iPhone Cydia Tweaks to teach Grandparents how to use iPhone

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Mhdez26, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. Mhdez26 macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2014
    My grandparents received an iPhone 5c as a present. Personally I do not agree with the gift they received. Smartphones are simply not for them. Any cydia tweaks to make it easier for them to use their phone. I already thought of getting rid of the lockscreen, and I put all the apps except phone, and camera in a folder. Please help?
  2. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    Just take the time to help them, show them hw to use it. I bet they'll get it:cool:
  3. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    Yeah. Dont jailbreak it it will only become more complicated.
  4. Applejuiced, Dec 25, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2014

    Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Keep the phone stock and just show them how to do things.
    Don't make it harder on them and yourself with jb and hacks.
  5. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    This is what I did:

    Jailbreak and install Springtomize. I then hide the apps I knew they would never need or use.
    I followed that up with increasing the size of each app to 125%.

    (Hide Cydia too when completed.)
  6. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Watch in horror as they get a popup telling them they need to update their software, click it, accept it, and have to re-learn a whole new look since the above tweaks won't be there after they update their software. Your idea is a BAD idea.

    Apple makes super simple use for elderly. Use the accessibility features, drop everything they won't use into a folder on another screen, and you're done.

    If they can't handle that, they can't handle iPhone. they make smartphones specific to seniors that are better suited for them.... Jitterbug, etc.
  7. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    There's a simple tweak that prevents that "popup" on a jailbroken iPhone along with any ability to update.

    My idea is back to being both sound and logical thus avoiding all the "horrors" you described.
  8. BoricuaHec01 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2012
    Chicago, IL
  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    my grandma is 85 and uses her iPad, they can learn how to use an iPhone
  10. AlecZ macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2014
    Berkeley, CA
    They'll update it and wonder what happened to their jailbreak tweaks. Or a relative will update. My grandma is surprisingly good with her iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but my aunt updated her iPhone to iOS 7, and she came to me asking why everything looked different and why the Phone app was frozen (because of course iOS 7 made it unstable).

    EDIT: Someone beat me to it, and someone offered a way around it. Still, what if you need to update for some reason? Also, it's best to keep it stock anyway.

    My almost 100-year-old neighbor just got an iPhone 6, and he has no concept of what a web browser is. If someone comes up with a good way to make it easier, I'll try it.


    I don't think that means his grandparents will learn easily, but they could. My dad's mom got an iPad last year and immediately learned how to use it despite having never touching a computer, smartphone, etc. in her life, but my mom's mom has tried and failed to use PCs for decades and can't use an iPad. She can only send an email with close guidance and does everything by memorization.
  11. pdxmatts macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2013
    Portland, OR
    I agree with others that you should just leave it stock. Many elderly can use an iPhone, it is very user friendly. If they have questions, then you should just help answer them. Maybe give them some credit, they might surprise you
  12. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    Not for iOS 8... it hasn't been updated.

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