Benefits of Jailbreaking An iDevice – Jailbreaking has been around ever since Apple released the very first iPhone in June of 2007. Up to the present, users jailbreak their iDevices for the same reason as back then – to get more functionality from the jailbroken iDevices via the Cydia app.
Benefits Of Jailbreaking An iDevice
Get Cydia On Your iDevice
The first and foremost benefit of jailbreaking any iDevice is having the Cydia app installed in the process. Cydia, as we all know, is the best alternative to the official Apple AppStore. Cydia holds repositories which contain app, extensions, games, ringtones, themes and tweaks to enhance every jailbroken iDevice.
From Cydia, users can download themes to personalize their gadgets. Apple is very strict when it comes to customization. Users can’t just change icons and screen layouts on their iDevices. Jailbreaking allows them to change layout of the icons, and the screens. There are tons of wallpapers to suite all users’ taste and personality. Owners can now use widgets on any screen. They can also change the default system font and do other tweaks to totally own their iDevices.
Install More Apps
Next, users with jailbroken iDevices can install more apps – even those not found in the iTunes AppStore. As we all know Apple is very strict with what applications get into the AppStore. Many apps are rejected by Apple because of Apple’s extremely stringer review process. With alternative AppStore like Cydia, developers have an outlet to showcase their apps and other software.
Tether For Free
Another benefit that jailbreaking brings to iDevices is tethering. This means using your iDevice as a broadband modem or a Wi-Fi hotspot. Sure, cellular providers offer this service but for a price or the service is included in their high-priced plans. Jailbreakers, however, can enjoy this “premium” service thanks to apps like “MyWi”, “TetherMe” and “PDAnet”. All these apps are available from Cydia.
Add Or Extend Functionalities
Using the right jailbroken apps, functionalities of existing features like, 3D Touch, Touch ID, and Siri can be further enhanced. As an example, the jailbroken “Peek-A-Boo” tweak will give users with older iPhones the 3D Touch functionality. Additionally, users with older iDevices can get features that are exclusive to the new devices.
Privacy and Security
Jailbreaking can also increase your privacy and control over security. There are apps like BioLockdown which allows users to lockdown individual apps. Another must have security programs is iCaughtYou which takes a picture and sends the photo and location data to your chosen email.
There are tweaks (Firewall IP7 and Protect My Privacy) that users can control to selectively block outgoing network connections and protect personal information on the iDevices every time apps request for these private data to be retrieved.
Access iOS File System
Apple does not allow access to the iOS system files but jailbreaking circumvents this. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, it’s better not to mess with these files because you might change or delete an important file which may cause you to lose access to your device. But, if you’re the adventurous one and have enough knowledge about jailbreaking, then by all means…
You can use a file manager like iFile or Filza to browse the system file if you need to. Having access to the systems allow users to browse and modify the whole file system. These file managers have features like IPA and Deb installers which make installing apps and other jailbreak tweaks even outside the Cydia store.
Clear Cache And Gain Space
There are still iDevices out there that have only 16 gigabytes of memory. A far cry from the 256 GB of storage available to Apple devices today. If you’re an owner of these older devices, jailbreaking offers a way to clear the cache and free up space for more apps and user files.
Again, there are jailbroken apps and tweaks that easily and conveniently do these for you. Check out “CacheCleaner” which adds a clear cache option into the app settings. This makes it easy to clear the cache from the app itself. Another app worth mentioning is “iCleaner”. This is another cache cleaning program but unlike CacheCleaner, this one is a stand-alone app.
With more space, you can now install more apps, games, music and movies on your device. This means more entertainment and enjoyment for you!
Expect more improvements and tweaks in coming Jailbreaking tools for your iOS devices. As long as Apple keeps churning out new devices and updates to its operating system, the jailbreaking community will be ready to “break the shackles” that keep your devices locked in Apple’s clutches.
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