One of the main features of iMessage lets you and your recipients know when the other person is typing. For some, this is a little unsettling and doesn’t give you the privacy you may want.

Fortunately, a new free jailbreak tweak called MessageTypingIndicator provides a way to turn this feature off.

The idea behind this tweak is to hide when you’re typing from your recipient. This way, it never reports your typing status for everyone else to see.

On the other hand, you will still be notified when your recipient is typing to you, so you don’t have to worry about that.

To make things even cleaner, the developer has implemented the toggle switch for the typing indicator right into the stock Settings > Messages preferences pane, so you don’t add even more clutter in the Settings app than you already have from your existing jailbreak tweaks:


While toggled on, iOS will show your recipient when you’re typing, but when you toggle it off, you can type all you want and your recipient will never know until they actually receive your message on their screen.

It may sound a little like an unfair advantage over whomever you’re texting via iMessage, but when it boils down to it, that’s the benefit of having a jailbroken device and being able to better control what it does.

If you’re interested in grabbing MessageTypingIndicator, it’s a free download from Cydia’s BigBoss repository.

  • Douglas L. Warren

    Would be nice if this could be implemented on a per person/group basis. Instead of an “all or none”

    • You can do this with TypeStatus.

      • Douglas L. Warren

        TypeStatus is so YOU can see when YOUR friends type. This tweak is so your friends don’t see you type.

      • This feature was added in TypeStatus 2.1; typing notification/read receipt enabling/blocking on a per-contact basis. Possibly didn’t hear about it because I don’t think any blogs picked up on it :/

      • Douglas L. Warren

        My apologies!! I hadn’t noticed it before. Thanks for the heads up!!

  • nova voter

    I’ve used TypingPrivacy for years, but had to pay for it. still works great, but it’s cool that there’s a free one now.

  • jdjd

    If it’s unsettling to expose to someone else (probably a friend) that you are typing, then it should be even more unsettling to imagine exposing yourself to all of the unknowns that come with jailbreaking your phone and installing sketchy apps, don’tcha think?