TypingPrivacy prevents iMessage users from seeing when you type

By , Feb 19, 2013

Typing Privacy Settings

Whenever you begin composing a new iMessage, your recipient can see that you’re typing. That’s because an ellipsis appears in their Messages app to let them know so. The purpose of this is to let people know that you’re responding to them, that you haven’t left them hanging. It makes the party on the other end of the message wait in expectation of your response.

While most people don’t have a problem with this and actually enjoy the feature, some find it to be an intrusion of privacy. You could, obviously, just disable iMessage, and the issue would be settled. But that means the inconvenience of incurring possible SMS fees, and the inability to send messages via Wi-Fi, and on iOS devices which aren’t iPhones.

As a response to this possible breach of privacy, a jailbreak developer has created a tweak to eliminate the ‘now typing’ ellipsis. The tweak is called TypingPrivacy, and it’s available right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

Typing Privacy Dot Dot Dot

Normally, this is what your recipient will see, but TypingPrivacy nixes this

It should be noted that TypingPrivacy works with jailbreak tweaks like biteSMS and Messages+, it also prevents the ‘now typing’ ellipsis from showing up when chatting with someone on the desktop version of Messages.

To enable TypingPrivacy, simply head over to Settings > Messages > and toggle off the switch for Send Typing Notifications. This can be enabled or disabled at any time without needing to respring.

Truth to be told, this should be a stock option in iOS, just like showing read receipts is an option that you can enable or disable for privacy concerns. If you want to try out TypingPrivacy, then journey on over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo where you can download it for $0.99. If you’re browsing this post on an iPhone, then you can click here for a direct link to Cydia.

What do you think about TypingPrivacy? Do you believe it should be a stock feature in iOS?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer
  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

    Sexy little tweak but I’m not sure if I’ll buy it. I think it should be free.

  • http://twitter.com/doubleaa25 Adham

    Pretty awesome tweak! Next up is selective read receipts…

    • Jeff

      THIS.

      • ImBakedAf

        This is off topic but is there any video out on how to make a custom theme on pages+? The instructions they have are not so clear. Thanks

  • Jonathan

    I thought that was turned off when you turn off read receipts. Oops.

  • Jan

    Or you just use Flex :P

    • Guest

      Or you just take a gun and shoot yourself. Stupid Flexers.

      • mafo5000

        Wow, what is that all about?

    • http://www.facebook.com/paulmeneshian Paul Meneshian

      Tried this on flex and it never worked. A lot of stuff on flex doesn’t seem to work.

  • Guest

    This is off topic but is there any video out on how to make a custom theme on pages+? The instructions they have are not so clear. Please help thanks

  • asdf

    What tweak are you using to make your corners squared in iMessage?

    • mickey

      Bitesquared theme in bitesms

  • blu

    Am I the only one who could care less about this?

    • FlamingOzone

      Then don’t comment

      • blu

        Why? I can’t ask a question?
        I never said it is a worthless app. Never said people are stupid for using it.
        I just don’t see a need for it, but then again I don’t text a thousand times a day, just my wife and kids. I find it nice to know they got the text and are replying instead of putting the phone back in my pocket then having to take it back out a few seconds later to read the reply.

      • FlamingOzone

        Well next time reword it
        Sounded like you wanted to start a new conversation that’s off topic

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539480065 Leslie Kwan

    This is good for those psycho chicks who go crazy after they realized you were typing something, but decided not to send the message.

  • FlamingOzone

    Every time I check there are 15 comments