The Status Bar provides a great deal of information such as the time, carrier, and much more which can be viewed from anywhere within iOS. Wink is a jailbreak tweak that’s been available for a long time on Cydia but didn’t receive the attention needed, solely because it is available on the developer’s own repo rather than on one of the major repos.

Wink brings an on-demand Status Bar to your iOS device allowing you to view it only when needed. This means that the Status Bar will remain hidden giving you more screen estate.

So how does it work?

Wink hides the Status Bar and allows you to view it again by tapping on the top of the screen where the Status Bar is normally located. It will appear for a few seconds before fading again. The developer could also add an option to hide the Status Bar with a tap rather than a timer.


Wink comes with a bunch of settings which you can configure from the tweak’s preferences pane. You’ll find a kill-switch toggle to enable or disable it, various fade-in and fade-out animation styles as well as a slider to adjust the duration that the Status Bar will remain visible.

Yet, the best thing is that you can disable the tweak in certain apps as well as on the Springboard where you want the Status Bar to remain visible. You’ll also find an option to choose which items you’d like to remain permanently visible on the top of the screen rather than hiding them with the Status Bar.

The tweak works flawlessly as advertised. The only issue is that the ‘permanent visibility’ option for the Status Bar items don’t always work, but this might be due to the fact that the tweak is still in the beta phase.

If you want to give Wink a try, you’ll first have to add repository to Cydia. What do you think of Wink? Is it something you’ve always wanted? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Stefano

    Very neat I like it

  • Eli Montoya

    This seemed very pointless to me. But I noticed another tweak on that repo. Percentext 🙂 I like it. Thanks for the repo!!

  • 空白

    I’d like it much better if it scaled your icons/apps to make use of the space.

  • Sleetui

    Anyone know a tweak that displays a Percent % on the iMessage instead of a loading bar?

    • Zavier Owens

      Message Send Percent

      • Sleetui

        I thought it isn’t updated to iOS 7 yet?

  • patricia

    It’s not showing up in my sources after I add it to the repository.

  • patricia

    it does says “downloading release” over and over and says return to cydia.

  • Unicorn Drank

    This looks some what useful!

  • MikeOxlong

    Tweak is kind of pointless. It doesn’t give you any more display area for use in other apps. All it does is remove the text from an otherwise fully functional status bar and leaves you with a blank space where the status bar is supposed to be. If it would do something to make use of the empty space it might actually be useful, but as it stands now it’s just a waste of space (in several ways).

    • Guest

      wings <3

  • ARX8

    This tweak doesn’t add screen area. It simply hides the statusbar items. The statusbar is still there.
    If you really want fullscreen, get monocle from Ryan Petrich’s repo

  • n0m0n

    Horrible no support. I tried to contactcwoth a few questions and he hasn’t replied in over 3 weeks.