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Jailbreaking your iOS device opens the door to possibilities that just aren’t available by default. Apple runs a pretty tight ship, and because of the closed ecosystem, the customization options afforded to Android device users just aren’t there with Apple products. If you’re a bit nervous about jailbreaking, take a look at how to get paid apps for free without jailbreak. If you regularly use apple products, you might also want to know how to change Siri’s voice to Australian or British. Of course, some would argue this leads to a safer, and more stable mobile environment, but regardless of your stance regarding open vs closed mobile ecosystems, it seems that there’s one thing we can all agree on; we want options. Once your phone is properly jailbroken, you’ll want to learn how to make free text tones for your iPhone.
Most jailbreakers do so for the customization options afforded by allowing the user root access. Customization is just the tip of the iceberg for jailbroken devices. Running emulation software to play classic Atari and Nintendo games, torrenting via your mobile device, installing apps that aren’t on the App Store, watch Netflix on your phone, or deleting those pesky apps you never use that Apple seems hellbent on packaging with their latest updates, are all possible with a jailbroken device. For your iPhone you might also be interested in our review of the pan charger.
Here are just a few of the options that jailbreaking affords iOS users.
Cydia is to the app market what the Silk Road was to the drug market. That is to say, it’s a sort of shadowy underworld market that features apps you won’t find on the App Store. Here are a few must-have Cydia apps:
And here are a handful of things you can do if you Jailbreak your iPhone:
With root access, you have access to numerous system tweaks that give you full control over how your iOS device operates. And speaking of operations, take a look at Apple’s history by reading our review of Apple then and now: A pre-history of the iPhone.
Most of us are lucky enough to have carriers that are beginning to include this in our cellular data packages each month without an additional charge. For those that aren’t so lucky, jailbreaking affords you the luxury of tethering your device without having to add a tethering plan ($20+ per month in some cases) to your existing mobile contract.
The App Store features several apps that allow you to password protect folders, but how would you like the ability to password protect apps, individual files within a folder, or even encrypt sensitive text files and email? Free apps such as CryptoNotes, and FailSafe, or the paid, but extremely robust, Lockdown Pro ($1.99) are all available on Cydia as well as a host of others that can tighten up security on any iOS device.
With a jailbroken device, you can now make individual rules that block calls, texts and Facetime requests for specific numbers, or all “Blocked” or “Anonymous” numbers with iBlacklist.
For devices that can’t run iOS8, here’s how to jailbreak iPhone 5 your iOS device running iOS 7.0.5 or below. If you’re using a device that’s running iOS 7.0.6, you can follow along with this tutorial on how to get the Evasi0n jailbreak to work on your device.
You can also jailbreak older devices running iOS 6, or iOS 5. And the above applies if you want to Jailbreak the iPhone 5 or 5s.
Images: Macbook & iPhone by Omar Jordan Fawahl via Flickr