‘TorchNC’ and ‘InstaSnap’ spice up Notification Center on jailbroken iPhones

By , Jan 12, 2013

InstaSnap and NCTorch

Two new jailbreak tweaks have recently appeared in Cydia by the same developer, and they both happen to focus on Notification Center. Specifically, these tweaks aim to add handy shortcuts to the Notification Center pull-down pane.

The first tweak on the docket, TorchNC, adds a shortcut to activate the iPhone’s LED flash. There are other tweaks and apps that perform flashlight functions, but I always find it useful to have it within Notification Center, or directly on the Lock screen.

The second tweak, like the first, is a shortcut for Notification Center. Instead of interacting with the iPhone’s LED flash, InstaSnap is a tweak that allows you to quickly access the camera from within Instagram. Seeing as though this tweak doesn’t require the iPhone only LED flash, it works with both the iPhone and iPod touch perfectly fine.

Take a look as we profile both InstaSnap and TorchNC in our walkthrough videos inside…

TorchNC

TorchNC is a free jailbreak tweak that can be downloaded from Cydia’s ModMyi repo. It’s actually a sequel of sorts to another tweak simply entitled Torch. That tweak, too, allowed you to easily interface with the LED Flash, but it didn’t have the convenience of Notification Center involved.

Once installed, enabling TorchNC is as simple as venturing to the Settings app, selecting Notifications, and adding TorchNC to Notification Center. Once added, simply swipe down on the status bar to reveal Notification Center, and use the “Tap to torch” button to enable and disable the LED flashlight.

It’s a very simple tweak, but it’s great when you need quick access to a Torch, as they call a flashlight outside of the States. Correct me if I’m wrong with that assumption.

Now that we’ve covered TorchNC, lets talk about its cousin, a tweak called InstaSnap.

InstaSnap

While both tweaks may look the same in Notification Center, their functions are radically different. As mentioned above, InstaSnap is a simple shortcut to the Instagram camera. I don’t know if you’re anything like me and have tons of apps installed and placed within various folders, but at times I have a hard time quickly locating the specific app that I need to use.

Needless to say, many wonderful snapshot opportunities have passed me by, because I wasn’t quick enough on the draw when opening the Camera app. InstaSnap solves this issue by placing a shortcut directly within Notification Center that will load up the camera section within Instagram. Once you press the shortcut button, the Instagram camera is ready to fire within a few seconds. Obviously you will need Instagram installed and be logged into your Instagram account before using InstaSnap, but I’m sure you knew that already.

Final thoughts

Neither of these tweaks are anything groundbreaking, and in fact, at least in the case of TorchNC, functionality of other jailbreak tweaks has been duplicated. That being said, both tweaks have low overhead, and can serve as a reminder as to the usefulness of the Notification Center shortcut. When iOS 5 was first jailbroken, these Notification Center shortcuts were all the rage, but now I feel as if we kind of take them for granted.

Considering that both apps are free, they both have my recommendation if you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone. What do you think? Would you recommend using either?

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  • http://TechToTalk.com/ Ali Wadi

    I can’t wait to get my iPhone 5 to be jailbroken :(

  • sambuzzlight

    NCSettings is the best nc tweak for Toggles inclduing a flashlight

    • http://twitter.com/rv1raj ravirajm

      TorchNC is developed for users who don’t want to get confused with a lot of toggles kept/placed together. It’s simple and does a single function. Straight to the point.

  • RarestName

    This is why I prefer the Notification Center on iOS as opposed to Android. We can install packages and reorder the notifications to our liking while Android requires a custom ROM or tweaks that force those “widgets” to be at the bottom of the current notification cells.

    It’s just easier on iOS. But that’s just my opinion so don’t bash me for it :)

    • Byron Davis

      Are you serious? Stock android really does not have toggles (well 4.2 has quick settings). You can easily install something like widgetsoid (It’s good to install stuff like this with out having to wait on a jailbreak) from the play store to add whatever toggle we want to notification. Also just to let you know samsung’s flavor of android also now lets you edit toggles. I would do some rsearch before speaking. I hated waiting on a jailbreak after buying the new iphone. That I don’t miss since moving to android.

      • RarestName

        Do you think that I don’t know that? Didn’t I say that you can install toggles?

        I am talking about reordering the notification cells, not adding and removing the toggles.

        Please read carefully before speaking. Thank you.

        Edit: Currently, I have access to two Galaxy Notes on ICS, and their notification toggles are just stuck there. There isn’t any update yet and because of that, I am simply posting based on my personal experience.

        Quote: Are you serious? Stock android really does not have toggles (well 4.2 has quick settings). You can easily install something like widgetsoid (It’s good to install stuff like this with out having to wait on a jailbreak) from the play store to add whatever toggle we want to notification. Also just to let you know samsung’s flavor of android also now lets you edit toggles. I would do some rsearch before speaking.

      • Byron Davis

        You can edit on 4.1.2 on the galaxy s iii not 4.1.1

      • RarestName

        I hope that the update for the original Galaxy Note comes soon (^__^)

      • http://www.facebook.com/lachmurimi Lach Murimi

        So you have to have an S3 to perform that one function? Note he’s talking about iOS and android in general

      • Dan

        I didn’t know widgetsoid existed… thanks for the info!

  • wonderboydave

    just installed instasnap. really handy tweak!

  • Guest

    come on guys get some jailbreak

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001288278217 Christian Mejía

    If you get ncsetting and weetoolbox together they are everything you need for shortcuts on your notification center
    That’s what I got :)

  • http://twitter.com/iProLgend ikhebSwek

    When my iPhone 5 will be jailbroken, these 2 tweaks will be installed for sure !

  • nima

    Torch JailBreaK tweak is great!