One of the things that iOS misses is the ability to launch apps faster using something like an App Launcher. There’s one decent app – Launch Center Pro – which works as an app launcher for iOS. Decently. But nothing comes to close to the functionality offered on Android.

That is, unless you jailbreak your iPhone. When you jailbreak, it’s as if options have exploded. At last count, we had at least five different app launchers for iOS 7. Here’s that list. (the list will be updated as and when we find a cool app launcher show up on Cydia).

Best App Launcher Cydia Tweaks for iOS 7


Swipey iOS 7 App Launcher

Price: $1.99 | Repo: BigBoss

Swipey is an app launcher that relies on the swipe gesture. You can configure Swipey to have shortcuts for up to six favorite apps  from the lockscreen. Developed by Tyler, who is also the developer of iOS 6’s popular launcher (Atom), the tweak is a minimal, smart app launcher for the lockscreen.

With Swipey installed and configured (to have all your app favorites), you just swipe to the left to reveal pages to the right of lockscreen. Each page is a quick shortcut to an app. When you land on a page and let it stay for a timeout, the corresponding app launches. You can also keep swiping more to get to other apps that you have assigned.

Basically, Swipey puts six pages to the right of the lockscreen and each page is linked to an app. As simple as that.


Appbox iOS 7 App Launcher Cydia Tweak

Price: $0.99 | Repo: BigBoss

AppBox is one of the coolest app launchers for iOS 7. It’s much more minimalist than Swipey and uses just one page to the left of the lockscreen. AppBox puts your favorite apps as icons on this page so you can access them quickly.

But AppBox goes beyond this with features that are hardly available in a single tweak. Besides being able to select what apps go into the AppBox, you can configure their opacity, the background blur, size of the icons and more. Most notably, you can also hide app badges and labels to make it even more minimal.

With AppBox, there’s something more on offer. Some apps have associated widget-like performance: for example, tap and hold on the Music app and the playlist opens; tap and hold on the Message app and a Compose New Message screen opens up.


RocketLauncher App Launcher Cydia Tweak for iOS 7

Price: $1.00 | Repo: ModMyi

RocketLauncher is one more lockscreen launcher that also works as an alternative app switcher. One has to use the RocketLauncher to be able to describe and realize how different it is compared to most other launchers. The tweak is largely driven by gesture-based actions on the lockscreen. Tap and hold anywhere on the lockscreen and RocketLauncher is activate. It shows app switcher icons on the right (stacked vertically) and an app screen preview on the left.

You can configure the app icons to be shortcuts to seven of your favorite apps. If you don’t configure this, the apps shown will be the recently-used apps. Once RocketLauncher opens, you just swipe / slide your finger over the app icon that needs to be launched.

Agreeably, RocketLauncher is a faster way of opening apps because you don’t lift your finger off the screen.


Gestr App Launcher Cydia Tweak for iOS 7

Price: $0.99 | Repo: BigBoss

Gestr is a draw-to-open-an-app kind of a tweak/app launcher. With Gestr installed, you can draw shapes to open favorite apps. There is no limitation in Gestr so you can actually assign a lot of shapes to apps. Assigning a shape can be a little tricky because there are no preferences for Gestr. You rely on one Activator gesture to get things done.

For instance, in my iPhone, I’ve set double-tap-status-bar to trigger Gestr. Once Gestr launches the canvas, I draw a shape and it opens the app. Gestr replicates a functionality we saw in Android long back. And on iOS, the implementation is pretty good.


Jellylock7 App Launcher Cydia Tweaks for iOS 7

Price: Free | Repo: BigBoss

JellyLock was a popular Android-inspired lockscreen launcher for iOS 6 and it has been updated to support iOS 7 too. JellyLock7 lets you put five shortcuts to your favorite apps arranged in a semi-circle. You tap and hold on the circle and drag it on top of an app icon to launch that app. The unlock and camera icons are preserved so that you have quick access to the camera too.

JellyLock7 runs quite smoothly, supports passcode-enabled lockscreens, and has options to disable the passcode requirement, disable the camera, and disable badges on the icons to make things more cleaner and minimalist.


Polus Quick Launch Cydia Tweak for iOS 7 Control Center

Price: $0.99 | Repo: BigBoss

Technically the best quick launcher for Control Center, Polus has been extensively and carefully designed and developed to give you a lot of customization options and control over the tweak. If you’re looking to put shortcuts to apps on the Control Center, Polus is the best way to go about it.


ListLauncher7 Cydia Tweak

Price: $0.99 | Repo: BigBoss

How about some launching apps from the Spotlight but without searching for them? ListLauncher7 (an update to the old tweak) adds a new list to Spotlight’s search result view. In this, you can have your favorite apps listed for quick access. The tweak is simple to use and is neatly designed.

So what’s the best one of all? We can’t have a consensus on this one. Going by price, JellyLock7 is awesome: it’s free and it works perfectly. But every launcher seems to have a limitation which is, in reality, good because you don’t want to have infinite favorites. It beats the purpose. But if five, six or seven seems to be a small number for the number of favorites you have, Gestr seems to be a cool tweak. So does AppBox.

We’re hoping there’d be more app launchers for iOS 7. The implementations that we’ve seen so far are great and have paved way for a template for the best app launchers.

I’m sure we missed some cool app launcher. Let us know in the comments and we’ll gladly add it to our list.