I remember a time when I used to draw shapes in Android to launch apps. It was an exciting and easy method to open apps: very much like having invisible shortcuts to apps on the phone. iPhone, obviously, lacked this feature and to this day, lacks this feature.

But no more. If you’ve got a jailbroken iPhone, a new tweak called Gestr brings a cool functionality to iOS 7. With Gestr, you can launch apps by drawing shapes assigned to them. And it’s a cool way of opening your favorite apps.

How does Gestr Work?

Gestr relies on Activator to open the canvas on which you draw the shapes that will open apps. So the first thing you do is assign an activator gesture to Gestr. Say something like double-tap-anywhere.

Gestr Cydia Tweak for iOS 7

How to Setup Gestr Shortcuts?

Surprisingly, Gestr has no settings/preferences. This looks a little awkward because how do you assign a shape to be an app’s shortcut? Turns out the feature is enabled from within the app you launch. Here’s how to assign Gestr shortcuts:

  • Launch an app (for which you want to assign the shape shortcut)
  • Activate Gestr by using its activator gesture
  • Tap on ‘Assign’ and Gestr asks you to draw a shape to assign to the app
  • Draw the shape and you’re done.

After you assign a particular shape, you can start using it as the shortcut to launch the app from anywhere.

To re-assign, you’ll need to follow the same steps as you’d to assign a new shape to an app.

To most iOS users, app launchers aren’t a popular option. The best we’ve got so far is Launch Center Pro and in the jailbreak community, there are a handful of launchers that people use. Gestr tries to make it easier and it really is quite productive if you remember the shapes.

Gestr is up on the BigBoss repo for $0.99.