How to Mark iPhone Messages as Unread

One great thing about the iOS Mail app is the ability to mark emails as unread. This can help remind the user that messages are waiting and need to be reviewed again later. Some prefer to use this trick instead of flagging or leaving the mail marked read. Stock iOS 7 has no such function in place for the Messages app.


Now thanks to the jailbreak tweak Unread, iMessage and SMS threads can be marked unread. Once installed from Cydia, the Unread tweak has no settings to configure. Simply open the Messages app and toggle the read / unread status by tapping and holding a message thread. The blue dot indicating whether or not a message has been read will display accordingly.

How to View Animated GIFs on the iPhone

Animated GIFs have experienced a vast resurgence on today’s Internet. Ever since the 90s the popular format has circulated widely on the web and elsewhere. iOS devices display animated GIFs properly in the Messages and Mail apps, however saving these images to the Camera Roll results in a freeze.

animated GIF camera roll

Now you can restore the animation in the stock Photos app with one of the two jailbreak tweaks Giffy or GIFViewer. Once installed, animated GIFs will appear as intended in the iOS Photos app. There are no settings to configure or toggles to worry about. While the thumbnail preview of the image will be static, tapping the image to view the full screen GIF results in animation.

BattSaver Tweak Updated for iOS 7

Nothing is more important to a mobile device than battery life. Obviously, without electricity the iPhone is nothing but a brick. There are many battery saving tips that can help, but none of these is a comprehensive solution. BattSaver for iOS 7 provides highly customizable, one-stop radio management tools to extend battery power.

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Users can toggle any number of specific options to control when and where radio components are turned on or deactivated to save juice. While the number of toggles can be overwhelming, there are battery saving Strategy presets such as iMessage friendly, Normal, Aggressive, and Ultimate. Each level will take more aggressive steps to disable cellular and Wi-Fi radios depending on circumstances.

Add Style to Music on the iOS Lock Screen

The iPhone lock screen does a decent job of providing music controls and information when tracks are actively playing. For those looking to spruce things up a bit, the jailbreak tweak Spin brings a whole new look to the music lock screen. Album art is centered in a circle that spins when a track is skipped, with a circular scrubber that shows current position.

Spin tweak iOS 1

The design looks interesting, and provides a variety of options to customize the look and behavior of the music lock screen. The latest version of Spin (0.1-4) incorporates several improvements and bug fixes. The screenshot above illustrates one possible configuration, with a solid dark background. Pause and skip controls have a distinctly iOS 7 inspired style.

Launch iOS Apps With Custom Gestures

Looking for a unique way to open iPhone applications? Gestr is a jailbreak tweak that makes it possible to assign custom gestures to individual apps. While the method is mostly just interesting, it can provide a convenient shortcut depending on the configuration.

How to Stop Battery Alerts from Interrupting iOS Apps

Here’s the scenario: it’s a critical moment in the iOS game you’ve been playing for weeks. Just as you approach the end of the final level, the game stops mid-action and a pop-up tells you the battery is at 20 percent. So much for any momentum in the game, at least the iPhone battery status is clear.

iOS tweak power notification

This issue can be avoided with the free tweak PowerBanners on a jailbroken iOS device. PowerBanners is a simple solution to the problem of low power app interruptions. Once installed, low power alerts at 20 and 10 percent battery life will display as a banner notification without stopping the current app.

Launch iPhone Apps Directly from the Lock Screen

App switcher cards are convenient, but what if they could be accessed directly from the iPhone lock screen? RocketLauncher makes this possible on jailbroken devices, adding app previews and icon access to the lock screen in style.

tweak Rocket Launcher iOS

Once installed, RocketLauncher works using tap an hold gesture on the lock screen. This will bring up the app icons and preview cards, which will launch upon selection. Of course, if a passcode is enabled the passcode lock keypad will appear before the app is launched.

Use iOS Spotlight to Search Spotify Tracks

Heavy Spotify users will enjoy a new jailbreak tweak appropriately named SpotiSearch. With this mod installed on the iPhone, looking for Spotify tracks is as simple as entering a search term in the default iOS 7 Spotlight search.

SpotiSearch tweak

A swipe from top to bottom on the home screen reveals the Spotlight search field. Integrating Spotify results is achieved by installing SpotiSearch from Cydia and configuring a few options in the settings.

Navigate Your Texts Quickly with MessageSwiper7 Jailbreak Tweak

If you often have a lot of text message conversations going on simultaneously, you will definitely want to install the MessageSwiper7 tweak from developer MattCMultimedia. There's not much to it, but it will save you time and maybe some aggravation which, after all, is half the reason we tweak our iPhones.

jailbreak tweak MessageSwiper7

MessageSwiper7 lets you swipe from one text or iMessage conversation to another without having to go back to the main window that lists your conversations. That's all there is to it, but it effectively cuts out 50% of the effort - instead of going back

How to Fix the iOS 7 SSL Security Flaw Without Installing Evasi0n7 1.0.6

Jailbreakers were met with a conundrum after Apple released a major update to fix a security flaw in iOS 7. The update patched a vulnerability that according to Apple, could allow an "attacker with a privileged network position" to "capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS." Luckily the evad3rs released evasi0n7 1.0.6 so users with jailbroken devices could upgrade to iOS 7.0.6 and patch the bug. However as most jailbreakers already know, performing the entire jailbreak process all over again can be a major hassle. This is why developer Ryan Petrich's new tweak called SSLPatch is a godsend.


The free tweak allows users to protect their jailbroken device from the SSL security flaw without the need to upgrade to iOS 7.0.6. All you have to do is install SSLPatch from the BigBoss repo on Cydia and the job is done.

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