New jailbreak tweak enables sending text messages via Pebble

By , May 28, 2016

TextSender for Pebble

Those who are using a Pebble smartwatch rather than Apple’s own Apple Watch as an accessory for their iPhone are limited in features, but with a new jailbreak tweak dubbed TextSender for Pebble, there is at least some hope for extended functionality.

TextSender for Pebble will, as the name implies, allow those with a Pebble smartwatch to send text messages from their watch via their iPhone.

Sending iPhone text messages via Pebble

Because not everyone is using a Pebble, it’s understandable that this tweak isn’t going to appeal to everybody. On the other hand, those who are using the Pebble rather than Apple Watch have been lacking the ability to send text messages from the smartwatch itself; this is a feature that has long been limited to the Apple Watch only.

With TextSender for Pebble installed on your jailbroken iPhone along with the free Pebble app, and with the free TextSender for Pebble app installed on your Pebble, you can now send text messages via your iPhone right from your Pebble smartwatch.

Pebble users will be able to not only use the TextSender for Pebble app to send messages, but they can also use the native Send Text app on the smartwatch as well.

Those with the Pebble Time also have the option of enabling native text message replying from the smartwatch itself. Texts that are sent and received will appear in the Messages app as expected.

Requirements

There are some requirements users will need to meet to use this tweak and app combination to send iPhone-based text messages with their Pebble smartwatches.

For one, your Pebble needs to be running the newer 3.x firmware and can’t be running anything earlier than that. Additionally, the app on your iPhone must be the latest Pebble app, and not the older one labeled ‘Pebble OLD VERSION,’ because the old version of the app simply won’t work.

Afterwards, as long as the Pebble is paired with your iPhone, you can use the Pebble app in conjunction with the TextSender for Pebble app and the TextSender for Pebble jailbreak tweak to send and receive messages to your heart’s content.

Additional information

Because I don’t have a Pebble to speak of, I have little way to demonstrate the tweak for you, but based off of the developer’s words, the tweak will work on iOS 9.0 and later and works with Pebble firmware up to 3.12.

There are no options to configure after installing the tweak, so everything should be pretty straightforward once you install everything (the iPhone app, the jailbreak tweak, and the Pebble app) on the proper devices.

It’s also worth noting that this only works for single-recipient messaging. If you’re trying to start a group conversation from your Pebble, you can forget it. That won’t work. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a limitation of the jailbreak tweak at this point in time and it’s not yet known if the developer will try to implement multiple recipient support in the near future.

My thoughts on TextSender for Pebble

Obviously, I haven’t had much of an ability to try the tweak because I don’t use a Pebble, but the idea behind the tweak sounds like one that could be useful for many people who are using a Pebble smartwatch.

If I had a Pebble, rather than the Apple Watch, this is a tweak I would probably want to use because sending messages from my smartwatch is a feature I use regularly when my hands are tied.

For the price of $0.99, TextSender for Pebble isn’t an incredible expensive option, and all the other apps you need to download are completely free. So if you’re looking for a way to text from your Pebble to your iPhone, this is a great way to go.

Wrapping up

TextSender for Pebble is a $0.99 download from Cydia’s BigBoss repository, but keep in mind you will also need the free Pebble app for your iPhone from the App Store and the free TextSender for Pebble app for your Pebble smartwatch for this to work.

Overall, it sounds like a great idea, but only those with Pebbles to try it out on will have the ability to chime in.

What are your thoughts on being able to send iPhone-based text messages via your Pebble smartwatch? Share in the comments!

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  • Paolo Miguel Laxamana

    Got it!

  • Bob

    Is it only useful for sending textmessages or imessages as well? And what about other messengers like Whatsapp, Telegram, etc.? I am using a Pebble Time but hardly or never use text/imessage (mostly Whatsapp) so it’s not very useful for me (besides the fact that I’m not jailbroken

  • Stefano Polo

    am I missing something here because didn’t Pebble update their watch OS 2 weeks ago to allow sending text messages on their watch. At least I’ve been able to do so since that update……

    • Juan Manuel

      Yes,, but this is only for some US carriers. The tweak enables text replies for everybody worldwide.

    • deepdvd

      In addition to what Juan replied below, You missed this very important line that distinguishes it from your current ability. “Texts that are sent and received will appear in the Messages app as expected.”

      Without this tweak, any text messages sent won’t show up in Messages.

      • Stefano Polo

        I did miss that and yes, I would love to have that and in fact, would consider jailbreaking just to get that….however the Title and main content of this article is still misleading. It’s suggestive as if the ability to send a text message (regardless of it showing up in messages or not) from Pebble is now finally achievable using this JB tweak. Which is simply not true.

      • deepdvd

        I agree that the title and article are definitely lacking on accuracy. I really dislike it when someone with no first-hand experience writes an article. If you can’t demonstrate it, then what’s the point? Jeff’s videos and articles were far better. On the other hand, I wouldn’t say it’s “simply not true” because it was only partially true since it only worked previously with a few carriers. And even then, it’s was work-around by Pebble that doesn’t integrate with iOS due to Apple’s tight grip and greed.

      • deepdvd

        “Because I don’t have a Pebble to speak of” … “because I don’t use a Pebble” … “If I had a Pebble” UGH. Just get/borrow a Pebble, buy the tweak, and do actual first hand research before writing a lengthy article on a tweak. If not, just do a quick blurb with a quote from the developer.

  • deepdvd

    “Because I don’t have a Pebble to speak of” … “because I don’t use a Pebble” … “If I had a Pebble” UGH. Just get/borrow a Pebble, buy the tweak, and do actual first-hand research before writing a lengthy article on a tweak. /rant