Status Bar

This tweak makes it easier to discern when you’re connected to a VPN on notched iPhones

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs for short, have become an increasingly popular way for consumers to keep their data private and secure while browsing the web via a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

On iPhones, a VPN icon will be displayed in the Status Bar after you connect to one. But notched iPhones like the iPhone X and later minimize the VPN indicator to interfaces with full-sized Status Bar due to size constraints, such as that of Control Center.

Some of the best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s Status Bar

Jailbroken on iOS 14, but not entirely sure how to customize your handset to help it realize its fullest potential? If you said yes to that question, then you’ve come to the right place.

We spend a lot of time here at iDownloadBlog discussing new jailbreak tweak releases and curating frequent roundups with the intent of boosting tweak discovery. This is particularly important to us, as some of the best releases often get lost in the memory hole.

StatusBarTimer puts the remainder of your iPhone’s active timer in the Status Bar

After setting a timer on your iPhone, you can either glance at the Lock Screen or open the Clock app to see the remainder before it rings. Sadly, there’s no in-between; your iPhone either needs to be locked or you’ll have to glue your eyes to the Clock app.

That’s something that a new and free jailbreak tweak called StatusBarTimer by iOS developer ldefix2020 aims to fix, as it puts the timer remainder in the Status Bar so that you can see it from just about anywhere in iOS.

This tweak puts a white dot in the Status Bar when your LED flashlight is on

One of the things I really like about iOS and iPadOS is that a tiny colored dot manifests itself in the Status Bar when your handset’s camera or microphone activates. Not only is it a great way to be reminded that your hardware is being used in the background, but it also promotes privacy by ensuring you’re in the know whenever an app taps into your camera or microphone.

I can’t count on my own two hands the number of times I’ve witnessed someone who forgot their device’s flashlight on and failed to realize it either because they were out in the Sun or because the LED flash was being covered by something. Having said that, a similar Status Bar-centric indicator for the rear-facing LED flash could also benefit users.

GrabberEX lets you discern the time and battery percentage more easily in full-screen apps

I like that I can always glance at my Status Bar to see the time or even how much of my battery I have left before I’ll need to need to connect to a charger.

Unfortunately, full-screen apps hide the Status Bar, and pulling down from the top of the display to glance at the Status Bar in Notification Center reveals a grabber instead. This, in turn, necessitates a secondary pull down gesture to view the Status Bar in Notification Center.

This tweak gives the Status Bar a unique color based on the app you’re using

As a jailbreaker, I like adding a footprint of my own personalization to my iPhones and iPads whenever I get the chance. On the other hand, I don’t like anything too eccentric. More often than not, I prefer subtle customizations that don’t over do it.

Anyone in the same boat as me is likely to appreciate a new and free jailbreak tweak dubbed AdaptiveStatusBar by iOS developer MiRO. Just as the name implies, this tweak adaptively colorizes the Status Bar based on the icon of the app you’re using.

BattiBar colorizes the Status Bar with a slow-changing transitional gradient based on your battery level

The Status Bar of every iPhone and iPad is home to a battery level indicator that keeps the user aware of when they’re going to need a charge. Unfortunately, the indicator tends to be somewhat bland and there doesn’t seem to be any indication that Apple will change that any time soon.

Enter BattiBar, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak by iOS developer HallieHax that offers a solution to the aforementioned quandary. More specifically, it colorizes the entire Status Bar with a transitional gradient color that transforms slowly over time as your handset’s battery discharges with use.

Alternate your iPhone’s Status Bar time indicator between the date and time with TimeStamp

The iPhone’s Status Bar has always been home to a time indicator  so that you can always glance there from any interface you might be using to see what time it is. But how many times have you found yourself wondering what the date is — just to find yourself going back to the Home Screen or Lock Screen to check?

I’ve long wondered why the iPhone’s Status Bar didn’t display the date in addition to the time, and interestingly enough, iPadOS now does this natively. This begs the question of why a similar feature isn’t yet available for the iPhone or iPod Touch, especially with the extra vertical real estate afforded by the device’s notch.