The perfect jailbroken iPhone: iOS 9 edition

By , Sep 28, 2016

perfect jailbroken iPhone ios 9

Following a ritualistic bloodline of popular posts we’ve shared in the past, we’ll be showing you what jailbreak tweaks we think make a perfect jailbroken iPhone on iOS 9.

Personally, I believe less is more; keeping a jailbroken device as stock as possible without compromising on your most wanted features helps keep it both stable and functional. Overloading it with jailbreak tweaks for the sake of aesthetics can lead to instability, and that’s something I tend to avoid.

As a result, I focus mainly on tweaks that serve a functional purpose more so than tweaks intended to make your device look cooler. These tweaks will all work with the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3.

3G Unrestrictor 5

iOS limits what you can do while you’re connected to your cellular network, such as keeping you from downloading apps in excess of 100MB until you’re in range of a Wi-Fi network. Because we feel strongly that you should be able to do with your data whatever you want, including this tweak on this list was a no-brainer. The basis of this tweak is to free you from restrictions, and that kind of idea is just what the jailbreak community stands for.

Apex 2

For some things, I think Home screen folders work great, but for others, I think Apex fills an important gap in Home screen organization. With it, you can group like apps right underneath one another, which helps a lot when companies like Facebook and Google launch so many standalone apps instead of integrating all their features into one app.

Auxo 3

It’s hard for me not to recommend Auxo 3. Everyone who knows me knows that I think the stock App Switcher leaves a lot to be desired, and this tweak helps make the App Switcher more useful by integrating features of Control Center right into it. Auxo 3 even includes other features for making multitasking easier, and for that, I think this is probably one of the more useful tweaks a jailbreaker can install.


A fairly recent release, this tweak makes your iPhone a very powerful answering machine whenever you’re unable to answer your phone calls in time. Its powerful voicemail features dwarf the stock experience by letting you set synthesized greeting messages and even having iOS transcribe your new voicemail into text inside of banner notifications so you can get a preview of what’s being said before you listen to it.


I have long hated the way my iPhone’s whole display gets taken over by a phone call interface when someone calls me. I instanly think to myself, “Hey! I was doing something!” But I no longer had to feel that way when CallBar came along, and the developer has really made it sexier in the most recent releases of iOS.

CameraTweak 4

When it comes to photography on the iPhone, no tweak makes the point and shoot camera on the back of your handset more capable than CameraTweak 4. Complete with a number of features for changing up your ISO and aperture settings, being able to separate your focus and white balance, and more, this tweak will help you take better shots.


I have installed iFile on every device since I started jailbreaking several years ago. This is an absolute must-have because it lets you browse your filesystem on your iOS device just like you look through your Mac’s folders in Finder. Need I explain more?


Undoubtedly a must-have since the release of the iPhone 6s, RevealMenu will actually enable 3D Touch-like gestures on unsupported devices by letting you tap and hold instead. This becomes a useful feature for the Home screen when you want to access app shortcuts just like you can on a device with a 3D Touch display, but it also works with a variety of 3D Touch-based tweaks, which is a huge perk.


When Apple launched the larger-displayed iPhones, they answered the needs of tons of people and brought problems for others. One of those is being able to reach the top of the display, and while Reachability helps with some of that, OneHandWizard is a great jailbreak tweak that makes Reachability feel like an obsolete feature.

Safari Downloader+

If you like having the freedom of an open filesystem in iOS thanks to your jailbreak, then you ought to complete the experience with a file downloader for Safari. With this, you can download whatever you want from the internet to your iOS device. This works just like it would on the computer and you can easily share files that you download to your computer or with other people, or you can even open them directly in iFile.

StatusHUD 2

The stock iOS volume HUD is so annoying because it pops up in the middle of everything, especially during videos, but StatusHUD 2 makes things less obtrusive by putting the volume indicator in the Status Bar instead.

I must admit, it’s difficult to keep to a list like this down to a minimum when you’re talking about some of the greatest jailbreak tweaks to date, and for that reason, there are still many more that I wish I could mention but can’t with the interest of keeping this post at a reasonable length.

Since this is a topic is sure to spark some conversation, we welcome your comments below about what tweaks you believe make a jailbroken iPhone perfect and whether or not you use any of the tweaks from our list on your jailbroken device.

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  • NanamiAsuri

    iFile is broken for me. It won’t activate. I swapped to Filza and it’s awesome. Works better too imo. Only thing I wish it had was more 3rd party support. iTransmission only let’s you open files via iFile 🙁

    • Sleetui

      iFile isn’t “up to date”. Filza is amazing since it can read Container-Data-Application names unlike iFile.

  • Linton Findlay

    Good list, use Swipy Folders instead of Apex2 though. Couria and Status peek some of my personal favs too

  • I recommend peek-a-boo over RevealMenu -but that’s just a personal preference.

  • Saumya Vats

    I feel Apex and RevealMenu don’t go well together.

    • ahmed

      They don’t. specially if you have the “enable swipe up to edit” option enabled in RevealMenu. I had to sacrifice Apex for that reason :/

      • Saumya Vats

        Yeah, exactly. I sacrificed RevealMenu, though. Didn’t find it too useful.

  • White Michael Jackson

    Most important app for me is flex 2. I wouldn’t be able to watch free nfl games without. Its also the main reason I will never use a jailed iphone

    • Austin Bradley

      Explain please

      • Viktor_Zweig

        He just did.

      • White Michael Jackson

        With the UK app I can watch any NFL game live or recorded via NFL gamepass app. It bypasses the login screen and give full access to the app.

        If you are interested, follow this guide if you are interested
        http://goo .gl/46YLou

    • Scott Curry

      So we’re advocating piracy now?

      • White Michael Jackson

        Not me.

      • Scott Curry

        That’s exactly what you’re doing.

      • White Michael Jackson


      • Scott Curry

        Don’t advocate piracy and there’s no problem. Directing people how to illegally access broadcasts is the definition of piracy.

      • White Michael Jackson

        To be honest I don’t care. He wanted me to explain so I gave explanation. If it didn’t help you skip past it. Stop populating my notifications with this holier than thou garbage. Remember I could give a shit, but I don’t.

      • Scott Curry

        The site cares as it opens them up for liability. The community, of which I am a part of, cares as it’s dumbasses like you that give jailbreakers a bad name because you utilize it for illegal purposes. I know you don’t give a shit, because if you did, you wouldn’t be putting such a blight on our community. You have no morals, no principles, and are most likely just a general, non-productive member of society. Maybe you SHOULD start giving a shit instead of just pulling good people down to your shit-ass level. Good day to you, Fuck-o.

  • Diego

    Don’t forget SwipeSelection, it is a must be tweak for everyone ;D

  • leart

    how about activator? lol

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Yup, goes without saying!

    • RK

      That’s probably the first tweak installed on any jailbroken iDevice 🙂

  • Ditto Ardiaputra

    VirtualHome will enable you to access home button without pushing it. Useful too to avoid preserve home button life time

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Activator accomplishes virtual home by itself. No need for virtual home.

      • ahmed

        VirtualHome gives you some sort of haptic feedback and other customization options that activator lacks

  • Feivl

    Activator, VirtualHome, Swipeselection!

  • iOS Kush

    This list is nice but, the Jailbreak was never Un-Terthered so I’m good.

    • nova voter

      well, it essentially is untethered. you don’t need a computer to rejailbreak after a reboot — just tapping the app and letting it respring is all.

    • It’s semi-“untethered.” What are you worried about?

    • jaimem17

      The only difference is that you have to open the app, tap on a circle, lock device, wait for reboot, done…

      • iOS Kush

        Gotcha. Honestly i’m content with iOS 10 & having a couple apps side loaded.

  • Adam Gorecki

    Umm… Activator?!

  • Endriu Andrei

    Is anybody using StatusPeek or Amalthea? Without these i would switch to android 🙂

  • MSiqueira

    Nice List!

    I would include some to that:

    VIRTUALHOME (the most obvious lack)
    AudioRecorder 2
    Flex 2
    Snapper 2 (screenshots done right)

  • Cones1r

    Activator, Springtomize, and Anemone ( I like to change the look up every few weeks). I jailbreak for Springtomize though!!!

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Springtomize ftmfw!

  • MSiqueira

    Hey Anthony, I noticed that StatusHud 2 is not updated since 11/2014.

    Is it still funcitional for iOS 9.3.3?

  • Toon

    springtomize and swipeSelection are both great tweaks

  • Highlander

    No remote messages? that is pretty much the handiest app on the jailbreak community.

  • fallows_you

    Ifile Auxo 3 are not attractive anymore. Use Tage & Filza ……Lock+ For Lockhtml is must have for me.

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Boo on auxo3, using Seng.

  • James G

    Is iOS 9 window closed yet? Thinking of downgrading my 6s Plus when my 7 arrives.

  • Vishnu Reddy

    I recommend all the tweaks that you listed, but I would like to mention that, what is a Jailbroken iPhone without Ryan Petrich’s Tweaks like: Activator, Flip ControlCenter? I’m surprised how did you miss out on Customization….. oops, I mean Springtomize? Nothing beats Sprigtomize when it comes to customization. When it comes to Security, BioProtect is a must, and Virtual Home makes like so easy. I agree its so tough to minimize the list when we have so many amazing Tweaks to list.

    Though I felt the above mentioned ones important, but I cant stop with them. I would like to list a few more:
    1) iCleanerPro
    2) f.lux (Though not required any longer with new iOS versions)
    3) Winterboard

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Winter board is passe, Anemone mucho better. Imo

  • votdfak

    iPhone without jailbreak is atrocious.

  • kadeem kadz Dulice

    still at 9.0.2 with no way im leaving these for stock
    Resero 9
    Swipeselection Pro
    whatsApp++ ( ALL ++ tweaks recommended lol )

    nice topic btw ..

  • About revealmenu

    Is there a bug in the browsers?(Safari and chrome is the same)
    “A problem occurred whit this website so it was reloaded”
    Anybody know why I’m getting this error?

  • Gnargusto

    My top 3 minor but handy tweaks:

    – SafariFullScreenScrolling
    – SystemSoundDisabler
    – Dim

  • Guava Angel Rosas

    So sad my iPhone just hated me and wouldn’t let me jailbreak it.. 🙁

  • Mark S

    iBlacklist is the single most important tweak for me. Apple doesn’t know jack about how to really block phone numbers like this app.

  • Damian

    i used to be a fan of Apex, but lately i find this tweak quite irritating and not really adding anything special.

    Instead of Apex, you should include tage, quickdo

  • totempole90

    Is Polus on 9.3.3 working?

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    What about Zeppelin, Springtomize, Winterboard or Anemone, HotDog…?

  • ghost-arrow

    What is the point of jailbreaking if you don’t know the app or tweak developers. For all you know they can be hackers and they access your phone since you are allowing them because you downloaded a hacked app and you are now giving them access to your phone. It also slows down your device.

  • Eric Draven

    Clean Lock, TypeStatus Plus, LockPlus, Smart Tap and Stealth Folders are a must

  • Eric Draven

    MinimalHud work better. Actually shows up no matter what app you’re in and its colored so you can see it as apposed to when you are using a app that is white and can see it