38 Jailbreak Apps Every iPad User Should Have

By , Jul 10, 2011

Now that you’ve jailbroken your iPad 2 with JailbreakMe, you’re probably wondering what cool jailbreak apps and tweaks to install from Cydia.

If you’d like a little help with making your iPad 2 the best jailbroken device it can be, we’ve collected a list of 38 jailbreak apps that every iPad user should have…

The Basics

If you’ve just jailbroken your iPad 2, there are some basic things you need to get your iPad ready for primetime.

OpenSSH

This package allows you to SSH into your iPad from your desktop computer and edit/change/move files. Make sure to change your iPhone’s default root password through SSH so that you’re more secure.

Activator

Activator is one the most universally practical extensions available in Cydia. You can use Activator to set different gestures at a system level for various actions and apps throughout iOS. Lots of jailbreak tweaks require Activator to work, so make sure you become familiar with this one.

SBSettings

As a long-time favorite in the jailbreak community, SBSettings proves invaluable for quick access to system toggles and settings in iOS. Simply assign an Activator action for quick access to this invaluable extension. Also, there are plenty of themes to choose from, too.

CyDelete

CyDelete allows you to delete Cydia apps from the iOS springboard like regular apps from the App Store. Without CyDelete, you’ll notice that apps from Cydia don’t have the delete “X” when in jiggle mode. Installing CyDelete will fix that problem so you don’t have to delete jailbreak apps from inside Cydia.

PDF Patcher

When you used JailbreakMe 3.0 to jailbreak your iPad 2 on iOS 4.3.3, you took advantage of a PDF exploit that was used to let you jailbreak from Safari on your device. That same exploit can be used to target iDevices with malware, so you need to install PDF Patcher from Cydia to patch that exploit. Oddly enough, by patching the very exploit you used to jailbreak, you become more secure than a non-jailbroken iPad. Don’t worry, you won’t lose your jailbreak by installing PDF Patcher.

The Essentials

Now that you’ve covered the basics, let’s look at some packages from Cydia that are essential for an awesome, jailbroken iPad 2.

iFile

iFile acts as your iPad’s file manager and system access tool. The potential usage for iFile is nearly limitless, and you can even use iFile with Dropbox for cloud syncing and storage with your iPad. iFile can view and edit all kinds of files, and even be set up with a personal web server. It will cost you $4 in Cydia.

PkgBackup

We cannot stress enough that it is essential for you to back up your Cydia packages! Especially when you pay for things in Cydia, you don’t want to ever lose your purchased downloads by accident. PkgBackup will guarantee that you have reliable backups of everything on your iPad, and the app even works with Dropbox for cloud storage. For more information on how to use PkgBackup, check out our detailed tutorial.

iSHSHit

It’s also very important that you back up for SHSH blobs for your iDevice if you ever wish to downgrade to an older iOS version. There are several methods to backup your SHSH blobs, like TinyUmbrella, but iSHSHit remains the easiest way to do so from the device itself. You can email yourself the blobs for safe storage. iSHSHit is also a great way to ensure that your blobs are stored by online Cydia.

Winterboard

Winterboard allows you to theme and change the design of different iOS elements. Cydia has a vast collection of different Winterboard themes to install on your device, and the Winterboard app itself is also used by other tweaks for applying changes to iOS.

RetinaPad

Are you sick of iPhone apps looking pixelated on the iPad’s big screen? – RetinaPad to the rescue! This invaluable extension performs pixel magic by upscaling iPhone apps to run in fullscreen mode without looking pixelated. It’s one of those things you have to see to believe, so download RetinaPad for $2.99 in Cydia.

Speed and Productivity

Action Menu

This jailbreak extension takes the iPad’s cut/copy/paste feature to a whole new level. By adding an incredible amount of customization to what you can do with the iOS cut and paste interface, Action Menu is sure to save you time and make you more efficient. When you install Action Menu, head over to the extension’s Settings tab to see the impressive list of options to customize.

Also, you should really get the Plus Pack if you like what the extension has to offer. The Action Menu Plus Pack will set you back $2.99 for 6 more actions, including helpful ones like History, Lookup, and the option to tweet any text you highlight in iOS.

Xpandr

Few apps will save you more actual time on the iPad than Xpandr. If you’ve used TextExpander on the Mac or in iOS, then you already understand Xpandr’s purpose. This Cydia app allows you to set shortcuts for any word or phrase that can be used in any part of iOS. The benefit to Xpandr is that it integrates at a system level, while TextExpander’s iPad app is forced to sandbox itself inside the app itself.

Some partical applications of Xpandr would be adding the “sship” shortcut for your real shipping address. If you find yourself entering your shipping address often into web forms or email, simply type “sship” and Xpandr will paste the text right in. As you can tell, the possibilities are really endless.

Xpandr is available for $1.99 in Cydia.

MultiIconMover

This tweak allows you to move multiple app icons at once on your iPad’s springboard. Simply enter edit (“jiggle”) mode and tap multiple icons at once to see red check marks appear. Move the collection of icons you have selected to a different page and hit the home button. You’re done! Thanks, MultiIconMover!

Fast Copy

This simple tweak takes the lag time out of the copy/paste/select actions in iOS. There always seems to be a slight graphical delay when copying and pasting text, and Fast Copy fixes that by making copying and pasting seem much snappier.

FakeClockUp

If you’re really itching for some speed on your iPad 2, then you may like FakeClockUp. This tweak accelerates the UIKit transition animation for some super fast performance in iOS. The iPad 2 is already so blazing fast with its A5 processor, so you may find FakeClockUp to be a bit overkill. But for the performance junkies, this tweak may do the trick.

QuickGoogle

This nifty jailbreak tweak lets you quickly search Google from anywhere in iOS, all via the magic of an Activator action!

ManualCorrect

Auto correct in iOS can be a huge pain when it keeps misinterpreting what you’re trying to type. ManualCorrect ensures that you’re in control of your iPad’s auto correct by reversing the way that the whole process works when typing. Instead of automatically correcting a word, ManualCorrect will merely offer a suggestion. It also underlines misspelled words in red for you to see, but doesn’t change them automatically like the native auto correct in iOS.

System Tweaks

Springtomize

Few tweaks pack as many features and customization into one package as Springtomize. This collection of tweaks brings an insane amount of tweaking to iOS. If you have a favorite tweak that customizes or changes your springboard, then Springtomize probably has that feature tucked away somewhere, too.

You can do all kinds of things with Springtomize, including disable Spotlight, hide page dots, customize icons/docks, resize icons, disable icon badges, manipulate the status bar, and customize the lockscreen- just to name a few. Springtomize is available for $2.99 in Cydia, and before you go out installing tons of system tweaks, you should give Springtomize a try.

Infiniapps

Chpwn’s Infiniapps suite offers three great iOS tweaks that have been around for a long time. Infinidock gives you an infinite amount of icons to add to your dock, and it lets you scroll through pages of icons like you would on your springboard. Infiniboard lets you navigate your springboard in a different way, by letting you scroll up and down- not just left to right. Infinifolders fixes one very annoying part of iOS by letting your app folders hold as many icons as you want; no longer will you be limited to just 15 apps per folder.

Each app from the Infini suite is available for $0.99 in Cydia.

Barrel

Barrel lets you change the animation that takes place when you switch pages on your iPad’s springboard. Instead of the normal, boring swipe from left to right, Barrel lets you have cool, 3D-looking animations. There’s a good amount of animations to chose from, and Barrel will set you back $2.99 in Cydia.

AlertArtist

Have you ever wished that you could change the look and feel of the push notification box in iOS? AlertArtist allows you to fully customize the color and shading of the iOS push notification dialog, so you can tweak the design to match your current wallpaper or Winterboard theme. This tweak is available for only $0.99 in Cydia.

Graviboard

This tweak is one of those non-practical things to install on your iPad for the sole purpose of showing it off to your friends. Graviboard lets you send your app icons into zero gravity through an Activator action. For instance, shaking your iPad 2 can cause your springboard icons to start bouncing around to different sides of the screen as the iPad’s accelerometer moves. Graviboard is definitely eye candy, and it may annoy you after awhile, but this tweak could still be worth having for fun’s sake. It costs $2.99.

Gridlock

Icon placement in iOS can be frustrating because you’re confined to pre-set positions on the checkered layout of the springboard. Gridlock breaks all boundaries by allowing you to literally place your app icons wherever you want on your iPad’s homescreen. It’s pretty cool if you can think of some interesting layouts to complement a nice wallpaper/theme. You could even place all icons around the border of the screen to show off your wallpaper in the center. This tweak is available for $0.99.

Scrollingboard

Although Infinidock does give you unlimited app icons in the dock, Scrollingboard adds even more functionality to the iPad’s dock. With Scrollingboard, you can have “addons” in your dock like iPod controls, and even SBSettings toggles. System controls like brightness and volume can be accessed in the dock as well.

Scrollingboard is the ultimate jailbreak tweak for your dock, and it’s available for $1.50 in Cydia. The Scrollingboard SBSettings addon is available for free.

Multifl0w

Multifl0w is like Mac OS X’s “Expose” and “Spaces” in iOS. This tweak works great on the iPad’s big screen, and it lets you view your running apps in the same way that you browse multiple tabs in Safari on the iPad. This tweak can be triggered via an Activator action of your choosing, and even be used to replace the native method for multitasking in iOS.

Multifl0w is available for $4.99 in Cydia.

ListLauncher

ListLauncher makes it easy to launch apps from the Spotlight page in iOS. If you’d like to do something with the blank space in the Spotlight page under the search bar, ListLauncher can easily fill that space with a searchable list of apps to open. For those that think in lists, ListLauncher should be perfect. It costs $0.99 in Cydia.

FolderEnhancer

This awesome jailbreak tweak gives you a plethora of new options for managing iOS folders. You can have unlimited icons in a folder, have folders within folders, place folders in the dock, etc. FolderEnhancer is a great addition for any jailbroken iPad. It’s available for $2.50 in Cydia.

Pull to Refresh

The intuitive ‘pull to refresh’ gesture that Tweetie 2 originally brought to the table in iOS is now getting replicated in all kinds of apps. When loading new data in an app, it can be much more intuitive to just pull up on the screen to refresh the page and load new info. When you jailbreak, you can actually install this awesome interface in several apps that need it desperately.

Pull to Refresh Mail, Pull to Refresh Safari and Pull to Refresh Reeder will add the implied gesture to each app. Each tweak is also free.

Wraparound

This simple tweak brings infinite swiping to your iPad’s springboard. This should be a feature in iOS by default, but at least you can get this tweak from the jailbreak community. When swiping from left to right and vice versa, Wraparound will ensure that you never get stuck at your last page of icons. You’ll be able to swipe in a loop from Spotlight to the last page. Wraparound costs $1.99 in Cydia.

iPad 2 + 3G

PhoneItiPad

This incredible jailbreak tweak allows you to use your iPad’s 3G connection as a smartphone. By giving the tweak’s creators your device’s ICCID number, you’ll be able to make and receive phone calls like an iPhone. The magic of PhoneitiPad will set you back $20.

MyWi

If you’ve got a 3G data connection for your iPad, you may as well use it to share that data with your other devices. MyWi will allow you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot from your iPad’s 3G connection that other devices can connect to. MyWi costs $20, with an extra $5 fee for the intelligent “On Demand” functionality. It’s better than having to buy a hefty tethering plan from your carrier. Just make sure to be careful on AT&T.

3G Unrestrictor

This nifty tweak tricks iOS into thinking that you’re on a Wi-Fi network when you’re actually on 3G. This means that you can download items over 10MB from the App Store, and watch HD Youtube videos on 3G. FaceTime and other VoIP apps that are usually restricted to Wi-Fi for video calls can also be used over 3G.

3G Unrestrictor is available for $1.99 in Cydia.

Cool Apps

Display Recorder

Display Recorder lets you easily record your iPad 2′s screen. Some features include:

  • Records directly to high quality AVI
  • Web interface to manage recordings
  • On-device YouTube uploading
  • Adjustable framerate & quality settings
  • Hardware accelerated video encoding
  • Activator integration for quick access
  • Remote control via web interface

This app is definitely one of the coolest things in Cydia, and it offers a lot of features and customization for screen recording. You can even control your iPad’s screen from your desktop browser! Display Record is available in Cydia for $4.99.

VLC Media Player

When the VLC Media Player app was pulled from the App Store and made available in Cydia, jailbreakers rejoiced. The VLC app on the iPad is basically like the native Video app on steroids. The biggest pro for VLC’s app over the native Video app is the plethora of formats that can be played back in VLC. Lots of video formats that can’t play in iTunes can be added to the VLC Media Player app for viewing on the iPad. VLC is available for free in Cydia.

That concludes our roundup of awesome jailbreak apps for the iPad! Some of these tweaks are technically compatible with the iPad, but they still run at the iPhone’s resolution. However, all apps and tweaks listed should work.

We think we’ve got a pretty good list, but we know we haven’t covered everything. Let us know what you think of the jailbreak apps we mentioned, and let us know what you’re installing from Cydia on your jailbroken iPad!

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  • Jacob Nørgaard

    How can XBMC for iOS not be on here? It’s a wonderful application.

    And MobileTerminal :-)

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Alex

      We thought about MobileTerminal, but it’s proved to be very buggy on the iPad. The dev has even pointed that out in the app’s info notes. Perhaps it will get more stable in a future update.

      • Jacob Nørgaard

        It is? Never crashed for me, then again, I only use it for the occasional script.

      • aleph_nulll

        If i may make a suggestion, I would recommend purchasing Prompt from the appstore. It is a fantastic SSH client that works great as a MobileTerminal replacement. Just type localhost in the server box and you have a local terminal perfect for all your geek pleasures. I use it all the time.

    • androcx

      is it still available?

  • http://www.epicxboxreviews.com Alex

    You should make a list for the iPhone as well.

  • -duh-

    This is great.. What would be really cool is if you do one for the iPhone/iPod as well….

    • Justin

      Most off this list applies to the iPhone as well except for a couple of apps like phoneitpad

  • Shannon

    SBSettings doesn’t look right on my iPad…it’s iPhone-sized. Is it just me?

    • Jacob Nørgaard

      SBSettings is that size yes, but it looks ok with the HD theme.

  • zbegon

    some of the above mentioned throws back a “size mismatch” error while installing from Cydia on iPad 2. Gridlock to name one…

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Alex

      Gridlock has worked fine for me on multiple occasions. Make sure you’re not using a pirated copy and it should install fine.

    • Jacob Nørgaard

      Gridlock works fine here on iPad 2. Try removing and reinstalling. Cydia has been less than reliable the last few days due to hammering.

      • zbegon

        Yeah I figured that the servers are strained, I never use pirated material.

  • Shannon

    Also, does Aptbackup work for iPad?

    • Jacob Nørgaard

      PKGBackup works, it seems.

  • Jonathan

    It seems only certain apps allow a reinstall on iPad when purchased on the iPhone. Has anyone else noticed this? I purchased Folder Enhancer on my iPhone, but Cydia wants me to pay again on my iPad. Is this a choice Cydia gives developers?

    • Jacob Nørgaard

      Cydia does allow for that, but I have FolderEnhancer on my iPod Touch, my iPhone 4g, my iPad 1G and now my iPad 2G. I have only paid once. You have to use the same user credentials, of course.

  • http://elcarter.com Carter

    For tue first openSSH it says iphone not ipad. Just thoight that i should point that out

  • silencer

    backgrounder is not as necessary as it was in the days of iOS 3.x, but still worth mentioning. Another personal favorite is QuickDo which frees you from the physical buttons with 10+ touch gestures that can do what activator can provide and more!

  • cvr80

    The jailbroken ipad 2 is crashing on all apps after installing winterboard and ISHSHit. Soft and hard reboot have not worked. Any suggestions?

    • Ming Lee

      I have winterboard & iSHSHit installed as well but no crash.

      If you have PagePreview installed, it will crash your iPad 2, which has been reported to the developer. But I got no fixes yet.

  • Mois

    I cant get Insomnia to show up at SBSETTINGS, how so I fix this? I cant choose to toogle it from the settings either. Please help.

  • Shannon

    I wish Appslide work with iPad 2.

    • Luis

      Try lastapp, does the same thing, just different animation.

  • realbabilu

    Mxtube working awesome for free youtube downloader

  • realbabilu

    Free SwilySMS must have for sms ipad1/ipad2 3G capability

  • Digitalus

    ListLauncher is doing strange things on my iPad2. It seems too big to fit on the page and only half the screen shows. The Cydia description says it’s compatible with iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 but apparently no 4.3.

    Anyone else have any issues?

    • Digitalus

      Turns out that it’s Barrel’s fault. It just wasn’t working right at all on the iPad 2 so I tried uninstalling ListLauncher, but then Spotlight was playing up so I uninstalled Barrel and all is fine now.

      I hope it gets an update soon.

  • Vidur

    Hi…does Anybody know the theme in the picture under activator on the left??

    Thanks

  • Boris

    Since you recommended VLC Player I’d suggest you to have a look at the XBMC. This is a fully-fledged media center capable of playing almost anything you throw at it. It has build in samba, NFS, etc…
    I think this great program deserves separate blog posting, but at least a mention wouldn’t heart.
    Oh, one more thing… the XBMC is FREE.

  • Jakelson

    What about YourTube HD? Downloading YouTube vids for later viewing has assisted me on several projects where watching online would have been tedious at best and impossible at worst.

    • c0edx

      Did not work for me, it downloaded the video but it wouldn’t save.

  • Andrew

    RemoveBG is a great iPhone tweak that through activator i defined to close all open applications by shaking my device. Much better then closing apps one by one on the multitask area! Not sure it works on the iPad.

    • smartypants

      it sure does

  • Lorissimo

    Anyone having problems with MultiIconMover? Doesn’t seem to be working on my iPad 2 running 4.3.3.

  • Shannon

    How can I get Flash on the iPad? Frash doesn’t work too well.

    • http://www.pepper.net Pepper

      Sorry, you can’t.

      • Shannon

        I know there’s a way you can…Frash used to work.

    • Daniel Fischer

      A web browser called “Puffin” actually plays flash on the New Ipad!

  • mili

    Thanx 4 ur useful post. Phone it is not yet compatible with ipad2.

  • kuldeep

    photoshop application work on i pad2?

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  • Joe Nguyen

    I just jail broke my ipad 2 and not sure what good apps there are. I always thought I could download apps from the APP store for free. I was wrong!

  • Xander

    Multiflow only works on iOS 3-4.x, not for 5.x

  • Dr iPad

    Display recorder dont work. It always records in a different way like if my iPads upright it records on the side

  • Josh Dyson

    i suggest powerapp.

  • Jamalayka Jamalaya

    Brilliant apps. Extremely good fun. Otherwise useless addition and not needed for the vast majority of Ipad users %99).