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Last week, we presented you a list of best jailbreak tweaks for the Music app on your jailbroken iOS 7. Today, we’re back it again to show you a list of best jailbreak tweaks that will spice up the stock Messages app.

The Messages app has been greatly improved over time and comes packed with amazing features in the latest version of iOS 7. The Messages app is both used for SMS as well as iMessage for communication with other Apple devices. However, there are a few features that it lacks but can be achieved by using the tweaks listed below. Read on to find out the best jailbreak tweaks for the Messages app on iOS 7.

BiteSMS

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BiteSMS is by far the best jailbreak tweak for the stock Messages app that gets regular updates to make it the perfect tweak. It comes packed with a bunch of new features but it’s best known for its Quick Reply and Quick Compose features. With BiteSMS, you can quickly reply to a received message from anywhere within iOS. Tapping on the Notification banner or swiping a notification in the Lock screen will display a pop up where you can type in your reply.

To quickly compose a message, you can press one of the volume buttons or tap on the volume HUD to bring up the quick compose interface. Other than this, BiteSMS provides various other features such as scheduled SMS messages, passcode lock, templates, contact pictures, notification privacy and more.

BiteSMS is available for free in Cydia but after 7 days of free trial, you’ll start seeing advertising banners. To get rid of ads, you can purchase a lifetime license for $7.99. BiteSMS supports devices running iOS 5, 6 or 7.

auki

Auki Reply Button

auki brings a native quick reply style to iOS 7 giving you the ability to instantly reply to messages from anywhere by tapping on the notification banner. Along with Quick Reply, auki comes with several other features including a Quick Compose option which can be invoked by swiping down the Notification Center’s interface or by making use of an Activator gesture.

The tweak also brings a host of other features including “Silent”, “Stealth”, “Landscape” or “Dark” mode, supports video and images, group messages, contact pictures and many more useful features which you’ll have to experience for yourself. auki is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch devices running iOS 7 and is available in Cydia for $3.99.

Messages Customiser

Messages Customiser

If you’re tired of the current look of the stock Messages app, you may want to try out Messages Customiser. The tweak provides you the ability to customize the colors of your SMS and iMessage chat bubbles as well as that of another person. Additionally, users can customize the tint of the Messages app as well as the text color, bubble opacity and width, chat background and more. Best of all, Messages Customiser is available for free in Cydia and supports all iOS 7.x and 7.1.x devices.

Remote Messages (iOS 7)

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If you’re a Mac user, you can easily use iMessage on your computer and easily stay connected with your friends. But what about Windows, Linux or other operating system users? This is where Remote Messages comes into action to save the day. Remote Messages is a browser-based front end for iOS 7 Messages app. The tweak allows you to remotely access your iOS 7 Messages app via your computer and send and receive both iMessage and SMS messages directly from your browser. Whatever message you send from your computer will be automatically synchronized to your iOS 7 device.

It supports Emoji, gives you access to your device’s camera roll, allows you to attach files from your computer, displays typing notification, contact pictures and much more. To start using the tweak, you’ll need to connect your device to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer and enter your IP address in your computer browser.  You can purchase Remote Messages (iOS 7) for $3.99 via Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

Hermes

Hermes Screenshot

Are you looking for a lightweight quick reply tweak with a native style? You may want to try out Hermes, a quick reply tweak that not only supports the stock Messages app but Whatsapp and Kik also. Tapping on the notification banner when a new message arrives will bring up the tweak’s interface with the recipient and app name, the message and a text box where you can quickly type in your reply. Hermes requires iOS 7 and is available in Cydia for $0.99.

Brevity

Brevity

Brevity is an add-on for the stock Messages app that allows you to quickly send a response with the tap of a button. Users can easily create a custom made shortcut or response from the tweak’s preferences and it will take the place of the “Send” button in the Messages app when the text box is left empty. Tapping on the button will quickly send the custom message without requiring you to type anything. This is quite useful when you use the same response frequently in your messages. Shortcuts can be anything ranging from plain text to Emoji or Unicode characters. Brevity costs $0.99 in Cydia and is compatible with iOS 7 devices:

SMS Stats 2

SMS Stats Total

One of the features that iOS 7 Messages app lacks is the ability to view statistics of your iMessage and SMS messages. SMS Stats 2 seeks to overcome this problem by allowing you to view the total amount of iMessage or SMS messages sent and received, as well as the combined amount till date or for the past 28 days. Statistics include total messages, sent messages, and received messages. An ‘S’ button will appear right next to the compose button which allows you to access the statistics. To access the statistics for an individual conversation, open the contact’s messages, tap on ‘Contact’ and press the ‘S’ button. SMS Stats 2 is compatible with iOS 7 devices and is available for free in Cydia.

TypeStatus

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If you use iMessage frequently to stay in touch with your contacts, you might want to try out Type Status. It adds an iMessage ‘now typing’ indicator to the status bar and lets you know who’s replying back to your message.

TypeStatus is availabe for free in Cydia and supports iOS 5, 6 and 7 devices.

Interactive Message Notifications

Interactive Notifications

There are many quick reply tweaks available in Cydia but Interactive Message Notifications is quite unique in the sense that it brings the iOS 8 style quick reply to iOS 7. When you receive a new message, swipe down the notification banner to open a text box to type in your response and quickly reply the recipient from anywhere within iOS without having to open the Messages application. I tested the tweak with Whatsapp and it worked successfully. If you want to experience iOS 8’s quick reply on iOS 7, you should try out Interactive Message Notifications. The tweak is available in Cydia for $0.99.

MessageSwiper7

MessageSwiper7

If you have a lot of conversations going on at once, you may want to try out MessageSwiper7. A simple, yet useful tweak, that allows users to quickly swipe and switch from one conversation to another without having to go back to the Messages main menu. You can choose to swipe left or right from the center of the conversation or the edge. You’ll also get a small preview of the other conversation when you swipe halfway. MessageSwiper7 requires iOS 7 and is available for free via Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

Unread

Unread

If you frequently use the Messages app to text or iMessage your friends, you must have noticed by now that there’s no way you can mark a message as read or unread. With the ‘Unread‘ jailbreak tweak, you can tap and hold on a message to mark it as unread. Similarly, if a message is unread, tapping and holding on it will mark it as read. You can download Unread for free via Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

CamText

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Last in the list is CamText, an interesting tweak that transforms the background of the Messages app into a live camera background. This can be quite useful when you’re texting while walking in the street. You can also adjust the transparency of the Messages app background from the tweak’s preferences pane. You can find it for $1.50 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

These are the best jailbreak tweaks that will improve your iOS messaging experience. Is there any tweak that we might have missed and deserves to be on the list? Lets us know in the comments section below.

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Do any of you guys/gals know of a Whatsapp quick reply tweak?

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Interactive Message Notifications mentioned above do the perfect job! It has iMessage and Whatsapp quick reply! Both of them 🙂

      • Varun Soi

        Is there any tweak to reply whatsapp messages from lockscreen?

      • XCF

        Again Hermes

      • Praveen Kumar A

        you can try Hermes or couria

    • Interactive Message Notifications and Hermes.

    • Waleed

      You need to try “couria for Whatsapp”
      Best of best for quick reply for whatsapp ! Also quick compose ☺️

      • sriram varadarajulu

        is it no longer buggy? i once installed it long back and found it to be extremely buggy

    • Abdul

      Hermes

    • XCF

      Yes hermes which was talked about earlier works across multiple platforms. iMessege, Kik, and Whatsapp.

  • Hendo27

    How could you not include Messages+ on this list??? And saying that Bite SMS is the best is a bit of a stretch.

    • Mee

      BiteSMS is far too heavy of a tweak for my liking, even though Sebastién swears by it. Auki rocks though, best hands down in my opinion, although brevity could certainly be useful…

      • BiteSMS isn’t too heavy at least not if you customise it. Literally everything in BiteSMS can be toggled and customised and tweaked. The problem is the GUI to configure BiteSMS is not the best…

  • Mee

    Interactive message notifications is cool but it erases all that you say if you accidentally tap the banner itself as opposed to the text box when it sends you to the messages app. I greatly recommend Auki, far more lightweight and beautiful than BiteSMS or nearly every other quick reply/compose tweak.

  • JoshuaHulgan

    Personally like using Messages by Ma Jun

    • tunutsaigon

      Me too,,,

  • Adam

    Dropped Bitesms after two years, been rocking with auki for awhile now and I can honestly say I don’t miss anything except for the message notifications flipswitch that comes with Bitesms. Despite not being able to find a standalone flipswitch for message notifications I still haven’t looked back. Auki looks so clean and native like it’s supposed to be there, not quite iOS 8 style like Interactive Message Notifications, but it just belongs. And after a somewhat light initial release, feature wise, they continue to improve Auki with each upgrade. If you’re looking for Whatsapp support definitely look elsewhere but if you just need the basics with a few bells and whistles I recommend Auki.

  • Rechain

    You forgot iRealSMS 😉 that was the tweak I used the first couple of years, then biteSMS and now it’s auki 🙂 + some other great tweaks to customize message app..

    • Jeffery Simms

      Yeah but they haven’t updated it in a very long time and most likely not going it ever.

      • Rechain

        That’s correct, don’t know if they have some beta versions out like biteSMS (?) but the latest is a year old? And no iOS7 support? Well, iRealSMS was my favorite from iOS3-5..after that I’ve changed to biteSMS 🙂 until auki came and took the favorite QR/QC tweak place! Haha 🙂 iRealSMS is loooong gone now? xD

  • Matt Schoblocher

    i use Message+ by intelliborn and it is perfect, it is not cheep but it comes with the INX. Is there bad blood here, or am i just reading to deep into it?

    • Hendo27

      I wonder the same thing. IDB NEVER brings up Messages+ when talking about message tweaks. I think it is by far the best.

  • Jamie

    Messages+ is my go to messages app. My favorite by far.

  • ARX8

    I wish there was a quick reply tweak for messenger

    • Waleed

      There is a new tweak in cydia now
      “Quick reply for messenger”
      🙂

      • ARX8

        That’s actually ancient

  • mlee19841

    Good tweaks!

  • mike

    Keep on making quality articles dude, you rock. ✌️

  • I love @BiteSMS and is it possible to Integrate with other Interactive Message Notifications?

    • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

      when iOS 8 comes

  • Noah

    You should make an article on the best Control Centre tweaks. Like, FlipControlCentre, CCSettings, CCBackground, etc…

  • deepdvd

    Somehow he missed Couria too, which is free. Probably was a sponsored post.

    • Max

      I commented and showed off the Couria advantages. The post was deleted by staff… they seem not to like it at all… I think, it is the best imessage tweak because you got the entire conversation on the screen. 😀

      • deepdvd

        Exactly. It’s my favorite quick-reply tweak by far.

        I do still wish there was a way to add a Hangouts extension.

      • There is a tweak on flex that allows you to view the entire conversation in the standard imessage app

  • Thomas Hopkins

    Anybody know of a tweak that integrates whats App into messages?

  • Fevostone

    Bite sms is the best but I can’t believe I have to pay for it every time I get a new phone this is a joke. So I like to use message+ witch also is really good but they take forever to update

    • Burge

      You don’t have to. You are keepin the same number aren’t you ? I brought it way back on iPhone OS 2 and that’s the only time I paid for it.

      • Fevostone

        No different number and I’ve e mailed them and they said if I don’t have the 4 digit number off my PayPal I have to buy again and can’t have it on different device.

      • Burge

        So the option is there to get it you just can not do so because you got a different number and you don’t know the 4 digt number from PayPal.
        But the option is there though.

      • Fevostone

        Yes your right the option is there but what as my number got to do with it..? And every other tweak I buy from cydia is in my account so why isn’t bite sms ..? And the 4 digit number is no longer in my paypal…

      • Burge

        It’s not sold through cydia that’s why is not in the list.. It’s tied to your phone number so if you get a new device you can reinstall it with out paying again. But you have to keep your number.
        And you know the other ways to get it back if you do change your number.

  • sriram varadarajulu

    you forgot messageheads 😛

  • dfx92

    I know its of subject but I’ve been looking for a tweak that enables you to slide CCControl centre/bar up and down in sections?… Anyone?

    • DEEPANGEORGE

      Hmm it seems the tweak you need is “sectional” from rpetrich repo, hope this helps….

      • dfx92

        Many thanks!

  • Great article. Good job putting BiteSMS at the top of the list. It continues to be THE best tweak for jailbreaking. I love how full featured it is and the ability to add different themes is great. Thanks!

  • Dan

    nice article, I discovered a few tweaks (and bought 2).

  • Greg Warren

    AttachmentManager combines all of the statistics from SMS Stats, but also lets you see what photos/videos are attached to each of your SMS/iMessage conversations, so that you can quickly find/delete older attachments that may be taking up significant space on your device. It’s 99 cents well spent if you’re a hoarder like me who never deleted text conversations (over 175,000 texts currently on my phone).

  • DSN1138

    Anyone know a way to send SMS instead of imessages to certain contacts? I know that i can send a message and hold down that message and say “send as text” but is there a way to have it always send as sms.

  • gittlopctbi

    Re: CamText IMHO you should not text and walk at the same time even with this tweak! You should not text and do anything at the same time for your and others’ safety.

  • chex_mix

    uhh you missed the only Messages tweak I use and the best Couria!

  • Jack

    I have this great idea for a tweak but have no clue of how to go about and make one… I do not have the computing capabilities. The tweak I would like to see would allow you to see if a friend has read your iMessage even if they have read receipts turned off, the way this would work it that it would save a time of when they/ if they started to type. And would send this notification in the place of the usual read receipts.
    Any takers??

  • Feivl

    Does anyone now a tweak, that tries again to send messages, that didn’t got out the first time? I sometimes oversee them and would like the phone to try it every 10min or sth. Any ideas?

  • Eddie rojas

    Is there any tweak or app that would allow to keep kik conversations when reset kik so they don’t get deleted and still show ifs it’s been read and delivered or sending?

  • Slundy99

    Are there any tweaks for iOS 7 that emulate the new features of iOS 8 with regards to group messages?