Replace iPhone Lock Screen Passcode With A Game Controller Combo

Remember the good old days when you had to glean cheat codes off from your friends or gaming magazines, and then try fervently to apply them using your Nintendo controller before your character died or your favorite Pokémon escaped? If you really miss those times, there are plenty of ways to recreate them on an iPhone, using the awesome gaming emulators available for jailbroken (and recently, even non-jailbroken) devices. If truth be told though, the gaming community has moved on, and you are not very likely to spend a lot of time playing these older video games even if they are available on iOS. This is why Control Unlocker can be perfect for anyone who is nostalgic for NES, but not super-crazy for the actual games. The Cydia tweak makes it possible for users to set a cheat code-like passcode on their iPhone’s lock screen, making sure that the device gets unlocked only when the right combination is punched in using the displayed controller. Read More

Cancel iOS App Updates Mid-Download With CancelUpdate

How many times have you found yourself regretting an iOS app update? Previously, there was no quick and easy way to cancel one before its completion once started, resulting in apps that are either forever stuck in the ‘updating…’ phase until you get access to a stable internet connection, or, in some odd cases, updated to less functional versions – such as when YouTube restricted certain features of FoxTube/Jasmine for iOS. Thankfully, we have come across a method to quickly undo the update operation,  thanks to Cydia tweak CancelUpdate by Plipala. Check it out after the jump. Read More

Mappr Puts A Full Interactive Map In iPhone Spotlight Search Area

SearchAmplius has not been available in the jailbreak store for too long but despite that, it has managed to garner a considerable fan-following. While almost all aspects of the tweak are useful in some form, a lot of users find its ability to integrate results from the ‘Maps’ app something that really enriches the experience of using Spotlight. There are plenty of navigation-related apps available in the App Store, but being able to look for locations without launching an app is sure to be preferred by a lot of users. Having said that, the Maps results in SearchAmplius just give you a very basic idea of the location you are looking for, and most of the time, user end up launching the app anyway. The Mappr Cydia tweak, on the other hand, has a much better solution: it tweak places a full zoomable map in the Spotlight search area, which can be used to quickly pinpoint your current location or view other places on the map. Read More

Get A Proper Bookmarks Bar Below The Omnibar In Chrome For iOS

When Google Chrome was new to the App Store, Cydia tweaks kept getting released to take the browser closer to perfection. The flow has been somewhat stemmed now that the app has been around for quite a while, but that doesn't mean there is no room for improvement. The Chrome app resembles the desktop variant of the browser a great deal, but there are still some fairly obvious omissions. The bookmarks bar, for example, is nowhere to be found, and whenever you have to access your bookmarks, you either have to move away from the current page, or open a new tab to get to them. Wouldn't it be just perfect if Chrome gets a bookmarks bar that is visible everywhere, but still isn't overly intrusive? While the feature might get added to the app officially in a future update, you can get it right now if you have a jailbroken iPhone. BMarks Bar – Chrome is a new Cydia tweak that adds a customizable bookmarks bar to the Chrome app. Not only does the bar have all your bookmarks, but it is even capable of showing folders below the address bar at all times. Read More

InstaLauncher Is A Gesture-Activated Alphabetized App Drawer For iPhone

We have seen many lock screen launchers for iOS (such as the recently covered BuddyLock), but not many offered the ability to invoke app shortcuts from areas other than the lock screen. One exception that readily comes to mind is Deck, which shows a sidebar on the Home screen containing several system toggles and app shortcuts. Having said that, it must be pointed out that Deck focuses more on settings than apps, which doesn't make it a viable extension of the iOS dock or App Switcher tray. InstaLauncher, however, is a new tweak that's just perfect for anyone looking for an alternative and quick way of accessing all the apps installed on an iPhone. If you have a lot of apps, some of them are bound to be forgotten with time, tucked away into different folders. With InstaLauncher, this is never likely to happen as the tweak presents your apps in an alphabetically-arranged list, making sure that any app can be reached within seconds. Those who have used an Android device will feel at home with it, as it acts somewhat similar to the App Drawer from Google's OS. Read More

BuddyLock Brings A Snazzy Look, App Shortcuts & Widgets To iPhone Lock Screen

If Android’s lock screen widgets and other similar features have made you envious, the iOS jailbreak store has some pretty decent offerings for you. There are plenty of ways you can place widgets and even app shortcuts on the lock screen of your iPhone. BuddyLock is the latest tweak to offer that functionality, but it does even more. Pretty much like SlideToMod, this new tweak also offers a ton of customization options for the lock screen slider, the time bar and the camera grabber. The awesomeness doesn't end there though; BuddyLock comes with a few widgets as well, that allow users to change system settings with a single tap. To round everything off, you can even place your address book or music playlists on the lock screen area. Read More

Compose WhatsApp Messages From Anywhere On iPhone With WhatsAtor

WhatsApp has always been among the most popular apps on iOS, and this popularity stems from the fact that it is simple, people like using it, and if anything can totally replace text messages in the near future, it just might be WhatsApp. The app doesn't have too many features, so it is not really surprising that we don't get to see a lot of Cydia tweaks aimed at WhatsApp being released. Among the few available for it, we've seen MessageSwiper and WhatsApp UnlimitedMSG in the past, but the new WhatsAtor might be among the most useful of this kind. WhatsAtor is based on Activator and lets you start composing a message for WhatsApp from anywhere in iOS. You just have to perform the gesture of your choice to invoke the interactive composition window, which in turn launches WhatsApp once you have typed a complete message. The tweak works on the lock screen and within other apps, so it can come in handy on a lot of occasions. Read More

Easily Download Any Vine Video To Your iPhone With VineDownloader

Ever since Vine was introduced, people have been looking for more ways to share its videos with their friends. For now, you can post vines to Twitter, revine them from the app, or embed them in different posts. None of these options, however, can rival downloading Vine videos to your device for offline use. In the past, we have already seen one such service for Mac users, which turns vines into GIFs. Using Vine outside a smartphone isn't always the easiest of tasks though, which might give the newly released VineDownloader Cydia tweak an edge over services like VineGifR. VineDownloader works completely on its own, without requiring any intervention from the app’s embedding features or web sharing. You just have to press a single button and the Vine video of your choice is saved to the camera roll. Read More

Popoveractions Adds iPad-Like Floating Action Menus To All iPhone Apps

Informator and HomeSafari are just two examples of Cydia tweaks that make some changes to the action menus found throughout iOS in different apps. Both the tweaks make changes to the functionality on offer in these action sheets, and don't really provide ways of altering how these menus themselves look. On the iPad, action menus have a different layout by default; you see a popup window every time there is a need to access options related to a specific area of an app. If you like that floating look, there is now a way to get it pretty easily on your iPhone and iPod touch. Popoveractions is a new Cydia tweak that changes the options list found in all stock and third-party apps on iOS to a hovering popup window similar to the one that is often seen in the iPad. Read More

Get Smart Search Results From Google Knowlege Graph In iOS Spotlight

Quite recently, we covered two tweaks that are based on SearchLoader: SearchAmplius and SearchCollapse. In case you don’t already know, SearchLoader is a developer package available in the Cydia store that allows new categories to be added to Spotlight. Looks like the release of SearchAmplius has triggered some more developers to jump into action as well, as is apparent from the new SmartSearch tweak. It is not exactly as comprehensive as Siri or Google’s smart search results, but it can get the job done and is enough to give you a basic idea of any topic you search for. With SmartSearch, you don't have to launch Google inside a web browser or app to look for one-line answers to simple questions. Whenever questions like “Who was Albert Einstein?” or “How tall is Eiffel Tower?” are typed into the iPhone’s Spotlight, SmartSearch presents the top result or Google’s smart card data on the topic, right within the search area. If you then want more details, you can simply tap the given answer to be taken to the relevant Google page in Safari. Read More

Add Call, SMS, Mail, Social & Delete Shortcuts To iOS Contacts App With Gotha

The Contacts app in iOS is great when you want to set up a new iPhone by importing contacts from various sources but once everything has been configured, you won't get a lot of options and features in the address book. After a contact has been saved in the app, you cannot delete it conveniently as that option is buried deep inside each contact’s own page. Apart from that, you can't do much from the main contacts list as well, as there are no options available there. This is why tweaks like OneByOne Contacts and QuickGestures have been fairly popular among the jailbreak community. Both of these packages, however, have their shortcomings. While OneByOne is too limited, QuickGestures forces users to remember a lot of swipe combinations if they want to get things done. Gotha, on the other hand, mixes gestures with visible buttons in perfect proportion. The tweak  basically adds options like delete, SMS, call, email, Twitter and Facebook to the contacts list screen of the iPhone address book. Read More

Ayra Adds iOS 7-Like Notification Center With Toggles To Lock Screen

iOS 7 finally brought Notification Center to the lock screen but for a very long time before that, we have had tweaks like Dashboard X that lets you control notifications and system settings without unlocking your device. ayra is a new Cydia release that brings the Notification Center to the iPhone’s lock screen, but in a way that is totally different from iOS 7. Sure, you have to swipe downwards to reveal the NC, but that’s where all the similarities end. With ayra, you get a bunch of system toggles much like SBSettings, and the notifications displayed in it are interactive, much like in Android. You can handle each notification individually by choosing to dismiss it or launch the corresponding app. In addition to all these great features, ayra has a lovely interface, and an iOS 7-like translucent look to it. Read More

LyricFlow Adds Song Lyrics & Styles To Cover Flow In iPhone Music App

Cover Flow is a beautiful but somewhat ignored part of iOS. The Music app is so simple that people tend to forget that there is a whole new world waiting for them if they tilt their device to landscape mode while listening to a song. Having said that, some people just don't buy into the way tracks are displayed in Cover Flow mode, which is why tweaks like NoCoverFlow exist for those who want to get rid of the feature altogether. The upcoming Cydia tweak LyricFlow doesn't do anything as drastic as removing Cover Flow completely from your iPhone, but rather enhances the feature by enabling users to choose different styles for arranging their music collection. With LyricFlow, you get to view your tracks in visual representations like wheel, tube, carousel and linear formats. As the name of the tweak suggests, it also enriches each song in your library with lyrics and artist info, including the ones that didn't have these entities associated with them by default. Read More

SearchAmplius Upgrades iOS Spotlight Search With Results From More Apps

Towards the end of last year, we covered a Cydia tweak by the name of SLightEnhancerSearch, which makes the experience of using Spotlight search even more productive than it currently is. By default, Spotlight can be used to look for results originating from messages, emails, apps and some other areas of iOS. SLightEnhancerSearch makes it possible for Spotlight to look inside additional sources, and come up with a more rich results page. Having said that, the tweak didn't integrate too well with Spotlight, and some of the sections were only shortcuts to the relevant apps. The newly released SearchAmplius, however, suffers from no such shortcomings. The tweak adds results for Cydia, YouTube, App Store, Calculator and a few other sources to Spotlight in a way that seems completely native to iOS. Since this increases the number of sections available in Spotlight a great deal, you may also want to use SearchCollapse in conjunction with it, which lets you minimize any Spotlight category with a single tap. Read More

TaskMaster Adds Music Controls & System Toggles To iOS Spotlight Area

iOS 7 might not be universally liked, but there are some features of the upcoming update that are sure to bring a lot of convenience to many people’s lives. One such useful addition to iOS is Control Center. Previously, users needed to rely on Cydia tweaks like SBSettings and Activator to have quick and easy ways of controlling system settings, but once Control Center is rolled out, most such options are sure to go out of business. A testament to the usefulness of Control Center is that even an Android clone of the feature has been released. The public availability of iOS 7 is still some way off though and until then, people need alternatives that are convenient and unobtrusive. TaskMaster is a new tweak that makes use of the Spotlight search area to place an array of different system toggles, controls and information to it, without talking away the area’s original functionality. Read More

StatusHUD Combines iPhone Volume HUD With The Status Bar

If you like customizing your iPhone and have access to Cydia, there are plenty of ways the status bar of your device can be completely revamped, like our recently covered HomeDisplay - a tweak that adds some extra information to the iOS status bar. Another part of iOS that offers a quick way of viewing some basic info is the volume HUD. There are tweaks like VolumeCustomize that can change the way the HUD looks, but none changes it as much as the newly released StatusHUD by Alan Yip. In fact, you can argue that the tweak gets rid of the HUD altogether. Having said that, no information is lost, as StatusHUD adds the volume indicator to the status bar. Even on the lock screen, the new indicator shows up when the volume keys are pressed. Read More

Upload Videos To Instagram From iPhone Camera Roll With InstaChooser

Instagram introduced media embedding just yesterday, which is the service’s second big announcement in a month. The biggest announcement in this period was the addition of videos to Instagram, of course. The popularity of Instagram’s video sharing can be gauged by the fact that there are already some Cydia tweaks coming out aimed at it. InstaChooser might not be offering a functionality that seems completely intuitive at once, but the feature can come in handy on plenty of occasions. The tweak allows users to choose videos residing in their camera roll for sharing on Instagram. You can apply filters to these videos before uploading them, and even stitch new snippets with existing clips. This means that InstaChooser can be used to edit videos present in your local collection, even if you don’t want to share them with your friends. Read More

Get An Android-Like Row Of Word Suggestions Above iOS Keyboard

For a few years since the original’s launch, the iPhone had the best virtual keyboard in the smartphone market. That time is well past us now, as third-party offerings on Android like SwiftKey, as well as the stock Android and Windows Phone keyboards offer arguably better ‘touch’ typing. One of the reasons behind this is how the iOS keyboard only offers one prediction for the next word. With keyboards not officially supported by the system (such as Urdu), it becomes a cause for real frustration because iOS just doesn't learn your personal library of words as fast as it should. PredictiveKeyboard – a new jailbreak tweak – aims to allay that sore point. Check it out after the jump. Read More

Run The Full YouTube App From iOS Home Screen With VeloxTube

It has been quite some time since we last covered anything related to Velox, and some of you might even have forgotten what the tweak exactly did. Essentially, Velox lets you use the most important features of some stock and third-party apps right from your iPhone’s SpringBoard. While a few third-party apps are supported by this awesome tweak by default, most are reliant on Velox add-ons if they want a share of the goodness. In our list of best third-party Velox add-ons, we  discussed many such ways of making additional apps compatible with the tweak. One app that was quite an obvious miss is YouTube. Now, however, a developer has finally come up with an add-on that makes it possible for users to get the full YouTube experience without even launching an app. VeloxTube has been designed to work with the official YouTube app from Google, and almost all areas of the app can be accessed and used right within its Velox folder. Read More

Open Webpages Or URL Schemes Using Activator Gestures On iPhone

Being among the most popular tweaks available in the Cydia store, Activator has been used to enhance a lot of other tweaks. There isn’t much you can’t do using the gestures offered by Activator, as long as you know where to look. Performing system tasks, launching apps and controlling toggles are some things the tweak is capable of doing without any external help, but for relatively less-used tasks, you need Activator add-ons and tweaks that are based on it. Activate Link is one such tweak and although it doesn't do anything completely unique, you can consider it a combination of two useful Cydia releases we have covered in the past. Go2Now and RapidLinks both let you open URLs using Activator gestures, but the former can handle only one link, while the latter shows an entire menu, which is against the way things normally work in Activator. Activate Link is a new tweak that overcomes both these shortcomings, thereby letting you open multiple URLs solely through gestures. Read More