After trying out the Samsung Galaxy S5, I got a little light-headed because it was very hard to navigate around. This is one of the reasons why I still think Apple rocks with their current iOS theme. However, sometimes they keep things too simple in certain areas that need to be filled with features.
For example, the Lockscreen, Notification banners, and much more. The overall interface can still be improved without overwriting the entire theme or making it more complicated.
For that reason, I decided to share with you some of my favorite Cydia tweaks to partially customize the interface of your iOS device.
A long time ago, a former Apple employee shared how the iOS lock screen should be redesigned along with some mockups.
The interface attracts a lot of supporters within the jailbreak community and luckily someone has decided to turn the concept into a real tweak.
A beautiful concept made to reality now enhances your lock screen to feel more personalized and just simply amazing.
Introducing FutureLock, a redesigned lockscreen for your iOS 8 and 9 with beautiful widgets, greeting name, and a better pending notification center.
FutureLock provides two widgets with contents that you most likely to care most about, the Weather forecast and calendar. Along with that are a categorized notification and a greeting with your name on it.
If you are looking for something to replace your boring iOS lock screen, FutureLock is the right option. Jailbroken users can purchase it from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for just $2.50.
Let’s swipe right from the lockscreen and enter your Springboard.
Browsing the web has never been easier with Browsix, a jailbreak tweak gives a new web browsing experience by providing different unique features.
The first interesting one is the floating browser that can be opened anywhere within the system. For instance, users can browse the web while using another application, from their lock screen, or even home screen.
Another great example:
Let’s say someone sent you a text message with words that you don’t even know, instead of having to open up the Dictionary app or open Safari to search for its definition; you can just go on the web version of Google Translate right inside the Messages app and look up the meaning.
There are a lot of benefits that a floating browser provide. Which means you can move it around anywhere you want and still continue to use your previous application while browsing it.
You can also open in-app links (such as links from WhatsApp, Notes, etc.) just by clicking on the link and it will open Browsix without leaving the current app.
Apple has released many different iOS updates but never have they ever integrate a feature where users can customize the notification banners.
Don’t they get tired of seeing the same boring banner design all these years?
Several developers have tried to come up with Cydia tweaks to help customize these notification banners, and they work great. If you are looking for a free jailbreak tweak that can take your notification banners to the next level, AniBanner might be the best choice.
The tweak lets you add cool effects and beautiful animations to the banner of your notifications. All options are available for configurations from your Settings.app.
Check out the demo video below.
SystemWide is a new customization tweak for iOS 8 and 9. It allows you to adjust the colors of any UI elements, turning the interface into your liking.
You can use SystemWide to decorate your status bar, notification banners, control center, and make swiping between Springboard pages faster. This help finding a particular app quicker when you have a bunch of applications installed on the home screen.
Furthermore, the developer also adds more feature to enhance user experience such as secure all pubs in applications, put your horlogue in italic, and choose an image to replaces each of your sliders.
SystemWide is paid tweak and is purchasable from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $0.99.
As you may of know, customizing the elements on your iPhone or iPad is limited, especially when it comes to their traditional boot logo and background colors that appear to users every time a restart is done.
I’d like to introduce to you a new jailbreak tweak called BootScreenCustomization. This package will let you get rid of the boring black and white colors of the boot screen.
Usually, you would see either a black background with a white apple logo or vice versa depending on the iOS version you’re on. WithBootScreenCustomization, users can freely adjust their boot screen colors to however they want.
Again, the colors are black background and white Apple logo or the opposite based on your iOS version. This Cydia tweak provides additional colors to each part (background and the logo).
One thing I wish the developer could add was the color picker instead of a still color.
You can download it from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for free. I tested this on iOS 9, and it works perfectly fine.
6. TapTap Statusbar
The status bar on our iOS devices is by far one of the most important features. It let users know whether they are connected to a Wi-Fi network or cellular data, display the current time, and battery level.
Sometimes these relevant data do not have to appear everywhere. Most apps will automatically hide the status bar when they have a fullscreen mode.
However, not every app do that.
With that being said, in this post, I’ll show you how to easily hide and unhide the status bar of your iPhone or iPad.
How to Hide the Status Bar in iOS 9 and 10
- Launch Cydia
- Reload the BigBoss repository
- Install a tweak called TapTap Statusbar
The beauty of this package is that it doesn’t hide the status bar forever or until the tweak is deleted from your iPhone. As the name suggested, to unhide, all you have to do is tap on its location and vice versa if you want the status bar to be gone.
TapTap Statusbard’s preference page can be found in your stock Settings app. Go in there and configure to how you want it. This tweak is now available for free and is compatible with jailbroken iOS 9 and 10.
There are many other tweaks like TapTap Statusbar that allows you to hide certain elements of your iOS device. As for this one, it performs only a particular task. If you want to remove more stuff that Apple normally don’t let you check out HideMeX from Cydia.