10 Reasons To Jailbreak Your iOS Device

Is it actually worth it to jailbreak? This is a question many new iDevice owners may find themselves asking. iOS is a great mobile operating system itself, but when you jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you unlock limitless capabilities. A mere 10 are listed below, and this is just a small amount compared to the sheer amount of things possible when jailbreaking your iOS powered device.

10 Reasons To Jailbreak Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

1. Remove Apple’s Restrictions

Apple has rules. They want you to use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch a certain way. They put restrictions in place to do just that. For example, the only way to get applications on an iOS Device is to download them through Apple’s App Store. When you jailbreak your iOS device, all of these restrictions Apple puts in iOS are taken away – you are free to do whatever you want on your phone.

2. Changing Themes On Your iOS Device

Ever heard of Winterboard? It is after all, one of the most popular jailbreaking applications of all time. Winterboard allows you to choose from tens of thousands of different themes – everything from cool styles (such as wooden, or sheet metal), to your favorite movies or video games. Sure, you could change the background of your phone without jailbreaking, but that’s nothing compared to what Winterboard can do. Winterboard can change your background, application icons, slider styles, sound effects, and much more.

3. Access Settings Quicker

The popular jailbreak SBSettings allows you to perform a simple gesture to quickly access important settings, such as changing your screen’s brightness or toggling wi-fi or Bluetooth on and off. It’s very useful. Click here to learn more about SBSettings. 

4. Speed Up Your iPhone

The Nitrous jailbreak tweak allows you to speed up any application that connects to the internet by messing with javascript code. This application alone can effectively double the loading speed of some applications – this is enough reason in itself to jailbreak, in my opinion!

5. Better Multitasking

Let’s be honest – multitasking in iOS isn’t really that great. All you’re able to do is open up the multitasking bar, and slide through your app icons to see which apps you can switch to. Pretty basic. You can’t even see what you were actually doing within that app – and you may forget why you even opened it in the first place. That problem is fixed with Auxo, a jailbreaking tweak that improves multitasking for iOS devices.

6. Rename Your Applications

If you’ve ever wanted to rename any of your applications for any reason, you can with a little jailbreak tweak available on Cydia called Icon Renamer. Simply tap and hold down an application until it wiggles, than tap once more to rename. That’s as easy as it gets, and this is good example of one of the many little things you can do when you jailbreak your iOS Device.

7. Change Your Default Browser

Sorry Apple, but not everyone loves being forced to use Safari as their default web browser on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. What if you want links to open in a different browser, such as Google Chrome, or Dolphin? This is possible once you jailbreak your iOS Device. Search for BrowserChanger in Cydia.

8. Emulate A Game Boy Advance

How cool would it be to play your favorite Game Boy Advance games on your iOS Device? Like really, who carries a Game Boy around with them anymore (that’d be kind of weird, wouldn’t it?). It’s much more common to carry your iPhone around with you – and now this can act as your own Game Boy as well. Simply search for a Game Boy Advance client in Cydia, and you’ll be able to play any Game Boy Advance game to ever come out. The most popular client is GpSPhone.

9. Change Your Boot Logo

You turn on your iOS device, and what do you see? If you’re not jailbroken, you see the Apple logo. Every. Single. Time. It gets old, doesn’t it? By jailbreaking your device, you give yourself the ability to change that boot logo into anything you want. Surely a way to stand out, is it not?

10. Get Rid Of Apple Maps

Let’s face it – Apple Maps was not a huge success. Maybe, just maybe, you don’t like Apple Maps either. (We wouldn’t blame you!) So how great would it be to get rid of Apple Maps… forever? We can already download Google Maps in the App Store, but there still lies a problem – when opening an address in any application, Apple Maps is opened rather than Google maps. The jailbreak tweak MapsOpener allows these links to be opened in the Google Maps app, preventing you from ever have to lay eyes on the Apple Maps at again. Goodbye, Apple Maps!


The list certainly does not end here – there are hundreds, if not thousands of different reasons to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Chances are, you’ll see another post here on iOS Universe relatively soon explaining even more reasons to jailbreak – but for now, here are a list of 10 random reasons. Jailbroken iOS users – what other reasons do you recommend? Non-jailbroken iOS users – has this convinced you? What’s stopping you from jailbreaking?

Let us know! We look forward to hearing from you.

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