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  • So... You've Jailbroken Your iPhone 4S. What Should You Do Now? (Free Edition)

    The Cydia store is endless, relentless, and mind-knumbing. What could you possibly install next?

    Some of you are first-time iPhone jailbreakers. Some of you bought the iPhone 4S when it was released and haven't had a jailbreak since you got rid of your older iDevice. If you have become rusty over the time you've waited for a jailbreak or you are new the to scene, then this synopsis should help you discover some interesting new and classic jailbreak applications or tweaks that you could install on your iPhone 4S to improve upon its already endless functionality. Anyone with a jailbreak on any other iDevice can use this synopsis for recommendations as well, but I am writing it to help people with the newer iPhone 4S learn what they have missed and possibly catch up with us. Here is a list of some of my personal favorite free jailbreak applications and tweaks:

    1. Mobile Substrate

    First and foremost, how could you possibly like jailbreaking without Mobile Substrate? It's a free application that is automatically installed with just about any tweak that you install from Cydia. It was created by Jay Freeman (saurik) to keep your iPhone from getting damaged if something that you install from Cydia goes terribly wrong. It disables everything from Cydia and puts your iPhone in a state called 'safe mode' which allows only iOS's core processes to run. If you have ever installed a buggy tweak and crashed into safe mode, then you know that Mobile Substrate has saved you from having to restore your iPhone. What would I do without you, Mobile Substrate?



    2. Activator

    Activator is a free application that was created by iOS developer Ryan Petrich to help make accessing iOS functions and invokable tweaks easier. It includes touch gesture actions, motion actions, and screen-location-based actions which can be used to invoke a process. Activator is probably best well-known for its integration into SBSettings where swiping the status bar would toggle it to open. It can be used for a variety of things including screenshots, composing Twitter tweets, and invoking biteSMS/Messages+ compositions. I find Activator to be very useful for my daily routine.



    3. SBSettings

    SBSettings is a well-known application put together by BigBoss that puts common iOS toggles right in an easy-to-reach location. You can use it two ways - through the classic 'swipe the status bar' method which brings up a separate window, or with iOS 5, you can have it integrated into Notification Center as shown above. It has a lot of useful tools included such as hiding applications and disabling Mobile Substrate tweaks which can be used for many intuitive reasons. SBSettings is themeable and comes with a couple themes to start you off. If you want to toggle things on and off without going into Settings to do so, then I recommend SBSettings to you.



    4. Action Menu

    Action menu is a classic jailbreak application by iOS developer Ryan Petrich that adds more settings to your iOS copy and paste menu. One of the most noted is the favorites option which lets you save certain copies or cuts to your clipboard for future use. There is an Action Menu Plus Pack extension (also by Ryan Petrich) which does cost money that adds more features to action menu. Action Menu is always useful on an iPhone if you're constantly copying and pasting things in between applications. I recommend this for iPhone power-users.



    5. WinterBoard

    WinterBoard is a classic jailbreak application by Jay Freeman (saurik) that lets you apply themes to your iPhone. It has been around for ages and because of that, there have been countless themes added to Cydia to support the iPhone. At this point in time there are well over 20,000 themes in circulation that work with WinterBoard. It can be used to add a touch of personal preference to iOS instead of that feeling that every iPhone should look the same that Apple pushes on us. Some themes are free and some are paid. If you want to have different looking icons than everyone else, then WinterBoard is something to take a look at. Installing it will require a reboot.



    6. DreamBoard

    DreamBoard is a newer theming platform application by iOS developer Andrew Liu that will apply more advanced themes to your SpringBoard than WinterBoard will. Winterboard will theme aspects of your iPhone with different images, but DreamBoard will apply animated differences such as widgets and interactive GUI (graphical user interfaces) that are completely different than iOS. Some themes are free and some are paid, but DreamBoard comes with a complementary copy of Endroid which is a mock up of Android. DreamBoard won't require a respring to apply themes like WinterBoard does. Check it out if you want a totally different kind of GUI on your iPhone.



    7. Grooveshark

    Grooveshark is a music application similar to Spotify that never quite made it into the App Store. Since then, it has been released on Cydia. It's a monthly service, but the application is free and includes a trial that you can test. It's absolutely great. You can stream any song that you want from anywhere simply by searching for it and tapping play. Need I say more?



    8. Webscrollian

    Webscrollian is a free jailbreak tweak by iOS hacker and developer chpwn that lets you scroll through Safari Web content much faster than you ever could before. If you read through a lot of sites that are extremely long such as the front page of Modmyi news, then you will find a tweak like Webscrollian to be very helpful. It increases the inertial scrolling speed so that one swipe will keep on scrolling for a long time. Normally when you swipe to scroll it only goes a short way. If you have a lazy finger, check out Webscrollian to make Web browsing easier. I love to use it for many Web sites that I view in Mobile Safari.



    9. PasswordPilot

    PasswordPilot is a free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Filippo Bigarella that stores your Apple ID password to make your life easier. All you do is go into your Settings application after you install it and it allows you to input your password. Once you do that, any time you are prompted to enter your Apple ID password such as when you purchase an application, sign into iCloud, or any other instance - that prompt will be pre-filled with your password. Filippo took steps to make sure that your password is encrypted, so there is little chance that anyone can steal your password. However, if you don't have a pass code enabled, it can be easy for someone to make unwanted purchases on your iPhone. I use it every day and highly recommend it.



    10. Pull To Dismiss

    Pull To Dismiss is a handy and rather new free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer Ryan Petrich that lets you pull the keyboard out of your way when you are reading content such as on Twitter or in your Notes application. If you go through and write a novel in whatever you are writing and you are ever annoyed by the fact that the keyboard takes up half of your reading space, then you will like this tweak because you can pull the keyboard from view and use the entire screen to read your content. I use it very often when reading text message histories or Twitter DM histories. I like having that extra room to read.



    Do you have any favorite jailbreak tweaks that you'd like to tell us about? Leave a comment below telling us what it does and why you like it. The list above only included free jailbreak tweaks and applications, not paid ones.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: So... You've Jailbroken Your iPhone 4S. What Should You Do Now? (Free Edition) started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tbare83 View Post
      KillBackground -- kill all background apps at once. One of the main apps I missed when I got my 4S and lost Cydia...
      I used to use RemoveBG but that didn't work for me. So now I use Weekillbackground and that has worked great. To bad I can't have it ignore certain apps like removeBG.
    1. cvillelli's Avatar
      cvillelli -
      I'm on a Verizon 4s on 5.0.1 and I was playing with SBSettings after jailbreaking and now I lost service! Please help. The phone worked fine all day but tonight when I got home I was messing with SBSettings and it resprung and lost service. Please help.
    1. tyler314's Avatar
      tyler314 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      I don't really like winterboard on retina devices because it makes the fonts less attractive...just my 2 cents
      thats why you change the font with springtomize.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      To those raving about SBSettings -

      Move on! It's useless now! With your must have tweaks -IntelliscreenX an Springtomize2. SBSettings does nothing extra. It's big, clumsy and cluttered. IntelliscreenX toggles are much easier to sort and to hide and show. Springtomize let's you hide the apps much better and see your mobile substrate files.

      If you have SBSettings - MOVE ON!
    1. cheezeweezle's Avatar
      cheezeweezle -
      Veency is my must have app. SBSettings works great for me. Thanks for the refresher. Been doing the jailbreak since 2.2.
    1. redstar299's Avatar
      redstar299 -
      Mail Enhancer is a must have. I finally can have 2 separate signatures for work and personal like a normal phone lol
    1. brianjw's Avatar
      brianjw -
      I think Weather Icon is an important tweak that was left out. It allows you to display the temperature in the status bar as well as on the app icon for the actual Weather app.
    1. umran's Avatar
      umran -
      guys someone help me please. I restored my iphone 4 4.3.3 to 5.0.1 everything went fine at the end when my phone restarted it now it says that sim not valid what should i do/ please help me. Thanks
    1. Gavina182's Avatar
      Gavina182 -
      Anyone know where to get a backround enabler jailbreak app that will work for iPhone 4s?
    1. Eiswritsat's Avatar
      Eiswritsat -
      im sure im the only one that will agree but i still like the look and feel of UI settings better then SB setting
    1. chriscoyne's Avatar
      chriscoyne -
      Still waiting for windows. Good refresher. Need a good list of repos to add. Used to like scroll 2 to add simple scroll bar right side. And forget App to scale icon size and rows. Video Ringtones. Think 4s can handle it. Here in UK need SIRI places. Waiting Apple.
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      Quote Originally Posted by cvillelli View Post
      I'm on a Verizon 4s on 5.0.1 and I was playing with SBSettings after jailbreaking and now I lost service! Please help. The phone worked fine all day but tonight when I got home I was messing with SBSettings and it resprung and lost service. Please help.
      Check SBSettings toggles and make sure 3G and Data are on.
    1. stryker_tc's Avatar
      stryker_tc -
      Absinthe is out for Windows! V0.2!
    1. j4v3d's Avatar
      j4v3d -
      quality post - definitely some apps there that needs to be added to my iPhone
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      To those raving about SBSettings -

      Move on! It's useless now! With your must have tweaks -IntelliscreenX an Springtomize2. SBSettings does nothing extra. It's big, clumsy and cluttered. IntelliscreenX toggles are much easier to sort and to hide and show. Springtomize let's you hide the apps much better and see your mobile substrate files.

      If you have SBSettings - MOVE ON!
      I'm in the trial of isx and I think I'll stick with sbsettings. I agree their functionality is similar but i like the sbsettings interface better... More customizability in toggles plus, can you really not power cycle in isx? Just respring? Isx adds a lot if functionality I just don't use - I don't need rss feeds on my lockscreen. I may keep it just for the ability to show calendar entries though. It's beyond me why nc doesn't show upcoming calendar entries in a customizable way. And lock calendar doesn't work with ios5.

      How does springtomize hide apps "better"? They're either hidden or not!

      Plus, you left out that sbsettings is free! Both the ones you listed are commercial (and isx is quite expensive).

      So, on the contrary, moving on for the sake of moving on is pointless (and expensive in this case).

      Its so sweet to have sbsettings back...
    1. bigdoglbc1527's Avatar
      bigdoglbc1527 -
      Has anybody had any issues with Iphone 4s freezing after ending a call screen freezes can't do nothing unless you power down and turn phone back on.
    1. jacob1's Avatar
      jacob1 -
      I am using some of them. Like to try all of them.
    1. Andis Jackson's Avatar
      Andis Jackson -
      Anthony-

      What is the twitter notification center widget that you have in the screenshot in the SB Settings write up? I've been looking all over for one, and I really like the look of it.

      Thanks in advance!
    1. atomicrabbit's Avatar
      atomicrabbit -
      Quote Originally Posted by virtualcappy View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      To those raving about SBSettings -

      Move on! It's useless now! With your must have tweaks -IntelliscreenX an Springtomize2. SBSettings does nothing extra. It's big, clumsy and cluttered. IntelliscreenX toggles are much easier to sort and to hide and show. Springtomize let's you hide the apps much better and see your mobile substrate files.

      If you have SBSettings - MOVE ON!
      I'm in the trial of isx and I think I'll stick with sbsettings. I agree their functionality is similar but i like the sbsettings interface better... More customizability in toggles plus, can you really not power cycle in isx? Just respring? Isx adds a lot if functionality I just don't use - I don't need rss feeds on my lockscreen. I may keep it just for the ability to show calendar entries though. It's beyond me why nc doesn't show upcoming calendar entries in a customizable way. And lock calendar doesn't work with ios5.

      How does springtomize hide apps "better"? They're either hidden or not!

      Plus, you left out that sbsettings is free! Both the ones you listed are commercial (and isx is quite expensive).

      So, on the contrary, moving on for the sake of moving on is pointless (and expensive in this case).

      Its so sweet to have sbsettings back...
      Well said, virtualcappy. After reading various posts/reviews about intelliscreenx and quickly fooling around with it, I've found that it is very bloated and can kill the battery quite quickly. That alone supersedes its featureset, IMO. That being said, I'm sure there are people who need those features on iOS (like KraXik) but there are also a lot of ppl don't, so a blanket statement like "If you have SBSettings - MOVE ON" is just plain stupid.

      SBSettings it much lighter, has some functionality that intelliscreenx doesn't, it's good for ppl who don't need all the other features that Intelliscreenx offers and simply needs toggles, it's more customizeable (in terms of it's toggles) and it's free. All those points make KraXik's statement ignorant.

      The one thing I've found is that the RemoveBG toggle does not work in sbsettings -- it crashes ios5... but I'm sure they'll release a fix for that soon enough. For now I'm using WeeKillBackground, but for the sake of argument, intelliscreenx doesn't have a background process killer either.