Jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch opens up your iDevices to a whole slew of possibilities that are otherwise not possible with Apple's default operating system. However, before you can ever hope to jailbreak, you have to ensure that you fulfill the necessary requirements like the supported devices and firmware versions. That is to say that jailbreaking isn't always an option. Take for example the iOS 6 jailbreak, it is currently limited only to older devices. However, there are iOS tweaks that don't require a jailbreak. For those who are rocking devices with no jailbreak, here are some Awesome iOS Tweaks You Can Do Right Now Without Jailbreaking.
Awesome iOS Tweaks You Can Do Right Now Without Jailbreaking
Check Your iPhone's Actual Signal Strength
Let's face it, the default signal strength indicator on the iPhone isn't exactly the most accurate. Should you feel that your iPhone's signal strength indicator just doesn't cut it, you can perform the steps below to have the signal strength displayed in numbers [in decibels(dBm)] instead of bars. This is applicable for an iPhone running iOS 4.1 or later.
- Launch your device's Phone app.
- Dial these: *3001#12345#*
- Then tap the Call button. This will cause your iPhone to enter in Field Test mode. You should notice that your signal strength indicator is displayed in numbers instead of the traditional signal bar. At this point, you can toggle between both signal strength mode by just tapping on it. If you want to the tweak to be permanent (but still reversible), then proceed with the next step.
- Hold down the power button until you can see the Slide to Power Off button.
- Let go of the Power button and press the Home button until the Field Test quits and you're back to the Home screen.
The lower the number displayed, the stronger the signal. To return to the default signal bars, just dial *3001#12345#* again then tap call. Then just press the Home button twice to return to the default signal bar.
Hide Stock iOS Apps Without Jailbreaking
If you find yourself annoyed by stock iOS apps cluttering your Springboard, there is a trick that will allow you to hide stock iOS apps without jailbreaking. You can do this via two web-based solutions which are both simple to perform. You are not actually deleting the app but instead you are hiding it temporarily. Rebooting your iPhone will cause the hidden apps to reappear. For a detailed tutorial on how to hide stock apps without jailbreaking, just click here.
Use Siri to Ask Directions Via Google Maps
Now that Google Maps is back in iOS, users now have a solid alternative to Apple's iOS 6 Maps. While jailbreak users can easily make Google Maps the default mapping application on their iPhone, everyone else simply doesn't have that option yet unfortunately. This is one of the downsides of being inside the walled garden of iOS. However, there is a way for you to use Siri to get directions with Google Maps and of course, you won't need a jailbreak for this. The trick is actually pretty simple.
Apple has actually included a little feature in Siri that will enable you to open an address using any third-party mapping application. Whenever you use Siri, you simply need to add “via transit” at the end of your voice command query. For example, you can say “Give me directions to the Empire State Building via transit” and this should have Siri open other mapping apps installed in your device or download from the iTunes App Store. Just tap Google Maps or any other map app of your choice for the required directions.
This is a simple trick that makes your iPhone think that you require public transit directions, which iOS 6 Maps doesn't have. So you will be referred to a different map app. Just ensure that you toggle through car or walking depending on your needs.
Tether Your iPhone's Data Connection
For the uninitiated, tethering allows you to connect to the internet using your laptop or other devices through your smartphone's data plan. In most cases, some carriers can provide tethering services to their clients but usually it would take additional charges. For a jailbreak user, he has numerous options when it comes to tethering jailbreak apps. However, there is a service that will let you tether your iPhone wirelessly without exorbitant fees, fancy hacking skills, or jailbreaking required.
There is a web app called Tether.com that offers tethering services to iPhone owners. So you can take advantage of your iPhone's data plan for tethering just as long as you have cellular coverage. Basically, what you need to do is simply download the Tether app for your computer and visit tether.com/web on your iPhone. Then on your computer using the Tether app, you will setup an ad hoc network. The process is pretty straightforward and can be a little tricky in the beginning. To get a better idea about how the service works, check out the video below:
Tether works just as advertised, although there is one minor catch. Tether is NOT free. In order to use the service, you will need to pay an annual fee of $29.95. Still, $30 is nothing next to the usual $20 fee you pay your carrier monthly for tethering privileges. This is especially a good deal for those who can't jailbreak their iPhones.
Create Custom Vibrations for Your Contacts
Some features in iOS are not exactly marketed properly by Apple so some of them just earn the designation of being "hidden features." One such feature is the ability to create contact-specific custom vibrations. To access this feature, you will simply need to navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility > Custom Vibrations and enable the option. Then just go to your Phone app select a contact > Edit > vibration > Create New Vibration. Here you can easily create custom vibrations for that particular contact.
Hide Newsstand Without Jailbreaking
Newsstand is an app that most people don't really care for. However for some reason, you won't be able to uninstall it or even just put it in a folder so it gets out of your sight. Well, here's an easy and fast solution to hide Newsstand using a Mac (Windows version coming soon). You will simply need to download Filippo Bigarella’s StifleStand. Just follow the steps below:
- Download StifleStand (Mac only).
- Launch StifleStand and plug your iOS device running iOS 5 or higher.
- Wait until StifleStand detects your device.
- Look for the Newsstand folder on your device.
- Click the Hide Newsstand button in StifleStand.
- You should see that the Newsstand app will disappear and a folder named Magic will take its place.
This folder behaves just like a normal folder which means that you can move, rename, or fill it with additional apps. If you wish to restore Newsstand, just open the folder, go into Wiggle Mode and drag the Newsstand icon outside the folder. Again, this tweak is for Mac users only.
And there you have it, some of the most noteworthy iOS tweaks that you can do without jailbreaking your device. These may not be the most elegant solutions for a particular problem but they're certainly better than nothing. This is especially true if jailbreaking is not an option.
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