Breadcrumb10 enables iOS 10-style Breadcrumb links on jailbroken devices

By , Jun 19, 2016


There is a truckload of new features in iOS 10, but some of the features it has to offer have existed for a long time already and have just received a facelift.

One of the features that has existed since the launch of iOS 9 is the Breadcrumb links that appear in the Status Bar when you switch between apps, and iOS 10 changes the look of these a little bit.

If you’re a fan of the new design, you’ll be happy to hear Breadcrumb10 is a new jailbreak tweak that lets you port the iOS 10 Breadcrumb changes to your jailbroken iOS 9 iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

Porting iOS 10 breadcrumb links to iOS 9

One of the major new features of iOS 9 was the ability to quickly get back to the app you were just in prior to jumping from that app to another via banner notification. A link would appear in the Status Bar that says “Back to [App Name]”, and a small black arrow appeared to the left of the text.

On the other hand, it takes up a lot of space, and one of the major complaints is that Breadcrumb links stay in the Status Bar until they are used or you close the app, which means you can’t see your signal strength for data or Wi-Fi as long as it’s there.

iOS 10 tries to fix this problem slightly by reducing the amount of space the Breadcrumb links take up.

Rather than saying “Back to Photos” like you see in the screenshot examples above, iOS 10 is going to simplify things by showing only the name of the app “Photos” with an arrow to the left of it, as you see above. Of course, if you’re in an app besides Photos, it’ll show that app’s name instead.

A better look and feel

Overall, Breadcrumb links always felt like a beta in progress with iOS 9. iOS 10 makes things a little better by continuing to allow me to see at least my Wi-Fi signal strength, which is an important indicator that lets me know if I’m connected to the internet or not, or if my signal strength is strong enough or not.

With a smaller footprint in iOS 10, I think Apple has come up with a better solution to Breadcrumb links, but I still think there may be more room for improvement.

Then again, I’m no design expert.

Wrapping up

If you want to enable iOS 10-style Breadcrumb links on your jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, then trying a new free jailbreak tweak called Breadcrumb10 is going to be worth your time. It’s available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository and works on all versions of iOS 9 only.

There are no options to configure either; after you install the tweak, it’ll take effect at changing your Breadcrumb link appearance immediately.

Do you prefer the iOS 10 Breadcrumb links over those in iOS 9? Share in the comments below!

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  • Waldemar Sinicki


    • Digitalfeind


  • can they just use the icon of the app and not the name? i think itll look much better and it will save space more.

    • :D

      But then it would have to be in colour, which wouldn’t fit in

      • siri’s icon in the menu bar of macOS sierra is colorful but they didn’t thought of that. i don’t know anymore, apple became so complicated.

      • Alberto Espinal

        Imagine if they have to code for every icon in the AppStore that will be madness!!

      • Chris

        Code what? The icon for the app exists already so they would only need to load the asset for it which lives on your iDevice.

        It would actually be quite easy to achieve with some simple changes.

      • exactly. the name attribute is easily obtained and used, pretty sure the icon can be too.

      • “Touch to return to Photos”

  • :D

    I prefer the old arrow

  • Chris

    Works nicely with Protean

    • embet

      May I know how you arrange all icons on the right side of status bar using Protean?I did arrange all my messaging/social media notification icons to that side,plus default icon such as mute,bluetooth and rotation lock but there are not in good sequence. For example,the Wechat icon at the far right,followed by battery percentage,rotation lock,messenger,bluetooth and so on.Any other way to make the default icons to the far right and notification icons just after that?

      • Chris

        I set mine in reverse order, see the attached screenshot.

      • embet

        Thanks mate.It works.But sometimes for the notification icons, it reshuffled among them.The default icons work perfect.By the way,your left side items on the status bar does not overlapped with Breadcrumb10 icon?Mine overlapped,thats why I need to move some of the icons to the right.

  • Uncle Bob

    BreadCrumbArrow has been doing this since last year.

    • Certainly a much different execution, but a similar idea. Apple definitely wants the user to know what app they’ll be going back to, which is why they can’t help but keep the app name there.

      • Uncle Bob

        BreadCrumbArrow does have options, you can have the App name, just the Arrow, make sure data connection is visible. So sure, different, in that it covers this tweak and offers more.

      • I see. When I reviewed the tweak a while ago, I’m not sure it had those options. Things certainly do change I suppose.

  • Jerry

    Jailbreak? Wish I remembered what that meant.