Several jailbreak tweaks make it easier to adjust display brightness on the fly. For example, BrightPlayer adds a brightness slider directly to the video player controls. Now with Brightness Activator 2, iOS users can fully customize any Activator gesture to increase or decrease the brightness level.
Once installed, activation methods for Brightness Up and Brightness Down can be assigned with Activator. Options include a slider to ajdust the increment, that is the value that the brightness is changed by. A toggle dubbed Force Mode will increase this increment for quicker adjustment.
There's no shortage of jailbreak tweaks that revolve around customizing the look and feel of iOS. One of the main changes that can be made for maximum impact is to simply change system colors. Chroma makes re-tinting iOS interface elements a one step process on jailbroken devices.
Described as a simple and lightweight UI theming solution, Chroma provides a straightforward way to customize system-wide color tint from a single settings panel. Once installed, Chroma provides options to select custom colors for dark system tint and light system tint arenas. In addition to color selection, hue brightness can be adjusted with a slider.
Frequent users of the iOS Twitter app have probably noticed how easy it is to accidentally perform actions when viewing the timeline feed. Tapping the favorite button or retweeting by mistake can happen inadvertently when scrolling. The jailbreak tweak TwitConfirm seeks to reduce these accidental actions for those with jailbroken devices.
Once installed, TwitConfirm adds a confirmation screen to the retweet and favorite buttons. Selecting one of these actions will result in a dialog box requiring a Yes or No entry to proceed. Since the action is brought to the user's attention, retweeting or favoriting without even realizing it becomes a thing of the past.
There's an ever-expanding list of ways to customize the iPhone unlock for jailbreakers. Users with iOS devices that are not equipped with Touch ID can find some of these mods incredibly useful. The latest addition to the list is a tweak called BlowToUnlock.
This unique method of unlocking the iPhone is similar to Balloonimals but not as fun. Instead of the descriptive term "useful," the word "novelty" is more appropriate for this tweak. The best part about BlowToUnlock is that the developer has released the package free of charge.
Multiple taps are the norm when opening an iOS folder to find and run specific apps. With QuickFolders, those with jailbroken devices can streamline this process, and add new folder gestures to boot. Once installed, QuickFolders provides one touch access to folders and their contents.
Tapping once and holding will open a folder, and releasing over the desired app icon will open the app. All in one, smooth gesture without lifting a finger for multiple taps. Not only this, but for jailbreakers using nested iOS folders, multiple levels can be accessed with the same motion, never lifting your fingertip off the display.
Smart Search brings iOS 8 inspired enahncements to Spotlight search on jailbroken iOS 7 devices. A range of different sources can be searched, with results leading directly to any relevant, installed apps. This greatly improves the speed and versatility of the stock iOS Spotlight.
Once installed, a list of Plugins will be enabled under Settings -> Smart Search. These will correspond to available buttons within the Spotlight itself. Swipe down on the home screen to see these buttons, which will direct Smart Search to send the search term to the right place.
Most iOS 7 users are probably satisfied with accessing music controls in the Control Center. For those looking for more features, Musiex can be installed on jailbroken devices. The tweak works in conjunction with Activator to provide track info and controls from anywhere.
Once installed, an Activator action can be assigned to Musiex, which will bring up a panel at the top of any screen. The panel appears in the same place as incoming notifications, and provides current track information including album art.
Looking for extra security in the stock Messages app? The jailbreak tweak ConvoProtect can be used to lock and hide conversation threads. The package adds this functionality to iOS and even works with third party apps WhatsApp and Kik.
Once installed, texts and iMessages can be secured by selecting the contacts or groups involved in the threads to be locked. Entering a passcode will lock the conversation. After a conversation is locked, accessing its contents will require entering the passcode.
Many jailbreak tweaks are designed to make iOS even more convenient than the stock version. BrightPlayer is one such tweak, which adds brightness and rotation lock controls right where you need them, in the video player.
Finding that rotation lock is engaged when playing a video could mean stopping playback, navigating to the right toggle, and turning rotation lock off. Brightness can be even more inconvenient, since a dark display means playback won't be visible.
Customizing the colors on iOS lock screen notifications just got easier thanks to the jailbreak tweak xNotiLockColor. While the name might sound complicated, changing the colors for all aspects of lock screen notifications is simple with this package.
Once installed, components of the notifications can be colorized from Settings -> xNotiLockColor. The individual parts that can be customized are Primary, Secondary, Subtitle, Time/Slide, and Seperator. Colors take effect immediately when the next notification comes through, no respring required.