If you could only have one jailbreak app, which one would it be? I had to think long and hard about this, because there are so many great jailbreak apps that make the iPhone such a delightful device to use.

Ultimately, though, I was able to decide on one app in particular that I just can’t live without. Can you guess what it is?

No matter how great jailbreak apps and tweaks like ActionMenu, Cyntact, Infinifolders, and MyWi are, I just cannot live without SBSettings. In fact, it’s downright painful for me to use an iPhone without the loveliness that is SBSettings. If you’re reading this, I’m probably preaching to the choir, but, as you know, the iPhone just isn’t the same device without BigBoss’ wonder app.

Before any other Jailbreak apps, or any App Store apps for that matter, SBSettings is always the first thing I install. It makes managing your iPhone about a thousand times easier. With just a quick swipe of your finger you can manage all of your connections like Phone, Bluetooth, 3G, WiFi, etc. That’s certainly easier than bringing up the Settings.app every time you want to make a small configuration change.

If that wasn’t enough — and let’s face it, it never is — you can also invoke any one of the many toggles that interact with other apps. For example, I can install the RemoveBG toggle, and with quick swipe and a tap, instantly kill all of the apps running on my iPhone. It’s features like these that makes managing your phone remarkably simple and intuitive.

How Apple Could Get Involved

Over the years Apple hasn’t been shy about “adopting” (*wink* ) some of the great ideas that jailbreak apps have brought to the table, but, shamefully, SBSettings hasn’t been one of them. Why that is, we don’t know, yet, it’s probably the same reason that there’s no decent notification system implemented in the OS thus far as well. That being, of course, no good reason at all.

If there’s one thing that could be improved with SBSettings, it’s the look of the app. It’s probably not something you’d want to hold hands with in the mall. I’m just sayin’. But, that’s where Apple comes in! With Apple’s designers behind such an initiative, no doubt they could get the aesthetics to match said functionality.

Ugly or not, SBSettings is a jailbreak app that I will continue to use until something else better comes along. Maybe the iPhone 5, and iOS 5.0 will usher in a new era, in which the device’s functionality matches its historically good looks.

But enough about me, what about you? If you had to choose only one jailbreak app, would it be SBSettings, or would it be something else?

  • Daniel

    LockInfo, hands down. Gives me better notifications, better email, better calendar, better to-do list, easier twitter access, and better weather. Now, it would be severly handicapped by lack of Activator, but it is still the most useful JB app imho.

  • William

    I agree, SBSettings is a must have!!!!

    • This man speaks the truth!

    • Irha

      That is one thing I use several times a day, a must have.

  • six4seven

    LockInfo for me.

  • MyWi.

    • soccerkrzy

      Yup, that would be my pick as well.

      1. MyWi
      2. BiteSMS
      3. SBSettings
      4. My3G

  • Chris

    In order:
    1) SBSettings
    2) LockInfo
    3) Shake to Undo Killer
    4) TetherMe

    • Z

      @Chris Shake to Undo killer is #3?! funny… You must really hate it lol

  • Glen

    It’s a close call between SBSettings and LockInfo… The only thing missing from SBSettings is the ability to set withhold caller id with a toggle as I use my phone for work too so I’m going to choose LockInfo

  • JAK

    Hands down, MyWi..

  • Rodney

    Installous.. Everything for free, why the hell not


      Just kidding, installous pwns.

  • Burge

    So you have all picked one app ..if you could only have one app.. And if this was the choice that you had to have you are now stuck with your one app..As for me I’ll take Cydia and I get all the tweaks and apps that come with it …

    • Hey, no fair! That’s like, “if you could have one wish, what would it be?” Answer:”More wishes!” 😛

      • Burge

        Should of thought of that before you made your wish for one app…lol..

  • Puyan

    Does Cydia count as a jailbreak app? haha 😛

    • Cromartie


  • zaba

    bitesms for me

    • Not a bad choice. For the record, my final two choices were between SBSettings and BiteSMS.

  • Simer

    for me….
    1. Appsync and sbsettings
    2. Winterboard

  • Bongo


    Quick reply is excellent.

  • Nilloc

    Cysia store app hahahahaha

    • Nilloc

      i mean Cydia hehe.

      • Suavedude

        …funny!! 

      • PerseI

        How do you get Cydia

  • SpideyRules

    Hands down SBSettings. I’m constantly switching between WiFi and 3G, and the ability to do so without having to go through the iOS settings to do so makes my life SO much easier. Also, the ability to respring is a MUST!

  • Suavedude

    SBSettings man! Anyday any time. Reason? It makes accessibility a dream.

  • I knew I liked iDB readers for a reason! You guys are so sensible.

  • Quick Reply. Even with the fast app switching of iOS 4 it’s such a pain to have to leave whatever app I’m in to respond to text messages. Why hasn’t Apple adopted this functionality yet? It’s so simple!! SB Settings is a close 2nd though…

  • Bobby Mo

    1. iTether
    2. SB Settings
    3. Quick Reply SMS

  • Eduardo

    Sbsettings too

  • James

    SBSettings without a doubt.
    Hopefully the phone toggle will be fixed soon.

  • Eric

    Sbsettings for sure..but there is def no way to limit my JB needs to 1 app. lol

  • MisterZ


  • Shrike1978

    I couldn’t pick just one. No way. I’d rather give up the App Store.

  • Migger

    Grooveshark for me. BiteSMS and SBsettings are ofc also great.

  • abanibi

    Even with multitasking i can’t get my skype to stay enabled for long in the background, when combined with Backgrounder it’s like having 2 lines only one of them is totally free

  • kachi

    Please guys,can i install the 4.2 update on my iphone 2g without any problems?Im presently on 3.0.

  • tzakaro

    For me UltraSnow is the best. Without this, my iPhone was just an iPod.

  • Jared


  • Unnamedplayer

    I use hood. The ripdev alternative

  • Yboy403

    Yeah, SBsettings. The first guy was right, though. Without activator, you’d have to go to the springboard to launch it.

    • Irha

      For the sake of argument, if only one app was allowed and SBSettings had to work, they would have come up with a native solution, though might not be as flexible. But on the other hand, you could argue, activator is not an app, but rather just a service.

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  • Matty

    I think some people are forgetting a core jailbreak app- Ultrasn0w. Without it, there would be no reason for many of us to bother with Jailbreaking. I think that I wouldn’t have any reason to jailbreak. I certainly don’t want AT&T to get their hands on my money.