Troubleshoot iOS Crashes with CrashReporter

While jailbreaking can bring many benefits, sometimes installing a tweak compromises stability. Removing the offending tweak solves the problem, but the trick is to know which tweak causes the error. The tool CrashReporter can help those with jailbroken devices track down exactly what's causing iOS to crash.

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CrashReporter comes in handy when there are many tweaks installed, or when a problem occurs and it's not obvious what is triggering the crash. Once installed, CrashReporter can be configured to send push notifications automatically when a crash is detected. Logs will showcase details related to the crash, including the responsible tweak and its install date.

How to Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 with Mac OS X

Mac users can now jailbreak the latest version of iOS thanks to the PP Jailbreak tool. While those with Windows machines have been able to use TaiG to jailbreak iOS 8.1.x since Black Friday, OS X has finally joined the party. Here is a detailed tutorial on how to jailbreak any version of iOS from iOS 8.0 to iOS 8.1.2 with PP Jailbreak on Mac OS X.

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First make sure the iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) is restored to iOS 8.0 or later. To help prevent problems, do not update OTA using iOS. It is recommended to restore directly to iOS 8.1.2 using the latest version of iTunes on a computer. Those with previously jailbroken devices should backup, then restore to stock iOS 8.1.2 using iTunes. Once the restore is complete, follow these steps to install PP Jailbreak:

How to Control Photo Access with Touch ID

Locking out parts of the iOS Photos app is now possible thanks to the jailbreak tweak Photego. With Photego installed, a variety of photo-related functions can be secured. Once they are locked, access to these functions is only possible by using Touch ID authentication. Photego is capable of preventing album access, photo deletion, sharing, and more.

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Once installed, the tweak can be configured under Settings -> Photego. In addition to a toggle that disables the tweak entirely, Photego can lock out its settings pane for unauthorized users. The list continues from there, with an option to protect images and videos from being deleted. The Recently Deleted folder can also be protected from permanent deletion, and images in the Recently Deleted folder can be prevented from recovery.

Add Settings Toggles to the iOS App Switcher

A new jailbreak tweak named Cobalia replaces the contacts icons in the App Switcher with Settings toggles instead. For those who find themselves never using the contacts icons, or have them switched off entirely, this real estate in the App Switcher can be put to better use. Sure, the Control Center is never far away, but having recently used apps and Settings toggles in the same spot will appeal to some users.

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Once installed, Cobalia will add FlipSwitch toggles directly to the App Switcher. These will appear even if the favorites and recently used contacts icons are turned off in Settings. Configuring the tweak under Settings -> Cobalia -> Switches makes it possible to select which toggles are present in the App Switcher. Everything from Airplane Mode to Vibration and Respring is available, and will appear directly above the recently used app cards.

Reduce Clutter in the iOS App Switcher Automatically

Recently opened apps can pile up in the iOS App Switcher. Manually removing app cards from the App Switcher can be a time consuming process. What if there was a way to prevent apps from sticking around? WhitelistSwitcher is a jailbreak tweak that seeks to reduce clutter in the App Switcher automatically.

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Once installed, the tweak can be configured under Settings -> WhitelistSwitcher -> Allowed Applications. Specific apps can be selected to appear on the whitelist, which means only they will be allowed to stick around in the App Switcher. Any apps not whitelisted will not display cards when the App Switcher is invoked with a double press of the home button. This keeps only the desired number of apps accessible after they are recently used.

Free Up iOS Storage Space with CacheClearer

Apps can accumulate significant amounts of data on an iOS device. Unfortunately, the only way to clear caches or reset apps with stock iOS is to delete and reinstall. Those with jailbroken devices can use the tweak CacheClearer to free up storage space and reset apps right from the Settings.

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Once installed, new options will be added directly to Settings -> General -> Usage -> Manage Storage. Here installed apps are listed, along with the amount of space they are consuming on the iOS device. Tapping an app name shows the size of the app, as well as how much space is used by related documents and data. Right below are three options, Delete App, Reset App, and Clear App's Cache.

How to Hide iOS App Badges with Confero

App badges do a great job of showing pending notifications. The only problem is that the iOS home screen can quickly fill up with many red circles. This clutter doesn't appeal to everyone, and there have been many app badge mods to come out of the jailbreak community as a result. Examples include BadgeClear, Badge Customizer, and MagicBadges. iOS 8 users with jailbroken devices can now hide and organize app badges in a completely new way thanks to Confero.

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Once installed, Confero provides many options to customize its behavior. The core of the tweak revolves around a status bar icon. When invoked, this icon opens a window right over the home screen showing all of the apps with pending notifications in one place. The corresponding icons back on the home screen are always displayed badge-free, which declutters the home screen.

Add More Keys to the iOS 8 Keyboard with iKeywi

There's no shortage of options when it comes to customizing the iOS keyboard. Especially now that iOS 8 allows third-party keyboards, which can be downloaded in the App Store. iKeywi has been around for some time as a jailbreak tweak, and is now updated to iKeywi 3 for iOS 8 compatibility. The developer also launched an Apple-approved version of iKeywi on the App Store.

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Both options, iKeywi (App Store, $0.99) and iKeywi 3 (Cydia, $1.99) provide similar features. The main difference is that jailbreakers don't have to fumble around with installing and using a third-party keyboard. iKeywi 3 simply becomes integrated into the stock keyboard when the tweak is enabled.

New Jailbreak Tweaks and iOS Apps of the Week: Happy New Year!

It was a slow week for App Store releases since Apple's iTunes Connect was shutdown from December 22-29, but there were a few noteworthy jailbreak tweaks released to Cydia over the holidays. Here's a quick look at some of the tweaks and the few apps released to Cydia and the App Store from 12/29/14 to 01/04/15. The App Store should start filling up again with new apps and games now that it has been open for one full week.

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Apple's Free App of the Week is Icycle: On Thin Ice. The game will be free on the Apple App Store until 01/09/14. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you never miss a new App Store or Cydia release.

Improve the iOS 8 Camera with CameraTweak 3

Good news for iPhone photography buffs who have jailbroken devices. The popular mod CameraTweak has been updated for iOS 8. Now in its third version, CameraTweak 3 continues to deliver, bringing useful enhancements directly to the stock iOS Camera app. While iOS 8 now includes many features that were once the province of jailbreak mods, CameraTweak still adds more.

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Once installed, CameraTweak will immediately be visible when the Camera app is opened. The settings for CameraTweak 3 include a complete user manual, for those who would like more thorough documentation. Toggles make it possible to switch various features off, or add advanced operations to the Camera app. Information such as ISO setting and shutter speed is also displayed.


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