Since the realization that jailbroken devices can be permanently bricked, it’s a good opportunity to remind you to change your iPhone’s root password. Using a terminal emulator makes changing the password a piece of cake. Unfortunately, the most popular terminal emulator hasn’t been updated for iOS 8 or for newer devices like the iPhone 6.

Thankfully, there is a free alternative terminal emulator available in Cydia, and it’s actually a fork of Mobile Terminal. Entitled MTerminal, this lightweight Mobile Terminal alternative comes from developer lordscotland, and features iOS 8 support with optimization for big screen devices.

One of MTerminal’s flagship features is the presence of tap zones—gesture based commands that allow you to do things like use control keys, use page up/page down, paste, use full screen mode, and more.

You can even use advanced features like terminal multiplexing, session persistence and keyboard translation. The bottom line is that MTerminal is actually an upgrade over the original Mobile Terminal, and it comes highly recommended from yours truly.

While we’re at it, let’s take the opportunity to show you how to change your iPhone’s root password.

Step 1: Type passwd

Step 2: Type alpine

Step 3: Type a new password

Step 4: Type the new password again

You can download MTerminal free of charge from the BigBoss repo. Have you used it? Have you changed your root password?

  • Leandro Romano

    Great tweak/app!

  • Nasser Cedeño

    Hey Guys Any News About Jailbreak For IOS8 ?

    • For 8.1.3? Nope.

      • Nasser Cedeño

        yeah For IOS 8.1.3 . Updated By mistake. Oh Man. Cydia I’m Gonna Miss you 🙁 see you soon

      • Favna

        Just don’t update :p?

  • Ben

    Is that keyboard only for iPhone 6plus? A special feature?

    • GuyWithTheThings

      Only for 6 Plus b

  • diggitydang

    Sorry for the newb question: don’t you only need to change your password if you install SSH? Or do you need to change it as soon as you JB?

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Have to change it if you install OpenSSH. No need to change it if you’re only jailbreaking the phone and not installing it.

      • diggitydang

        Thought so! Thanks!

  • SharP EYE

    Still I would recommend White Terminal instead. Great review tho

  • Furqan Ahmed

    if some body is not installed ssh on device. should they change their root password.?

    • no, but if u want to be extra safe u can change it, incase one day u install ssh and forget to change…

  • Mark Kramer

    You need to change the passwords for root and for mobile.

    • Chris Oswald

      True, for those who do not know, type:
      New password
      New password

  • Mustafa.AFG

    what is root password

    • Chris Oswald


  • deepdvd

    Jeff, Karen Tsai (angelxwind) has had an updated version of MobileTerminal for iOS8 on her repo for _ages_. I’ll check this out though.

  • Da PropZone

    Woah this helped me a lot to change my password i was forgotten. Thanx for this great method!

  • Max Coplan

    You said it’s “lightweight” does this mean it loses some features from MobileTerminal? If so, what?