iPhone What are the essential iPhone apps/tweaks you use and would recommend others?

Hal~9000

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I haven't seen one of these threads in a while and was curious:

What are the essential iPhone apps/tweaks you use and would recommend for others?

I have a few of the basic ones (springtomize, ccsettings, adblocker, ifile) but I'm not a master like many of the jailbreak forum members here and would like to know your essential ones you would recommend for others :)

Thanks in advance for your replies!
 

Intell

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dnsmasq and pixelserv. Together I get excellent ad blocking that is better than a host block, faster DNS resolves (useful on slow connections), and the ability to NetBoot Mac OS X or PXE boot Linux from my iPhone.
 

Hal~9000

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dnsmasq and pixelserv. Together I get excellent ad blocking that is better than a host block, faster DNS resolves (useful on slow connections), and the ability to NetBoot Mac OS X or PXE boot Linux from my iPhone.
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You sure are a technically gifted person Intell. Wish I was as smart as you to be able to do stuff like that :(

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to look into those and see if I can get them to work better than adblocker.
 

Intell

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There's nothing special about it. iOS is largely the same as Mac OS X, but with a different GUI. All the underpinnings and subsystems are the same. If a program binary doesn't exist, compile it for iOS using Xcode or an on device compiler. Because of this, iOS is extremely flexible and able when looked at from a UNIX point of view.
 

braddick

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This thread took me seventeen seconds to get from, "Ah, cool! I love tweak idea threads like this!" to, "Ah, dang. Another thread that is severely over my pay scale."



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Asator

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Activator (free) - Centralized gestures, button and shortcut management for iOS.

AdBlocker ($1.99) - Blocks image based ads in Safari and other apps which are using browse-like views (UIWebView).

AndroidLock XT ($1.99) - An Android-like lockscreen where you have to draw the correct pattern to unlock.

AskToCall (free) - Ask before calling on Recents page at MobilePhone.app and ask before calling on Contacts app

AutoPause (free) - Automatically pauses the current song when the volume is decreased to zero.

BatteryStatusBar ($0.99) - Visually see your battery charge on your status bar.

BetterNC7 (free) - removes all the annoyances of the iOS 7 Notification Centre.

biteSMS ($7.99 to remove ads) - Quick Reply, Quick Compose, Scheduled Messages, Auto-Forward, Passcode Lock, Privacy, Contact Pics, Easy Pick Smileys, Templates, Signatures, Delayed Sending, Themes and much more!

Bolt (free) - Replace your battery icon with a lightning bolt that shows only while charging!

Browser Changer (free) - Allows you to make third party web browsers your default.

BytaFont 2 (free) - Lets you apply fonts to your iDevice.

CC Deseparator (free) - Allows you to remove the separator lines found within the Control Center.

CCToggles (free) - Allows users to add shortcuts to their favorite apps as switches.

CenterStage (free) - Allows you to open the Notification Center or Control Center from only the middle of the screen.

ClassicBadges (free) - Think the iOS 7 icon badges suck, or want the ability to customize badges with WinterBoard?

ClassicDock (free) - ClassicDock can bring an old-style dock to your iOS 7-powered iDevice.

ClassicLabels for iOS 7.1.x (free) - ClassicLabels brings the old icon labels from iOS 6 back to your iOS 7 device.

CleverPin ($1.99) - CleverPin automatically disables the passcode when you’re connected to your Home Wi-Fi network.

Color Keyboard for iOS 7 ($1.99) - Colorize the keyboard on your iPhone.

Coono ($1.50) - Coono breathes live into your notifications by colorizing them with the dominant color of the notifications icon.

Copic ($1.49) - Copic (short form of Contact Picture) shows contact pictures every where in your iPhone/iPad/iPod standard apps.

CustomFolderIcons (free) - From repo "repo.fortysixandtwo.com" gives you the ability to customize folders with an icon.

CyDelete7 (free) - Allows you to uninstall applications installed via Cydia from the Springboard just like AppStore applications.

Cylinder (free) - Brings totally awesome animation effects to your homescreen while swiping from page to page.

DisableWelcomeBanner (free) - Disable the GameCenter "Welcome back” banner.

f.lux (free) - Warms up your screen to match your lighting at night.

Flex 2 ($1.99) - Flex gives you the power to modify apps and change their behavior.

FolderEnhancer ($0.99) (iOS 7) - Using the tweak you can enhance the way Folders work and look on iOS devices.

Forecast ($0.99) - Forecast can bring detailed weather information to your iOS lock screen.

HapticPro ($2.99) - Customizable haptic feedback for the keyboard, buttons and more!

HiddenSettings7 (free) - Show internal springboard settings for Apple by ControlCentre.

HideHomeTime (free) - Hide the Status Bar TIme at the home screen.

HomescreenDesigner ($1.99) - Want to have a custom layout for the icons on your iPhone's homescreen? Check out this Cydia tweak which lets you customize the layout easily.

iCaughtU Pro ($2.50) - iCaughtU Pro will take a picture with the front camera (if available), when the lock password is entered wrong, and it will additionally send it to a specified user via SMS or email with more information like Location and a map.

iCleaner Pro (free) - Helps you to detect and expel unnecessary clutter from your iOS device. Clearing unwanted apps and tweaks will free up more space for other stuffs and make your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch work faster.

IconOmatic (free) - Bring back depth to your springboard on iOS7! This tweak will give you options too have icon shadow, icon overlays an includes 3 themes.

Infinidock ($1.99) - The ultimate dock scrolling and customization tool! Add as many icons as you want to your dock and scroll back and forth.

JellyLock7 (free) - JellyLock is a lock screen app launcher, that is super convenient to use. Drag a grabber to your favorite application to launch it without unlocking your device first.

JellyLockClock7 (free) - Replace your default lockscreen clock with a configurable Android Jellybean clock!

LockHTML3 ($1.00) - Taking your lockscreen to a whole new level again! Uses Actual Lockscreen Background. Make your lockscreen widget more like part of your phone rather than just an overlay.

Messages Customiser (free) - A tweak that lets you completely customize the look and feel of iOS 7 message app.

NC Date Customizer (free) - NC Date Customizer cydia tweak allows you to customize date label in Notification Centre.

NCAgenda ($0.99) - NCAgenda tweak for adds a much more usable calendar to Notification Center. It doesn’t replace the existing day view widget, but gives you a new widget that shows an agenda view of multiple days of events.

OpenNotifier (free) - A fully-customizable StatusNotifier. It is a collaborative project, designed and written from scratch

PowerSoundDisabler (free) - A simple tweak disabling sound and vibration after respringing or connecting via USB.

PreferenceOrganizer 2 (free) - Organises your settings app by separating your settings app into 4 configurable categories.

SameStatus (free) - A tweak that does something incredibly simple: it allows you to make the size of the lock screen status bar match the size of the home screen status bar.

ShowCase (free) - Normally, the keys of the iOS keyboard always display uppercase letters, regardless of the state of the shift key. With the ShowCase extension installed, when the shift key is off, the keys will display lowercase letters.

SmartClose (free) - Normally when you close applications in iOS, the operating system permits those applications to run in the background for up to 10 minutes before they're suspended in a "deep sleep" mode. This tweak will make it so that applications in iOS are automatically sent into that "deep sleep" mode when you close them, rather than being allowed to stay open in the background.

SwipeSelection Pro ($1.99) - A new way to edit text on iOS using gestures on the keyboard to move the cursor and select text.
 

Hal~9000

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Activator (free) - Centralized gestures, button and shortcut management for iOS.

AdBlocker ($1.99) - Blocks image based ads in Safari and other apps which are using browse-like views (UIWebView).

AndroidLock XT ($1.99) - An Android-like lockscreen where you have to draw the correct pattern to unlock.

AskToCall (free) - Ask before calling on Recents page at MobilePhone.app and ask before calling on Contacts app

AutoPause (free) - Automatically pauses the current song when the volume is decreased to zero.

BatteryStatusBar ($0.99) - Visually see your battery charge on your status bar.

BetterNC7 (free) - removes all the annoyances of the iOS 7 Notification Centre.

biteSMS ($7.99 to remove ads) - Quick Reply, Quick Compose, Scheduled Messages, Auto-Forward, Passcode Lock, Privacy, Contact Pics, Easy Pick Smileys, Templates, Signatures, Delayed Sending, Themes and much more!

Bolt (free) - Replace your battery icon with a lightning bolt that shows only while charging!

Browser Changer (free) - Allows you to make third party web browsers your default.

BytaFont 2 (free) - Lets you apply fonts to your iDevice.

CC Deseparator (free) - Allows you to remove the separator lines found within the Control Center.

CCToggles (free) - Allows users to add shortcuts to their favorite apps as switches.

CenterStage (free) - Allows you to open the Notification Center or Control Center from only the middle of the screen.

ClassicBadges (free) - Think the iOS 7 icon badges suck, or want the ability to customize badges with WinterBoard?

ClassicDock (free) - ClassicDock can bring an old-style dock to your iOS 7-powered iDevice.

ClassicLabels for iOS 7.1.x (free) - ClassicLabels brings the old icon labels from iOS 6 back to your iOS 7 device.

CleverPin ($1.99) - CleverPin automatically disables the passcode when you’re connected to your Home Wi-Fi network.

Color Keyboard for iOS 7 ($1.99) - Colorize the keyboard on your iPhone.

Coono ($1.50) - Coono breathes live into your notifications by colorizing them with the dominant color of the notifications icon.

Copic ($1.49) - Copic (short form of Contact Picture) shows contact pictures every where in your iPhone/iPad/iPod standard apps.

CustomFolderIcons (free) - From repo "repo.fortysixandtwo.com" gives you the ability to customize folders with an icon.

CyDelete7 (free) - Allows you to uninstall applications installed via Cydia from the Springboard just like AppStore applications.

Cylinder (free) - Brings totally awesome animation effects to your homescreen while swiping from page to page.

DisableWelcomeBanner (free) - Disable the GameCenter "Welcome back” banner.

f.lux (free) - Warms up your screen to match your lighting at night.

Flex 2 ($1.99) - Flex gives you the power to modify apps and change their behavior.

FolderEnhancer ($0.99) (iOS 7) - Using the tweak you can enhance the way Folders work and look on iOS devices.

Forecast ($0.99) - Forecast can bring detailed weather information to your iOS lock screen.

HapticPro ($2.99) - Customizable haptic feedback for the keyboard, buttons and more!

HiddenSettings7 (free) - Show internal springboard settings for Apple by ControlCentre.

HideHomeTime (free) - Hide the Status Bar TIme at the home screen.

HomescreenDesigner ($1.99) - Want to have a custom layout for the icons on your iPhone's homescreen? Check out this Cydia tweak which lets you customize the layout easily.

iCaughtU Pro ($2.50) - iCaughtU Pro will take a picture with the front camera (if available), when the lock password is entered wrong, and it will additionally send it to a specified user via SMS or email with more information like Location and a map.

iCleaner Pro (free) - Helps you to detect and expel unnecessary clutter from your iOS device. Clearing unwanted apps and tweaks will free up more space for other stuffs and make your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch work faster.

IconOmatic (free) - Bring back depth to your springboard on iOS7! This tweak will give you options too have icon shadow, icon overlays an includes 3 themes.

Infinidock ($1.99) - The ultimate dock scrolling and customization tool! Add as many icons as you want to your dock and scroll back and forth.

JellyLock7 (free) - JellyLock is a lock screen app launcher, that is super convenient to use. Drag a grabber to your favorite application to launch it without unlocking your device first.

JellyLockClock7 (free) - Replace your default lockscreen clock with a configurable Android Jellybean clock!

LockHTML3 ($1.00) - Taking your lockscreen to a whole new level again! Uses Actual Lockscreen Background. Make your lockscreen widget more like part of your phone rather than just an overlay.

Messages Customiser (free) - A tweak that lets you completely customize the look and feel of iOS 7 message app.

NC Date Customizer (free) - NC Date Customizer cydia tweak allows you to customize date label in Notification Centre.

NCAgenda ($0.99) - NCAgenda tweak for adds a much more usable calendar to Notification Center. It doesn’t replace the existing day view widget, but gives you a new widget that shows an agenda view of multiple days of events.

OpenNotifier (free) - A fully-customizable StatusNotifier. It is a collaborative project, designed and written from scratch

PowerSoundDisabler (free) - A simple tweak disabling sound and vibration after respringing or connecting via USB.

PreferenceOrganizer 2 (free) - Organises your settings app by separating your settings app into 4 configurable categories.

SameStatus (free) - A tweak that does something incredibly simple: it allows you to make the size of the lock screen status bar match the size of the home screen status bar.

ShowCase (free) - Normally, the keys of the iOS keyboard always display uppercase letters, regardless of the state of the shift key. With the ShowCase extension installed, when the shift key is off, the keys will display lowercase letters.

SmartClose (free) - Normally when you close applications in iOS, the operating system permits those applications to run in the background for up to 10 minutes before they're suspended in a "deep sleep" mode. This tweak will make it so that applications in iOS are automatically sent into that "deep sleep" mode when you close them, rather than being allowed to stay open in the background.

SwipeSelection Pro ($1.99) - A new way to edit text on iOS using gestures on the keyboard to move the cursor and select text.
:eek:

Holy crap Asator! Thank you so much for taking all the time it took to write this post! So many times people just write a list of names and that's it... but I am very grateful you not only did that but also explained each of them and their prices. I haven't gone through the whole list yet but I'm sure I will find something useful by you and for that I am very grateful :)

 

IrishVixen

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Asator, thank you for that detailed list. BetterNC7 changed one of the remaining things I absolutely loathed about iOS 7--and I didn't know that tweak existed until your post!

Three that I don't think have been mentioned yet: Gesture Music Controls (if you're on 7.1.2, you'll need to find the older deb to install, the one on Cydia doesn't work), Blurred Music App, and CustomCover. These three together make the music app more attractive and more functional, and Gesture Music Controls also makes it easy to swipe through your songs in the CC and on the lockscreen (as well as in the music app). No more trying to hit a tiny button to go forward or back, just swipe across the song title area.
 

eyoungren

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OK. Here's a music tweak I use that I never really see mentioned.

It's called PowerPLAY and it's available on Cydia. It's free.

What it does is it assigns Activator actions to the volume buttons that control your music app. Hold down volume up briefly, next track. Hold down volume down briefly, previous track. Both volume buttons press simultaneously means pause. Press them simultaneously again and play will resume. There are a few others such as fast forward and rewind, but I rarely use those so I'm not sure which actions control them. PowerPLAY works on the lockscreen and everywhere else. If the music app is not open and you press the buttons for one of the actions it will open the music app and begin playing your music. It will do that even if the phone is locked.

Anyway, I never use the music app. You probably then wonder why I have the tweak installed. Well…I do use Google Play and every Google Music player I have ever used in the app store can be controlled with this tweak. I have never tested Spotify or Pandora with it, but I think it may control them too. I speculate that PowerPLAY will control almost any app in the app store that uses the basic features of STOP, PLAY, Next track and Previous track.

This to me is highly useful when I stream music because all I have to do is work the volume buttons. I never have to look at my screen. Oh yeah. Works on iOS 7.1.2.

Here's Cydia's brief on it.
 

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IrishVixen

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Another favorite to add: NoNewMark. Gets rid of the blue dot next to newly updated apps. Dear Apple--I really don't need to know about these since I update manually!
 

XboxMySocks

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OK. Here's a music tweak I use that I never really see mentioned.

It's called PowerPLAY and it's available on Cydia. It's free.

What it does is it assigns Activator actions to the volume buttons that control your music app. Hold down volume up briefly, next track. Hold down volume down briefly, previous track. Both volume buttons press simultaneously means pause. Press them simultaneously again and play will resume. There are a few others such as fast forward and rewind, but I rarely use those so I'm not sure which actions control them. PowerPLAY works on the lockscreen and everywhere else. If the music app is not open and you press the buttons for one of the actions it will open the music app and begin playing your music. It will do that even if the phone is locked.

Anyway, I never use the music app. You probably then wonder why I have the tweak installed. Well…I do use Google Play and every Google Music player I have ever used in the app store can be controlled with this tweak. I have never tested Spotify or Pandora with it, but I think it may control them too. I speculate that PowerPLAY will control almost any app in the app store that uses the basic features of STOP, PLAY, Next track and Previous track.

This to me is highly useful when I stream music because all I have to do is work the volume buttons. I never have to look at my screen. Oh yeah. Works on iOS 7.1.2.

Here's Cydia's brief on it.

You can do all of this with activator :s
 

IrishVixen

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Yet, as soon as you open the app for the first time the blue dot goes away, right?
:D Of course. But I tend to update infrequently, so there might be 20 or more blue dots. Then my springboard pages look like they have some weird blue form of measles.

It's a minor thing, but it makes a big difference for those of us annoyed by it. LOL
 

td1439

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f.lux, iFile, BytaFont, Springtomize, Convergance, Nitrous

if you like theming: Winterboard, iWidgets, GroovyLock, SetBack, Iconoclasm, Iconomatic
 

cymolia

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HideMe7 - used to hide any part of the system that you don't want to see. alternative to Cloaky

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KuaiDial for iOS7 - adds T9 dialing from the keypad in the phone app, among a whole bunch of other options.
 
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