It goes without saying that the vast majority of iPhone users resort to using the stock Contacts app that Apple pre-installs from the factory for managing their contact list. Not only is it easy to use, but it integrates more deeply with the rest of iOS than most third-party alternatives from the App Store.
Unfortunately, being a pre-installed app typically means that Contacts is somewhat barebones. Apple does this intentionally to make the iPhone easier to use, but if you demand more out of your Contacts app as so many people do, then a new jailbreak tweak called Contacts Extender by iOS developer 0xkuj might be of interest to you.
The name of the tweak says it all. Contacts Extender is an extension for the Contacts app that lets users do more with their contact list, whether they’re in the standalone Contacts app or the dedicated tab in the Phone app.
As depicted in the screenshot examples above, Contacts Extender makes it possible for users to communicate with contact list entries in more ways, including SMS (directly from the Contacts interface), Telegram, and WhatsApp. These options can be revealed by swiping to the left on a specific contact in the contact list or via the full contact card.
Furthermore, Contacts Extended enables the hidden “Delete All” option in the Contacts app and the “Edit” option so that users can batch select and then delete multiple contacts in one fell swoop.
Once installed, Contacts Extended adds a dedicated preference pane to the Settings app where users can configure the tweak to their heart’s content:
Options here include:
- Toggling the tweak on or off on demand
- Entering a country prefix (1 for United States, 44 for United Kingdom, etc.)
- Hide or show the WhatsApp button in the contact list upon swiping
- Choose a WhatsApp cell background color
- Hide or show the Telegram button in the contact list upon swiping
- Hide or show the Messages button in the contact list upon swiping
- Enable or disable the Edit button
- Enable or disable the Delete All button
- Display a Delete All confirmation to prevent accidentally clearing your contact list
- Restore all options to their defaults
- Respring your device to save all changes you’ve made
As noted by the developer in the tweak’s depiction, users must enter their country prefix for the tweak to function. We especially like that users can enable or disable support for the individual app shortcuts in the swipe menu, as not everyone uses all three of the supported messaging apps on their device(s). Still, it’s nice that the option is there, along with the batch select/delete capabilities.
If you’re interested in giving the new Contacts Extended tweak a try, then you can purchase it for $0.99 from the Packix repository via any of the major package manager apps. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 12, 13, and 14 devices and works alongside some other popular add-ons.
Do you plan to upgrade your Contacts app with the new Contacts Extended tweak? Be sure to let us know in the comments section down below.