A new application called iRealSMS 2.0 is available since this morning in Cydia. Earlier this week I had reviewed mySMS and was really impressed with it so I decided to give a try to iRealSMS too. Looking at some of the features available, I was already salivating over iRealSMS…

  • FULL app in Landscape Mode
  • Your SMS messages organized in folders: Inbox, Drafts, Templates, Outbox, Sent
  • Saving messages as drafts or templates
  • Search messages by sender’s name and text
  • Reply, forward and delete individual messages
  • Delete all messages or delete per folder
  • Big text field – both for reading and writing SMS
  • Turn on/off keyboard autoCorrection and autoCapitalization
  • Automatically request sent notification via notification code
  • SMS alerts can be deactivated -> no “new SMS” alerts
  • Adding contact details to SMS

I hurried to install iRealSMS on my iPhone and finally launched the app. Right away I was welcome with a “this is a demo verion” message asking me to register. I chose the “demo version” to try it out and another message popped up saying that since I chose the demo version, features will be limited. Ok, I can understand that, no problem.

I finally get passed all the messages and I am now fully ready to try iRealSMS. However, I got immediately turned off by the limitations of the demo version. All my SMS showed as “demo” so I was really unable to read any text message. Very unconvenient, even for just a demo version.

Not discouraged yet, I started playing with the app anyways and explore a little more these features. You can view your SMS in conversation mode or in a timeline, which is actually my preferred mode. Once you’ve viewed a text message, you can forward this text message or simply delete it. So far, so good.

A very interesting feature is that you can search your SMS. Let’s say you have 1,000 of them in your inbox and you’re looking for this girl’s number that your friend texted you 3 weeks ago, simply start typing what you’re looking for and it will display search results. That has to be one of my favorite features on this app.

The landscape typing mode is very neat too. Nothing revolutionary on this side but it’s nice to be able to type in landscape mode. The typing mode also allows you to easily insert the contact info of one of your contacts in the text message. Let’s say you want to text your friend’s address to one of your friends, simply tap the “insert” button and it takes you to to your contacts. From there, choose the appropriate contact and select what info (email, phone number or address) you want to insert in the text. This is also a great feature!

I was very annoyed by this demo version though. It crashed on me once but the most annoying thing is that I couldn’t read my text messages. “Oh well” I said to myself, “let’s try to send a text message”… That’s when the trouble started for me.

I typed my text message and tapped “send”. It took a few seconds and then it gave me an error message saying that it couldn’t send the text message due to some error. Mm… ok… not good! I tried again. Same thing. I exit the app and go to the native SMS app and I try to send a text message from there. That’s when something I had never seen before happened. It showed that I had -1 text message (see image below). What is that supposed to mean? -1? I can understand “0 text message” but I can’t figure out what “-1” means…

I wasn’t able to send text messages from my native SMS app either and I started to freak out thinking that iRealSMS had messed up my iPhone. I rebooted the phone and I now had “-2 text messages” showing up on my iPhone. WTF? I was still unable to send text messages. I then decided to clear all my SMS messages hoping it would help. It did. I deleted all my SMS and doing this made the “-2 text messages” disappear and most importantly I was now able to send text messages again.

After that, I launched Cydia and uninstalled iRealSMS. I went to the company’s website and realized the app was for sale for 10 Euros (about $13). If you want my opinion, it’s way too expensive for taking the risk to mess up your iPhone. I am kind of disappointed because this application seemed to have great potential. All the features available in iRealSMS are great and I would use most of them on a daily basis but I do think it is too expensive and that I’d rather keep my iPhone safe. Hopefully a future update will clear this issue I had, and maybe give less limitation to what you can do with the demo version.

  • dceiva

    A similar issue happened to me with the mySMS app. At one point I looked at my screen and my original sms app icon said “-1” while the mySMS one said “2”. Very bizarre. I have a screenshot of this as well.

  • RPG

    Wait until you receive a new SMS. Happy -3!

  • Rafael

    Wow!!! Incredible!!!

    I passed for the same problems today!!!! In fact, I wouldnt be surprise if I had wrote your post myself, because I have the same opinion: the app has a great potential, but its expensive and it messed up with my iphone and we also did the same steps to correct (really incredible): restart, erased all sms, and, finally, uninstalling the app)

    for me, this two functions are essentials:

    – Reply, forward and delete individual messages
    – Automatically request sent notification via notification code

    I looked for iphone sdk to try develop something by myself, but it needs MAC OS to run 🙁

    well.. now, i think i will just wait for a free app

  • Rich Baxter

    Hi all
    For those that want to hear the truth about this rip off company that produced this update, they charged the same amount for the application before 2.0 was released today and guess what? I was asked to pay again for my update to 2.0! From what I am seeing, it STILL has many of the same bugs that plagued the previous version. Stay well clear of this greedy company. If you want an app for free that does pretty much all of this and in lanscape mode and more importantly FREE, the check out BiteSMS 2.5 in Cydia. See what happens if you tap and hold the screen text field when writing a text (in portrait mode)….beautiful


  • Rich Baxter

    apologies, i meant slide your finger to the right in the text field in BiteSMS, not tap and hold.


  • Samuel

    Hi, i also had the same problem, but i found out the solution to it

    for example you had “-2” sms
    send 2 sms to yourself (with irealsms so you can avoid reading it) so you would now have “0” new unread sms

    step 2.
    there is a funny bug alongside the “-2” bug
    that if you receive a sms, in the original sms app, a blue unread sms dot appears next to another random conversation
    just delete that conversation, and you will be able to get rid of the “-2” bug.

    suggestion: do not install irealsms!!!

  • BiteSMS is still the best considering it’s completely free – that being said, the features within iRealSMS is pretty sweet; if only it was more stable…

  • Rey

    mySMS did the same thing as mentioned. I actually really enjoy using iRealSMS. Why do you even need to have the orignal SMS app visible. Hide it and forget about it. There have been numerous updates since, and many of the bugs are now gone. I use it every day, and my stock SMS app is long gone. I consider it one of the best, alongside BiteSMS.

  • Seydou

    hi guys, I have the same problem. Now, how do I UNinstall iRealSMS ? I cannot find it anywhere on Cydia

  • HEllo Seydou,

    Launch Cydia and go to Manage > Packages and if you have installed it before, iRealSMS will be there and you will be able to delete it.


  • Seydou

    Thanks Sebastien, for the trouble

    It should have figured this out on my own

  • Neapned

    Couldnt agree more with you guys. I thought that it was just me that thought irealSMS sucked. A lot of errors with it. Mainly that the accelerometer was very glitchy. It would often not go into landscape mode and sometimes would flip upside down. MySMS and leaps and bounds beyond ireal. And much more bang for your buck.

  • Semi

    As said by many others. Extremly interesting, needed program with potential… BUT: Tested, liked, encountered “outbox” and “-4” problems, uninstall.

    Rafael said well in #3.

    🙁 … Too bad, I really did like that, and if that WOULD have been working one, I’ve might even paid some money from it.

    I wish to see WORKING iRealSMS and SwirlyMMS integrated together 🙂 Well, there is app that I could pay 10€ easily … even 15€.

  • Semi

    Need to notice… New version is out, I figured it out when I was going to uninstall iRealSMS. Changelog tells:

    – a busy SQL database could cause SMS get stuck in outbox

    Also upgrading removed -4 from original SMS-icon.

    Well, maybe I would give another change for it 🙂

  • msme

    dude i got some feaky ppl saying they know me off this thing i dont even rock the iphone

  • Ri

    Do you mind telling me what theme you have on your iPhone and where you got it from? o:

  • I think the theme is called DaminoX I don’t remember where I got it from though. Maybe Mod My i?

  • Ri

    Thank you, Sebastien, I found it o:
    It was in iSpazio


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  • 1- uninstall iReal SMS
    2- Start cydia then search SQLite 3.X. install it
    3- After that, SSH into your iPhone then move to folder : /private/var/mobile/Library/SMS. Delete files : sms.db and sms-legacy.db. Now you can using Message in iPhone.
    4- Re-installiReal SMS, then reboot you iPhone. Now you can using iReal SMS
    5- good luck

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  • brad

    i installed irealsms when i had a theme set up and a five icon dock…and cydia was my 5th icon…so now it is gone and i cant just get rid of irealsms anyone got a way to fix that

  • Klara

    Hello Sebastien,

    nice flat, clear theme! How does it called?