SpotFile: navigate iOS filesystem in Spotlight search

By Timothy Reavis on Aug 12, 2014

The same developer who made the script for switching between Mac partitions into a standalone application is back with a new jailbreak tweak called SpotFile. This tweak brings basic iFile functionality directly to Spotlight search, allowing users to navigate iOS’s filesystem from the Home screen.

While it was built for granting quick access to the file directory in iOS, SpotFile’s functionality can do quite a bit more than simply browse files and directories, and the developer says there are more features on the way… Read More

 

iFile updated to fix broken “Open With” support, iOS 6 app icons

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 31, 2013

Yesterday, we told you about the update to iFile. The legendary app was redesigned to fit the mold of iOS 7, and it looked glorious in doing so. But, as tends to be the case with large updates, it featured a few bugs that needed to be fixed.

The first bug, and the most glaring flaw with the iFile update, involved the app’s Open With support in the attributes editor. When you tried to open a file using the Open With dialogue, you were left with a blank screen. This has been fixed.

Along with the fix to Open With support, comes a fix for the iFile icon in firmwares lesser than iOS 7. As you all know, the iFile icon was “iOS 7-ified” with the latest update, taking on a flatter appearance and a bolder look. While the new app icon fits in perfectly with iOS 7, it doesn’t fit in very well with older firmware. This oversight has been fixed, and iFile now features an app icon that’s appropriate for the version of iOS that is being used. Read More

 

iFile is updated for iOS 7 and it runs on the iPhone 5s and looks great

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 30, 2013

iFile is far and away one of my favorite apps for iOS. It’s basically the Finder on iOS, so it allows you to browse the entire root directory structure of your device. iFile is useful for pretty much all the reasons that the Finder or Windows Explorer is useful for desktops. With it you can view file attributes, install apps, delete files, save images to the camera roll and much, much more.

iFile has, and always has been one of my must-have jailbreak apps for any jailbroken device. And now, it’s available with a full iOS 7 redesign, and it even works with the iPhone 5s (and other 64-bit devices) right now. Have a look inside as I showcase the new iFile 2.0 on video. Read More

 

How to get the new LastPic tweak to work with biteSMS

By Cody Lee on Apr 4, 2013

Last month, Filippo Bigarella released a handy little tweak called LastPic. For those who missed it, LastPic lets you quickly add the last photo you took to an iMessage conversation, similar to the Tweetbot function.

Unfortunately, the tweak is only compatible with the iMessage app. But luckily we’ve discovered a simple hack that allows you to use it with the popular jailbreak app biteSMS. And yes, we’ve got a tutorial for you… Read More

 

LS Climacons, a tranquil theme for your Lock screen

By Guest Author on Apr 1, 2013

Well it’s Monday and most of you are returning to work or school and gearing up for the week ahead. What’s going to help, you ask? Well another theme post from your friends over at iDB of course! In this series we lay out instructions on how to turn that boring stock Lock or Home screen into a beautifully crafted setup. The Lock screen has been neglected by Apple long enough so lets make it feel special for once.

Let’s get started… Read More

 

LS Lyra 5, a clean and minimal theme for your Lock screen

By Guest Author on Mar 18, 2013

Welcome to our third post about the wonderful world of iPhone Lock screen mods! In this series we lay out instructions on how to turn that boring stock Lock screen into a beautifully crafted setup. The Lock screen is literally the first thing you see every time you turn on your iPhone so why not make it look as pretty as possible. Let’s just get started… Read More

 

How to enable 3D maps on older devices

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 21, 2012

One of the biggest new features of iOS 6 is the new reinvigorated Maps app, which no longer relies on data from Google. The new Maps app also features turn-by-turn directions, and 3D capabilities.

Sadly, for owners of older devices like the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 3GS, you’ll get the new Maps app sans 3D capabilities or turn-by-turn directions. As usual, the jailbreak community has come through with a solution to at least one of the omissions — 3D maps.

Check inside as we walk you through adding 3D maps to your officially unsupported older deviceRead More

 

How to restore your SAM unlock activation ticket to unlock your iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 27, 2012

Since it appears that Apple has fixed the issue with their activation servers, latecomers to the SAM iPhone unlock party are left in the lurch. Fortunately, not all users have lost the potential to unlock their iPhones.

Those who were proactive enough to unlock their iPhone using SAM, and backed up their activation tickets can still easily restore those tickets and unlock their iPhones if they have to restore their device for whatever reason.

If you’re currently unlocked on an unofficial SIM by means of the SAM unlock, backup your activation ticket now before you lose it. We can’t stress this enough.

Keep in mind that you will still need a jailbroken iPhone to accomplish this, and you will need your backed up Lockdown folder that you saved-off after successfully unlocking your device the first go-round…

If you meet the criteria, step right inside and take a look at our easy to follow guide for restoring your iPhone unlock… Read More

 

How to backup your unlocked iPhone’s activation ticket

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 22, 2012

Earlier this morning iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd recommended that all who unlock their iPhone using the SAM method backup their activation ticket for future use.

To do so, he suggested that we backup everything contained in this folder: /var/root/Library/Lockdown/ for each SIM card that we use. If you have iFile installed on your jailbroken iPhone, then you can securely backup your activation ticket in less than 5 minutes.

Check out our video how to inside… Read More

 

‘SendAny’ and ‘ReceiveAny’ lets you send and receive any file using iMessage

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 11, 2012

Remember that little feature we showed you with the OS X Messages beta that let you send files to your iDevice straight from the desktop?

Imagine that, but imagine it about 50 times better. That’s what you get with the upcoming jailbreak tweaks entitled SendAny and ReceiveAny — they allow you to send and receive any type of file using iMessage.

Check inside for our full hands-on preview of both tweaks in action… Read More

 

Siri gets a HAL 9000 theme

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 3, 2012

“Good evening, Dave.”

Yes, the inevitable has finally happened, we’re just curious why it took so long.

Indeed, Siri has finally been laced with a classic HAL 9000 theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

It’s all possible thanks to a WinterBoard theme, and a handful of UISounds that replace the stock Siri sounds. Check out our how-to video inside… Read More

 

How to send any file format to iOS devices using Messages for Mac

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 19, 2012

Yes, you can send files to iOS devices from the beta Messages app that Apple recently released. That much is obvious, as it only makes sense to be able to send photos, sound files, text files, and the like.

What’s a bit stranger is the fact that you can send virtually any type of file from your Mac to an iOS device via Messages.

But don’t get your hopes up too high. There is still a limit as to what you can do with said files in iOS’ Messages app once you receive them… Read More

 

Why Every Jailbreak Power User Needs iFile

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 15, 2011

iFile — you’ve most likely heard of it, but do you use it? If you’ve ever used a Mac, then you’re familiar with Finder, and if you’re familiar with Finder, than you’re familiar with iFile.

iFile is essentially the iOS version of Finder, or Explorer for Windows. But for jailbreakers, there’s a lot more here than meets the eye. Check inside for a video walkthrough accompanied by a good list of reasons as to why you should be using iFile. Read More

 

How to Install Mobile Terminal on iOS 5

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 31, 2011

Mobile Terminal is an extremely handy tool to have if you’re used to using a command line interface.

Unfortunately, the version that’s still in Cydia has gone without an update for quite some time now, rendering it unusable on recent iOS firmware.

With this handy video tutorial, I’ll show you how to get back in the game with Mobile Terminal on iOS 5… Read More

 

How to Fix iBooks on a Jailbroken iOS 5 Device

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 25, 2011

Yesterday, a book about Steve Jobs was released; perhaps you’ve heard of it?

Sadly, if you’re an iBooks reader with a jailbroken iOS 5 device, you won’t be doing too much catching up on the late Apple CEO’s affairs, or otherwise.

That’s because iBooks crashes on iOS 5 devices that are jailbroken, rendering it quite useless. Fortunately, there is a workaround. Check out the video tutorial inside, for an in-depth walkthrough on the fix… Read More

 
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