When the iPhone initially launched in 2007, the much anticipated iPhone OS required an arsenal of jailbroken apps to perform even the mildest tasks such as MMS and video recording. But through product refreshes and several software updates, that list of apps is shrinking and the iPhone OS is now considered among the industries top mobile platforms.

Now that functions such as copy/paste and video recording are available in the stock OS, jailbroken applications like Clippy and Cycorder are no longer necessities. Now I know your thinking, “So what are you saying Cody, I no longer ‘need’ to jailbreak my iPhone?” Not even close.

As long as Apple continues to disable users from customizing their springboard backgrounds and their icons, and of course forcing them to remain with AT&T even though other carriers get far better coverage in their home area, and continue to ignore several other missing features, iPhone users will have a reason to jailbreak. One app I continue to jailbreak for, because you can only get it from Cydia, is SBSettings.

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Now let me explain.  The feature I think Apple continues to miss the boat on is shortcuts. If I want to turn my bluetooth on, it is a 4 step process, 5 if you count the unlock screen. Same with changing the brightness, it’s a 4 or 5 step process. Other mobile platform developers have addressed the need for shortcuts to commonly used functions in the form of widgets or shortcuts in an always on screen task bar, but for some reason Apple resists.

Enter SBSettings By Big Boss. A simple, skinnable device manager that’s actually been around for quite a while. The application and themes for it can be searched for and downloaded from the Cydia App Store, so of course it’s available to jailbreakers only.

The first thing you’ll notice about SBSettings is how easily and quickly it launches once installed. Requiring nothing more than a finger slide across the top banner, the application drops down in the form of a window with several icons. Now the default theme is gaudy but I found it was easy to install downloaded themes by clicking the ‘more’ icon you see in the image below.

The theme I use is ‘iPhone Congruency’ and I love it because it looks stock, like it is supposed to be there. Once you got it looking good, again from the ‘more’ icon, you need to decide which ‘toggle’ icons are showing. If you don’t see a toggle you want, more can be downloaded through Cydia, and can be added in this same ‘toggle’ screen once downloaded.

I personally like the ‘processes’ toggle. Although the iPhone isn’t known for having great multitasking capabilities, the phone can still get bogged down with Mail, SMS, iPod, and Safari apps all open at once. The ‘processes’ toggle lets you shut these apps down and give your iPhone a quick boost in recovered RAM.

With toggles to turn bluetooth and wifi off and on with one touch, this app is definitely a time saver. It also gives you other great features like a quick launch App dock to launch apps from instead of scrolling through all of your icon-loaded spring boards, and the ability to re spring (or restart your iPhone, once again with one or 2 touches instead of 5 and 6 touches.

Between the time saving shortcuts, ease of use, and the fact that I can make it blend in with the rest of the phone’s GUI with a quick skin download, this free app from BIG BOSS available from Cydia is a must have in my opinion.

Hopefully Apple will stumble across this little gem at some point and really take the idea of ‘widgets’ and  ‘shortcuts’ more seriously. It would really be nice to see some sort of implementation of Apple’s popular dashboard widget screen get ported to their mobile devices. But for right now we must use the tools we have in front of us, and with apps floating around like SBSettings, maybe thats not such a bad thing. ;op

  • Sotiris

    SBSettings is the first program I install each time I upgrade /Jailbreak my iphone 3G..Its one of the best programs for iphone the jailbreak community has to offer!

  • Juan

    SBSettngs is a definite must have. Why apple makes shortcuts so difficult is beyond me…

  • Navec245

    Actually, with Activator, is it really a necessary program anymore? A simple gesture will take you to the settings panel. The only reason I keep it now is because I don’t see an easy way to turn SSH on/off. Thoughts?

  • Great app, although I find it popping up sometimes when it should not, in games or similair.
    I wish I could adjust how much you need to slide to make it pop up.

  • Fenriq

    This is quite timely as I just installed SBSetting on my iPhone last night. I’m just starting to realize how useful it is and this post is really helpful for my “education”.

  • Jeton

    @Navec245 Activator acts more like a “bridge” connecting the apps than as a replacement IMHO.
    BigBoss plans to include Activator support for SBSettings btw. 🙂

    @Eldaria Press “More” after you open SBSettings, then Extras&Options, and you have an option called “More Sensitive Swipe”. That should solve your issue.

    SBSettings is THE app you have to install first. And I really can’t imagine reading at my bed with my iPhone without using the rotation inhibitor on SBSettings.

    Thank you BigBoss.

  • Navec245

    Jeton,

    I can’t find a link for the program rotation inhibitor. Can you provide one?

  • Eldaria

    @Jeton
    Already tried it, still to sensitive, 🙂 but thanks for the tip.

  • Jeton

    @Navec245 search on Cydia for Rotation Inhibitor, install it and enable it in Sbsettings. It stops the iphone from auto rotating. Very very useful.

    @Eldaria Wait until SBSettings supports Activator, then we’ll have more ways to acivate it.

  • Navec245

    @Jeton

    I must not have the right repo installed because I have searched and it does not show up.

  • Jeton

    @Navec245

    This is the repo that hosts Rotation Inhibitor http://ispaziorepository.com

  • Spazbite

    Why doesnt apple make it customers happy and give us what we want, and even better they will attract new customers because it will be the best phone on the market god i think i could steve jobs job cause he is doing crap atm lol

  • Edward

    I don’t think there’s a stock way to respring, is there? Being that the case, SBSettings is great for providing that option (among the ones you cited and others). By respringing you can free up RAM without having to reboot the phone, which is awesome for those with a tethered JB.

  • David

    Must have toggles:

    rotation inhibitor
    Push mail
    tethering
    keep awake – your data link stays on even when the phone stands by. Useful when downloading things, etc.

    @Seb – come on, you’ve got room for more toggles there! 😉

  • caddouch

    I FREAKING LOVE ” SBSETTINGS” , MAKES THINGS SO MUCH EASIER ON THE IPHONE , I CANT LIVE WITHOUT IT ON MY IPHONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stewie

    A must have for the iphone, I use this everyday, make switching between 3G/Wireless/Bluetooth so easy!

    question. how do you get more themes for it? my one (default) looks completely different

    thanks in advance

  • SB Settings results at my iphone in crashing springboards every 5 minutes!

  • Hi !

    Someone knows what is the theme of SBSettings using in the screen ?

    PS : Sorry for my english, I’m french.

  • Sorry for my question. I have finnaly find the theme (It’s iPhone Congruency) ! I don’t have understand very well the article but now it’s OK.

  • Spazbite

    I have sb settings installed but never use it lol only to respring but that very rare its useless in my eyes! Lol

  • Jeton

    I suggest you look for “Serious SBSettings” , a great theme by a great designer.

  • Scott

    When I saw SBSettings on a friend’s iPhone for the first time, thats what spirred my interest in jailbreaking. Its a phenominal idea thats incredibly practical for an urbanite like myself who travels on the subway (which is underground duh!) 1.5hrs daily… As we all know the iPhone’s battery isnt a nuclear reactor so being able to quickly disable the 3G is a life saver. I really wish that Apple would get their shit together and introduce a version of this themselves… after all SBSettings could easily be accomplished by some sort of Dashboard look alike

  • Super Sil

    I downloaded SB Settings from Cydia. My question is how do I find it on my iPhone. Does it show as an icon. Please advise. Thanks. 🙂

  • @ Super Sil :
    Slide your finger in the Carrier name.

    (sorry for my english I’m french)

  • Super Sil

    @Bnjmncrzt:
    I swiped my finger on the carrier name but nothing happens. Was I supposed to reboot my phone prior to doing this. I feel like such a fool.

  • @ Super Sil :
    Yes you must respring or reboot. 🙂

  • Super Sil

    @ Bnjmncrzt:

    Awesome! Thank you very much! 😀

  • scirica

    SBSettings is definitely an essential iphone upgrade. Today, with the addition of Activator integration, you can decide one of many ways to trigger the app to appear (taps, slides, home button, volume buttons, etc).

    My favorite theme for SBSettings is Illumine 2.5. Very clean look!

  • Ed

    Does anyone know the reason(s) why Apple doesn’t approve SBSettings as an application downloadable through the app store? Does Big Boss purposely not submit for the app store? It would be interesting to read what the story is behind this.

    Great blog and comments, thanks!

  • thx

    thx for the theme nig

  • new3GS

    will this work for 2g phone?

  • herojig

    yes this is very cool, but on 4.2.1 and a 3G, the fix blank spaces feature in the dock is not working. but that’s a nit!

  • anyone help me help me please i cant open sbsetting 🙁 what ineed to do?