Make Sparrow your iPhone’s default mail client with ‘SparrowPlus’ [Updated]

By , Apr 26, 2012

If you remember my Sparrow review, I said it was a great app that was marred by a few missing features — namely: push notification capability, and the ability to make Sparrow the default Mail app.

In due time the folks at Sparrow will undoubtedly solve the push notification issue, and a few enterprising iOS jailbreak devs have already taken the liberty on that issue as well.

One feature that’s not so easy to implement is making Sparrow iOS’ default mail client. In fact, unless Apple does a virtual 180 on its current stance, this will never be a feature of Sparrow, or any other 3rd party Email app for that matter.

The only hope to implement such functionality rests with the jailbreak community. In fact, I reached out to iOS developer Majd Alfhaily yesterday, and he graciously accepted my request for such a feature in his upcoming jailbreak tweak coined: Sparrow+.

Want to see it in action? Have a look…

As stated, Sparrow+ consists of two primary features:

  • Default mail app functionality
  • Enables push notifications

We’ve seen Sparrow Push notifications before, and they work just as one would expect. In fact, rather than reinvent the wheel, Alfhaily uses Sparrow Push as a dependency for his tweak.

Since we’ve seen push notifications with Sparrow before, and we know that a solution is coming from Sparrow themselves in this regard, this feature takes a back burner to the much more important default mail app function. For me, that’s always been a deal breaker for me regarding Sparrow. As it stands, Sparrow can’t function as my default client if the Mail app is always opening whenever I tap a link to compose a new mail.

Fortunately for jailbroken iPhone users, Sparrow+ solves this problem. It’s not 100% perfect just yet, but it solves about 85% of the issue. Currently, it works like a charm when tapping mailto links from websites, from within apps, etc.

The only downside thus far is that it doesn’t play nice with iOS’ new mail sheet function. This causes features like the “Tell a Friend” button in the App Store app to remain reliant on the stock Mail client.

The good news is that the developer is actively working on making Sparrow+ work in every scenario imaginable, which would totally make one forget that the stock Mail app ever existed.

Do you use Sparrow currently? If not, does this tweak do enough to make you consider the switch? Let us know what you think about Sparrow+ in the comments below. It should be available for free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo in the very near future.

Sparrow can be downloaded from the App Store for $2.99.

Update: The Sparrow Push dependency has been removed, and now Sparrow+ performs all functions on its own.

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  • http://twitter.com/iDeviceHelper idevicehelper

    It would be nice if there was a Cydia tweak that made Spotify your default music app :)

    • http://twitter.com/thehayhorse Hayden Jenkins

      Or just a tweak that could make any music app your default

  • Dan

    I think I’ll wait till the push gets a real fix

  • http://www.facebook.com/SpideyRules Scott Curry

    Does Sparrow work with MailEnhancer, or incorporate many of the same features? Anyone know?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1619320729 Manolo Prado

    Waiting for the real in-app push. And then, I will use this… ;)

    • Alberto Hernandez Jr

      Same here, however I’d like to see some IntelliscreenX integration as well, hopefully in the near future ;)

  • http://twitter.com/tomdotcom_uk Tom

    Does it play nice with Intelliscreen X? Does it show a list of received mails on the lock screen?

  • Anonymous

    I always wondered why someone didnt just expand on the concept of “Bowser Changer”. Instead of just allowing you to switch your default browser, you could expand the capabilities to include changing your default mail client, default calendar app, default map client, etc. That’s a reason to jailbreak alone!

  • http://twitter.com/BlueSpArKyB Bhavesh Patel

    OMFG
    Still awaitin iPad 3 jailbreak

  • http://twitter.com/iDara09 iDara09

    Jeff I hope it will work with a tweak named “AnyAttach”.

  • Anonymous

    I want te same thing for de gmail app!!

  • http://twitter.com/chickenmatt5 Matt.L

    So, this new Tweak “Sparrow+” enables banner notifications, NOT the older “Sparrow Push” tweak?

    • http://twitter.com/iDara09 iDara09

      Correct.

  • Lupius

    “great app that was marred by a few missing features — namely: push notification capability, and the ability to make Sparrow the default Mail app.”

    You forgot to mention the lack of support for exchange servers. Only works with IMAP.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=595083982 Tobias Palmberg

      Thanks Lupius ‘You forgot to mention the lack of support for exchange servers. Only works with IMAP.’.
      That was my question I had in mind, but as it doesn’t support Exchange it’s nothing for me sadly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001978325379 Vasco Vitale

    where is the sparrow +? I found only sparrow push in the bigboss repo!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/selker Selman Kerelaj

      not ready yet. Just a litte prev from jeff.

      • Dan

        thanks for the hard work, looking forward to the tweak :)

    • Louis Cameron

      RTFA “Let us know what you think about Sparrow+ in the comments below. It should be available for free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo in the very near future.”

      • http://twitter.com/freemanrepo Majd Alfhaily

        Sparrow+ should be available on Cydia in next few hours if everything goes well

      • Dan

        thanks for the hard work

      • http://twitter.com/tomdotcom_uk Tom

        I agree with Dan, thanks for your efforts.

  • Louis Cameron

    AND IT’S UP!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikeylegs Mike Legra

    Sparrow doesn’t show up in the notification center screen. Any idea why?

    • http://www.facebook.com/ivanvison Ivan Vison

      This is happening to me too. Been testing for half an hour now and the push is not working at all.

    • Matt Crouch

      did you ever resolve this issue? I am having the same problem.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t work when accessing emails via Lockinfo

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6GTIWNGHIOGMUE3KXOAN7SO44I Trent

    Hi,

    I installed the Sparrow app & Sparrow+ this evening. However, when installing Sparrow+ it’s still installed Sparrow Push. I thought this wasn’t needed or installed anymore?

    I’m also not getting a Banner when new email arrives. I do get the sound, but only barely. Any Notification settings I need to adjust to ensure I get the email banner?

    TIA!!!