Background

Jailbreaking my iPhone X reminds me of when I used to install custom ROMs on my Samsung S4 back in middle school. I ended up bricking the phone, which definitely did not make my parents happy. But with the new Checkm8 exploit, my once untouchable iPhone X is permanently jailbreakable. So, I decided to do it. I used checkra1n to jailbreak my phone. I’m actually running a beta version of iOS 13, but putting the phone into recovery mode and then jail breaking it worked perfectly.

After jailbreaking my iPhone, I wanted to change features that specifically bothered me, or streamline the iPhone experience. However, I didn’t want to over clutter my phone with unnecessary features that I’d never use, or that would kill my battery. With that, here are the tweaks that I’ve installed onto my iPhone.

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My iPhone Home

Tweaks

Core UI

General

Artemis is a tweak that has a collection of core UI changes that you can make. For example, you can hide the Face ID lock icon on the lock screen, so that it only shows you the time on the top. It also allows you to hide the credit footer for weather and stocks at the bottom of the widgets page, and even hide the home bar on every screen.

Accent is a really simple tweak that allows you to change the color of the accent color of the iPhone, which you would see in the control center or toggle buttons. It helps create a consistent theme throughout the phone.

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The control center

Charging Indicator

Charging
Charging Indicator

Pencil Charging Indicator is a tweak that will change the notification you get when you put your phone to charge, making it similar to the one you see with the Apple Pencil on the iPad. It becomes more consistent with the UI from the silent mode and is just generally much more aesthetic.

Siri

SmallSiri is an amazing tweak that pulls Siri out of her full screen page all of the time and creates a non-intrusive interface to speak to Siri. This change in UI has actually made me use Siri more.

Siri
Siri Activated on Home Screen

Apple Pay

Amandus is a create UI tweak that also pulls Apple Pay out of its full screen page, and makes it sit on top of your screen unobtrusively. My only gripe with it is that it can be slow to engage, but I think that it will get better with time.

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Apple Pay Activated on Home Screen

Aesthetic

Home Screen

One of the most irritating things about the iOS design to me is that I cannot hide the names of the apps under their icons. While testing iOS 13 beta, I actually had a day or two where I experienced no app names, and it was the most glorious thing ever, making hte home screen so much cleaner and minimal. Finally, with Clean Home Screen, I’m able to hide the app names to achieve that glorious minimal look.

Hiding Carrier

In my opinion, having the carrier name always showing in the top right corner is super unnecessary and I hate it. To hide it, I use Carrierizer to remove it, and only show the connectivity and VPN symbol. It again makes it a lot more minimal, taking away cluttering text.

Theme

One difficulty in finding a good theme for iPhone is that I use a lot of uncommon apps that may not have a custom icon made. Muze 4 is a beautiful minimal theme for iPhone that doesn’t make other icons that aren’t supported feel out of place and gives a consistent design across the entire home page.

iMessage

One thing about texting an Android with an iPhone is that no one wants to, because the bubbles are green. Make that a little more manageable with iMessage Gradient, which allows you to customize the gradient color that is in messages.

Utility

Barmoji

I like to incorporate emojis when texting and having it easily accessible is quite the luxury. With iOS default implementation, I’m forced to hit a button to access my emojis. However, with Barmoji, my most used are always accessible under the keyboard in a single press. I love it!

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iPhone keyboard

Automatic Unlock

One of the most annoying things for me is having to swipe up to reach the home page, even after the phone has unlocked. With AutoUnlock, your iPhone will take you straight to the home page as soon as your FaceID is recognized, which is extremely quick and makes for a super great experience. It also has settings so that it won’t auto unlock if there are notifications, or if there is music playing.

Do Not Disturb

One of the most annoying things of the iPhone is the Do Not Disturb notification banner that sits in your notification center. I think that its so that the user can realize that Do Not Disturb is on, but for me I can immediately tell with the darkened background. So, I can hide it using the nodndbanner tweak.

Airpods Noise Canceling

I love my Airpods Pro, but it’s kind of annoying when somebody is trying to talk to me and I’m struggling to switch to Transparency mode. Banana is the tweak I never knew I needed - when pausing music, it will automatically put your Airpods into transparency mode, and when it starts playing it again, put it back into noise canceling.