Couria: add quick reply and quick compose to the stock Messages app in iOS 7

By , Jan 28, 2014

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Couria is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to have true quick reply and quick compose functionality for the Messages app in iOS 7. Currently in beta testing, it’s a tweak that offers a lightweight alternative to the likes of biteSMS.

We’ve taken some time to put Couria through its paces in our hands-on video walkthrough. Check inside for more details on how this promising tweak works.

Once you install Couria, you’ll find a settings panel in the stock Settings app. From here you can enable Couria, and switch between two preinstalled themes. I highly recommend sticking to the iOS 7 based theme, but if you wish, there’s a pre-iOS 7 theme available to use as well.

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Couria’s settings in the stock Settings app

Couria allows you to quickly reply to incoming messages by tapping on the banner notification for the message, or by swiping on messages displayed on the Lock screen. The end result is a sleek looking overlay that allows shows the contents of the threaded message, and allows you to quickly send a reply to the person waiting on a response.

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Quick compose action in Activator

You may also assign an Activator gesture to invoke Couria’s quick compose feature. Using the quick compose displays a list of all of your message threads starting with the most recent one. You’ll find the ability to append images using the insert icon, and venture back to the full message app by means of the app icon shortcut in the upper left-hand corner of the overlay.

For security purposes, Couria features a passcode setting, which works independently of the passcode set for iOS. The passcode can be established to protect Couria while the device is locked and/or unlocked.

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Couria locked down with a passcode after invoking quick compose

Couria shows lots of promise, but it’s not without its opportunities for improvement. Some may gripe about the tweak’s look. It features an iOS 7-centric style, but some may feel that it still lacks the polish necessary to make this tweak compete with biteSMS. I also found it annoying that there didn’t appear to be a way to keep the message overlay open after sending a reply using quick reply.

Considering that this tweak is still in beta, I’ll let the developer continue his development process before I provide any real criticism. Besides, we do plenty of critiquing on the latest episode of Let’s Talk Jailbreak, which is set to air tomorrow.

If you’d like to give Couria a shot, then you will need to add the beta repo address to your sources inside of the Cydia app. Just go to Manage > Sources > Edit > Add > and type the following repo address: http://Cydia.Qusic.me. Once added, you can find the beta version of Couria, along with some other developer goodies like extensions for WhatsApp and Tweetbot.

What do you think about Couria? Do you think that this tweak can supplant your usage of biteSMS? Be sure to share your thoughts about the tweak in the comment section below.

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  • Fevostone

    This as just been updated BUT DONT UPDATE IT WILL BUT UR PHONE IN RECOVERY MODE :-/

    • Siddharth Desai

      I, too, updated without reading about it and sadly I had to uninstall it. Such a shame. I would recommend you send him an email via cydia with logs so that a fix can be released promptly.

      • Fevostone

        Done mate thanks.

  • Terry Cooke

    keeps crashing my spring board, guess i will have to wait for the official release

  • Shrey Gupta

    Working perfectly on my iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4. The only this i would like the dev to add is “QC/QR” functionality(no activator) and the ability to delete a message from the LS.

  • romeodesigns

    I use stock message app. I’d prefer not having multiple places to text the exact same people. Couria doesn’t show pictures, or allow to open the messaging app. I understand that it’s beta, but I’m hoping these are things that will be added in future updates.

    • Jake

      New update tells you if a photo is attached and you tap the photo link and it pops up the photo front and center on your screen while still in qucik reply, it’s pretty nice, tap photo again when done viewing to close and go back to typing. And you can open the messaging app by tapping the messages icon on the left side of the to: field in the quick compose/quick reply box.

      • romeodesigns

        Thank you for the update info, I appreciate that. I’ll check out the update now.

      • romeodesigns

        The update crashed my springboard, continuously. I had to uninstall it until that bug is worked out.

  • noksucow

    That’s exactly what I was doing. Just searched for it. That’s what I get for not reading the entire post. Thanks.

  • Guest

    I’m guessing this tweak isn’t meant for 5S. Great…

    • Juan Ramirez

      I’m using a 5S and can confirm it works perfectly!

  • Сергей Неизвестный

    Hey guys, just updated to the new version of Couria and my phone goes to the safe mode after respring. Iphone 5 / 7.0.4.

    • VITICO

      Im having the same problem.. I sent him an email..

    • M_thoroughbred

      I’m also having the same problem. I just updated and it goes into safe mode had to uninstall hope there is a fix coming soon as I really like this tweak.

      • Siddharth Desai

        Add Ryan petrich’s beta repo and and update Flipswitch to 1.0.3. Version 1.0.2 is causing the issue.

  • romeodesigns

    Does anyone know of a developer for cydia tweaks? I have a few ideas and I’d like to see them brought to life, but I’m a designer, not a coder, and since my computer died I’m left with only ideas. Please let me know if anyone wants to go into a joint venture to create tweaks.

  • stevendo

    anyone having trouble sending iMessages from their number?

    after installing couria all sent messages are received from my email. i checked settings too and my # is still checked to send messages

  • Vera Deglomini

    Apple hire this guy asap!

  • VITICO

    WORKED!.. Good looking..

  • Dien Agustin

    BETA 4 CRASHES TO SAFE MODE. DONT UPGRADE. Now i have to unistall this tweak, too bad im in love with it :(

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    I read the reddit post about that… didn’t fix it for me :/

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    wish it did for me… I rebooted the phone and it stayed out of safe mode, however if i quick compose and type a name, it will go back to permanent safe mode or if i respiring…

  • Skoven

    Am i the only one experiencing springboard crashes, when QC and then searching for a contact? It crashes every time :/

    Edit: only crashes sometimes… weird.

  • Terry Cooke

    Awesome. Thanks a lot works a treat now :)

  • Huntz

    Is there another tweak like this for iOS 6 that is NOT biteSMS?

    Very grateful to know.

  • Euan Lake

    This app seems great. There seems to be an incompatibility between this and Activator though, when installing it removes Activator. Any thoughts?

    • Siddharth Desai

      Haven’t experienced that yet.

    • Nme1

      experienced this and CCControls being removed.

      • Euan Lake

        I have found that adding the beta repro for Activator resolves this issue for me

  • Pranav

    When I install Couria, it uninstalls some of my packages like Activator, CCControls, etc. Is anyone else having the same problem?

    • Nme1

      have the same problem with it removing CCControls & Activator..

  • Nme1

    installing this tweak removes CCControls & vice Versa…iphone 5 ios 7.0.4. Anyone else with this issue?

  • Juliano Rosario

    Anybody else having trouble getting the tweetbot extension working? Mine is not showing up in the settings

  • Nick Kaminski

    I just downloaded Couria and the badge to update it will not go away -__-

  • Francisco Perez

    I really like this tweak but it requires me to remove activator, cctoggles, flipswitch when prompt to install couria. any way around this?

  • Affinity

    If i install the beta, it automatically removes my Activator and CCToggles tweak…. If i install them again, Couria is uninstalled…. ?!

  • Huntz

    Is there a tweak just like this for iOS 6?

  • Chetan

    Hey jeff, came back to this old post just to ask if there is any news when this tweak is going out of beta? Some developers tell things to u in advance so was curious as quick reply for whatsapp is still not available for ios7.

  • deepdvd

    I read that Couria doesn’t work on 7.0.6 (jailbroken). Can anyone else confirm?

    • deepdvd

      never mind, it works fine.

      • deepdvd

        Actually, it doesn’t work on 7.0.6 … “There was an error loading the preference bundle for Couria”

  • Mark

    When will couria come out of beta. Works fine for me but just curious…..