Confero

Confero is a brand new jailbreak tweak that helps you to clean up the iPhone’s SpringBoard by eliminating (or at least lessening) the red notification badges. Many find such badges, which sit in the upper right-hand corner of an app with pending notifications, to be an eyesore. Confero is a viable solution for getting rid of said badges.

After installing Confero, you’ll need to venture into the stock Settings app to configure its preferences. I have to say that I’m mighty impressed with Confero’s preferences. The settings for the app are clean, intuitive, and just a little bit flashy. Watch our video walkthrough above to see what I mean when I say “flashy”.

The basic premise behind Confero is to hand off the responsibility of managing notification badges to a separate entity. In this case, the Confero folder, which is accessible via a tap on the Confero icon in the iPhone’s status bar. You can also access Confero by mating it with an Activator gesture in the tweak’s preferences.

When you open up the Confero folder, you’ll see an app icon for every app that features pending badge notifications. If you choose not to enable the so-called indeterminate badges—which cause badges to loose their spherical share in favor of a much more indiscernible badge sans a number—you’ll see the same indeterminate badge in the Confero folder. This is one of my main gripes with the tweak. In my opinion, the Confero folder should always, or at least have the option to, show full badge counts even while Indeterminate mode is active on the Springboard.

Confero Settings

There are, of course, other settings that can be configure via the tweak’s preferences. There’s even a way to make Confero work like an App Switcher if that happens to be a desire of yours. After using the Confero App Switcher, I have to say that it’s much more of a novelty setting than something you’d actually want to use day in and day out.

My biggest complaint with Confero is how the tweak handles the dismissing of badges. Via the Confero folder you can use a tap and hold or a swipe gesture on an app icon to “clear” badges. But this is a bit misleading, because the badges are still there afterall. This tweak really reminds me of another tweak—called Badger—in this regard. It has a lot of bells and whistles, but the underlying badge management is a bit misleading and/or confusing, which lends to a disjointed and perplexing experience at times.

Do I like Confero? Yes. Do I think it’s a great idea? Definitely. But at this point it needs a bit more work before its ready to fully live up to its potential. If the developers removed some of the unnecessary features and focused their energy solely on what makes this tweak unique, I think that could be a recipe for success. You can find Confero for $1.50 on the BigBoss repo. What do you think?

  • Gabriel Anaya

    Honestly I think it’s kind of a pointless tweak. Yay the app badges are cleared. Now what?

    • jaysoncopes

      You forget about them and push notifications become useless. 1+

  • john diaz

    Great job

  • Satrop 

    Thanks Jeff!

    The feature to have the badge count show in the Confero folder whilst indeterminate badge was selected was mentioned just before went live. It missed the boat by just a day, but it WILL be in first update.

    All the best,
    SatropUK – Confero designer.

  • deepdvd

    Jeff, you completely skipped the Contacts section in the Confero settings. What is it for?

    • iNeedANameHere

      It’s a link to the different developers’ and designers’ Twitter accounts that’s all 🙂

  • Rahimo

    CCSettings tweak has this feature included, when you swipe up the Control Center swipe to the left few times you’ll find it,

  • Omar Ruiz

    I like it, it’s just pointless. The notification center is there for a reason. And does the job better

  • KarwanGhaffari

    QuickMusic2 also have this animation !

  • JulianF

    Anyone who knows what Jeff uses to record? Seems so much more smooth than DisplayRecorder

  • Satrop 

    It’s coming soon.