When it comes to installing jailbreak tweaks on a pwned handset, my motto has always been that it’s best to install an all-in-one tweak instead of a plethora of one-off add-ons. Not only can this be beneficial from a performance standpoint, but it also keeps your installed tweak list nice and tidy in any package manager that you might be using.
Depending on what your needs are as a jailbreaker, finding the best all-in-one tweak can be a challenge. While there have been some notable releases in the past, many cost money of some sort. Fortunately, a new release called Kage by iOS developer YaYPIXXO brings a slew of customization options to both the Home screen and Lock screen at no extra cost to you.
Kage isn’t as in-depth as we’ve seen from recent releases such as Artemis, but it’s worth noting that it fills some gaps left open by the latter. Once installed, users will find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app where they can toggle various options on or off at their discretion:
Here, you can:
- Toggle Kage on or off on demand
- Enable or disable Quick Actions on the Lock screen (notched handsets only)
- Enable or disable a grid-based App Switcher
- Hide the Lock screen’s battery level indicator
- Enable or disable the time display in the Lock screen’s Status Bar (notched handsets only)
- Hide icon labels from Home screen icons
- Hide icon labels from CarPlay icons
- Hide badges from Folder icons
- Hide titles from the Folder interface
- Hide the background when inside of a Folder
- Hide the Folder’s background when on the Home screen
- Hide the page dots from the Home screen
- Hide the ‘No Older Notifications’ text from the Lock screen
- Hide the Control Center grabber from the Lock screen (notched handsets only)
As you’ll notice in the screenshot, some of the options are marked with an asterisk (*). This is meant to indicate that the option will necessitate a Respring to save properly. Options without an asterisk should change on the fly without the need to Respring.
While Kage definitely isn’t the most in-depth customization tweak we’ve seen, it’s free and offers a number of useful options, such as the grid-based App Switcher and customizing what appears and doesn’t appear in the Home screen and Lock screen.
Will you be installing Kage? Share why or why not in the comments section below.