In all probability, you’ve successfully jailbroken your iPhone or iPad. And what’s the first thing you do after jailbreaking your iOS device? Of course, install stuff that Apple usually doesn’t let us install.
But then, for the newbies and first-time jailbreakers, the whole thing can be pretty overwhelming. I remember the first time I did a jailbreak: I was technically lost. I didn’t know where to start. I did a lot of mistakes but thanks to a lot of great tech writing all over the web and some forums, things became pretty easy after a while.
If you haven’t jailbroken your iPhone yet, I recommend this tutorial to jailbreak your iOS device right away. It’s simple, decently fast and absolutely liberating.
So you’ve jailbroken your iDevice. What’s next? Here’s what to do with Jailbroken iPhone:1. Get the Best Tweaks/Apps
There are millions of tweaks on Cydia and some of them are amazing. We’re talking about things like IntelliscreenX which populates your Lockscreen notification to fit every detail you want; themes like Ayecon which redefine the look of your iOS; tweaks like the awesome Auxo which adds great functionality to your multi-task switching bar.
There are a plenty of tweaks out there but pick your favorites from our 15 best Cydia tweaks.
2. Get Siri
One of the first things you can do is get Siri. I know: Siriports no longer work and the old methods are all extinct. But that won’t stop you from having Siri on your iPhone 4/iPhone 3GS.
Siri is now available from two interesting repos that combine to work like a charm. The BassamKassem repo and the Wordjelly backend deliver a powerful and too-good-to-be-true Siri on your iPhone. The most interesting thing is that you can install Siri without worrying about all the certificate authorization stuff.
Here’s how to install Siri on your iPhone 4 running iOS 6.1. You can also install Siri on your iPhone 3GS running iOS 6.x. Just make sure you download the appropriate packages from the repos.
3. Notification Center Plugins
Siri is just the beginning. The best things after the jailbreak are changing stuff on your Notification Center.
For starters, you can actually put some stuff on your NC. Take, for instance, WeeSpaces, which adds a neat little multi-task switching bar on your NC. The widget shows app screens instead of just icons (Auxo-style). WeeSpaces is a super fun productivity tool if you don’t like double-pressing the home button and then looking at blank app icons that are, let’s say, boring.
You can also add stuff like Kamera, InstaSnap.
One of the coolest things that you can add is SBSettings/NCSettings. The plugins add a lot of easy toggles Android-style so you can control Wifi, 3G, Brightness, Power, Location Services, Bluetooth, etc. right from the NC. No need to head to Settings all the time.
4. Winterboard Themes
Winterboard (or Dreamboard if you prefer this over the former) is a theming tweak which lets themes designed for Winterboard/Dreamboard work seamlessly on your iPhone. You can change a lot of stuff using Winterboard themes.
You can change:
- Wallpapers and lockscreen images (of course, you can change this directly from within Settings too)
- Springboard theme
- Dock style
5. LockScreen Themes & Tweaks
Coming to Lockscreen themes, this is one of my favorites.
One of the first things you can do after you jailbreak your iPhone is to remove the not-so-used camera icon on the lockscreen. You can also get some really wonderful lockscreen themes that alter the whole thing. There are tons of Lockscreen themes on Cydia and you can probably spend a whole weekend tweaking them.
6. Camera Tweaks
There are a ton of camera tweaks available on Cydia. Plenty of them are to enhance the camera in some way or the other: add filters, post to Instagram faster, open the front-camera quicker etc.
iGB did a post on camera tweaks for Cydia and you should take a look at that. These are interesting tweaks that can add more functionality to your iPhone.
7. Springboard Mods
Like I said, with Winterboard you can actually change a lot of stuff. One of my favorites is the SpringBoard mods. My iPhone icons don’t have text underneath them. This kind of creates an effect where there’s more spacing between the icons. Also, you can configure the dock to have five icons, the SpringBoard to have five columns instead of four and the multi-task switching bar to have five apps on one screen. Check out how to get these things.
8. Jailbreak & Battery Issues
When you jailbreak your iPhone and start experimenting with the tweaks, themes, mods and even apps, you’ll see a rapid battery drop initially.
There have been plenty of users saying Winterboard eats up their battery. There have been some who say there’s no visible battery drain issue. But the thing is, if you install a lot of tweaks that constantly fetch data, or use up some resource on your device (screen, memory, processes etc.), the battery sure is going to drain faster.
There are ways to find out and plug this if it becomes a problem. You can read all about jailbreak battery issues here and figure out a way to have your battery performance optimal.