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So you’ve jailbroken your iPhone. Now what?

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I’ve mentioned before how there are distinct advantages to jailbreaking your iOS device. I was dismayed when Apple changed the orientation lock on the iPad and made it into a volume lock. Someone promptly developed a “NoMute” app that changes the switch functionality back to rotation lock. Up until the iOS 4.3 update, the only way to get it was through the Cydia repositories.

What I want to do in this post is give you ideas and recommendations as to what to get, app wise, once you’ve jailbroken your iDevice. I won’t go into details on how to jailbreak the unit, you can find plenty of resources here on RedmondPie.com and on iphonehacks.com so I won’t bore you with those details. I will list some terms for the users who have jailbroken their iPhones/iPads for the first time. I was lost trying to figure out what was what and I hope that this list will provide a starting point for all the nOObs.

Jailbroken terminology

  • Cydia – App that is the source of all other apps. Central repository
  • Springboard – What you see on your screen, the whole thing, icons, background, lockscreen
  • Respring – Akin to rebooting your Springboard
  • Mobile substrate – A failsafe “SpringBoard.app” that will run in case of a SpringBoard crash.
  • SHSH Blobs – is a signature file which is verified against Apple Servers to verify the the iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. If for some reason, when you are try to restore to a previous version, Apple will not allow you to restore it because, you are trying load a older version of iOS. To make this possible, you need to send a request to a different machine (local or designated) which sends an SHSH blob (which was saved by you) back to iTunes faking that its the current version.
  • DFU Mode – Stands for “Device Firmware Update.” This is the mode your device needs to be in prior to injecting the jailbreak. It is the state between power off and loading the iOS. Allows access to kernel, which is the current injection vector.
  • Tethered – Having to re-jailbreak phone every time you cycle power to the phone. Annoying as hell.
  • Untethered – NOT having to jailbreak your phone every time you cycle power to the phone. Don’t jailbreak until the untethered method is available.

OK so now you have your Cydia App on the screen. It looks like this:————————->

This is where you begin.

<———–You will see this screen when you launch the app:

Go to search and search for these 5 critical apps:

SBSettings

Winterboard

Five Icon dock

SpringJumps

AptBackup

Other apps that you might want to consider include iBlank, iFile ($2.00), Veency, Iconoclasm ($2.00), WiFiFoFum, WiFi Passwords, Five Icon Switcher, OpenSSH, and FakeCarrier.

I won’t go over the optional apps but I will briefly describe each of the five apps.

SBSettings

SBSettings is a great add-on that allows you easy access to the most common settings within the iOS. rather than launching the native settings app, you swipe your finger on the top of the device to bring down a selection (customizable) of commands that allow you to turn bluetooth on and off, turn WiFi on and off, allow a quick reboot or power off and an easy way to view and kill processes. Here is how it looks on my phone. Note that you can also quickly turn airplane mode on and off from this screen.

Winterboard controls the themes that you can either download for free or pay for. The themes can range from simple to complex, with skins for your phone app, iTunes app; SMS app, etc as well as modified icons and lockscreens. Winterboard is what controls these mods. Within winterboard, you select those sections you want to use and then you re-spring to get the new skin(s) and look. You can see from the top picture that I have modded my iPhone with the A 2 A [ProjectBLU] theme.

Five Icon Dock is simply that, allows you to place five instead of four icons in the dock. there is also a Six Icon Dock but I find it’s too crowded.

SpringJumps allows you to quickly jump from one screen to the next, bypassing the need to swipe till you get to the correct screen. You can see from my screen that I have Home/Tools/Games/Apps/More. I often switch from Home to Apps and this allows me to quickly go from one screen to a screen two screens down.

AptBackup lets you backup your jailbroken app settings so that when you upgrade to the latest version of the iOS, you are able to keep track of your jailbroken apps. You see, every time Apple releases an upgrade, it removes the jailbreak and restores it to the stock Apple apps, forcing you to try to remember which JB apps you had. AptBackup takes the guesswork out of the process. it backs up the apps you have along with the regular Apple backup which occurs when you sync your device.

As I mentioned above, there are many other useful apps available through Cydia. Peruse the repositories and enjoy the freedom of multiple distribution channels. There are some great apps out there that are NOT Apple sanctioned and it’s worth it to try them out.

**NOTE: JAILBREAKING ANY iDEVICE WILL VOID THE WARRANTY!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!**

  1. June 27, 2011 at 5:52 am

    I’m a jailbreak noob… how do you get the phone to look exactly like yours? With the icons sitting further down the screen, etc?? Winterboard’s doing my head in.

    • Ody
      June 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

      First off, welcome to freedom! The first thing you should do is download the following apps:
      1) Spring Jump
      2) iBlank

      Spring jump allows you to create “jumps” to specific screens. You need that for the menu bar on the bottom. iBlank on the other hand, creates blank icons. Useful for making it appear like there is no icon there.

      Two other useful apps are iconoclasm to help adjust number of icons on the screens as well as how they appear.and 5-icon dock (self explanatory). Iconoclasm is a paid app, I think it’s around $2 (unless you want to use the InsanelyI repository <- Google it). Feel free to ask any more questions. The actual theme that I am using is a paid theme called "A 2A [Project Blu]" good luck and enjoy!

  2. July 23, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Hopefully they will come out with an untethered jailbreak for 4.3.4 soon. I can’t wait!

  3. Lesley
    July 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    OK I am new to this jailbreak and I followed a few simple steps and was able to unlock my phone. I know have Cydia on my phone and do not know what to do next…. Please help!

    • Ody
      July 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Unlock and Jailbreak are two different terms in the JB community. Jailbreaking (JB) is adding secondary sources (repositories) of applications that for one reason or another, are unavailable at the app store. Some of these are technical utilities, some are eye candy (themes/screens/icons) and some are illegal (see Installous). All Cydia does is provide you with a competitor to the Apple App store. You’ve “broken out of” the closed ecosystem Apple has set up. I would peruse the Cydia categories and check out some of the apps. I give a list on the post of apps I recommend.

      Unlocking means making modifications (software hacks) to allow what used to be an AT&T exclusive phone and allow you to use a different carrier’s SIM card. This is less of a concern since Sprint and Verizon give consumers choices that were, heretofore unavailable. Good luck.

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