Top 5 best Jailbreak apps and tweaks for iOS 5

Top 5 Jailbreak apps and tweaks for iOS 5 Even with all iOS 5 has to offer, if you're anything like me you'll always find a reason to jailbreak. I've always been the type of person who wants more flexibility and control over my iPhone. Luckily, a bunch of Jailbreak tweaks and apps have been updated for iOS 5 compatibility and allow me to have just that.

There will no doubt be a flood of them soon but for right now, right this minute, here are a list of our favorites, the ones we think are the best — TiPb’s Top 5 Jailbreak apps and tweaks that will help you get the most out of iOS 5!

SBSettings

SBSettings has not only been around forever, it has remained one of the most useful jailbreak utilities available. It allows you to add quick toggles for commonly used features such as brightness, 3G, airplane mode, bluetooth, and more. While SBSettings comes with a lot of the more commonly used toggles built in you can download even more from Cydia. You can also download themes to change the look of SBSettings as well.

Now with iOS 5 compatibility it has never been easier to access quick gestures and manage your device. Simply enable SBSettings in Notification Center and it's right there whenever you need it.

Free - Cydia Link

Activator

This is yet another utility that's been around almost as long as iOS has. But for most jailbreakers this is a tweak you'll definitely want to have. You'll probably end up using it anyways whether you realize it or not. Some apps even require that you install Activator in order to use them.

The whole point of Activator is to make it easier to get to things you use most frequently. If you send a lot of texts you may want a gesture that allows you to bring up a BiteSMS quick compose screen. Activator allows you to do this by simply assigning certain gestures to specific applications. Tons of jailbreak applications and utilities have built-in support for Activator.

If there is ever a period of time I have to suffer with a stock iPhone I still find myself trying to open things with gestures only to frown when it doesn't work. I still find myself wondering why shortcut gestures have not been more heavily implemented into iOS considering the wide adoption rate of Activator among the jailbreak community.

Free - Cydia Link

Dreamboard

While I think iOS has the cleanest and slickest interface out of any smartphone on the current market I still get bored from time to time and feel the need to switch it up. While a lot of long time jailbreakers have used tools like Summerboard and more recently Winterboard, the jailbreak scene just gets better and better. While Dreamboard is a newer app in its early stages it shows a lot of promise.

The ability to customize and create themes comes built into the app. You can replace and swap out icons and customize until your heart's content. For jailbreakers who are rather picky about themes and want the ability to have more control over "the little things", Dreamboard may be just what you're looking for. I'm sure we'll start to see Dreamboard extensions and downloadable themes cropping up in Cydia pretty quickly. At the time of writing this I already see over 15 themes available for Dreamboard. This is definitely a jailbreak utility to keep your eye on.

Free - Cydia Link

IntelliScreenX

YouTube Link

While I've always been a huge fan of LockInfo by David Ashman I have to admit that the guys over at Intelliborn really stepped up to the plate with their new version of IntelliScreen for iOS 5.

The tight integration with the already built-in Notification Center is really what makes this version stand out. You can just tell that a lot of thought and energy went into the project. While Notification Center is good, IntelliScreenX makes it great. It adds the functionality that Apple left out. Everything from accessing all your information from the lock screen to having a top shelf feature for toggles has been re-worked from the ground up. Intelliborn is definitely giving apps like LockInfo a lot to live up to with their next release.

The down side is as of writing this it has not yet been released. Until then you can check out the video above to see it in action. This is one I keep checking on and can't wait to try out for myself. A few other sites have been able to get a early hands-on with it and have walked away quite impressed. It should be available this Thursday or Friday to the public. We'll add a link and update when it's readily available for download. Let us know if you see it up!

Free trial, $9.99 - Will add link when publicly available

BiteSMS

I've tried several messaging replacement apps but I always find myself coming back to Bite. When it comes down to it, it just works. It gives me the control I want and then some. And the update for iOS 5 is no different.

This time it's coming back around with a new face lift and even tighter integration to iOS. Not only will BiteSMS play nice with iOS 5 but it will also handles Apple's new iMessage protocol. The app just feels a whole lot cleaner this time around. I also like that users are now given the option to natively re-skin the Bite icon to the default Messages icon and hide the stock icon.

The iOS 5 compatible version is still in beta but it's public. In order to use it you'll need to add the following repository in Cydia -

http://test-cydia.bitesms.com/

Just a reminder that since it is still in beta you should expect a few bugs here and there. I've been using it for a bit now and haven't experienced too many issues outside of a crash here and there.

Free trial, $9.99 - Cydia Link

Your top Jailbreak app or tweak?

While this is our list of must have jailbreak apps we know you guys all have your own lists. Feel free to let us know of any cool jailbreak apps or utilities you've found as well. And if you're thinking about jailbreaking but have some questions first make sure you check out our TiPb jailbreak forums for all the help you need and answers to many commonly asked questions.

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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HungWell says:

This is such a tease for those of us carrying a 4S. I miss my jailbreak.

Google.comDumAss says:

You can jailbreak the 4s lol. It's been out.

tomuky says:

No. It's not.
What is this, amateur hour?!

tomuky says:

...and when I say that I mean there's no "untethered" jailbreak yet for 4S, which is basically what we're all waiting for.

tomuky says:

...as in there's no "untethered" jailbreak yet, which is basically what we're all waiting for.

iH8J4il says:

Don't worry! Your 4S jailbreak is coming soon. A few hackers such as pod2g and MuscleNerd are already working on it. Check out my blog:
jaibreakupdate.blogspot.com

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Humberto says:

Now you can jailbreak the 4s

Chris says:

there is a Jailbreak for 4s now :) bot mine are done

M.Olmsted says:

You can jail break (: mine is and I have HTC dream board and what not. Used greenp0ison.

sid says:

hi! the iphone 4s jailbreak is out. I am using it as i type.
fantastic
try searching for absinthe. use that for the jail break.

XxXtabithaaaXxX says:

You can jailbreak a 4s.... mine is.

HungWell says:

This is such a tease for those of us carrying a 4S. I miss my jailbreak.

Karry says:

Uisettings works better than the current sbsettings version.

Karry says:

Uisettings works better than the current sbsettings version.

Karry says:

Uisettings works better than the current sbsettings version.

Karry says:

Uisettings works better than the current sbsettings version.

Karry says:

Uisettings works better than the current sbsettings version.

Karry says:

Uisettings works better than the current sbsettings version.

Karry says:

Uisettings works better than the current sbsettings version.

MikeD says:

I love Lockinfo, but after seeing the IntelliScreenX and using it, I have switched permanently to the guys from Intelliborn.

Dragonjo8 says:

I have tried IntelliScreenX. It is certainly legions better than their previous offering. Unfortunately, it doesn't allow you to independently select widgets shown on the homescreen from those shown on the lockscreen. The current beta of Lockinfo (which is somewhat buggy) does allow this (through its own set of plugins-which act like widgets). I know Mr. Ashman is working on better (less buggy) integration of Lockinfo with IOS 5 Notication Center. Hopefully he will retain this function.
Also...the price for IntelliScreenX seems a little high.

John says:

You have a $800 phone and you can't afford 10 bucks?

Guest says:

What's the SBSettings theme in the post please? It's very nice

Icebox93 says:

That theme is Serious SBSettings HD.

Icebox93 says:

That theme is Serious SBSettings HD.

jhulgan says:

IntelliscreenX has been in public beta for almost a week now

Jerry says:

I don't mean to be a whiner here, but is there a point to updating Jailbreak apps if there is never going to be a jailbreak for newer devices? I'm doubtful about the iPhone 4S if we still don't have a jailbreak for the Ipad 2.....

John says:

There is a jailbreak for the Ipad 2

John says:

There is a jailbreak for the Ipad 2

John says:

There is a jailbreak for the Ipad 2

John says:

There is a jailbreak for the Ipad 2

John says:

There is a jailbreak for the Ipad 2

John says:

There is a jailbreak for the Ipad 2

John says:

There is a jailbreak for the Ipad 2

John says:

There is a jailbreak for the Ipad 2

Carlosalvarado says:

Doesnt work 100% dont recommend

Gerald says:

And they've already posted screenshots of a jailbroken 4S. Fail.

Gerald says:

And they've already posted screenshots of a jailbroken 4S. Fail.

Gerald says:

And they've already posted screenshots of a jailbroken 4S. Fail.

Andy Harris says:

I'm no longer jailbroken but hoping to re-do that soon. I just like small tweaks, like Folder Closer (closes folders after you launch the program that was in them), Phone Closer (same, but for after-call, etc), SBSettings so easily turn off my Bluetooth and Wireless, and one tweak (can't remember the name) that you could tap and it would close all background apps instead of the tedious one-by-one you have to do to close them all out. Also the tweak that showed the date along with the time in the top status bar.

Emeus says:

I am in the exact same boat. I'm not an extreme "jail breaker" just a few tweaks here and there.

JC says:

for intelliscreenX use the following repo in cydia: http://www.intelliborn.com/isxbeta/

JPiLLa says:

SBSettings looks dope. Now we just need a jailbreak!

JPiLLa says:

SBSettings looks dope. Now we just need a jailbreak!

JPiLLa says:

SBSettings looks dope. Now we just need a jailbreak!

JPiLLa says:

SBSettings looks dope. Now we just need a jailbreak!

dirt_squirrel says:

best jailbreak tweak ever is Tlert.
it pops the msg notification up on screen and allows you to reply to it no matter what you are doing.

Ckloveleen says:

It doesnt work on iOS 5 :(

dirt_squirrel says:

best jailbreak tweak ever is Tlert.
it pops the msg notification up on screen and allows you to reply to it no matter what you are doing.

dirt_squirrel says:

best jailbreak tweak ever is Tlert.
it pops the msg notification up on screen and allows you to reply to it no matter what you are doing.

dirt_squirrel says:

best jailbreak tweak ever is Tlert.
it pops the msg notification up on screen and allows you to reply to it no matter what you are doing.

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Bob says:

I like FolderEnhancer. I don't like the idea of having only a limited amount of apps in a folder (ie Games 1, Games 2.....) I want to have put as many apps as I want in a folder!

Keoula Laurent says:

How do you get your bitesms to look like that?

Keoula Laurent says:

How do you get your bitesms to look like that?

Sam says:

"While I think iOS has the cleanest and slickest interface out of any smartphone on the current market..."

  • really, even with Windows Phone to compete with now?
UmadBRO? says:

Yes still. As a long time windows phone user I can tell you its slow and glitchy, no matter what phone or processor it's using...

Lazlo Woodbine says:

Hah - was behind someone on the train, watching them use a new windows phone, nothing was working, kept hitting a button to skip photos and music, wouldn't work. Had to exit out, then re-enter, 1 minute later, happening again.
iPhone. Just. Works.

SimonS says:

Wait trains still exist?? Must be that mythical bullet train that every governor in California's history has promised us for 20 years...

Sam says:

"While I think iOS has the cleanest and slickest interface out of any smartphone on the current market..."

  • really, even with Windows Phone to compete with now?
fastlane says:

I'm now down to just Mail Enhancer and Activator.

fastlane says:

I'm now down to just Mail Enhancer and Activator.

fastlane says:

I'm now down to just Mail Enhancer and Activator.

fastlane says:

I'm now down to just Mail Enhancer and Activator.

EricB says:

A brillant Cydia tweak is FreeSync and a brillant JB app is QuickDo.

Sfguy says:

Backgrounder - lets you decide what runs in background and what exits - saves battery like no other!

PaulR says:

Wish 4S/IOS had those apps. The ability to quickly toggle settings from the home screen would be awesome.
The Will of Steve J is all over this - he simply wouldn't allow such an App as he'd be admitting flaws in the overall product. If it were as good as we all think it is then we wouldn't be interested in such apps. RIP Steve, your legacy is secure.

Steve Flanagan says:

I really miss SBS Settings and Bite SMS!!! can't wait for the untethered jailbreak to come around!

Nikolas Soteriou says:

SBSettings is the only reason I will jailbreak again

Nikolas Soteriou says:

SBSettings is the only reason I will jailbreak again

Riley Freeman says:

having the 4s i miss bitesms BADLY. i think by far its the top reason to jailbreak a phone. sbsettings i miss too andof course my3g or 3unrestrictor etc tc whichever one u choose to use. i have an unlimited data plan and i always have to turn on wifi for downloading apps and all sorts of nonsense.

sjn5639 says:

I would have to add CallBar to this list. It was recommended in the forum and I am loving it! It stops incoming calls from interrupting what you are doing no matter what. It was $3.99 and well worth it!

Camilo Lozano says:

It's funny how most of these features come native to Android

Ricesim says:

It's also funny how the android has round 7,000 apps and the iPhone broke 45,000 =)

Craig Becker says:

both android and iphone have over 100,000 apps you idiot. Androids market share is eating apple for breakfast, in the phone realm. Not long and it will be tablet too. Google makes the best most useful apps and they all integrate and work better on android than on iphone. iphone gmail/google apps suck compared to android. All the cool stuff you can do on jail broken iphones is standard on android.

ferg says:

Android is NOT beating apple in it's market share at all... I'm not a fan of either I just develop for them BOTH as it's my job. But by god is Apple destroying, it's got 200,000 more apps and a WAY bigger market share. It doesn't make a lot of money from it's app store but the app store attracts so many sales that it serves as a long term revenue input.
And no to that last thing Android does have some good features which would serve apple well but it has too many bugs and their App store is full of viruses, I could stick one in there if I wanted in a week! (I'm not like that). Although Apple has flaws, so does Adroid and you ca't just shoot one down because of your taste you have to take everything into account, iOS is more stable, but restrictive, android is open and loose ( ;) ) but not stable!

Bleaktomorrow says:

Your a moron apple and android aren't that far apart and it's only because any dumbass can make an android app and not have to worry about copyrights or paying the company learn befor your write

Robbyjamesdio says:

Uhh right :-/ I have owned both an android and a now the iPhone both of which I have rooted / jailbroke and unless you like being plugged into an outlet 24/7 and if you like rebooting every other day because your phone locks up then the iPhone is the way to go. iPhone has the best of everything once jailbroken. I will NEVER go back to the substandard amature android toys.

Gaystation 3 says:

Android is an iPhone knock-off it has a 4x4 icon layout like the iPhone, it copied their animations and they also copied the lock screen idea FUCK OFF ANDROID AND ALL THE COMPANIES THAT JUST FOLLOW APPLE

Gaystation 3 says:

Android is an iPhone knock-off it has a 4x4 icon layout like the iPhone, it copied their animations and they also copied the lock screen idea FUCK OFF ANDROID AND ALL THE COMPANIES THAT JUST FOLLOW APPLE

Numb chuckz says:

Yea they have thousands of apps. But really they are all the same app with different sounds and characters.

Camilo Lozano says:

It's funny how most of these features come native to Android

mito says:

It is funny how an android user is still interested in iphone content. Looser.

Sjxc says:

Completely agree with your thoughts about LockInfo. I have been pretty happy with IntelliscreenX but miss certain features I had in 4.3.3 with LockInfo. I have given up (for now) on SBSettings because IntelliscreenX has the hidden drawer at the top with most of the same goodness. Bite is also by far the best messaging app and the beta has been flawless for me since release! Good write up.

AwwwUmadeAnAPP says:

1 thing to do? Add huckulo and get ALL the apps for free... DUH...

aaimbrogno says:

I have a weird bug in my Bite SMS for 5.0 that it makes my alert sound go off when I open the app. No big deal though, everything else is working great.

Plebuch 79 says:

I prefer to use Lockinfo on my lockscreen (I turn off infoshade and the other options and let Inelliscreenx be king elsewhere) in conjunction with Intelliscreenx; they work really well together on the lockscreen, depending exactly on what you are doing (if I want to read my entire email and respond, do a quick FB check, check my RSS feeds and read them, then I check Intellix. But if I just want a quick glance of the weather, of my calendar, or of my notifications, nothing in depth, then I prefer Lockinfo). Both work very well with IRealSMS, too. I also think I prefer using them both because I don't really want my friends or coworkers to know they can access my notification center on my lockscreen and bypass CleverPin's protectiveness... which Lockinfo doesn't do.
The only issue I'm having with Intelliscreenx is that the inbuilt Messages+ always fails when I endeavor to respond; it never shows the persons name in the message header and it won't let me input the name or number (this is only when responding to someone, not when using the quick send option). I thought Messages+ and IRealSMS would create the perfect functional messaging system. Hopefully the issue is remedied soon.

wes says:

hi what version of dream board is this as when i put it on my jb iphone it says not supported on this version of iOS? any help

Eli says:

While I have not yet jailbroken for iOS 5, I have found a couple good jailbroken apps: bootlace, ifile, mxtube. All the classics.

Wayne Hamilton says:

Christmas greetings all, read your
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ou've dealt with the Speach to Text free app called Vlingo? Cool!

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Carlosalvarado says:

Tried messing with the jailbreak all it did was erase all my music after i found rebooting got my pictures back so decided i dont need jailbreak on my ipad 2 only thing i actually got working cause not even the fonts were working was the one snes emulator that works and the gb emulators blow

sean says:

anyone knows what theme is that in the picture under the title " SBSettings" ? please tell me if you know. Really appreciate that..

Mike says:

Im running jailbreake on my 4s

Blair says:

Man, I hate Jailbreak noobs....
Get you facts together!

Annita Hiney says:

Glad to have been of help Cass. Hope you find what you're looking for there are plenty of great options.

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Maryam Carcia says:

Hey i am stuck on some no successful firmware download after 60000ms!! giving up what to do man please help :/

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danz says:

Just jailbreak my iphone 4s with no needed so much effort... Absynthe 2.xx so far the best! Thnx for the great minds behind the software.