Ryan Petrich has released the second beta of Activator 1.9.8, bringing a whole host of new changes to the popular jailbreak tweak. In the update you’ll find new localizations, new increase and decrease brightness actions, and several new fixes.

You won’t find Activator 1.9.8 beta 2 in the stock Cydia repos, but in this post, I’ll show you how you can add Ryan’s beta repo to take advantage of the latest Activator features.

Activator 1.9.8 beta 2 change log

  • Update localizations – thanks translators đŸ™‚
  • Fix interactivity regression with other SpringBoard gestures
  • Delay notification and control centers while a swipe in event with an action assignment is pending
  • Fix native scroll-to-top gesture regression on iOS 6-8
  • Make app switcher action not require the display to be on
  • Back out any icon force touch gestures when an Activator force touch gesture is handled
  • Remove multi-touch settings pane from the swipe left on clock area event
  • Add multi-touch settings pane to the swipe left on statusbar event
  • Present action settings panes correctly when launched from the Settings app on iOS 6
  • Add increase and decrease brightness actions


There’s a lot of fixes included in the change log, but the most outstanding new feature to me is the ability to increase or decrease brightness using an Activator gesture. Right off the bat, the inclusion of such a feature eliminates the need for several standalone jailbreak tweaks that allow you to change brightness using gestures.

How to add Ryan’s beta repo:

Step 1: Open Cydia

Step 2: Tap Sources

Step 3: Tap Edit → Add, and type the following:

Step 4: Tap Add Source

Step 5: Tap Return to Cydia and tap the Changes tab

You should now see the latest Activator beta along with all of the rest of Ryan’s beta packages available for download.

What are your thoughts on the latest Activator beta?

  • iPhoneWINS

    does this fix the safe mode issue?

  • iPhoneWINS

    nope…lol stip puts phone is silly boot lame

    • Sharma15

      It’s not compatible with adblocker. You either use activator or adblocker.

      • the hood

        Easiest decision of the year to make.

      • Skoven

        I’m using both with no problems.

      • iPhoneWINS

        I’m sticking with adblocker

  • leart

    every time activator gets a update, it break something on older ios versions that previously where just fine, now I’m forced to search for older debs on the web.. why developers dont just push updates like new version example activator for ios 9 instead of one tweak for all ios versions?

    • Morgan Freeman

      If you have a source for older versions you could share, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

      • leart

        yeah I do, but for some older versions even some activator dependencies are needed to install, with ifile are very easy to replace…. drop the debs from your computer using iTools to /var/mobile/documents and just press install from ifile on your device + reboot
        i will post some debs if you like..

  • M_Hawke

    Do any of these updates fix the problem that Activator seems to shut down CC from scrolling up intermittently?

    • the hood

      and the list of fukc ups is extended by one. Though you won’t hear a bad word from any of the bloggers here at idownloadrpetrichBlog. If this was any other developer he/she would have been 5hitcanned over this permanent beta release.

  • the hood

    Why is it a surprise that activator breaks something; doesn’t it state it is a ‘beta’ release with trobleshooting potential problems? Yes it’s his lame way of covering his a55 for the problems it will cause knowingly. I gave up on this piece of overrated junk 3 operating systems ago.

    • Rehny

      Then don’t use it. Petrich is one of the more prolific contributors to the JB community. If you gave up on this tweak…why are you wasting your time commenting. To each their own i guess.

      • the hood

        perhaps you don’t understand the concept of free speech mrs petrich. Your son is one of the rudest developers out there in my experience and over rated. Thanks for your suggestion to not use it, hiwever i did say i gave up on it 3 o/s’s ago but maybe you missed that bit. Hard to read for you with ryan’s tinsle in front of your eyes.

  • Shaw

    Activator is definitely a over rated tweak. Buggy and have lots of useless features.

    • the hood

      It’s dangerous for you to be so open and honest on this forum but I applaud your bravery considering the protrction the messiah gets for this junk.

    • iPhoneWINS

      i can’t even install it puts my phone in boot loop

    • Raz Zor

      Do you know any tweak I can use instead activator?

  • Raz Zor

    So I didn’t had adblocker and activator still f*up my iPhone 6 in boot loop. I tried uninstalling half of my s*hit and nothing’s helps. I tried downgrade to 1.9.7 and still no luck. I’m siting on iOS 9.0.2

  • Morgan Freeman

    Thanks man!