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June 5, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:32am

7 Cydia apps to optimise your jailbroken iPhone

Do things with your iPhone you never thought you could

By Jimmy Nicholls

Cydia, the jailbroken alternative to Apple’s app store, is a treasure trove of neat tweaks and apps for iOS 7. With messengers, ad blockers and a bunch of fixes for the iPhones inadequacies, you will find plenty to entertain and aid you with these apps. Here’s five of the best.


Cydia AdBlocker

Price: $2
A staple for geeks on any device, AdBlocker mimics the behaviour of similar software for desktop computers by stopping adverts being loaded by web browsers on iOS. Not only does this speed up the browser, it also reduces data usage.


Cydia CCControls

Price: Free
iOS 7’s Control Centre was a feature ripe for exploitation on jailbroken devices, and developers have not disappointed. CCControls is one of a number of apps that do the job, allowing you to change themes, alter the lock screen, and fiddle with the phone’s toggles.


Cydia iBlacklist

Price: $12
Anybody who has ever wanted to avoid calls from certain people will appreciate this next app, which makes up for the lack of such a service on iOS. Purporting to work on any iPhone model, the software allows you to both blacklist and whitelist contacts, manage several lists at once, and set up auto-reply texts.

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Cydia Activator

Price: Free
Computer software has long been able to customise shortcuts to the needs of the user, but on phones this has proved a more obscure function. Activator allows users to reconfigure buttons and gestures to activate just about any function, and the app is also used by other software that deal in custom gestures.


Cydia BiteSMS

Price: Free
BiteSMS is an alternative messaging service for the iPhone bundled with numerous features. Claiming to replace the in-built software, the app is bursting with shortcuts, a scheduling feature, and privacy controls. After a week adverts appear on it, but for a free app this is not much of an imposition.


Cydia TetherMe

Price: $5
This app allows you to use your phone as a wireless hotspot, allowing other devices to connect to the internet through your mobile. The developers claim it will work with any provider, though a disclaimer on the site warns against using the app without their knowledge.


Cydia BatterySafe

Price: Free
A neat idea in the era of power-hungry smartphones, BatterySafe turns off greedy functions and features such as wireless connections when your mobile is low on juice. Now if only smartphone makers could make a battery that lasts longer than a day…

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