5 excellent jailbreak tweaks to improve search on iOS

By , Nov 22, 2012

Searching is something we do day in and day out. It’s an integral part of the desktop experience, so it only makes sense that it’s something we do often on mobile devices as well.

Searching on the iPhone, while adequate, has always left a little something to be desired when compared to competing operating systems like Android. It only makes sense, considering Android is the product of Google — the creator of the world’s best and most popular search engine.

If you’re jailbroken, however, you have many more choices when it comes to search on iOS. There are search improvements for Spotlight, voice search enhancements, Notification Center search options, and much, much, more. Jailbreaking is a great way to get more out of your device, and that’s why we’ve taken the liberty to compile a list highlighting some of the best jailbreak tweaks for search…

Quick Google


On desktop computers we have the Spotlight cmd+space shortcut, and other apps, like Alfred, to help us be more efficient at searching. While the iPhone doesn’t have anything quite on the level of a desktop grade Spotlight, or a 3rd party search launcher, QuickGoogle might just be the next best thing.

QuickGoogle is a simple tweak that let’s you execute a Google search from anywhere by means of an Activator action. It’s probably one of the easiest ways to perform a Google search on iOS. For even more searching options, then you may want to give ActiSearch a go. It’s like QuickGoogle, except it features more search options like YouTube, Cydia, eBay, and others.

Price: Free
Repo: BigBoss

WebLeaps


Custom searches are nothing new in the world of desktop computers, again I feel obliged to namedrop Alfred here, because it does custom search so well. Basically, custom search allows you to create a search shortcut specifically targeted at one site in particular.

For instance, I have a custom search setup for Alfred on my MacBook Pro, which allows me to easily search the content of iDownloadBlog with just a couple of key presses. WebLeaps is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to create similar custom searches on the small screen.

Price: $1.99
Repo: BigBoss

WeeSearch Pro

WeeSearch Pro is unique, because it lets you perform all sorts of searches right from the comforts of your Notification Center. It even displays your search results right inside of Notification Center via a “mini browser”, making it self contained. The tweak features tons of options, and even settings for custom searches.

Price: $1.49
Repo: BigBoss

NowNow

Once upon a time there was a tweak called Voice Search that allowed you to search Google using your voice. That has since been supplanted by an even better tweak called NowNow, which meshes an Activator gesture with the official Google App’s voice enabled search capabilities.

Google has really impressed with the voice search integrated into its official app, but without a proper tweak, it can’t be engaged using the Home button similar to Siri. NowNow solves that issue, and best of all, it does so free of charge.

Price: Free
Repo: BigBoss

SLightEnhancerSearch

Despite its ridiculous name, SlightEnhancerSearch is a tweak that can make the boring Spotlight search on your iPhone more useful. It adds the ability to search Cydia, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and more — directly from Spotlight. Handy, no?

Price: Free
Repo: BigBoss

What do you think? Are you currently using any of the aforementioned tweaks in your day to day life? Did I miss a tweak that you feel deserves to be on this list? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • notewar

    how can i use this when theres no JB for iPhone 5 = (

    • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

      If you know the answer why do you ask the question

      • RarestName

        Because it is a rhetorical question.

      • notewar

        U made my day..hahaha….

      • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

        Not when he ask the question it wasn’t …. He just didn’t read it correctly … Just love people who jump straight to the comments with out reading the post and jumping to conclusions…

      • RarestName

        I can somehow figure out that it was a rhetorical question. It’s something like this:

        “Oh, how can I use this when there’s no jailbreak for an iPhone 5? It’s sad…”

      • Nestea80

        It seems like you’re the one jumping to conclusions.

      • Kaweesha Wijesinghe

        like a boss!

    • pegger1

      It’s “5 jailbreak tweaks” not “iPhone 5 jailbreak tweaks”

      • notewar

        The title already made it clear. What i meant was i wish i could use the tweak but since but having an iphone 5 make it impossible as theres no jb for it yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/austen.kopp Austen Kopp

    Nice! This will work nicely on my jailbroken iPhone 4.

    • http://www.facebook.com/austen.kopp Austen Kopp

      Tried to use SLightEnhancerSearch on my jailbroken iOS 6, keep going into safe mode.

  • http://twitter.com/alexx1291 Cazz

    Great i will use these on my jailbroken iPhone 5; o wait… That’s right….

    i can dream cant i?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    Haha i’m so proud of owning my iPhone 4, whatever iOS version(so far) there’s always a Jailbreak for it + Almost All tweaks work :D iPhone 5 users, have patience. Jailbreak will be released sooner or later :)

  • Brian

    WebLeaps and WeeSearch Pro are both available in xsellize

    • Ethan Nelson-Moore

      Dude, support the developers… that’s stealing.

      • Soooo7281

        So. Who cares? The Developers don’t. How I could I know? I’ve been an Cydia Developer.

      • http://hbang.ws/ Adam D

        You are very very very wrong. Many (if not all) developers with paid packages in Cydia care if their package is put up on a pirate repo. It’s obvious that they wouldn’t be happy with people stealing their package – they want to make money, and piracy hinders this.

        Edit: here’s proof: I recently released FlagPaint for 99c. 159 purchases and an unfortunate 2098 downloads from Insanelyi. That’s only one repo – who knows how many more thousands of dollars we’ve missed out on thanks to cheap careless losers. (It’s just 99c… you paid hundreds more for your phone…)

      • Soooo7281

        As I said, I was a dev myself, a pretty good one (you are good too), my last Tweak had 1128 official sales (1.79$, later 99ct) and 4000-7000 pirated dpwnloads.. I didn’t care.

      • bw00ds

        * If you don’t care, then why not make your tweaks free?
        * Just because you as a dev doesn’t care, doesn’t make up for all the lost revenue that the other devs who do care lost out on.
        * As a non-dev myself, I do care because there’s too much of that kind of attitude that you display–stealing’s not a big deal. It is a big deal, $0.99 at a time.

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    I’ve been using NowNow and SLightEnhancerSearch which have been very useful! The latter even works well with SpotDict!

  • http://www.hbiphonelabs.com/ Ryan Lawrence

    Quick Google’ is only for Google or may I use my favorite search engine in it?