50 Best Cydia Tweaks & Apps Of 2012

Best iPhone Cydia Tweaks Apps Of 2012 50 Best Cydia Tweaks & Apps Of 2012View in gallery

Overall, 2012 wasn’t a great year for fans of the Cydia store. A good chunk of the year was spent waiting for that elusive iOS 6 untethered jailbreak, which hasn’t arrived to date, and it was in 2012 that iOS users first started wondering whether there will ever be a new jailbreak. Fortunately, the pace of Cydia’s growth hasn’t seemed to slacken one bit, and new tweaks have been coming out just the way they always have. Apple paid a silent tribute to some of the best tweaks from last year by incorporating their features into iOS 6, but the tweaks that were released this year made sure that they took the game to the next level. Since some of the real gems might have slipped under your radar, here is a compilation of the best Cydia tweaks and apps that we covered in the in 2012.


1. Universal Video Downloader (Lets you download any online video stream being played within any app)

Universal Video Downloader iOS Notification 50 Best Cydia Tweaks & Apps Of 2012View in gallery Universal Video Downloader iOS NameView in gallery

2. SwipeBack (Adds a simple swipe gesture for going back one step within all iOS apps)

SwipeBack iPhoneView in gallery

3. GO SMS (The famous Android messaging app came to the Cydia store this year with quick-reply notification pop-ups and beautiful themes)

GO SMS iOS 5 ThreadsView in gallery GO SMS iOS 5 SettingsView in gallery

4. iCleaner (Get some extra storage space on your iPhone by letting this app remove junk from the file system)

iCleanerView in gallery iCleanerView in gallery

5. VSNotifications (Reads aloud entire notifications and speaks predefined text upon certain system actions)

VSNotifications SettingsView in gallery VSNotificationsView in gallery VSNotifications ServiceView in gallery

6. 360MobileSafe (Privacy app with call blocking, anti-theft and network monitoring options)

360MobileSafe System CleanView in gallery 360MobileSafe Anti-TheftView in gallery 360MobileSafe Network TestView in gallery

7. SlyCam (A mini-camera within the Notification Center for covert photography)

SlyCamView in gallery SlyCam ClosedView in gallery

8. Zeppelin (Use a logo of your choice in place of carrier name in the status bar)

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9. NotiQuiet (Disables all notifications every time you are using select apps)

NotiQuietView in gallery NotiQuiet App ListView in gallery

10. BrowserChooser (Set Chrome or any other iOS browser as your default choice for opening links from other apps)

Ryan Petrich RepoView in gallery BrowserChooserView in gallery BrowserChooser Settings MenuView in gallery

11. MultiTunes (Never have your iPhone’s data wiped by iTunes accidentally ever again. This tweak makes sure you get to sync your device with as many iTunes libraries as you want.)

MultiTunes iPhoneView in gallery12. AccountChanger (Perfect for switching quickly between multiple Apple IDs in the App Store)

AccountChanger iOSView in gallery

13. StatusBulletin (Convert banner notifications to ticker-like notifications that appear only within the status bar and show the complete content of each notification)

StatusBulletin BeforeView in gallery StatusBulletin SettingsView in gallery StatusBulletin AfterView in gallery

14. Sara (A complete Siri alternative for older iOS devices)

Sara VoiceView in gallery Sara TextView in gallery Sara SettingsView in gallery

15. SiriToggles (Launch apps and toggle system options via Siri)

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16. MusicGestures (Playback and navigation gestures for the stock Music app)

MusicGestures CydiaView in gallery MusicGestures ActionsView in gallery MusicGestures iPodView in gallery

17. Overachiever (Instantly unlock all Game Center achievements for any game)

OverAchiever GameCenterView in gallery OverAchiever Game ListView in gallery

18. MissionBoard (Gesture-activated, graphical App Switcher)

MissionBoard CydiaView in gallery MissionBoard SettingsView in gallery MissionBoard iOSView in gallery

19. Go Desk (Panoramic and interactive live wallpapers for iOS)

Go Desk iOS AnimationView in gallery

20. Custom NC Background (Set any image as the Notification Center’s backdrop)

Notification Center Custom BackgroundView in gallery Custom NC BackgroundView in gallery

21. Vuziq (Use any video from YouTube as a video ringtone of sorts for incoming calls)

Vuziq HomeView in gallery Vuziq Video RingtoneView in gallery

22. SBUtility (Edit the appearance of folders, SpringBoard and icons)

SBUtility SpringboardView in gallery SBUtility LockscreenView in gallery

23. IconRotator (Get landscape mode on the SpringBoard)

iPhone Springboard Landcape IconRotatorView in gallery

24. Plugication (Restarts music playback whenever earphones are plugged in after accidental disconnect)

Plugication iPhoneView in gallery

25. Bars (Get a higher level of accuracy in the signal strength indicator)

Bars iOS CydiaView in gallery

26. DisableNC Switch (Prevents Notification Center from showing up while you are running full screen apps)

DisableNC Switch CydiaView in gallery DisableNC Switch SettingsView in gallery DisableNC Switch iOSView in gallery

27. Lorem (Clear a single notification from the Notification Center rather than the whole group)

Dismiss Individual NotificationsView in gallery

28. PersistentAssistant (With this tweak, you don’t have to hit the Siri button after each command and response)

Hadsfree SiriView in gallery

29. Safari Download Enabler (Although this tweak is not a complete download manager for Safari, it does let users grab any file regardless of its format. The downloaded files can then be opened in iFile or with other compatible apps.)

Safari Download Enabler menuView in gallery Safari Download EnablerView in gallery

30. SMS Stats (Tells you the total number of texts you have sent from your iPhone, and shows messaging stats for individual contacts)

SMS Stats iOS GeneralView in gallery SMS Stats iOS Last MonthView in gallery SMS Stats iOS FriendsView in gallery

31. AddNote (Quickly export text from anywhere to the stock Notes app)

AddNote For Action MenuView in gallery AddNote For Action Menu IconView in gallery AddNote For Action Menu SettingsView in gallery

32. Activoice (Launch Google Voice Search, Goggles and text search using any Activator gesture of your choice)

Activoice SettingsView in gallery33. Pull to Dismiss (Quickly hide the keyboard with a simple gesture)

Pull To DismissView in gallery

34. iSounds (Associate predefined or custom sounds with different system actions like system startup, app launch, etc.)

iSounds HomeView in gallery iSounds CustomView in gallery

35. AppCent (View the exact download percentage of apps rather than relying on the progress bar)

iOS App Download PercentageView in gallery

36. Protect My Privacy (Whenever apps try to access your personal information, this tweak feeds them false information to protect your privacy)

Protect My PrivacyView in gallery Protect My Privacy CydiaView in gallery Protect My Privacy SettingsView in gallery


1. Imperium (A beautiful App Switcher alternative with system toggles and app shortcuts)

Imperium Task SwitcherView in gallery Imperium Settings TogglesView in gallery Imperium App ListView in gallery

2. Bridge (Add files to stock Music and Videos apps by downloading them directly from Mail or Safari; no need for iTunes or any other desktop tool)

Bridge iOS InstructionsView in gallery Bridge iOS SongView in gallery Bridge iOS URLView in gallery

3. CameraTweak (Add time-lapse, capture delay, independent focus and exposure, frame rate selection and several grid overlays in the stock Camera app)

CameraTweak iOS Cam OptionsView in gallery CameraTweak iOS GridView in gallery

4. AnyLock (Add app shortcuts and widgets to the lock screen)

AnyLock Lock ScreenView in gallery AnyLock SettingsView in gallery

5. Dashboard X (A platform for third-party lock screen and home screen widgets)

Dashboard X SpringboardView in gallery Dashboard X DockView in gallery

6. BrowseInApp (Opens external links in apps without navigating away to a browser)

BrowseInApp SettingsView in gallery BrowseInApp OptionsView in gallery BrowseInApp BrowserView in gallery

7. Deck (Get a side bar filled with extra app shortcuts and system toggles on the home screen)

Deck_Cydia_Tweak (13)View in gallery Deck_Cydia_Tweak (7)View in gallery

8. Attachments+ (Preview almost all major file types within the stock Mail app. The tweak also lets you attach files straight from iFile.)

Attachments  for MailView in gallery Attachments  for Mail Action MenuView in gallery

9. Switchy (Doubles the height of App Switcher to accommodate more icons and system shortcuts)

Switchy App SwitcherView in gallery Switchy MusicView in gallery Switchy Clear AppsView in gallery

10. Unlockize (Adds gorgeous unlocking animations to the lock screen)

Fold to Unlock iOSView in gallery Horizontal Blinds Unlock iOSView in gallery Slice to Unlock iOSView in gallery

11. AnimateAll (Set animated wallpapers as lock screen, home screen and/or Notification Center bacground)

AnimateAll SettingsView in gallery AnimateAll HomeView in gallery AnimateAll NCView in gallery

12. Messages2PDF (Create a backup of all your SMS threads in the form of a PDF file that can be exported via email)

Messages2PDFView in galleryMessages2PDF File GenerateView in galleryMessages2PDF MailView in gallery

13. ImmediateSend (Tap on notification banners to reply to texts from anywhere without opening the stock Messages app)

ImmediateSend SettingsView in gallery ImmediateSend Lock ScreenView in gallery ImmediateSend NCView in gallery

14. Timer Options (Like Tasker for iOS; lets you schedule system actions and other tasks and can be toggled using Activator gestures)

Timer Options SettingsView in gallery Timer Options 1View in gallery Timer Options 2View in gallery

We’re sure some of the features offered by these tweaks and apps will make their way to future updates of iOS, but there will always be something new that can be brought to the table by Cydia. Let’s just hope someone can come up with an untethered jailbreak exploit for one or more iOS 6-supported devices in the near future.

You might also want to check out our other end-of-year compilations:

150 Best Windows Apps Of 2012

35 Best Windows 8 Store Of 2012

100 Best Mac Apps Of 2012

150 Best Android Apps Of 2012

100 Best iOS Apps Of 2012

40 Best Windows Phone Apps Of 2012

  • No Zephyr? It’s like the best tweak I ever had 🙂

  • Jayvan Santos

    I would like to get a response from the author of this post since the comments are always a barren wasteland..I haven’t been up to date with jailbreaking as I moved on to Android but I read an article where Instalous is dead. Is that true? Is it dead for only a few phones? Does Cydia work for all iOS devices?

    • steve

      yes it’s true installous is dead but zeusmos and ipastore and good replacements and yes for the more part cydia does work on most devices if there is a jailbreak out for that device…

    • Hamza Khalid

      Installous is dead for everyone. The service has been shut down by the people who used to run it. And in a nutshell, Cydia works (on varying iOS versions) on all devices except iPhone 5.

      • steve

        untrue cydia does work on iphone 5

        • Hamza Khalid

          iPhone 5 comes preloaded with iOS 6, and there’s no public jailbreak available for that particular combination just yet.

          • Jayvan Santos

            Thanks for responding. Jailbreaking isn’t as hard as how it used to be, going to miss installous. :/

  • pixelrogue

    The post is titled “50 Best Cydia Tweaks & Apps Of 2012” – and again – on 14 are shown.

    • Hamza Khalid


  • Just recently jailbreak my phone in WWW.JAILBREAKHOME.COM
    All I can say is that, this is the best jailbreak ever. It just took me 5 minutes. Now it’s time for me to get some tweaks and apps. I’ll definitely get this one. 🙂

  • Timpster

    Why you no put f.lux on list
    It’s the greatest tweak ever