BetterFolders takes your app folders to the next level

By , Jan 22, 2014

BetterFolders iOS 7

If you are an avid user of Apple products, chances are that you have lots of apps installed on your iOS device. And while folders have long been an ideal solution for keeping your Home screen organized, they have a few shortcomings that a new jailbreak tweak called BetterFolders aims to solve. The useful extension serves three purposes: enables pinch to close for folders, allows nested folders, and brings 4×4 folder layout to the iPad… 

BetterFolders works as advertised. Once installed, the all-familiar “pinch to close” multitouch gesture can be used to close an active folder. All you have to do is make a pinching motion with two fingers when you have a folder open, and it will immediately exit to the Home screen. In fact, I found that even a single tap on the area above and below the folder also produces the same action. The only downside is that it’s a rather sensitive feature, so you might accidentally exit your folders more often than you desire.

Additionally, when a folder is open, you can hold down on an icon to enable so-called “wiggle mode” and create folders within folders — yes, you could have an app hidden within a hierarchy of twelve folders if you really wanted to. I’m not sure why you would want to put an app that far out of reach, except for the infamous Newsstand perhaps, but tell me you weren’t going to try it anyways just out of curiosity.

Last, iPad users will notice that folders take up a little more screen space because of this tweak. BetterFolders increases the traditional 3×3 folder layout with nine app icons per page to a larger 4×4 grid with sixteen app icons per page. I don’t have a jailbroken iPad on hand to test that out at this moment, but it does make sense to take advantage of the extra real estate offered by the 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays on the iPad and iPad mini respectively.

BetterFolders has no additional options to configure, although anyone knowledgable enough can add preferences or customize the tweak thanks to developer ManzoPower making it open source on GitHub. You’ll need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 7 or later for the tweak, which is a free download on Cydia in the BigBoss repository.

Let’s see how BetterFolders looks on your device. Share a screenshot, would you?

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  • Rot Kelfer

    what’s the theme on the screen shot above?

    • vs511

      Soft Remix for iOS 7

      • Guest

        thanks!! :))

      • Jonathan

        What dat. o_0

      • Abdl

        Screenshot of your tried folders,not your face!!

      • svartkuken

        Whoa what the hell happened here

      • Guest

        lol!!!

      • Guest

        I decided to photoshop this picture:
        hee hee hee lol!

      • J™

        u call this photoshop? LOL

      • SimonReidy

        What theme is that you are wearing? ;)

      • J™

        gay

      • Redwan Mohammed

        thanks

  • Darktrmpt9

    Can you please provide the background used in the screen shot? Thanks!

  • El Barto

    HiddenSettings7 does this and a lot of other things too. And it works on safe mode too.

    • Greg Whitaker

      CCQuick also includes an option to access the hidden settings. Since it also adds other desire able options I don’t see why anyone would use either betrfldrs or hidden settings.

  • Tux

    Is there any alternative tweak for foldericons?

  • David Fabian

    Clarification on this post — A single tap outside a folder already closes a folder, that’s the behavior in stock iOS 7…

    • Vitor

      that’s true

    • Achy

      Stock since folders were introduced..

  • Abdl

    Joe…are you still on snapchat? -_-

  • Julio Cesar

    Wallpaper please?

  • Guest

    an

  • VuduChild

    Is anyone having trouble getting BetterFolders to work on iphone4?

  • Antonio

    Can someone upload the background?

  • Joseph

    Quick search came up this

    • http://lucaskunert.com/ Lucas Kunert

      Here’s one w/o the random bar on the bottom.

  • 123bob

    Yeah but it takes longer.

    • Jessica J. Castillo

      but it does make sense to take advantage of the extra real estate offered by the 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays on the iPad and iPad mini respectively.

  • onebyone_

    What the ..tweak?
    what about “Convergance”?
    Is one of the best tweaks I ever seen!
    I didn’t see it in your posts.

  • Isa Altintas

    What’s the tweak when leaving an app which is inside a folder directly to the springboard?

    • Prosper Mensah

      Foldercloser

  • Adan

    Nevermind this… what I want to see is a tweak that makes the folders bigger; as in, when you open it, you see more than 9 apps per folder page… especially for the iPad. There must be a tweak to do this…

    • http://www.ifans.com/ Joe Rossignol

      BetterFolders does that. It brings 4×4 folders to iPad instead of a 3×3 grid.

      • Adan

        Cool, thanks!

        I have now realised that I didn’t finish reading the article. Doh!

      • Giel Konink

        yea but i also would like to have this on my iPhone.

      • Adan

        Me too!

  • ARX8

    Simply alter the internal settings. There’s no need to install an extra tweak

  • J™

    dumb right?
    i’d rather use just 1 finger to tap anywhere outside the folder to close it that to use 2 fingers to pinch

  • MrKyoo

    How do you make the corners of your folders round?