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Safari is the web browser of choice for iPhone and iPad users alike. While it gets the job done in its most basic form, jailbreakers can harness the power of Safari-oriented jailbreak tweaks to unlock power features that ordinary users will drool over.

One of my favorite jailbreak tweaks for the Safari on the iPhone and iPad is Safari Plus, a long-maintained add-on by iOS developer opa334 that lets you customize so many parameters of the app that it could be thought of as the ‘Springtomize of Safari.’

We originally showed you Safari Plus back in 2023, but a lot had changed since then. Several iterations of iOS & iPadOS later, Safari is almost unrecognizable, and yet opa334 has continued to maintain Safari Plus for up to and including iOS & iPadOS 14.

In addition to maintaining Safari Plus, the time has given the tweak time to mature. An exponential amount of new options have been added since then, so much so that we believe it warrants a second look. Having said that, today we will be showing you the modern Safari Plus tweak.

With so many options to configure, it would be better for us to walk you through the cavernous preference pane that you’ll find in the Settings app post-installation:

In the primary preference pane, you’ll find a number of different sections pertaining to different aspects of the Safari app’s user experience. Among those are:

Privacy features

Upload & Download features

Usability features

Action features

Gesture features

Customization features

Tweak specific settings

And more…

Since there’s a lot to go over, we’ll move section-by-section to help keep things tidy and reader-friendly.


In the Privacy preference pane, Safari users can:

Force HTTPS connections for every website they visit

List any exceptions to websites

Lock individual tabs for added privacy & security

Require biometric authentication for:

Switching the browsing mode (private or non-private)

Locking or unlocking tabs

Accessing a locked tab

Upload any file type (removes file type limitations)

Enable a full-fledged download manager replacement

Enable video downloading from the full-screen video player

Use the tab title as the name for the video file you’re downloading

Enable and choose pinned locations for downloading files to

Hide or show the download progress

Choose between instantaneous download or alternative download behavior

Automatically save certain files to the media library

Disable download histories for Private Mode


In the Usability preference pane, Safari users can:

Show both the open in new tab and open in background options when tapping and holding on links

Enable an open in opposite mode option that opens the selected link in either normal or private browsing — the opposite that you’re currently in

Enable a desktop mode toggle switch that forces all pages to load in desktop mode when turned on

Enable or disable a tab manager for batch-closing, exporting, or adding tabs

Disable Apple’s native tab limit

Choose to always open new links in a new tab or in the background

Disable tab swiping — prevents them from being closed when swiped to the left

Disable private browsing mode entirely

Insert suggestions when tapping and holding

Adjust the tap and hold duration

Focus on the URL bar when using the methods above

Display the number of tabs you have open

Enable full-screen scrolling

Prevent the top and bottom bars of the Safari app from disappearing when scrolling

Display a website’s full URL

Skip the download dialog

Suppress the mailto dialog


In the Actions preference pane, Safari users can:

Choose which browsing mode to default to on app start

Choose which browsing mode to default to on app resume

Choose which browsing mode to default to after opening an external link

Configure when tabs should and shouldn’t be automatically closed

Configure when browsing data should and shouldn’t be automatically deleted


In the Gestures preference pane, Safari users can:

Configure URL Bar gestures:

Swipe left

Swipe right

Swipe down

Configure toolbar gestures:

Swipe left

Swipe right

Swipe up/down

All gestures provide the following action choices:

Close active tab

Open new tab

Duplicate active tab

Close all tabs from browsing mode

Switch browsing mode

Switch tab backwards

Switch tab forwards

Reload active tab

Request desktop site

Open ‘Find on Page’ interface

Allow or disallow gestures in the tab switcher interface

Enable or disable running actions in the background


In the Customization preference pane, Safari users can:

Colorize Safari’s appearance:

Configure separate profiles for light and dark mode:

Configure how this will look in both normal mode and private mode individually

Top bar:

Enable and select a tint color

Enable and select a background color

Enable and select a Status Bar color

Enable and select a URL font color

Enable and select a progress bar color

Enable and select a close button color

Enable and select a tab bar color

Adjust tab bar inactive title opacity via a slider

Bottom bar:

Enable and select a tint color

Enable and select a background color

Tab switcher

Enable and select a tab title text color

Enable and select a tab title background color

Enable and select a toolbar background color

Reorder and customize the bottom toolbar:

Back button

Forward button

Share button

Bookmarks button

Tabs button

Add tab button

Reload button

Clear history button

Reorder and customize the top toolbar:

Back button

Forward button

Bookmarks button

Search bar space

Share button

Add tab button

Tabs button

Reload button

Clear history button

Enable and enter a custom home page URL

Enable and enter a custom search engine

Enable and enter a custom user agent

Enable and enter a custom desktop user agent

Tweak Specific Settings

In the Tweak Specific Settings preference pane, Safari users can:

Enable large titles in every view added by Safari Plus

Sort directories above files

Disable pull up to refresh

Disable communication error alerts

Reset all options to their defaults

Safari Plus is available in two different forms, but both are free to download from your preferred package manager app. The first form is the regular one that can be had from the BigBoss repository, while the second form is Cepheiless, and can be had from opa334’s personal repository. Both support jailbroken installations of iOS 8 through 14, and the tweak is open source on the developer’s GitHub page.

If you’re not already using opa334’s personal repository, then you can add it to your package manager app of choice by using the URL provided below:

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Skiplock: A Jailbreak Tweak That Allows You To Bypass The Lock Screen

Just like TypeStatus has a special place in Jeff’s heart, SkipLock holds a special place in mine. If you’re wondering why, it’s simply because this tweak was born from a request I made to jailbreak developer Filippo Bigarella, who was kind enough to create it specifically for me. And now, it’s available for you too.

SkipLock is a very simple tweak that allows you to bypass the Lock screen altogether. Once SkipLock is installed, no more need to “Slide to Unlock” your device. Simply hit the Home button, and you’re taken straight to your Home screen.

I can already hear the skeptics saying “why in the world would you want to do that?” Well, let me tell you how I came to need such a tweak.

My iPad mini spends 99% of its time between my coffee table and my couch. More often that not, it’s actually sitting next to me on the couch. This way, if I want to look up something really quick, it’s right there. On any given night, I pick up and put down my iPad mini a few dozen times. I send a tweet, I put it down. I check emails, I put it down. I set a reminder, I put it down, etc…

For a long time, the Lock screen had been in my way. An unnecessary obstacle to getting access to the information I needed as quick as possible, the Lock screen was one more step (albeit a quick and easy one) I needed to go through to get to my Home screen.

It really never occurred to me that I didn’t need a Lock screen until I started using a Nexus 7. The Android device comes with an option to disable the Lock screen, something so simple and useful that it makes me wonder why Apple hasn’t implemented that yet. Of course, I didn’t use the Nexus 7 for too long, but I really missed this option to disable the Lock screen.

After looking around on Cydia, I found a tweak released a while back that did the trick. The only caveat was that every time my iPad received a new notification such as an iMessage, it would turn on the device, skip the Lock screen, and launch the related application (in this case, the Messages app). Very impractical.

So I turned to Filippo Bigarella, who happens to be one of my favorite jailbreak devs. I gave him two simple requirements:

Make a tweak that bypasses the Lock screen

Make sure the Lock screen is not bypassed if there are pending notifications

Filippo agreed to make the tweak and quickly sent me a .deb fil, which I’ve been using ever since.

If your device is password protected, note that the tweak will not bypass the password. While you won’t have to Slide to Unlock, you’ll still have to enter your password.

Obviously, this tweak is not for everyone – I wouldn’t want to use it on my iPhone for example – but if you find yourself in the same situation as me, SkipLock might be the perfect companion tweak for your iPad. SkipLock is available for free on Filippo’s repo. It works with any device running iOS 6+. I’m really excited about this tweak and I’m sure some of you will find it really useful.

Phenomenon: An Intuitive Tweak That Combines The App Switcher With Control Center

In terms of utilitarian thinking, the current App Switcher and Control Center interfaces in iOS 9 do their jobs just fine.

It’s those with creative minds that continue to look past the individual interfaces and find new ways to combine them together into all-in-one interfaces that continue to power App Switcher replacement jailbreak tweaks in Cydia.

Yet another new Cydia release to do such a thing is a jailbreak tweak called Phenomenon, which we’ll be showing you in this review.

Using Phenomenon as an App Switcher

It seems that the common goal of most modern App Switcher replacement jailbreak tweaks is somehow combining the App Switcher with Control Center into a single user interface. It’s only the execution and design that differs between each tweak.

Phenomenon, on the other hand, does a beautiful job. The tweak places your recently-used apps on the left side of the screen, and Control Center can be revealed from the interface by sliding up on the Home screen to the right of the recently-used apps.

Phenomenon is intended to work with 3D Touch from the left side of the screen on devices like the iPhone 6s, but even if you don’t have 3D Touch, the tweak is also built to work with Activator so you can still use it that way.

Other functions include swiping to the left on recently-used apps to remove them from the App Switcher, or tapping and holding (or 3D Touching) an app in the recently-used apps list to remove all recently used apps from the App Switcher at one time.

Configuring Phenomenon

When you open the tweak’s preferences pane from the Settings app after installation, you will find that it has more functionality than meets the eye.

The things you can configure here include:

Enabling or disabling the main App Switcher feature

Choosing an Activator action you’ll use to open Phenomenon

Choosing between a smaller or larger Control Center interface

Feeling vibration when opening the main App Switcher by double-pressing the Home button

At the bottom of the preferences pane, you’ll even find a link to a guide on how to use the tweak, but there’s not much to the guide that we haven’t already went through with you at this point in time. Nevertheless, more features are coming in future updates, so the guide is subject to change.

My thoughts on Phenomenon

In all honesty, the moment I saw Phenomenon in Cydia, I thought to myself, “oh great, another App Switcher replacement tweak.” But when I got the chance to try it, I was blown away by the fluidity of animations and the overall look and feel of the interface itself.

The sliding animations and the focus on organization are among some of the biggest highlights of the Phenomenon App Switcher and Control Center in one. I also like that it doesn’t outright replace the stock App Switcher and can be used as an alternative.

On the other hand, my most disliked feature about the tweak is that the tap and hold gesture for removing all apps from the App Switcher has no animation of its own, and there’s also a small bug that causes the application previews to not always load on my device; they show blank previews instead.

The asking price of $2.99 seems a little steep compared to alternatives, as it seems most App Switcher replacement tweaks are trending around the $1.99 range. Although, if you like what you see, you may want to hop on it, as it’s made by an established jailbreak developer who keeps updates coming regularly.

Wrapping up

Phenomenon, which can be had from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $2.99, provides jailbreakers with a feasible App Switcher replacement that includes the Control Center interface tucked away in its intelligently-integrated interface.

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Ten Ios 7 Features That Were Borrowed From The Jailbreak Community

Let’s state the obvious; iOS 7 borrows heavily from many of our favorite jailbreak tweaks. Without even really trying, I came up with a list of ten different jailbreak tweaks that may have inspired the iOS 7 development team.

Yes, the obvious ones are here, like SBSettings and LiveClock, but some not so obvious ones have made the cut as well. Check inside, as I walkthrough all 10 jailbreak tweak inspirations on video, and compare them with their iOS 7 counterparts.


This is, perhaps, the most obvious jailbreak tweak inspiration. In fact, it’s almost a 1:1 tradeoff. Prior to iOS 7, the only way that you could get a real working clock on your Clock app icon was to use a jailbreak tweak aptly entitled LiveClock. iOS 7 now features a fully functional clock on the Home screen. It’s a nice feature, even if it is a bit on the redundant side with the status bar clock and all. As expected, there’s no way to customize the iOS 7 version of LiveClock; what you see is what you get.

The App Switcher

The new App Switcher is a pretty significant departure from what we currently have in iOS 6. Although Apple likely took its inspiration from a variety of sources, including webOS, I like to think that the jailbreak tweak called Dash provided some of the idea. Toss in a little bit of Auxo, and you’ve got iOS 7’s new App Switcher.

Control Center

It’s basically SBSettings on steroids without any of the customization that SBSettings brings to the table. I’m ecstatic to finally have toggles on iOS, but the level of customization that SBSettings, and other similar tweaks like Auxo and NCSettings brings to the table will keep us looking forward to an iOS 7 jailbreak after all.


Seven iterations in, and we can finally put as many items in a folder as we’d like. There’s also a handy paging feature that allows us to add our own mini Home screens inside each folder. Tweaks like FolderEnhancer and Infinifolders could have been inspirations for this.

Dynamic Wallpaper

It’s not exactly the same, but LivePapers is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to have animated wallpaper on a jailbroken iPhone. Thus far, iOS’ dynamic wallpaper doesn’t feature effects as drastic as LivePapers, but there’s certainly room for growth. iOS 7’s dynamic wallpapers feature interesting 3D effects that change as you move your iOS device, which is similar to another jailbreak tweak — DeepEnd.


In iOS 7, Safari now features the ability to deploy an unlimited amount of tabs, just like a jailbreak tweak called Tabs+.

Blurred Notification Center

The new Notification Center ditches the opaque linen textures for a translucent overlay that allows you to see a blurred view of the contents behind the drop down window. Back when Notification Center was all the rage, a jailbreak tweak called FastBlurredNotificationCenter did just that.

Notification Center on Lock screen

Back before it was possible to view Notification Center from the Lock screen like you can with iOS 7, there was a jailbreak tweak called Bulletin, and it allowed you to do something crazy — view your Notification Center right from the comforts of the Lock screen.

Swipe Gestures

SwipeBack is an extremely handy jailbreak tweak that allows you to use simple swipe gestures to navigate back through various menus on iOS. iOS 7 has adopted this functionality in a limited manner by allowing you to use swipe back gestures in apps like Mail, Messages, and even Settings.

Safari search box

I’ve always hated the separation of search and address bars in the stock Mobile Safari browser. Now Apple has finally moved Safari out of the stone age, and has updated it with a Google Chrome like omnibox for unified search and browser requests. Back before the mobile version of Google Chrome even appeared to be possible on iOS, there was a jailbreak tweak called Safari UniBar, and it allowed you to have a true unified browsing experience.

Discussion: Would You Pay For A Jailbreak?

Even since the first jailbreak for the iPhone launched back in 2007, tools have historically been free for end users to download or use. Despite being free, jailbreak users could generally donate to jailbreak developers if they wanted to provide gratitude for the tireless work that went into making it.

Obviously, jailbreaking isn’t as popular today as it once was, and consequently, the size and frequency of the aforementioned donations have shrunk proportionately as well. You can only imagine what a smaller reward system does to the motivation of jailbreak developers who spend hours, days, weeks, and sometimes months developing these tools, only to release them for free.

The idea of charging for a jailbreak has always been somewhat taboo because jailbreakers wince at the idea of ‘paying for freedom,’ however that idea might keep jailbreaking alive in the long run, especially as cost of living increases have left many developers using their free time to work other jobs instead of coding jailbreak tweaks and tools as a hobby or a source of side income.

Comments made by jailbreak development titan CoolStar on Discord about the lucrativeness of making and selling modded drivers for ChromeOS as opposed to jailbreaks for iOS & iPadOS sparked conversations all across the internet by those willing to pay for a speedier release, and of course, not everyone fell into this category.

The conversations opened the community’s eyes to the very real fact that jailbreak developers are selling their time and talents to the highest bidder and deprioritizing free releases that yield little to no reward. In this case, it seems like CoolStar could be making good money in her ChromeOS side gig, and making hardly anything at all developing the Cheyote jailbreak tool. That said, she hasn’t actually touched the project for a month, hence the delays.

While CoolStar later affirmed that Cheyote would be a free release, Pandora’s Box has already been opened, and now many jailbreakers are now taking to sources like /r/jailbreak and the Discord servers to offer payments for jailbreak tools. As it would seem, some parts of the jailbreak community are now eager to provide compensation to motivate developers for faster releases. But will they accept?

It remains to be seen what would be considered a fair price for a jailbreak tool assuming this trend were to take off. After all, since jailbreak tools have always been, and currently are free, there’s no established baseline. It’s also worth noting that Cheyote will likely be CoolStar’s final public jailbreak release, so it’s entirely possible that other jailbreak developers will continue releasing free jailbreaks despite these monetary offers.

Jailbreakers have been able to donate to jailbreak developers this entire time, however it goes without saying that when paying isn’t required, many people will pass the opportunity to support our jailbreak developers by and simply use the tool for free.

The argument for paid jailbreak releases

Under a paid release system, jailbreak developers may find themselves more motivated to work harder and complete projects faster, rather than prioritizing work on other hobbies over jailbreak tool development.

It’s worth noting that developing jailbreaks is getting substantially more challenging as Apple tightens its controlling grip on iOS & iPadOS in ways that we’ve never before seen. In fact, this is the primary reason why Cheyote will be a rootless jailbreak when it launches.

It also seems as if the pool of willing individuals who’ve demonstrated the talents required to break Apple’s enhanced security mechanisms is shrinking. This limit in supply affects demand, creating a circumstance under which jailbreak developers could technically command any price they wanted.

Jailbreakers split on the idea

Users are certainly split on the idea. While some have expressed that they’d be willing to support jailbreak development by buying a tool that they didn’t have the capability to make themselves, others have shared that they wouldn’t buy a jailbreak tool and would stop jailbreaking altogether if the community switched to a payment-based release system.

Another obvious concern is that when payment methods come into play for a high-demand product, so too does piracy. The demand for pirated copies would, in theory, perpetuate the distribution of malware by bad actors who might wish to bundle it with with the pirated copy of the jailbreak. This could potentially put more users at risk of infecting their devices, which are already running outdated version(s) of iOS or iPadOS with known security flaws.

Even if one jailbreak developer released a paid jailbreak tool, it remains to be seen if competing jailbreak developers would follow suit. No other jailbreak developers or teams have expressed interest in releasing paid jailbreaks at this time.

Wrapping up

Given the scarcity of jailbreaks these days, it certainly seems like we could be reaching a pivotal point in the jailbreak community where we may soon have to pay to play. It will be interesting to see where the tide goes from here, especially as waits for jailbreak tools increase at the rate that they have been.

Note: To be perfectly clear, all jailbreak tools to date, up to and including iOS & iPadOS 14 and 15 are free. Do not pay for any current jailbreak tool. Donations to jailbreak developers, on the other hand, are always appreciated.

Try These 10 Safari Features That Every Iphone User Should Know!

Apple announced that they officially have two billion active iPhone users globally, which is an absurd amount of smartphones out in the wild. With each of those iPhones, whether you love it or hate it, they come pre-installed with Safari as the default browser. So if you have had an iPhone since 2007, that means that you have used Safari on an iPhone for over 15 years (unless you switched your browser). Most people are not aware of how much you can do within Safari; here are some features that I think every Safari user should know!

10 Safari features you wish you already knew [Video]

1. Moving the URL/address bar

When Apple released iOS 15, they added the ability to move the Safari address bar to the bottom of the display. The move was made for reachability and one-handed use, which makes complete sense, and it was a change that was made by default. That meant that everyone that updated to iOS 15 saw their address bar move. But as a long-time Safari user, I was not a fan of this change. Thankfully, Apple added an option in settings that allows you to move the address bar back to its rightful place

2. Add any website to your home screen

If you have used the iPhone since the pre-app store days, like me, then you’ll know this feature well. Apple allows you to add a shortcut of a website to your home screen. This feature has been around since the very beginning – I remember when people would make web apps and you could save them to your home screen of your iPhone 3G to pretend they were native apps.

iOS 16 still allows for this if you need quick access to a certain webpage; what’s nice about it is that Apple hides the address bar, giving it the feel of an actual app. Try this with Instagram on your iPad, and you will know what I mean.

3. Search bar for your tabs

Did you know that if you scroll all the way to the top of your tabs, a search bar shows up? If you use 10s or 100s of tabs at once, going to your tabs menu and then scrolling to the top allows you to word-search your tabs.

4. Closing tabs based on time

You might be aware that you can set the automatic deletion of iMessages in your settings; so if you can have iMessage delete your messages after a year, you can do the same with your tabs. You can set your tabs to delete on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis from the settings menu.

5. Customize your Safari start page

When you open up Safari and have a fresh start page, there is some info that gets shown to you, like recently visited, security info, and more. There is a way to customize your homepage with not only the information shown but also the background image. If you scroll to the bottom of a fresh Safari page, there is an edit button that allows you to change the order of the information shown as well as change the background image


As I mentioned above, Safari on iPhone is one of my most used apps by far. Apple has slowly added more and more features over the years to give users a fully optimized browsing experience, and it continues to get better. Be sure to check out the full video to see the rest of the Safari features everyone should know. I go far more in-depth and even show you how to use Safari extensions, which deserves its own post.

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