Friday, June 23, 2017

How To Replace Siri With Google Assistant On iOS 10 iPhone

Have you ever wished to replace Siri with Google Assistant on your iPhone? If yes, then in this post we'll show you how to do it. As you know Google Assistant is a personal voice assistant developed originally for Android devices and is considered an upgrade of Google Now. The good news is that Assistant is now available for iOS as well.

Although Assistant can be accessed easily via the Today view, it’s not as convenient as pressing and holding the Home button, which activates Siri. As always is the case, if you’re jailbroken, you can easily replace Siri with Google Assistant on your iPhone. Here is how you can do it.

How To Replace Siri With Google Assistant On iPhone

By taking advantage of a popular tweak known as Activator, you can easily make Google Assistant your default voice assistant. 

If you wish to use Google Assistant instead of Siri on your iPhone follow easy steps below.

Step 1: Download and install Google Assistant from the App Store and Activator from Cydia on your jailbroken device.

Step 2: Then launch the Activator app from the Home screen.

Step 3: Click on Anywhere.

Step 4: Under the Home Button section, click on Long Hold.

Step 5: Scroll down to the User Applications section and click on Assistant to select it. Then press on the i button next to it and pick ‘Open App Immediately’ option.

Step 6: Then return to the Anywhere screen and this time launch Short Hold. Scroll down to the System Actions section and pick Do Nothing.

Step 7: Lastly lauch the Settings app and click on Siri. Toggle it off to disable Siri completely.

That's it! Now the next time you press and hold the Home button, it will launch Google Assistant instead of Siri.

How To Make The App Switcher Home Screen Card More Consistent In iOS 10

Those users who have jailbroken iPhone can now make the App Switcher Home screen card more consistent in iOS 10 with new tweak called HomeCardIconLabel, that has recently hit the Cydia. The App Switcher on your iPhone has a Home screen card in addition to those for each of your recently used apps. Each of your recently used apps has its own header with an icon and label above it, while the Home screen card is displayed without these elements.

That's why iOS developer DGh0st fixes that omission in iOS with releasing HomeCardIconLabel jailbreak tweak. This Cydia tweak makes the App Switcher Home screen card more consistent in iOS 10 by adding both a label and icon to the top of the its Home screen card.

As you can see on the picture above the small icon and the label are exactly the same size as all the rest of your App Switcher cards and it looks as the native UI element in iOS.

HomeCardIconLabel is a simple tweak that brings only an aesthetic touch to App Switcher Home screen card. So if you want your App Switcher Home screen card has a its own header with an icon and label then you should definitely give HomeCardIconLabel tweak a try. 

This jailbreak tweak is available from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for free. HomeCardIconLabel works fine only with jailbroken iOS 10 and iOS 9 devices. It doesn't has any options to configure, this means that once you install it, the tweak will immediately add header with an icon and label to your App Switcher Home screen card.

I don't understand why Apple didn't add the header to App Switcher Home screen card by default, but that's where having a jailbroken device is a big advantage. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

CamMode Adds A Mode-Switching HUD To The iPhone Camera App

Have you ever wanted to add a mode-switching HUD to the iPhone Camera app. It can be possible if you have jailbroken device. On your iPhone the Camera app has a bulk of various shooting modes that can be switched between by swiping left or right in the viewfinder frame. Normally the carousel selector that is located under the frame shows the shooting mode you’re currently using, but iOS could do a much better job by informing this actions to the user. Developer Cole Cabral fixed this issue by releasing a new free Cydia tweak known as CamMode.

With this jailbreak tweak installed, a new heads-up display (HUD) appears whenever you change shooting modes in the Camera app. As you can see on the screenshot below, this mode-switching HUD is very similar in design to the HUD you see when your rear-facing LED flash is enabled.

The HUD only appears for just a second before fading away with a brief animation. It doesn't hide any element and don't interrupt your photography by any stretch.

CamMode jailbreak tweak is available for free from Cydia and it works on jailbroken iOS 10 and 9 devices. Once you install the tweak, a new preferences pane will be added to the Settings app:

From there you can enable/disable the tweak on demand, which is really handy in case when you temporarily need an uninterrupted photo-shooting experience for certain high-attention scenarios. The tweak doesn't have any other options to configure.

CamMode is purely aesthetic jailbreak tweak. Some will see it as redundant info as the carousel selector below the frame already shows the mode you’ve selected. But many users will value this element of the UI and find it useful.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Cydia Tweak Disables The Lockout When Connecting iPhone To CarPlay Unit

Those folks who have jailbroken iOS 10 devices have an ability to disable the lockout when connecting iPhone to a CarPlay unit installing new jailbreak tweak dubbed as CarPlay Lockout. Normally when you use CarPlay, your iOS 10 iPhone naturally shows the screen shown below for several seconds before automatically falling asleep and kicking you out to the Lock screen.

The recently released CarPlay Lockout tweak prevents your phone from locking you out and rather returns you to the Home screen after a brief display of the CarPlay screen.

How To Disable The Lockout When Connecting iPhone To CarPlay Unit

iOS allows you to bypass the CarPlay screen manually by pressing the Home button while it’s showing, but CarPlay Lockout tweak eliminates this unnecessary physical step, making this process automated.

So how you can disable the lockout when connecting iPhone to a CarPlay unit. First, download and install CarPlay Lockout from Cydia. The tweak doesn’t have any options to configure. It means that after installation so you should start to notice that the CarPlay screen disappears faster than before and how you’re kicked to the Home screen instead of the Lock screen.

This small enhancement will allows you or your passenger(s) to continue using the iPhone after connecting to a CarPlay unit without any interruptions and without having to press the Home button to exit the screen.

It’s indeed a tedious nitpick of Apple’s stock iOS functionality, but depending on how often you use CarPlay while you’re in the car, it might be worth trying for the added benefits of both hands-free convenience and time savings. Despite how minor it sounds, sometimes it’s the small details that can change a near-perfect experience to a perfect one.

CarPlay Lockout tweak is available for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository and is compatible with jailbroken iOS 10 devices that support CarPlay addition

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How To Make It Easier To Trust Sideloaded App Certificates

If you advanced iOS user and you may sideload apps from time to time then we'll show you how to make it easier to trust sideloaded app certificates. As you know sideloading third-party apps using Impactor or Xcode in most cases involves trusting a certificate. This is a process you should be familiar with if your device is jailbroken with Yalu102 or Pangu for iOS 9. But iOS platform itself doesn’t make the trusting process easy to perform out of the box.

That's why new jailbreak tweak dubbed as QuickTrust fixes this problem by adding a “Trust” button directly to the certificate pop-up alert, as shown on the screenshot example above. As the result it make it easier to trust sideloaded app certificates.

The QuickTrust doesn’t automatically trust certificates, as this will break security concern. Instead, it just makes the process easier for you, the end user, to trust a certificate without going through the iOS settings.

Before installing QuickTrust, an alert like the one above would normally only have a “Cancel” button. You would then have to digging the preferences panes in the Settings app before stumbling upon the certificate and trusting it from there. QuickTrust really saves your time as it forces the alert message itself confirming trusting certificates for your sideloaded apps, so you don’t have to launch the Settings app at all.

Note that the tweak only works when your iPhone is in a jailbroken state because it’s dependent on Cydia Substrate. QuickTrust tweak doesn’t come with preferences pane for configurations. It means that its effects will take place next time you sideload a new app with a certificate that needs to be trusted.

So if you want to give QuickTrust a try, then it’s available to download from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for free. The tweak supports iOS 10 devices, so if you're jailbroken on iOS 9 you're out of luck.

Monday, June 12, 2017

New Cydia Tweak Lets Move And Rotate iPhone Lock Screen Clock

Have you ever wanted to somehow move and rotate Lock screen clock on your iPhone. With new jailbreak tweak dubbed as TimeMover it can be possible because it allows you to re-orient your Lock screen clock to better match the wallpaper you set.

With this jailbreak tweak installed you can move, resize, and rotate your Lock screen clock easily, just like you would move a snapchat emoji. TimeMover uses an intuitive tap and drag-based user interface for fine-tuning your Lock screen clock to match your unique setup.

On the example below you can see how TimeMover tweak works:

So if you're impressed and want to try this Cydia tweak on your jailbroken device then you can TimeMover today for $1.99 from Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Note that this tweak supports only jailbroken iOS 10 devices.

Once you've installed the tweak on your device you can go right to tweak's preferences pane in the Settings app to start to move and rotate Lock screen clock on iPhone using the following configuration options:

  • Enable/disable the tweak on demand
  • Enable/disable editing mode 
  • Enable/disable fine-tuning mode 
  • Set clock alignment (left, center, right) 
  • Enable haptic feedback
  • Select placement for automatic alignment
  • Turn off the date subtitle
  • Disable the ‘press home to unlock’ text
  • Turn off the page dots
  • Disable scrolling on the Locks creen
  • Turn on vibrant effects
  • Save up to three preferred Lock screen clock position profiles
  • Reset everything to factory defaults

As you can see you have various options to change the Lock screen look and feel. What is really convenient is that the developer adds additional features to hide different Lock screen elements as the Lock screen clock can sometimes overlap them in some cases.

As for me TimeMover is really cool Cydia release. For the $1.99 price this tweak offers various options to make your Lock screen look really special.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How To Tweet Now Playing Music From Anywhere In iOS 10

If you're music fan and have jailbroken device you have a great chance to tweet Now Playing music from anywhere in iOS 10 installing new jailbreak tweak called NPTweet. This Cydia tweak makes it extremely easy to Tweet a Now Playing track from anywhere in iOS applying a Flipswitch. Here is a short review on how this jailbreak tweak works on jailbroken iOS 10 devices.

How To Tweet Now Playing Music From Anywhere On iPhone

To get started NPTweet should be downloaded from for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repo and installed on jailbroken device. The tweak works good on iOS 10 or iOS 9 devices.

To tweet Now Playing music from anywhere in iOS 10 you need to use Flipswitch. When invoked, the extension automatically scrapes together your Now Playing track’s metadata and compiles it into a string of text you can share with your followers. Among the kinds of information you can include in your Tweet string are:

  • The song name
  • The artist of the song
  • The album the song is from
  • The name of the app playing the song

Configuring the tweak is simple; you can go to the Settings app after installation and you’ll find NPTweet's preferences pane:

From here you can customize the string of text so the tweak compiles the info in the format you select. Simply use the guide in the pane to type out the shortcuts in any order along with any other filler text you wish to have.

Once you're done with that, navigate to your Flipswitch settings, which can be accessed via jailbreak tweaks like FlipControlCenter or Polus. To do that, go to the preference pane of the Flipswitch-based tweak you’re using and enable the NPTweet option:

In example we use FlipControlCenter, that's why you see the NPTweet button in Control Center interface like so:

Clicking on the button opens an iOS Twitter share sheet, letting us to share what we’re listening to our Twitter account. For this to work, you must be signed into iOS with your Twitter account from Settings > Twitter.

NPTweet works with seemingly all media apps, whether you’re using the stock Music app, or a third-party app like Spotify or Pandora.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

How To Make Lock Screen Clock Subtler In iOS 10

New Cydia tweak known as Vibrancy (iOS 10) makes your Lock screen clock subtler in iOS 10. As you know by default Apple doesn't provide us with visual customization options to change Lock screen clock looks due to the user’s personality.

As we are all different with our personal tastes and views Vibrancy (iOS 10) gives us ability to add some individual touch to Lock screen clock look. The tweak makes the Lock screen clock text subtler in iOS 10, giving the illusion that the time is fading away into the wallpaper.

On the image example above you can see how the Lock screen clock text looks before and after installing the tweak. On the left (before) side it is solid white and it is semi-transparent white and subtler after installing the tweak (right side).

Of course the look will change due to different wallpapers. To give you an idea of what the effect looks like against different wallpapers, there are few more examples for you to compare:

Since the clock text becomes transparent, it is possible to see certain parts of the wallpaper peeking back at you through the font. As you've noticed the tweak only looks good when paired with darker wallpapers. So it is better to use the tweak with darker wallpapers, rather than with light.

If you want to make your Lock screen clock subtler in iOS 10 then you should consider checking Vibrancy (iOS 10). The tweak is free download from Cydia. Note that it works only on jailbroken iOS 10 devices.

Once you install Vibrancy (iOS 10) tweak on your device, it will start to work immediately, as it doesn’t come with any options for configuration. So you are free to play around with the tweak yourself matching various wallpapers to get the look you want. 

How To Remove Unnecessary Things From The Settings App In iOS 10

Those folks who own jailbroken iPhone can now remove unnecessary things from the Settings app in iOS 10 installing new Cydia tweak called SkinnySettings. Most iDevices owners usually use the Settings app to learn how much functionality is packed inside of it from Apple and from jailbreak tweaks that are installed from Cydia.

Some users find the Settings app more cluttered up than it needs to be out of the box. For them CydiaGeek developed SkinnySettings jailbreak tweak. The premise around this Cydia release is to clear the Settings app by removing some of the unnecessary things. Consequently, the Settings app looks less cluttered with the simplified UI.

In the image example below you can see example of how Settings app looks before and after installing SkinnySettings jailbreak tweak. As you've noticed the app icons, separator lines, and even the Status Bar are hidden from user's view. But this isn’t everything the tweak can do.

To get the ability to remove unnecessary things from the Settings app in iOS 10 on your jailbroken device you need to download SkinnySettings. 

The tweak is available as a free download package from Cydia and works with jailbroken iOS 10, 9, and 8 devices. To view all the SkinnySettings configuration options you need to visit tweak's preferences pane in the Settings app.

Once you're done configuring the tweak's options there is no need to respring your device. All you have to do is to simply kill the Settings app from the App Switcher and then restart it to view the recently made changes.

Although not every option in SkinnySettings will look great to everyone, as tastes may vary. That said, you can pick and choose tweak's options to get the look you’re going for.

SkinnySettings tweak gives you minimal, useful and smooth options to make better and more functional your Settings app.

Friday, May 26, 2017

ClassicFolders 2 Tweak Brings Back The iOS 6 Folder Style To iOS 10

Having jailbroken device is always a big advantage as you can make various iOS parts look the way you want and the recent Cydia release lets you brings back the iOS 6 folder style to iOS 10. As you may remember with the release of iOS 7, Apple introduced a fully revamped user interface that was based on flat design. It soon became a design trend that was adopted by many different companies in different industries.

For many users it was really hard to get used to the new design, but it soon started to make sense why Apple made this switch. Though, if you still prefer the old design over the new one, then you may be interested in a new Cydia tweak that brings back the iOS 6 folder style to iOS 10.

Known as ClassicFolders 2, this jailbreak tweak enables the iOS 6 folder style on iOS 10 iPhone, which features a dark background and opens as a tray below the folder icon. The tweak also customizes the folder icon to make it look how it was on iOS 6.

Apart from the iOS 6 folder style, ClassicFolders tweak offers a couple more styles including Modern, Mavericks, and iOS 4 beta style. These styles modify the background of the folder and its icon.

So if you want to bring back older styles then you should download ClassicFolders 2 tweak from Cydia’s BigBoss repo. It costs $1.99 and is compatible with jailbroken iOS 10 devices. ClassicFolders has been developed by CoolStar and Jeremy Goulet. Right after installation ClassicFolders 2 configuration pane will be added to Settings that allows you to configure the tweak's options.

ClassicFolders 2 is a great aesthetic tweak that doesn't only brings the iOS 6 folder style to iOS 10 but provides 3 different folder styles as well. So if you like modern look, then you can try the other folder styles that tweak offers.