

User Wallpaper
Change Your Dock
Personally, I think the dock that comes on the older iPhone firmware is ugly. No problem! You can change it to whatever you want. There are a lot out there already created and most themes come with their own dock (I’ll get to themes later). And, if you don’t want a dock at all, just check “Transparent Dock” in WinterBoard.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of themes designed for the iPhone. They include all kinds of visual changes to your iPhone including wallpaper, different icons, battery on the locks screen, docks and so on. There are many ways to install themes like through Cydia or manually uploading them to your iPhone through SSH. How ever you do it, themes allow you to customize your iPhone to look the way you want. Click here to see some of the themes which are popular in the Jailbreaking Scenario
Theme Example
Live Icons
One thing I always wondered is why the Calendar icon changed to the correct date but the Weather and Clock icons were always static (not changing). Well, by jailbreaking your iPhone you’ll have access to some hacks that make these live. The clock hands move with the real time. Even the second hand moves. And, for the Weather icon, the current temperature and weather conditions update right on the icon! I’m not sure why Apple never did this themselves but thanks to Stimpy5050 for figuring it out! Here’s links to the mods called LiveClock and WeatherIcon
Live Weather and Clock Icons
Reflective Dock
Here’s another thing that Apple should have done. They use reflections in a lot of their design and applications so I’m not sure why they left it out on the iPhone. Just see this article on how to set it up. It makes your icons in your dock have a fadded reflection. You use WinterBoard to turn in on.
Reflective Dock
Five Icon Dock
This one’s as simple as it sounds. By installing this mod through Cydia, you can then drag a fifth icon the dock. Click here for in-depth info
Five Icon Dock
Five Icon SpringBoard
If five icons on your dock isn’t enough you can try the Five Icon SpringBoard mod. It makes room for five icon in each row on your entire springboard. It’s also confirmed that it lets you install more apps since there’s more room for icons.Installation Procedures can be found Here
Five Icon SpringBoard
Customize Your Status Bar
I love customizing my status bar so I can see what’s going on from any app. A big one is adding the date to the already existing time. You can do this through an app called SBSettings. This way I don’t have to look at the calendar icon to check today’s date. I also like changing the way things look. This can be done via SSH or just installing some changes through Cydia. Changing what the battery looks like is done with an app called Battery Control. This lets me remove the battery, just haver percentage, tap to change and more. There is a lot more like weatherstatus notifications and changing Cellphone carrier; just check the links for more info.

Top 33 iPhone Secret Shortcuts

The iPhone is one of the most innovative Mobile Phones in the tech industry, which looks simple at glance but have many unseen hidden features and excellent market value. However, it is easily understandable with simplest user interface available for Smartphones. But many amazing hidden features lie behind this simplest interface.

Although some of the tricks are already known to many of the users but still there are some which are yet to be explored by various users for their convenience. We have compiled more than 30 tricks which are widely used and very helpful.

  • How to take a screen shot?

It is incomprehensible enigma to many users that how some people take screenshots without having any glare and upload them at various places. You will be amazed to know that it is very simple procedure which took you thinking for hours. Just press home and sleep button simultaneously you will hear camera shutter tone and screenshot will be automatically uploaded to your camera roll.

  • How you can scroll to top?

In lengthy articles sometimes you find it very troublesome and inconvenient to go back to top of the page by scrolling it with single finger.  If you want to scroll the screen to top just double tap the status bar and it will take you to the top.

  • How to customize home button?

You can either press home button one or two times which has its different functionalities. When you double tap the home button it can lead you to different sections which we have discussed below.

  • If you are not on first home screen then it will lead you there
  • In iPod it can lead you to playing track
  • It can lead you to search option

Go to Settings > General > Home and set the action of home button.

  • Push Home button once to go to Home or Search

If you are on any other screen than first home screen single tapping home button will take you to first home screen and if you are on first home screen than it will take you to search.

  • How to quit current app?

Whenever you try to close any app it doesn’t actually gets closed completely but instead a major part of it is still running in the memory which can be opened again quickly.

In case of iPhone OS (iOS)  3.0 if you want to force quit any app just follow two step procedure.

a)      Just press and hold sleep/wake key which will lead you to power off screen

b)      Now press and hold home key(for approx. 6 seconds) until app gets closed

In case of iOS 1 or 2 just press and hold home button for 5 seconds.

  • How to reboot?

It doesn’t happen always but sometimes your iPhone gets frozen and you need to reboot you iPhone. In that case simply hold home and sleep key until black screen followed by apple logo appears. This is approximately 8 seconds procedure.

  • How to enable Caps Lock in keyboard?

Major chunk or masses don’t like caps lock but there are still exceptions. It you are one of them then you can enable caps lock by selecting following options

Settings > General > Keyboard > Enable Caps Lock

After this step you will be able to switch on caps lock by double tapping shift key in your keyboard.

  • Tap shift followed by dragging to required letter

Although this is a technical trick but this is very useful once you have a command over it.

In spite of first tapping shift and then tapping letter you want to capitalize it would be faster if you tap the shift key followed by dragging it to your required letter and then releasing it. Initially it might seem annoying but it very helpful if you learn it.

This is also helpful in case of punctuation by simple replacement of shift with 123/ABC key.

  • How to get extra characters?

There are some extra symbols which you require sometimes. These are inside hidden menus which can be opened simply by tapping and holding key or letter which you think is similar to your required one. This also works with .com key

  •  How to add a period and a space in text?

Period which is often required in case of punctuation is in alternate keyboard which makes it very troublesome for most of the users. To get rid of such annoying things you can proceed by initially enabling this option by pressing these keys

Settings > General > Keyboard

Now by double tapping space bar can produce a period and a Space

  • How to enable international keyboard for international TLDs

Go to Setting > General > Keyboard > International Keyboards

By adding your required keyboards in this way, you can add extra TLDs to your .com key which makes it more useful when you frequently use any specific TLD.

  • How to do faster browsing?

You don’t have to hit “.com” button or type http:// or www., While browsing. Start it simply typing your required domain name.

  • How to add sites to your home screen?

There are several sites which are in your favourite category. You might want to add those to your home screen for easy access. Click + button on you safari followed by “add to home screen” option. By this simple trick you can add you favourite sites to you home page and can give them specific symbols.

Web developer can help you enabling icons for your home screen and to view sites in full screen mode.

  • How to get options for a link?

You can tap and then hold link of which you require options. By this trick you can follow any link easily as a pop up will appear showing site’s URL.

  • How to scroll inside frames and text area?

When you use single finger you come up with scrolling whole page while in several situations you need to read text inside frames which u cannot read by using single finger scrolling. If you want to read such text, use two fingers instead of one.

  • How to zoom text column or image?

Text column or image can easily be enlarged by double tapping it.

  • How to save images?

Many times you come across some images which you find important and might need to save them. Tap those images and hold to save them easily.

  • How to voice dial by nickname?

By setting contacts info you can use nickname instead of any lengthy full name for voice dials. This trick is very helpful especially when you are in hurry or driving a car.

  • How to send a call to voicemail?

Sometimes you find an incoming call you don’t want to answer and you want an immediate action to get rid of that. By pressing sleep button, call will be automatically shifted to voicemail and you will be free of wasting time to unnecessary or unwelcomed call.

  • How to redeem promo codes from within the app store?

Go toApp Store and tap featured tap. Now scroll the screen and press redeem Tab and tap the promo code.

  • How to rearrange icons in iPod?

In iPod app bottom toolbar there is an option “more”. You can rearrange icons by using this option. By tapping it “more menus” option will appear in its top left corner. By selecting that option and dragging new ones you can replace the previous icons in the toolbar.

  • How to bring up music controls?

Change the settings by going to these tabs

Settings > General > Home

Now you can have music controls by double tapping home button.

  • How to fast forward or rewind music?

While you are listening song if you want to move in the track you can do it by holding next or previous key. Longer the duration of holding more will be the part of song you will skip.

  • How to change scrub speed?

Previous trick will not be that much helpful if you are trying to find anything in the soundtrack. You need to adjust scrub speed for this purpose. This can be achieved by dragging the location in song indicator to required spot. But if you want a more fine control you can achieve that by dragging your finger towards lower side.

  • How to use pagination dots?

In safari you can see attractive small pagination dots which takes you to more content. You can tap at the start or end of those pagination dots line instead of swiping for achieving the same purpose.

  • How to hide SMS previews?

It is sometimes very embarrassing when you are with your formal friends or colleagues and any of your personal SMS is received with its preview on your home screen. To avoid such embarrassing moments you can switch it off by following this

Go to Settings > Messages and toggle off Show Preview

  • How can you set timer to your music?

Listening music and going to sleep is a good way to moving to world of fantasies. But can certainly loss your iPod battery charging if music is on whole night. You can set timer to get rid of such situation.

Inside clock app you can set timer for music and instead of selecting a ring select sleep iPod.

  • How to turn iPhone horizontally?

If you turn your iPhone sideways it will automatically lead to horizontal keyboard. This can help to in easy typing and greater typing speed.

  • How to turn iPhone horizontally for scientific calculator?

At 90 degree built in calculators loses its scientific power so make it horizontal if you want scientific calculator.

  • How to save battery power?

If u came across the situation that you are almost out of battery and you still need it than turn of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or 3G and turn brightness of screen to minimum.

  • How to send photos at full resolution?

When you take picture from your iPhone and want to e mail it to your friends it reduces its resolution for faster downloading speed. But if you want the original resolution than copy it from gallery by tapping and holding method and paste it to you mail.

  • How to customize search results?

You can use search pan for different purposes like finding apps or e mails etc. You can customize it by following this procedure

Go to Settings > General > Home > Search Results

From here you can change the settings

  • How to dim the screen?

Most attracting tip is adjusting the screen brightness during unlocking the iPhone while covering the small sensor right at the top of LCD. You have to cover it for long as this sensor senses the light around it and changes the screen brightness according to that.