Voice Control has always been something of anomaly to me. In fact, I’m always a bit startled when I see it pop up on my iPhone after accidentally holding the home button one second too long.

It’s almost as if I’ve forgotten that the functionality even exists, although I know its tucked away in my iPhone somewhere. The point is, Voice Control just isn’t useful in its current state. I can’t recall one instance where I’ve actually used it outside of showing off the capabilities.

Fortunately for us, that’s what jailbreaking is for — turning mundane functions into something useful. VoiceActivator is the epitome of usefulness, transforming Voice Control into a hot commodity…


For the record, VoiceActivator isn’t cheap. It’s definitely on the high end of the scale for a jailbreak tweak at $4.99.

But for the amount of functionality you get with this tweak, backed up by the developmental prowess of well-known developer, chpwn; I was more than happy to slide a 5-spot his way.

VoiceActivator gives you the ability to create custom voice commands for use with Voice Control. These voice commands can be literally anything, as you can see from the video and from the screenshot above.

Once you create a command, you can assign it one of three actions: Speak, URL, and Activator. The Speak and URL options are fairly self-explanatory, while the Activator actions are really what make VoiceActivator shine.

Using these actions you can pretty much make your iPhone open any app, or perform any function using only your voice. For instance, you’re able to take screenshots, lock your phone, open Pandora, open a website, etc.

The only thing that you can’t make it do is make you breakfast. You can tell it to do so, but I haven’t been too successful in that regard.

VoiceActivator is the kind of jailbreak tweak that makes me think that jailbreaking has reached its zenith. I should know better than that, because as soon as I think that, something else comes out that impresses me even more.

Folks, it’s time to shelve a couple of lattes and pony up for VoiceActivator, don’t you think?

  • Burge

    Got this yesterday , at first its like wow cool but now its just, this is slower than a swipe and a press of a icon ! .

    • StanTheMan

      I set mine up to activate voice control with status bar swipe leff and it automatically pops up and I voice my command

  • soccerkrzy

    I use voice activator all the time to call clients and such I don’t feel digging through my contact list.

    This certainly is a tremendous upgrade to the voice activator; however, most of the commands you can already very effortlessly and quickly without the activator…

  • Andrew

    I wish I could use it to type. If it can seemingly recongize my voice and match it to text, it should be able to do basically the same thing without the matching and put what I say into the clipboard, or paste it automatically. This would be awesome to use it to type fields into search boxes, type sms or email, or an address into google maps, etc. I know some app store apps can sort of do it, but a jailbroken one could be more integrated and actually useful. I’d pay $10 for this type of functionality.

    I also wish there was a way to change the activation from holding the home button forever to something faster. It’s a great app and really cool, but until I don’t have to wait 3 seconds to activate the voice control and use it, it’s faster to do it the old/normal way.

    I think it has a ton of potential for sure, and I’ve bought it just to support him because I can see it getting even better, but for now, I at least need a way to change the activation (an action in activator would be ideal) if I’m really gonna use it.

    • Burge

      Dragon Dictation. From app store can do voice dictation for a txt, email ,notes.

    • Koppis

      Voice control does have it’s own activator action. Just sayin’

  • Koppis

    I want a way to disable the default voice commands 🙁

  • nutsjob

    just to inform everybody who can’t afford the $4.99 you can add the repo.insanelyi.com/ source and they have it for free for you guys… just saying … 🙂

  • kjmnj

    You already posted this a while ago.

    • but now he is telling it is released in cydia

  • Gielk

    Love your way of talking !!
    I like jailbreak and espespssialie the tweaks 😉
    Tanks for helping me up to date !!

  • Vega

    Cheesy way to pick up chicks? yes? no?

  • Another great vid Jeff thanks and did you get your taco bell on?? Lol ?!

  • caddouch

    OMG , U ARE OUT OF YOUR FUCKING MIND , IF YOU DONT THINK THIS APP ROCKS , IT IS FREAKING AMAZING WHAT U CAN DO NOW WITH ONE GESTURE !!!!!!!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE

  • Recently found this app myself and it is certainly more than well worth that price. All of us probably use the phone more than we should when we are behind the wheel and this really works so intuitively it allows me (and you) to keep our eyes on the road where they should be.

  • Matt B

    Can you use it to rate songs without pulling your iPhone out of your pocket? (via Bluetooth headset?) That’d be cool.

  • Gorgonphone

    this is slow and lame… sorry mainly because the voice menu screen blocks the whole screen and is not flexible…

  • iphoner

    FUNNY AS HELL AND YES PICK UP CHICKS WITH IT. I ASK MY IPHONE HOW I LOOK AND IT TELLS ME I LOOK GREAT!! HAHAHAHHAHA