Cydia tweaks to install on your iPhone 4S right after the jailbreak
We round up a few of the more popular Cydia tweaks that will make the time spent with your iPhone 4S more enjoyable, and its poster child Siri more functional.
This is by no means an extensive list, just some which we thought would be interesting for first time iPhone 4S jailbreak dancers.
The iPhone 4S has a major selling point in the case of Siri, its intelligent voice-command software, but, since it was released in beta for the first time by Apple, some desirable features are still missing. How about a Cydia tweak for that!
Enter SiriToggles, which "allows you to tell Siri to enable/disable certain settings, get info on battery level, change your screen brightness and even launch apps". Launching various apps with your voice was one of the features most desired for Siri, and here we have it, no need to wait for Apple's official update on the matter. Also, the ability to toggle Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and so on connectivity switches without fumbling with settings is a welcome change.
SiriToggles is available in the Big Boss repo as we speak, and should work on both your iPhone 4S, or iPhone 4 where Siri is installed via methods like Spire. Best part about SiriToggles - it's free! Yep, you read that right.
The idea behind this tweak is as simple as its name. The app allows you to start Siri (and do the things SiriToggles above allows you to), by simply saying "Siri" out loud. Your iPhone 4S will enter voice-command status even if it is in sleep mode. Pretty cool for when your hands are busy with something more important than trying to hold that home button. Like, being up to the eyeballs in gooey stuff trying to sort out your new brownie recipe. Cost - $1.99 at the Big Boss repo.
There are a few other Siri tweaks like OpenSiri and SiriUtils, which do similar things to SiriToggles, or Siri Mic Colors and Siri Background Color, which bring a little pizzazz to the looks of Apple's venerable voice assistant, if you are starting to get bored from its design.
There is also VoiceUtils - yet another tweak, which adds the capabilities to mumble a few system commands towards your iPhone 4S, instead of fiddling with settings menus. These include asking it to reboot, respring, enter safe mode, or turn off your phone completely. Certainly a lot more Siri tweaks are on the day, as well as updates to the ones above, now that the iPhone 4S can be fairly easily jailbroken.
Essentially merging a few tweaks which got extremely popular with the iPhone 4 jailbreakers, BBSettings is your one-stop shop if you want to run apps, receive system info, and tweak and change various settings of your iPhone 4S straight from the notification bar. Just add the http://cydia.pwndevteam.com/ repo to Cydia, and then respring.
Things you can do with it include: pinning your favorite apps in the notification bar, turning on and off your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, or cellular data connectivity from there as well, adjusting volume and screen brightness, having a glimpse at your active applications, and displaying various system info, like CPU or memory usage, and so on. Extremely helpful tweak, which should probably be the first you install on a jailbroken 4S.
This powerful tool brings the new and beloved notifications in iOS 5 up front and central directly on your lock screen. After BBSettings, this is one of the most useful tweaks your iPhone can have right off the bat after jailbreaking. What it does is basically bring the notification center in view before you have even unlocked your screen - Facebook and Twitter updates, stocks, weather, missed calls, emails or messages, all beneficial to be just one button push away.
iOS 5 Battery Fix
This one received its fame thanks to various testimonies that it deals with the issues that drain the battery of some iPhone 4S users like a thirsty hippo. Note that access to the Insanelyi repo VIP forum, where the fix is located, as per RedmondPie, costs $4.99, so you have to splurge for the privilege, or wait until more versions start lurking around.
Those are just a few starting tweaks you can install on your iPhone 4S after the jailbreak with Absinthe takes its course, and are just a starting points for many of the Cydia app and tweak wonders. They are a great starting point, though, if you want to make the most out of your spanking new iPhone 4S, and turn its humble voice assistant into a wunderkind.
1. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
A few other cool tweaks to download are Zephyr and Barrel, they are paid apps, but I'm sure there are repos that have them for free
4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I don't know about Zephyr but add this source if want Barrel for free, cydia.xsellize.com, it worked for me.
5. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Anyone who jailbreaks don't add xsellize. I mean that is f you want your iphone semifinctional. Just pay for the apps. Or download better repos.
13. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
xsellize I never had a problem with
19. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
ya xsellize made my cydia overly annoying as well
21. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Its a bitch xsellize don't mess with that stuff
25. enjoi45 (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
i always use sinfuliphonerepo and it works perfectyl.
18. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)
This is Zephyr
2. Daniel.P (Posts: 97; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Thanks, by all means anyone share what they've found, as new things are starting to come out every hour after Absinthe, it seems :-)
3. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
you can find other applications through other sources from xsellize and sinfuliphone repo to get the paid applications for free.
unlock fx is awesome, to add animation anytime you open your phone. you can pair it with styleunlock and you can customize how to unlock your device.
6. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Sinful iphone repo and xsellize are very bad sources. Don't download them. It will mess up your phone. And save your sshblob everyone. And these apps people are talkig anout if you download some weird apps your putting your phone at risk. Stick with the main cydia apps from trusted sources.
8. ilia1986 (unregistered)
They may not be always top quality - but these are the repos with the most free stuff in them.
11. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Regardless of quality its 1) illegal 2) your phone will crash if you download to mich stuff.
16. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
i been using these repos for years they dont mess up the iPhone
20. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
It will make your phone crash pretty bad. Use more discrete repos and your iPhone won't be much slower then stock!
26. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
uh i think sticking with the larger repos is better… u dont know what ur getting if u dont
7. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)
dont' understand why people would wanna jail break their iphone if they want fully cutomised phone why wouldnt they buy any android phone out there?I understand there are some benefits but dont you think it creates some sort of security hole?
9. ilia1986 (unregistered)
What if some of us bought an iPhone 4 EXPECTING Apple to make it much more user-customizable and be more like Android down the road?
*cough* me *cough*
12. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Its more then customization that make people want to jailbreak. Its more about the little things.
27. E.N. (Posts: 2217; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
yeah I'm gonna jailbreak for mainly free tethering/hotspot and also test applications before I buy. The customizing options are great, but I'd love my phone with or without them.
iPhone is smoother than Android, the UI is more colorful, the hardware is great, the App Store is second to none, camera is awesome, etc. Customization would be nice to have, but you have to keep in mind that for most people, customization isn't the deciding factor.
If customization is so important to you, definitely go for Android.
10. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
why do android people root? same exact explanation of why people jailbreak iphones....common sense.
29. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)
well they do but no as much as iphone!
14. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
sinful iPhone repo is another one I been using for years
15. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Install0us is another must have
22. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
That a pretty immoral app to use. You can have some major problems with it. I would just buy the stuff from the appstore.
17. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
If any new jailbreakers have any questions about anything about Repositories just let me know.
23. biophone (Posts: 1879; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Dude its fine to use repos but the ones you recommend aren't ideal. Their are better ones out there. Don't mess up someone else's phones.
24. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Everyone takes the chance jail breaking. They should know the risks. But I have been doing this since jail breaking started and never had major issues. Now if you download 2 tweaks that conflict the worse that happens is that the SB crashes. all you do then is go in and remove the last tweak installed.
On the other hand bio is right dont use those repos if you are scared.
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