Jailbreaking

Add iPhone 6 Plus Conversation Pics to Smaller iPhones

There are several iOS 8 features that are limited to the iPhone 6 Plus only. Since the display is larger, items such as home screen rotation do not appear on other devices running iOS 8. In another example, each conversation in the Messages app is labeled with photos of the contacts participating in the thread.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak contact photos

These pictures are sourced from the Contacts photos stored on the iPhone. Now with ConvoPics, any device running iOS 8 can activate these conversation pictures, no iPhone 6 Plus required. The feature makes it even more convenient to locate conversations in the Messages app, by scanning for the person's face.

Make Sure Apps Fit the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Display

The iPhone 6 marks the second time Apple has expanded the iPhone display size. When the iPhone 5 increased screen real estate, it took some time for developers to complete updates to existing apps. Optimized for the iPhone 5 was a common refrain in the App Store. In the meantime, many apps were simply letterboxed to allow them to function properly.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak ForceGoodFit

There are still many apps that have not been optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays. These screens are significantly larger than the iPhone 5 family of devices, and in some cases the old apps just don't look right. Thanks to the tweak ForceGoodFit, jailbreakers can enhance the usability of older apps on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Add Kill Gestures to the iOS 8 App Switcher

One area of iOS that begs for customization is the app switcher. Ever since multitasking came to the iPhone, jailbreak developers have devised ways to easily quit all apps. The alternative is manually swiping to quit each app card individually. Clear Background Apps is just one example of such a tweak.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak Slide2Kill8 Pro

Now iOS 8 users can grab Slide2Kill8 Pro for a bevy of app management features. Once installed, Slide2Kill8 adds a ghost button to the lower right of the app switcher. Tapping this button provides three options, kill all apps, open the Control Center, or open the Notification Center.

How to Remove the iOS 8 Dock with Abeo

For some iOS users, making the most of the home screen can mean eliminating the dock. With the dock removed, another row of standard app icons can be utilized on each home screen page. Abeo is a jailbreak tweak designed to customize the iOS 8 home screen in this way.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak Abeo

With Abeo installed and enabled under Settings, the dock disappears, which spreads the rest of the app icons out to fill space. In order to maximize the number of icons on the home screen, the number of rows and columns can be customized under Settings -> Abeo.

Drop Shadows Behind App Icons with This Tweak

Adding a three dimensional effect to the iOS home screen has been a hobby of jailbreak developers for some time. With the release of iOS 7, Apple got in on the act and created a parallax effect on the home screen background. While this 3D feature can be disabled, the jailbreak tweak ShadowBoard takes things in the opposite direction.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak shadow

ShadowBoard adds drop shadows to all of the app icons on the home screen, including the dock. Thanks to the accelerometer, when the iOS device is tilted the shadow moves, simulating depth. This 3D effect adds another layer of dimensionality to the iOS 8 home screen.

Extend iOS 8 Quick Reply to Third Party Apps

Quick Reply is a great addition to iOS 8. Messages can be read and responded to right in the banner notification. Wouldn't it be even better if third-party messaging apps could use the same trick? Enter the jailbreak tweak IMN for iOS 8.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak IMN demo

With IMN installed, the same convenient Quick Reply functions that work with the stock Messages app are applied to other apps. Currently Facebook Messenger, Kik, and LINE are fully supported by the tweak.

How to Disable Read Receipts in WhatsApp

WhatsApp users are normally notified when a sent message is read by the recipient. Much like iMessage shows the time that an outgoing message was read, two blue check marks appear after a WhatsApp message is read. While Messages can be configured to keep read status private, disabling read receipts in WhatsApp is a more complicated proposition.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak WhatsApp icon

Those with stock iOS 8 devices can use a trick to prevent WhatsApp from reporting read receipts. Once a new message notification arrives, switch the device into Airplane Mode. Read the message in WhatsApp, then quit the app. Finally, turn Airplane Mode off.

Lock and Protect iOS Apps with the Asos Tweak

Individual apps can be protected with the jailbreak tweak Asos, recently updated for iOS 8. Asos prevents an app from running without authentication, making it possible to add a passcode to apps or use Touch ID for access. Asos also protects its own settings page, and can do this with Touch ID.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak Asos1

Once installed, settings can be configured to determine when an app prompts for authentication. Apps can request a passcode or Touch ID every time they run, once after reboot, or at timed intervals. Each app installed on iOS 8 can be secured or left unprotected by Asos, based on user preferences.

How to Block Web Browser Ads in iOS 8

Advertisements are generally unobtrusive in iOS, however one place where this can be an exception is in the web browser. Many apps use built-in Safari functionality, and ads served via web pages can crop up anywhere. The jailbreak tweak AdBlocker has been updated for iOS 8, and is now available in Cydia as AdBlocker 2.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak ad blocker

AdBlocker operates like similar desktop-based ad blocking software, by optimizing the spaces where ads normally appear in the web browser. Once installed, settings include options to enable banner ad blocking in Safari and apps that use the default iOS 8 web browser view (UIWebViews).

How to Spoof Your iPhone Location Data on iOS 8

Good news for anyone who enjoys spoofing their iPhone location to trick friends and apps alike. The jailbreak tweak LocationFaker has been updated to work with iOS 8. For those who purchased the previous version of LocationFaker, the update is free of charge.

iOS 8.1 jailbreak LocationFaker8

LocationFaker8 replaces GPS-sourced location data with a fake location chosen by the user. Once installed, the LocationFaker app will appear on the iOS 8 home screen. Locations can be searched, and a list of favorite spoofed locations can even be kept for later use.

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