6 great jailbreak tweaks for the Messages app

By , Apr 1, 2016


If you have an iOS device, then you already know one of the main features is the Messages app. On iPhone, it serves as an iMessage and SMS platform; on iPod touch and iPad, it serves as an iMessage platform only. Nevertheless, you can even use your iCloud account to sync your SMS messages with all your devices across the board.

Despite how useful it is to be able to message anyone on demand from any of these devices, jailbreaking has opened many doors for incredible functionality for the Messages app that Apple has yet to implement in iOS in its stock form.

In this roundup, we’ll be showing you some of our favorite jailbreak tweaks for iOS 9 that enhance the messaging experience in Apple’s mobile operating system.

Our favorite iOS 9 tweaks for the Messages app

We’re not putting these in any specific order because they’re not really in any direct competition with one another, but these tweaks all compliment the iOS 9 jailbreak experience nicely for anyone who does a lot of text messaging.

Remote Messages – $3.99

Remote Messages 3

Among one of my all-time favorites is Remote Messages. This tweak lets you use iMessage on unsupported operating systems, such as Windows and Linux, through your web browser.

All you have to do is install the tweak on your iPhone and then visit a special URL in your computer’s web browser to see your conversations in an intelligent web app user interface.

All of the features you would expect in an iOS-based messaging client will be there; this includes typing indicators, reach receipts, Emojis, attachment sending/viewing, and more.

Couria – Free


Because there’s no biteSMS for iOS 9, there has been a huge lull in jailbreaking for those who expect more from their Messages app. Fortunately, Couria is a great jailbreak tweak, which is free of cost, that allows you to extend the quick reply and quick compose features of iOS 9.

The tweak lets you see message conversation history right from your notification banners without the need to launch the Messages app, and even includes a super sleek and customizable interface. The developer has also taken his time to integrate an API that allows several other third-party jailbreak tweaks to stay compatible with this beastly tweak.

It’s hard not to recommend Couria, but if you want to learn more, check out our full review.

SwitchService – Free

switchservice hold send button to change service

Another tweak that rose from the ashes of biteSMS was SwitchService, which is a useful free jailbreak tweak that lets you easily choose whether your message gets sent to the recipient as an SMS message or an iMessage.

The tweak is used by tapping and holding on the Send button, and doing so toggles between the two types of messaging services you can access in the Messages app.

For more information on the tweak and its availability in Cydia, you can check out our full review.

TypeStatus 2 – Free

TypeStatus 2 featured

TypeStatus is a great tweak that lets you see when others have read your iMessages or are typing to you right from your iOS device’s Status Bar.

The tweak displays icon and a notification in the Status Bar whenever someone is typing to you via iMessage, which can be useful to know if you’re not hawk-eyeing the Messages app and still want to know when someone is replying to you. Notably, the tweak is not SMS-compatible, as iMessage is the only service that provides read receipts and typing statuses.

To learn more about the inner workings of TypeStatus, check out our full review.

Nuntius – $1.49

nuntius color changing

For those looking to add useful functionality to their Messages app in a single jailbreak tweak package, Nuntius is another great option.

This tweak lets you have any of the following features:

  • Pin your conversations in the Messages app
  • Mark conversations as read or unread
  • Hide or show individual conversations
  • Switch between sending as SMS or iMessage
  • Load more messages at once when opening a conversation
  • Hide your typing indicator so others don’t know when you’re typing
  • Customize the look and feel of the Messages UI

The tweak goes a long way to make the functions of the Messages app more useful than before in terms of privacy, troubleshooting, forgetfulness, and speed on top of customization.

For more information on Nuntius, check out our full review and watch our demo video.

CKCounter – Free

CKCounter colored counters

CKCounter is a simple but wonderful addition to the Messages app on jailbroken devices. It allows you to keep track of how many messages are in each conversation list in your Messages app, whether they’re iMessage or SMS conversations.

The counter is displayed to the right of the names on the conversations, and the number itself can be colorized to any setting you would like.

To learn more about CKCounter and how it works, read all about it in our full review.

Wrapping up

These are some of the most noteworthy jailbreak tweaks for modifying the iOS 9 Messages app. There may be others, so if we’ve missed any that you really like, let us know in the comments and tell us why you like it!

Also read: 12 great 3D Touch jailbreak tweaks

Are you using any of the above jailbreak tweaks to modify your iOS 9 Messages app? Share below!

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  • czbird

    So glad SwitchService requirements were lowered – now works even on iOS 8.4


    hope 9.3.1 jailbreak gets released soon..

    • Tommy

      rumor has it enMTW sold his exploits to taig, so hopefully they do something with them quickly.

      • VITICO

        hope so..

  • David

    Since Bite SMS left I have really missed being able to schedule/delay-send txt messages. Colomba showed hope but nothing solid. Has anyone else found a way to delay send?

    • Chris

      Search for SendDelay which works the same as BiteSMS.

    • Jens Dideriksen

      I miss that feature
      But haven’t been able to find anything that scedual a message. I hope that someone would make this possible again.

      SendDelay can’t scedual a message only make a pause for a couple of seconds from hitting the send button till sending the message

  • Douglas L. Warren

    I also like GroupMe for messages. Allows for tabs in the Messages App to split Group Messages from those of a single person.

    • TonyVee73

      Awesome. Thank you.

  • Eric Draven

    I want a tweak like bitesms that shows how many messages you have in the status bar with the little message bubble and then be able to tap on the bubble to reply and see the messages. Is there a tweak like that?

    • marky mark

      check out opennotifier. works awesome with bubbles in the status bar. and you can add from other apps also

      • Eric Draven

        Does it work with ios 9?

      • marky mark


  • igobythisname

    Still rockin’ out with and LOVIN’ Messages Customiser!! 😀 (iPhone 6S Plus iOS 9.0.2)