Home screen jailbreak theme status bar

The Status Bar provides a great deal of information such as the time, battery percentage, network signal and more that is viewable from anywhere within iOS. The problem is, you don’t have complete control over what shows in there, and you have even less control about how it appears. As a result, many jailbreak tweaks have emerged on Cydia that help you customize the Status Bar. To help you discover the best ones, we’ve compiled a list of the best jailbreak tweaks for the Status Bar on iOS 7.

#PlayMe2

PlayMe 2

One of the possible ways of finding out which music is currently playing on your device is to launch Control Center. #PlayMe2 provides a quicker way by displaying the song title and the artist of the currently playing song right in the Status Bar.

Alkaline

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If you’re much into customization, make sure to check out Alkaline. The tweak allows you to theme the battery icon in the Status Bar without using Winterboard. It comes pre-installed with three default themes, but you can also download additional themes for Alkaline in Cydia. One of my favorites is ‘Live Battery Indicator iOS 7’ theme which is shown in the screenshot above. Alkaline can be downloaded from Cydia for free.

Arco

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Arco is one of my favorite tweaks developed by the folks behind A3tweaks. It adds a play or pause icon to the Status Bar enclosed by a progress indicator allowing you to track the progress of the currently playing song. Along with the stock Music app, Arco supports many other third-party apps. Arco is available on Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $0.99. Yet, more interesting is that the proceeds from the earnings will go to the ‘Because of Ezra’ charity so you’ll benefit from the tweak as well as have your money go to a great cause.

StatusbarWeather7

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StatusbarWeather7 is a jailbreak tweak that displays the current weather information such as the temperature on the Status Bar. The tweak can automatically fetch your current location from the Weather app or you can manually enter your location ID. Needless to say, it’s a useful tweak to take a quick glance at the current weather information without venturing into the stock Weather app. StatusbarWeather7 is available for free on Cydia.

StatusHUD 2

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Instead of showing a pop-up volume HUD on your screen, StatusHUD 2 places it on the Status Bar and is displayed whenever you raise or lower the volume. When you’re inside an app that doesn’t show the Status Bar, adjusting the volume will display the Status Bar temporarily before hiding it again. StatusHUD 2 can be downloaded for free via Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

StatusModifier

StatusModifier

StatusModifier gives you complete control over your Status Bar and allows you to hide various items such as the carrier text, battery icon, Wi-Fi/3G etc. from the Status Bar. Additionally, the tweak lets you add a custom date and RAM information along with the time. You can add the seconds, day and month of the year as well as free RAM available from an easy to use builder. StatusModifier is available for free on ModMyi repo.

StatusPeek

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When you’re in a full-screen app, the Status Bar normally stays hidden. StatusPeek allows you to take a quick look at the contents of the Status Bar by swiping down from the top of the screen. Instead of showing Notification Center grabber, you’ll view the Status Bar and swiping it down again will reveal Notification Center. StatusPeek is available for $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

TypeStatus


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You’ve probably seen the typing indicator in iMessage which indicates that the other person is replying back to you. If you’re in a different app, you won’t know it. TypeStatus adds a typing indicator to the Status Bar as well that can be viewed from anywhere within iOS and displays who’s replying back to your message. TypeStatus is available for free on Cydia and supports iOS 5, 6 and 7 devices.

Wink

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If you’re looking for a way to hide the Status Bar and see it only when needed, you should check out Wink. The tweak hides the Status Bar and allows you to view it only when you tap on the top of the screen where the Status Bar is originally located. It will appear for a few seconds before hiding again. Wink is still in the beta phase, but it works smoothly on my iPhone 5s running 7.0.4 firmware. To get your hands on the tweak, you’ll first have to add the following repo: http://repo.fortysixandtwo.com/ .

Zeppelin

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Zeppelin allows you to replace the boring carrier text with a custom logo of your own. There are tons of Zeppelin logos on Cydia which you can download and use, but the tweak also comes with default logos such as Android, Batman, Beats by dre, Infiniti and more. Better yet, Zeppelin can be downloaded for free via Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

These are the best jailbreak tweaks that allow you to customize the Status Bar on iOS 7 and add new items to it. If we have missed a tweak that deserves to make it to the list, let us know in the comments section below.

Some of the best tweaks you should check out

Note: the theme in the top image is Solstice, one of the best themes for iOS 7.

  • Damian

    Open notifier is probably the best by far

    • regkilla

      Too bad Opennotifier hasn’t been updated for iOS 7.

      • MikeOxlong

        The tateu beta works just fine on my 7.1.2 devices…

      • LeePattison

        theres a versions that has been

      • Damian

        It is but from a private repo

      • MikeOxlong

        It’s not private

      • Damian

        personal then?

      • MikeOxlong

        Nope. Public. You enter the repo in cydia and use it to your hearts desire.

  • Adriano Henrique

    Theme name on the first pic? anyone knows?

  • Chang in Charge

    I would include Circlet and Blurbar. I use StatusHUD2 and Statusbarweather7. I would still be using Alkaline if it wasn’t for Circlet’s ability to theme/clean up all the signal indicators.

  • I wish StatusModifier hadn’t stopped working on my 5S after the update..

  • Merman123

    TypeStatus is the best. It’s always hard to explain to people why though. I end up sounding creepy lol

  • Framboogle

    What about Protean?

    • mahe

      Repo?

    • As far as I know, it hasn’t been released yet so I haven’t added it to the list.

      • Framboogle

        Or right. I was a private beta tester, I forgot.

  • Mee

    I have loved StatusHUD from the original version and have always gawked at Apple’s inability to add this function into iOS. TypeStatus is also phenomenal, but StatusHUD demonstrates what Jailbreaking is meant to do; fix a small problem or add a sall additional functionality that does not alter what iOS is supposed to be, it merely enhances and improves upon it.

  • Donovan

    StatusHUD 2

  • A great list of tweaks but Arco doesn’t deserve to be on it. It’s so buggy it’s actually unusable. At least the money is going to a good cause though since unless it gets an update it’s money I’ll never see again…

    • Works nicely for me.

      • I wrote a post on Reddit about it a while back and it would seem others have also experienced the same problems as me. I even emailed the developer and attached a syslog from my device but didn’t even hear back from them 🙁 reddit[.]com/r/jailbreak/comments/2duc2r/springboard_is_leaking_memory_like_theres_no/

  • Dillon

    what about his signal bars?

  • leart

    The tweak i used the most on ios 7 recently Zeppelin

  • Borsato92

    NCStickybar is a free alternative to StatusPeek

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Battery Status Bar and Time+. 2 of my favs.

  • Viktor_Zweig

    Alkaline or Circlet create lag on lockscreen if you are on iOS 7.1.2. Be aware!

  • ARX8

    Wink shouldn’t to be on this list. It’s a useless tweak

  • Unicorn Drank

    Typestatus is freaking awesome!

  • Shisno

    You missed out on DateCarrier which is great if you don’t want your carrier or a custom string showing but instead shows the date which is really useful. Who needs to see at&t all the time….;/

  • Brandon Piening

    Woah what about circlet?!

  • Frank

    Hey Guys! How was the icons 3d-like in the Alkaline photo?

  • Adam Lomax

    Does anyone know what tweak makes the apps and icon appear like that?

  • Deep Thought

    As an iPod Touch user, by far the most useful status bar tweak I’ve used is WiCarrier.

    The carrier logo is basically useless anyway (saying iPod, in case I forget what device I’m holding in my hand), so WiCarrier replaces it with the name of the WiFi network I’m connected to, as well as whether or not it’s secured and my local IP address (useful for OpenSSH). On a campus with more than one WiFi network, this has seriously become one of my favorite tweaks, and I’m surprised it’s featured so little. (More useful than Zeppelin, at least.)

  • KingEgo

    StatusHUD2 is a little buggy with me sometimes. it just turns my volume down when im not even pressing the button.

  • Muhammad Bilal

    Does anybody know how to customize the shelf icons as done in Alkaline and Typestatus above? Thanks 🙂