Nuntius gives your Messages app new abilities and customization options

By , Mar 11, 2016

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Nuntius is a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.49 with its sights set on those of you who love the Messages app of your iOS device(s), but wish it could do so much more than it does already.

Although biteSMS might be gone for good, Nuntius is a great messages app-enhancing tweak that will give you many of the features you may be nostalgic for. In this review, we’ll take you though some of the features and benefits of using Nuntius on your jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

What Nuntius can do

If you’re in the market to improve your Messages app’s functionality, then Nuntius may be a good place to start.

At the reasonable price of just $1.49, the tweak brings to the table a myriad of useful features, including the following:

  • Pinning your conversations in the Messages app so they can’t be removed
  • Marking conversations as read or unread for future reference
  • Hiding or showing individual conversations for improved privacy
  • Switching between sending as SMS or iMessage easily to troubleshoot sending failures
  • Loading more messages at once when opening a conversation to improve loading speed
  • Hiding your typing indicator from other iMessage users so they don’t know when you’re typing
  • Customizing the look and feel of the Messages app user interface, such as colorization

We particularly like the ability to hide when you’re typing, the ability to pin conversations so they’re not deleted by mistake, and the ability to hide any of our conversations we want to from prying eyes.

When you want to pin a conversation, all you do is tap and hold on it in the conversation list view, and you will get the menu that asks if you want to pin or unpin the messages conversation, or if you want to add the message to your hidden messages list.

nuntius pin messages

If you have opted to hide a message conversation by adding it to your hidden list, you can tap and hold on your Messages app’s navigation bar and it’ll toggle between your hidden and unhidden conversation lists.

Of course, the tweak also lets you colorize all kinds of aspects of the Messages app for your own personalized touch, such as the conversation bubbles, the background, the navigation bar, the keyboard, and many more elements of the chatting experience.

Everything the tweak can do can be configured to your own personal liking via the preferences pane, which is added to the Settings app after installing the tweak:

nuntius preferences pane

Here, you’ll be able to do any of the following things:

  • Enable or disable the tweak on demand
  • Enable or disable pinned conversations in the conversation list
  • Enable or disable marking conversations as read/unread in the conversation list
  • Enable or disable moving between the hidden and un-hidden conversation lists
  • Choose custom colors for the Messages app background, any selected cell, sender chat bubbles, message previews, send/receive date text, and unread indicator badges
  • Hide or show contact photos throughout the Messages app
  • Hide or show chevrons throughout the Messages app
  • Hide or show the separators in the conversation list
  • Reset all options to their defaults

Our thoughts on Nuntius

Nuntius is a great tweak for any serious Messages app user. Although we can probably go without all the colorization effects, we like the functional aspects of the tweak.

Being able to hide conversations on demand means anyone going through your phone isn’t going to be able to snoop on you, and being able to hide when you’re typing means others don’t have to know when you have something to say back, so it’s a great tweak in terms of privacy.

We also love how the tweak can be used to pin conversations, because this lets you safeguard important conversations from accidental deletion. Sometimes this may happen when you’re totally out of it and think you’re deleting one conversation, but end up deleting another more important one by mistake.

Being able to switch between iMessage and SMS on demand is also a pretty useful feature, especially if you know the iMessage servers are going through some issues and you want to make sure the other person gets your message. Although, if all you want is this one feature alone, you need not purchase this tweak because another tweak called SwitchService will let you do this for free.

Overall, the features seem very utilitarian and useful, so we’ll have to say it’s worth checking out!


To supercharge that Messages app for the sake of having more useful features and greater user interface control, Nuntius is a great option for jailbroken devices. It can be had from Cydia’s BigBoss repository right now for just $1.49.

What are your thoughts on Nuntius? Share in the comments below!

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  • Dave

    This seems really great. I really miss BiteSMS, mostly for the scheduled text feature. Would love it if a tweak came out with that feature again!

  • pnh

    Exactly. With all of the messaging tweaks that have come and gone, why have none of them other than BiteSMS supported scheduling texts?

  • Eric Draven

    Miss having the message bubble in the status bar with how many texts you have and being able to tap on the bubble to reply. Someone needs to add this feature

  • AndreG

    I thought Nuntius was a WhatsApp quick reply tweak on ios8? And yes BiteSmS is deeply missed.

    • This tweak isn’t related to WhatsApp Messenger in any way.

      • AndreG

        Hmm ok, I remember a review here back in Jan 2015, that Jeff did and Nuntius was reviewed as a quick replay tweak for WhatsApp

      • Huh, interesting!

      • Got eem!

      • The Guy

        This exhibits the sad quality and research by the iDB team when readers know more about the site and product than they do, lol. Even more sad is that this isn’t even rare, half the time misinformation and stories thrown up just to fill space.

  • ready1take1

    Reminds me of messages customizer. Wish there was a dark theme built in like messages customizer, instead of having to individually make it darker on each section.

    • That particular part of the tweak may be somewhat similar but is only 1/7 of the tweak’s full functionality.

  • arsenal6

    hows the performance on this? Any feedback

  • Cole

    What cydia theme gives the message bubbles and UI that style? Anyone know?