UntetheredHeySiri 2

And the good times keep rolling. A new jailbreak tweak has popped up on the Cydia Store from well-known developer Hamza Sood. The tweak, entitled UntetheredHeySiri, lets you use Siri hands-free without needing to be connected to power.

It’s an obvious want for those of us who jailbreak, and Sood quickly addressed the issue. In fact, it’s the way that he implemented the tweak that impresses me most. Head inside and watch our hands-on video to see what I mean.

After you install UntetheredHeySiri, which is free from Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you won’t find a preference panel in the normal root location of the stock Settings app. Instead, Sood has opted for a more sensible integration within Siri’s Settings.

To access the UntetheredHeySiri settings, go to Settings → General → Siri, and enable the Allow “Hey Siri” switch. Then, you’ll see two new options: While Charging and Always.

The While Charging option is stock Hey Siri functionality, meaning it’ll require a power connection before Siri will listen for your command. The other option, Always, will make Hey Siri work with a power connection or without a power connection. Siri will essentially be always listening with the Always option enabled.

There will certainly be some negative battery implications by using the Always option, but it’s nice to finally have a choice. Hopefully we’ll get a FlipSwitch toggle soon so that we can quickly toggle Always Hey Siri from Control Center.

What do you think about UntetheredHeySiri? Do you plan on using it?

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Busy day for Jeff. :/
    I love you , your hardwork and dedication. 😀 🙂

  • Superninja@1211

    I completely love this feature/tweak!

  • Rowan09

    Wouldn’t this be a power hog?

    • Superninja@1211

      Probably won’t bother people who own iPhone 6 plus

    • Fanboy 

      Once a Flip Switch comes out for it, you could easily toggle it from the lockscreen using Control Center. So let’s say you’re in the kitchen and know your hands will be busy for the following hour, or at the gym, you can toggle it meanwhile your hands are busy just in case!

      • nonchalont

        Great idea. Make a switch so it doesn’t kill the battery.

      • gittlopctbi

        I have a Flip Switch for it on my phone!

    • It is a power hog. I definitely notice the difference on my 6 so far.

      • Rowan09

        That’s what I thought would happen.

  • David Gitman

    Say goodbye to battery 🙂

    • hkgsulphate

      6+/iPads: nope.

  • JayDee917

    I wonder how bad the drain is on battery life. A battery life test would be nice.

    • Mic constantly on, of course it’s draining your battery fast. Now if only they hacked the M8/M9 to do this kind of thing since that barely uses any battery to process things and they mostly do pointless step counting..

  • Jonathan

    Does it work with the screen off as well?

    • Yes it does, I’ve just tested it, going to leave it enabled on my 6+ to monitor battery usage for it, had it enabled for 20 so far and at 98% and battery hasn’t gone down

      • Jonathan

        Please let me know. 🙂

      • Not a scientific test by any means but 50 minutes with it activated (also had screen on for some of that time) and lost 2% so to me it hasn’t made any difference to the battery

      • Jonathan

        That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • John Effiom

    i think there should be an activator gesture to turn it on and off

  • Ken

    I don’t think it’d be much of a battery drain unlike the previous 3 party tweak from cydia because it is natively. There would be drained none the less but not as bad. It’s build by apple and not completely written from the ground up. They did add “tweak” it this becoming a tweak for cydia.

  • Eikast

    I like that people have an option now. For me, I won’t bother with this. I only use the Hey Siri function when I’m in the car. I would hate to have it enabled always and have it go off in class because someone said something close to Siri.

  • Exactly what I jailbroke for

  • Jernel

    Hey Jeff

  • James G

    Is there any way to tell how much battery life this is now going to take? Is SIRI tracked by the battery usage service or would it be included in “Homescreen & Springboard”?

  • Marvin

    Nice name for this tweak

  • CltrAltDelicious

    I get my new iPhone tmw! Perfect timing!

  • oranghutan

    I believe it will huge reduce standby time. Apple spec for iphone 6 is up to 10 days.

  • Sohail Wahab

    It’d be best for this tweak to have some CC toggles and activator gestures, for instance you might want it to be enabled at a particular moment by using Activator

  • Chris

    I forgot I had “HeySiri” turned on, while watching the video she went crazy on my phone.

  • gittlopctbi

    I show a Flip Switch for it on my phone. It is just a circle with no pic. But it doesn’t seem to work.

  • DomPerignon1

    This tweak is one of the BIGGEST BATTERY DRAINER ever created. If you don’t believe me, go ahead and try it.

  • Victor Hugo Lazari

    I really like this tweak, though, draining the battery as fast as it could.
    So, I’ve chosen to turn it on when I’ll be cooking or doing something at home.

  • jasrosa

    Your Hey siri enabled siri on my ipad 😉

  • word of warning for iOS9 users…it WILL cause wifi/cellular networking isseus…be careful!

    • Brendan McNabb

      Hey there Shay. …Gota say I wish I read this comment sooner. I just installed it today, and I’m having some errors uninstalling this in cydia. 🙁 Things are not good right now w/ my iPhone 6+

      • I also had an error when attempting to remove this, but when it asked to respring/reboot it re-enabled all cellular/wifi again; once I went back into cydia it asked to remove the pkg completely and I selected yes and it seems fine now 🙂 weird thing is I can now use “hey siri” when not plugged into power still 0,o

      • Brendan McNabb

        I panicked too soon 🙂 The guys on ##jailbreakqa were great. I did the “forcibly remove” when uninstalling it from cydia, then reinstalled it. Now, UntetheredHeySiri is working perfect. (9.0.2 on an iPhone 6+)

        Though now I’m wondering when we’ll see a new siri proxy!