Don’t you just hate it when you’re in a store, and a clerk comes on the P.A. system, and blurts out, “This store will be closing in 15 minutes”?

That’s how I feel every time I purchase an app from the App Store. It closes, and I’m not even finished shopping! Wouldn’t it be nice, if we could keep the App Store opened  when downloading an app? That’s the premise of StayOpened, a new tweak for jailbroken iPhones…

What’s wonderful thing about StayOpened is that it works as advertised. Now when you purchase an app from the App Store, the store stays put, while your app downloads quietly in the background.

The way it works, though, isn’t exactly what I’d call pretty. Now, instead of any verbiage after tapping the free/purchase button, it’s simply a blank green rectangle, lacking the word “Install.”

Apparently, this a side effect of the tweak, and is perhaps something that will be remedied with an update. The important part is that the tweak works, and it’s free for download on Cydia for jailbroken iPhones.

StayOpened is something that I’ve wanted to see Apple implement themselves for some time now, and although Cupertino has thus far dropped the ball, I’m glad to see that it’s present in some way, shape, or form.

Is StayOpened something you’ve been desiring as well?

UPDATE: Version 1.1 of this tweak fixes the issues with the empty green purchase button. Our eagle eyed reader, Dan, mentioned in the comments section that this wasn’t actually a bug, but that there was an option in the settings app to change the text within this blank green box. Apparently, the developer decided it was best for all parties involved to at least populate the purchase box in the interim, and we agree.

  • TattoozNTech

    YES!!!! i HATE that the App Store always has 2 be re-opened!!! this is a huge #win!!! 🙂 thanks Seb for, as usual, keeping me up to date on the jailbreak news that matters!! 🙂

    • You can thank Jeff. He’s the one who wrote this post.

      • Z

        Hey Sebastien, Infinity Blade is out =) don’t know if you have it already…

  • Yboy403

    Yeah, I was just thinking about this problem the other day. I decided that since multitasking, it isn’t worth it. You can easily reopen the app store. If you didn’t lose the install button, I’d consider it.

  • Dan

    The blank green rectangle that you are left with after pushing the free/purchase button is not a bug. The developer designed the tweak to also let you decide what word you would like to put there. To do this, go into settings and go to StayOpened and enable “Purchase Confirmation Title” an then type into the text box what you would like

    • That is very true Dan, I didn’t see that, good catch ;). However, it’s interesting that the developer just released an update remedying my very complaint. It says “Fixed empty purchase button in the AppStore” I guess it fell through the cracks for a lot of people. it wasn’t really mentioned on the description on the app, so it’s easy to see people were confused as to what was going on.

    • I updated the article to point this out, and gave you a shout out at the same time, Dan. Thanks again.

      • Dan

        No problem man 🙂

  • Thor

    Imagine going to the grocery store and being asked to leave the premisis after each crApple you bought.

  • naji

    best of this month

  • Chris

    Nice tweak

  • Chris

    Repo? I searched Cydia with no luck!

  • brent

    This is handy. The grammar nazi in me though has to point out it should be StayOpen not StayOpened. “Open” is the adjective. “Opened” is a past tense verb. Ok, English lesson over. Carry on. 😉

  • bugoy

    Hmmm… when i get a free app from the appstore. Click Free, then nothing happens. Seems to be hiding the “install” green button.

    Would really like this to work as I find the App store closing a real pain

  • sy01

    yeah i got same problem nothing happens what so ever…

  • Binky73

    what is the repo that this handy dandy little app is in? Can’t find it.

  • kisaksson

    have the same problem while trying to download it only pops back to the download button … an no files om my phone :S

  • HGamesTeamCato

    And now in Ios6, it’s coming built in.