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 only wanted to change features that specifically bothered me or add enhancements that improved my 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

Control Center

CCModules allows me to customize the control center layout. I changed it so that the Do Not Disturb button and the lock rotation buttons are within thumbs reach, because those are my most used shortcuts. I also removed the airplay widget because I barely ever cast my screen to my Apple TV, and instead filled the space with shortcuts that I use less frequently.

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My Control Center

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

General

Artemis is a tweak that has a collection of core UI changes that you can make. I use it to make the overall aesthetic of the UI clean and minimal by:

  • Hide the name of each app on the homepage
  • Hide the FaceID lock icon on the lock screen
  • Hide the credit footer for weather and stocks at the bottom of widgets page
  • Hide the home bar on every screen
  • Hide the dock background
  • Hide the carrier name

Music

The default music player notification on the lock screen takes up a lot of room and offers functionality that I don’t interact with, such as scrolling through the song. Sylph is a minimal music player that focuses only on the basic information that I use and takes up a lot less room.

Sylph
Sylph Music Player on lock screen

Folders

I only have three folders on my phone, but I still want them to be pretty. I don’t like the UI that Apple has made – it separates me from the home page. Using Folded, I made the background of the folders transparent and hide the folder title so that the folder appears as an overlay on top of the home screen.

Utility

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 AutoUnlockX, 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. In addition, if it fails for the first time, you can set it to retry after a set time.

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

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.

NPurge

I hate the default notification center from Apple - it makes it super difficult to clear notifications. NPurge makes it super easy to dismiss all notifications by dragging them down. I use this at least fifty times a day.