Well readers, the results are in for our second Jailbreak’s Choice. Your votes have been counted for the top five free jailbreak tweaks. Over 150 iDB readers shared their favorite free downloads from Cydia, and the results are a bit surprising.

Among the most popular are a few expected veterans and a few essential newcomers. Read on to see the results of the poll and to cast your vote for the number one tweak…

The Top Five Winners

1. Activator

Ryan Petrich’s classic tweak was number one on more than half of the votes we received. Activator can be both simple and powerful, depending on how you use it. For some, it’s a simple backbone that many other tweaks require as a dependency. For others, it’s an indispensable tool for mapping out actions and app launching. Best of all, it’s extendable to a variety of apps and add-ons, and no iDevice is complete without Activator installed. For more advanced usage, I suggest you play around with the Activator Menus feature inside Activator’s settings pane.

2. SBSettings

This popular quick toggle tool is often cited as the main reason to jailbreak. Before SBSettings, changing device settings, like enabling or disable Bluetooth, Airplane mode, or 3G, was cumbersome and time intensive. SBSettings was a groundbreaking improvement. On top of that, SBSettings is theme-able and supports third party toggles from Cydia. Many jailbreak tweaks include a SBSettings Toggle, including PDANet, Media Center Controls, and Browser Changer. Back when we asked for your top five favorite paid tweaks, a majority of readers voted for SBSettings, simply because the functionality is better than many paid tweaks.

3. NCSettings

If you like toggles but hate SBSettings, NCSettings is the obvious choice. This tweak integrates into Notification Center, so it’s iOS 5+ only. The toggles are clean, easy on the eyes, and nicely arranged into a single row. I find it to be less resource hungry than SBSettings. As a bonus, unlike SBSettings, NCSettings doesn’t require a background daemon to be constantly running. On the downside, it’s not theme-able and there’s no way to add additional toggles for your other tweaks. Lately, I’ve abandoned SBSettings for this wonderful free Notification Center widget.

4. PasswordPilot

Never before has a tweak improved the App Store experience as PasswordPilot does. Hate having to constantly type in your iTunes password every time you download an app? PasswordPilot automatically puts your password into the popup box, and all you have to do is tap OK. Even when I swear off jailbreak tweaks and uninstall everything, I always cave and re-install PasswordPilot. It’s a small wonder that so many of you love this one.

5. Spire

Spire brings a better Siri experience to the iPhone 4S and the only Siri experience to every other device. With a Siri Proxy, you can add all sorts of functionality to the popular integrated personal assistant or even use the Google API instead through services like i4Siri. The vast popularity of this tweak suggests most of you have a proxy server that you can rely on.

Close behind these five were Winterboard and KillBackground.

Many of you chose to post paid tweaks in addition to the free choices. That can mean one of two things. First, a lot of you do not support the developers of the tweak by lawfully purchasing the packages. Second, some of these tweaks are just so awesome that you forget you actually spent a couple bucks on them. I like to believe it’s the second reason, because once you get used to having enhanced functionality with tweaks such as Zephyr, it’s almost impossible to believe it wasn’t included in iOS by default.

Now’s your choice to pick your favorite among these five. Use the poll embedded below and let everyone know which one deserves the win.


Were you surprised by the outcome? Which one did you like most? Was your favorite tweak not included? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to tell us why you think a different tweak belonged in this list.

  • Activator annoys me so much

    • Why?

    • Same! On my end, when I have activator installed it just drains my battery like there is no tomorrow.

      • Kok Hean

        Activator does not drain your battery.

      • Of course, when you set a million activator actions, it will drain your battery…

      • Of course, when you set a million activator actions, it will drain your battery…

      • only 2 actions had been set, the odd thing is it caused this on my iphone 4s, but not on my iphone 4

  • Can you share the name of the Sbsettings theme on the picture? Thx.

  • Awesome. My NCSettings came third, that’s good to see. Thanks for voting people 🙂

    • Great tweak. I voted for it. Just voted again to get it to #1. Great job jamie

  • NCsettings? over things like springtomize 2 and zephyr? NCsettings isn’t that good…

    • Anonymous

      Read the title of the article, top five FREE tweaks.

      • Sorry (I don’t pirate if that’s what you’re thinking). But bytafont and many others are better than this.

  • FYI, NCSettings has an intelliscreenX theme

  • FYI, NCSettings has an intelliscreenX theme

  • Anonymous

    Has tapbot theme been updated for ios5?

  • Anonymous

    UISettings is my favorite. My fav’s are:
    Always Close
    Assistant Love
    Byta Font
    CallBar
    Cyntact
    FolderCloser
    gpsPhone
    iCleaner
    iFile
    Low Power Banner
    noOTA badge
    Password Pilot
    PdaNet
    Poof
    Pull to Dismiss
    SnowCover4
    UISettings
    3G Unrestrictor

  • Anonymous

    Oh look, Winterboard is still on the top 10. That’s surprising.

    • Absolutely agree. Perhaps the last update was functional? I refuse to download anything that installs Winterboard nowadays.

  • Luis Finke

    spire never works, and it drains ram

  • NCSettings all the way!! can’t stand SBSettings and BBSettings was way too unstable.

    • I agree! I don’t know why so many people are still on SBSettings when NCSettings is so much cleaner and stable. Even Nick, who wrote this column, admitted it…

      • Honestly, not being a hater or anything, but SBS has saved my ass so many times in so many different ways–it may look ugly, may accidentally pop up from an accidental swipe on the lockscreen, but it has always been ol’ reliable. I have nothing against NCS, but it hasn’t been the invaluable, intricate, life-saving tweak that SBS has been for me. Since you asked, was just giving my reason.

      • sbsettings is the only tweak that will display RAM on my status bar, will display RAM accurately, (UIsettings does too, i guess) has the ability to save me from restoring so many times, etc. it’s not just a toggle tweak. it does so much more. and NCsettings is watered down SBS

  • I voted for Sbsettings 
    By the way I can hack voting but I didn’t ^^

    • Wow you’re a Genius ! nobody besides u knows how to use proxy servers… Or any other kinda of ip spoofer.

  • sam

    Can we get a top five paid tweaks vote now?

  • Anonymous

    Actually i love safari download manager! When will it compatible with ios5? :'(

  • Where is Intelliscreenx and zephyr?

  • Kok Hean

    SBSettings is the top? SBSettings requires Activator o_o

    • Nah. There is an SBSettings app, it is just normally hidden–you can make it always available as an icon. Don’t believe me, just go into it and then exit after a change, then look at your switcher and it’ll be there. However, lack of activator does eliminate it as a failsafe on the lock screen. But, I agree–Activator is number one…. just closely followed by SBS.

      • Kok Hean

        Other than the Notification Center widget (which has a very annoying alignment), the application only allows settings. To be honest, back on iOS 3.1.3, when I installed SBSettings, I took Activator for granted, only to find its usefulness after my home button became faulty. Now, I use Activator gestures on my new phone all the time so that the home button will not break.

  • well i would not include sbsettings and activator here. why? one obvious reason……..

    , they have been around for so long in cydia
    therefore, we should vote for some new tweaks that improve the productivity of the phone.

    I would include these two tweaks in my “top 5 free ultimate list”

    I thought there would be more focus here on tweaks that came out recently in the last year

    • That’s like not including Babe Ruth into the best HR hitter discussion; this was an ostensible all time question. The two tweaks are longstanding, reliable, useful, and monumental. Age is irrelevant. The question was ‘Best Free Tweaks”. They are the best free tweaks. Ask IDB to make a ‘Best Free Recent Tweaks?’ question for your issue.

      • Devin, I agree with you in 100 percent to the usefulness of the tweaks, however, I just thought the this top five list would present something fresh. I looked at this list from my own perspective whereas you looked from yours. Unfortunately, I cant tell that these two spots in the list gave some new useful info. SBSettings is using activator and every single other tweak tries to rely on activator, it would be even more fun if there was MobileSubtrate included. My point is, when we get cydia, these two tweaks are fundamental, they are almost synonyms for the word cydia. When i get cydia and install something these two tweaks almost immediately install themselves. Therefore, I love the tweaks, but my disappointment came from the fact that I don’t treat these two as tweaks, I treat them as if they were fundamental part of cydia which is required to be installed for every single user.

  • hw abt other free / paid apps like bitesms, iblacklist, notifier+, sbprofiles, barrel, springtomizer ?

  • hw abt other free / paid apps like bitesms, iblacklist, notifier+, sbprofiles, barrel, springtomizer ?

  • BiteSMS not being on here is sad. That tweak is why I jailbreak; but, the list had three of my five choices. Activator, SBS, LockInfo,Bite, and Zephyr are the current reasons to JB.

  • Anonymous

    www