Automatically clear Spotlight search with ‘ClearOnOpen’

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 9, 2013

Whenever you perform a Spotlight search by typing search terms in the Spotlight search bar, and then exit the search, the Spotlight search field remains populated when you swipe back to the Spotlight search screen. This is how Spotlight search works with stock settings.

ClearOnOpen is a new jailbreak tweak that forces the Spotlight search field to clear when coming back to the Spotlight search page. If you’d like to see how it works in action, then check after the break as we guide you via our video walkthrough. Read More


OpenOnSearch makes Spotlight a little more useful

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2013

I don’t use Spotlight much. The page, which sits to the left of the main Home screen in iOS, lets you do some really useful things like search for stuff on your device and the web. But honestly, most of the time I forget it’s there.

But jailbreak developers are looking to change that. We’ve seen a number of tweaks designed to enhance the Spotlight page, like SpotEnhancer and SLEnhancerSearch, and today we’ve got a new one to show you. Here’s OpenOnSearch… Read More


How to make the iPhone’s Spotlight background transparent

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 9, 2013

Clear The Air is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to adjust the transparency of the Spotlight search in iOS. Options can be configured to adjust the transparency on a sliding scale, maintain the status bar’s opacity, and a general kill switch to quickly enable or disable the effect.

If you’re looking for a tweak that allows you to enjoy your background wallpaper while performing Spotlight searches, then this is the tweak for you. Read More


ToDoNotes 2 is out with iOS 6 support

By Cody Lee on Mar 31, 2013

In the summer of 2011, jailbreak developers participated in a cool project called tweak week. Several devs each took a week, and released one new jailbreak tweak everyday. It went on for 3+ months, and we got several great tweaks out of it.

One of those tweaks was ToDoNotes, by TwitkaFly developer moeseth, which added a notepad to the Spotlight page that talked with the Notes app, giving you quick access to your memos. And version 2 just came out with iOS 6 support… Read More


How to add Facebook, Twitter, and more search options to Spotlight

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 14, 2012

The awkwardly named SLightEnhancerSearch, is a recently released jailbreak tweak that adds a ton of new search options to the stock Spotlight search on iOS. When it was first released, I ran into many issues with the tweak, namely, the search options not showing up on the Spotlight page when enabled.

The tweak was updated today, and the developer seems to have stamped out all of the bugs that plagued the initial release. SLightEnhancerSearch, as silly as its name may be, is a quality jailbreak tweak that many will no doubt find useful… Read More


Concept video shows how Spotlight in iOS should work

By Cody Lee on Sep 17, 2012

Apple added the Spotlight search tool to iOS back in 2009, with version 3.0. The page, which can be accessed by swiping to the left of the Home screen, allows you to search through the content on your device.

While it’s a nice idea, the feature itself has long been criticized for its limited functionality. Compared to its counterpart in Mac OS X, Spotlight for iOS is pretty hindered. Perhaps this is how it should work… Read More


iOS 6 tidbits: Spotlight folder labels, iTunes and wallpaper previews

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 19, 2012

Not a day goes by without discovering subtle touches in Apple’s iOS 6 software. We covered most of the big and little things already. Perhaps unsurprisingly, cool nice-to-haves still get discovered on a daily basis, proving iOS 6 is the most well-rounded release to date.

iDB told you yesterday how the virtual keyboard is now clever enough to capitalize after quotes and emojis (iOS 6 also sports a bunch of new emojis). We even proposed how Apple could make sharing between third-party apps simpler and more akin to Android’s comprehensive Action Menu.

Today, I wanna talk about some noteworthy store tweaks and cosmetic changes in Spotlight and Wallpaper settings… Read More


This tweak lets you lock your device by swiping to the Spotlight page

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 3, 2012

SpotLock is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to lock your iPhone simply by swiping over to the place where Spotlight search normally resides. Granted, this tweak will totally eliminate the ability to use Spotlight search, but I believe the popular consensus is that many of you don’t use Spotlight to begin with.

Of course, a quick press of the sleep button at the top of your iPhone is the quickest way to secure your iPhone from a software perspective, but SpotLock is an interesting way to break the monotony and switch things up a bit… Read More


SpotDict: Search iOS’ built in dictionary from Spotlight

By Jeff Benjamin on May 5, 2012

Spotlight search is very useful when you actually need to use it, but how many times do you find yourself needing to do so?

If you’re anything like me, you can probably count on one hand how many times you’ve used Spotlight over the past few months.

Perhaps this recently released jailbreak tweak will coerce you into using Spotlight a bit more often? It’s called SpotDict, and it allows you to look up words in iOS’ built in dictionary directly from the Spotlight search page… Read More


How to replace Spotlight search with a web interface

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 26, 2012

I’m absolutely sure that I’m in the minority on my thoughts about iOS’ Spotlight feature. I actually find it useful and helpful for launching apps, finding emails, contacts, etc.

Many of you, however, loathe Apple’s inclusion of Spotlight; deeming it absolutely worthless, useless, and a waste of time and energy.

For those who fall into the latter category, then maybe this jailbreak tweak will make you happy. It’s called WebSpot, and it allows you to completely replace Spotlight with a customizable web interface… Read More


SpotTweet: Will eventually allow you to tweet from Spotlight search. Hopefully.

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2012

SpotTweet is a promising tweak that has one small problem, it doesn’t actually work at the moment (at least it hasn’t for me).

SpotTweet is supposed to allow you to send tweets directly from the Spotlight search input box, and everything seems okay until you tap the send button.

Check inside for our analysis of the flawed, but ultimately cool concept… Read More


CommandSpot: Launch Apps and Respring from Spotlight

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 15, 2012

Want to launch apps, reboot, respring, or turn off your iDevice right from your Spotlight search? If so, then all you need is a jailbroken device with CommandSpot installed.

CommandSpot is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to execute specific commands to launch apps, Twitter, Facebook, and quite a few other things. It’s not the most efficient way to perform these functions, but it can be done nonetheless. Read More


Spotfb: Execute Spotlight Commands to Launch Facebook Sections

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2011

Spotfb is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to launch different sections of the official Facebook app by means of predefined Spotlight commands.

All you need to do is swipe over to your Spotlight page, type the command, and tap return. It’ll then launch the specific Facebook page that pertains to the command that you typed.

Honestly, we’re not sure who would be willing to use such a tweak; it’d be much faster to just launch the app and venture to your desired section, wouldn’t it? Read More


SLShortcuts: Run Text Commands Directly From Spotlight

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 25, 2011

When it comes to Spotlight on the iPhone, there are two camps. Ones who use it, and others that find it completely worthless.

If you’re in the latter camp, perhaps SLShortcuts will change your mind? It’s an upcoming jailbreak tweak, which allows you to run custom text commands directly from your Spotlight search… Read More


Use ‘ToDoNotes’ to Quickly Reference Important Notes

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 24, 2011

One of the most frustrating aspects about the stock Notes app, is that it can take too much effort to reference your notes in a quick manner.

Say, for instance, you’re shopping at the grocery store, and you want to quickly reference the shopping list stored on your Notes app. Doing so can prove to be more time consuming that it needs to be.

Enter ToDoNotes, a recently created jailbreak tweak that gives you the ability to paste your most important notes right on your Spotlight page… Read More


SpotEnhancer: Quickly Launch Apps with Spotlight Commands

By Cody Lee on Jul 13, 2011

For his final TweakWeek entry, Andrea Oliva gives us SpotEnhancer. This unique jailbreak utility puts a different spin on quick launching apps, by allowing users to open apps with Spotlight Search commands.

SpotEnhancer gives you several commands that can do anything from open a new text message, to launch a Google search. There are even commands for your favorite social networking apps… Read More


‘WebLeaps’ Adds Custom Search Shortcuts to Spotlight and Safari

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2011

WebLeaps seems to be one of those tweaks that fell through the cracks. I’d honestly never heard of this tweak before Sebastien mentioned it to me, but I’m glad that he did.

That’s because WebLeaps allows you to easily navigate some of the web’s best sites by means of custom search shortcuts.

You can even create your own custom search shortcuts with a bit of plist editing know-how.

Check inside as I go one-on-one with WebLeaps. I even create my own custom iDB search shortcut… Read More


RunningList: See a List of Your Open Apps on Your Spotlight Screen

By Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2011

Apple’s implementation of multitasking in iOS 4 is undoubtedly one of the best in the business. Not necessarily in presentation, but in functionality. iOS’ ability to maintain a high level of performance with dozens of apps open easily outperforms the competition.

The problem is, since you are able to have so many apps running without noticeable effects, sifting through your multitask bar can become a bit tedious. If you’ve been looking for an alternative way to browse your list of running applications, well, let me introduce you to RunningList…  Read More


SpotURL Jailbreak Tweak Lets You Visit Websites From Spotlight

By Alex Heath on Jun 16, 2011

Would you like to add a little more functionality to your iPhone’s Spotlight? SpotURL is a new jailbreak tweak, by Filippo Bigarella, that allows you to visit a website straight from the Spotlight page.

Instead of having to enter a web address in Mobile Safari, SpotURL will let you enter the address right on your iPhone’s homescreen. For quick navigation to a web page, SpotURL is about as good as it gets. Read More


App Picks of the Week: NoSpot, Grades, Witness

By Alex Heath on Apr 10, 2011

Every week, we select a few apps that catch our eye. These apps can be from the App Store, web apps, or jailbreak apps.

This week, we have a nifty jailbreak tweak for disabling Spotlight, an App Store app, and another iOS companion app for the Mac. Hope you enjoy this week’s picks! Read More