The Status Bar is a handy area of iOS that lets you take a peek at various information such as time, Wi-Fi, battery level, etc, from anywhere on your device. However, Apple restricts users from customizing it the way they want. A new jailbreak tweak known as Protean has been released to get rid of this restriction.

Developed by Elijah and Andrew, Protean adds many new features to the Status Bar and allows you to organize the items in there by positioning them on any side. The tweak also displays the applications that have a pending notification on the Status Bar and allows you to customize flipswitches such as Airplane mode, Auto Lock, etc, and add icons of connected Bluetooth devices.

One of the most interesting features of this tweak is that you can assign an Activator action to each of the Status Bar items. Tap on any of them to open the respective application or launch an associated Quick Reply tweak such as auki. For instance, you can tap on the WhatsApp icon to launch the app or press the Wi-Fi icon to open Vestigo.


Once you install Protean, a new preference panel will be added to the stock Settings app where you’ll find tons of settings to configure. You can enable or disable the tweak directly from there via the kill switch toggle, and organize the items in the Status Bar from the ‘Organization’ section, where you can place each of them on either the left, center or the right side. Alternatively, you can also hide any item.

You’ll find a ‘Total Notification Count’ option that is supposed to show the total notifications count on the Status Bar along an icon of your choice, but it doesn’t work on my device. It displays the icon only without the total number of notifications.

The tweak also displays the applications with a pending notification. The ‘Applications’ section is where you can choose an icon for each.  The tweak offers over 100 different icons you can choose from. In addition to this, you can also choose what happens when you tap on them. As mentioned earlier, you can assign an Activator action to each, launch a specific app upon touch or open an associated Quick Reply tweak such as Hermes or auki, although this didn’t work properly for me. The same applies to System icons, Flipswitches and Bluetooth devices, where you can choose an icon for each from their own separate section as well as set an Activator action.


The tweak also provides a ton of ‘Advanced Options’. You can display the signal RSSI, view Status Bar time on Lock screen, default the icons’ position to the right or left and much more.

Protean is a unique tweak and is loaded with tons of features that allow you to take complete control of your Status Bar. However, one of the few issues that I faced while using the tweak is that it doesn’t display the amount of notifications, only the icon is showed. The Status Bar items also start to overlap with the time if too many of them appear. For instance, if you place the battery and the Auto-Rotate lock icon on the left side of the Status Bar, the remaining items such as carrier name or Wi-Fi signal will appear behind the time on the Status Bar. But you can get rid of this by placing the time on a side such as left or right, rather than center. Yet, the major issue of the tweak is that the Quick Reply feature doesn’t work properly.

Other than these, the tweak works smoothly and does its job nicely. If you’re interested in giving Protean a try, you can purchase it from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.99.

What do you think of Protean? Is it something you’d use to customize your Status Bar? Let us know in the comments section below.

Also see: best jailbreak tweaks for the Status Bar on iOS 7

  • Dri

    this should be on stock iOS

    • Luis Barbosa

      they simple dont like users to customize the OS.. maybe some users wouldnt find this useful ..

      • Dri

        there should be an option to turn it on and off for the users that would like it.. but thats why we have jailbreak, do do things we want

  • Jad Boukai

    Anybody else think of Pokemon after reading the name of the tweak?

    • Luis Barbosa

      no -.-

    • Wassim Omais

      Dude, Greninja FTW.

  • Micky Ganon

    no jailbreak video anymore ?

    • Mark Boltz

      It’s because Jeff has been having issues with YouTube.

  • Christian Mejía

    Made my phone crash after 2 minutes of customizing.

    • Trần Trái Dừa

      4S or 4? Mine is 4S, maybe I wont be able to customize anything

      • Christian Mejía


  • Dan

    Looks good, but no thanks, looking forward to installing iOS 8, no jailbreak for a while for me 🙂

  • dbraxt09

    nice tweak, but kind of useless….

    • How is it useless? It’s bloody brilliant if you ask me. Moving stuff around instead of having it all clumped into seperate corners, hiding stuff, and app notifications? Score!

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    Wish this came out beginning of jailbreak ios7

  • Fanboy 

    iOS 8 comes out tomorrow…. Why even purchase this 🙁

  • YerFat

    Mahdi, the tweak DOES show the amount of notifications you have if you provide it with an icon to do so. For instance if you use open notifier icons for ios 7 and select one from there that has a number field attached to it, it’ll show the corresponding number of notifications you have.

  • Kyle Adams

    About time someone reinvented StatusBarTweak.

  • Lounger

    I don’t know why but my phone crashed after installation. Restoring now…

  • Joe Daddy 713

    Wish this came out earlier upgrading to an iPhone 6 so not worth getting. Btw the price is $1.99

    • Oops, will fix it now.

    • regkilla

      that face tho.

  • Armed in the Villa

    In anticipation of getting the 6Plus, I removed my jailbreak and upgraded to iOS8 on my iFøn5 last week (I’m a dev) just so I can get used to not having all of these cool JB powers anymore. Usually I’m depressed when I do that but iOS8 is the least annoying stock iOS so far. I’ll still miss my JB powers tho

    • MaxCox

      “I’m a dev”

      Big man here everyone. What do you want, a medal or something?

      • Armed in the Villa

        Darling Max. It wasn’t to show off, just to illustrate why I had it early, but your insecurity about it was noted. Namaste

  • Ishaan Malhotra


  • czbird

    No mute icon, not buying :-/

    • Wintermassacr3

      It has 🙂

      • czbird

        Thanks. Will give it a try then 🙂

  • hkgsulphate

    how did they come up with these weird names lol?

  • sam445

    now day iDM not making video. where are you jeff and your myjailbreakmovies?


    Does Protean and opennotifier work parallely or do I have to uninstall opennotifier for this paid tweak to work?

  • Random Girl

    Jeff, where are you? This tweak requires your in-depth explanation!

  • Antoine Vroonen

    Am I the only one for which the tweak doesn’t work at all ? I mean i don’t have any crash or anything like that but all the icons I set up for my apps don’t show up in the status bar whenever i get notified ! And when the tweak feels like showing them up, it will not disappear from the statusbar afterwards whenever I close up the app..

  • Erik Aukerman

    This tweak is not working for me on 8.3. Anyone else having the same issue? I reinstalled it also.

  • Sam Cambron

    Flipswitches currently DO NOT work on iOS 8.3 jailbreak. Which is very unfortunate considering I just purchased the app / tweak for the purpose of adding icons / glyphs to my status bar.