15 reasons to jailbreak your iPhone

15 reasons to jailbreak your iPhone

Summary: Jailbreaking is "legal, ethical, and just plain fun", and allows you to use your iPhone exactly how you want it to.


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  • Because it gives you choice and extreme customisation, and "breaks the device out of its jail" to allow you to install any application

    Jailbreaking, in a nutshell, gives you all of the glamour of owning an iPhone, while retaining the flexibility features of Android. The process itself is quick and easy, and is legal under U.S. law. It rarely has any effect on the App Store applications you have downloaded, but gives you an additional store ("Cydia") to install free or even paid-for apps to make your iPhone experience even better.

    In short: you gain so much more, and lose nothing. Well, except maybe your warranty. 

    Image source: Flickr.


  • Activator is one of the most popular jailbreak iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch applications available. It allows you to assign gestures and reassign hardware buttons to launch applications or perform certain functions. 

    With it, you can assign any hardware key on your iPhone, such as the home button, to launch an application on a sequence, such as a double-press or a short-hold press. You can even assign your volume up- and down-buttons to adjust how loud your music is -- while short-holding the up-key to skip to the next track, and short-holding the down-key to jump to the previous track.

    Price: free.
    Compatible with: iOS 5, 5.0.1 (and 5.1, though not yet officially supported, it works.)

Topics: Hardware, Apple, iPhone, iPad, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems, Smartphones

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  • #1 reason...

    Make it more like an Android phone.
    • LOL

      With Android you could not even UPGRADE your OS, until you don't root it... Otherwise you can wait for the official release...
      • Mostly a joke, but

        You can still do almost all of these things on Android without rooting the phone. It doesn't really matter which OS version you're on.
      • Not true

        You can upgrade your Android phone very easily when rooted, I use rooted custom roms exclusively on my android device and I'm usually running leaks of official roms long before they are released as an OTA, and if you don't want to live on the bleeding edge the official ota's are usually made into a custom rom that is pre-rooted within a day of the OTA being released, often the same day.
      • LOL Back at you.

        And you can with an IPad? ROFLMAO. I upgraded my Android pad and phone quite easily after rooting and I didn't even have to stick with what the vendor wanted me to run. Good luck running a third party version of IOS on your IPad.
    • oh the irony

      Well considering most of the stuff you guys do on Android was done in JB iOS first anyway, I find this comment extremely ironic.

      JB iOS had the following before Android did:
      - third party apps installed from non first party sources
      - emulators and bluetooth wiimote synching
      - specific types of apps, like irc clients, HTTP servers, a REAL (non-dalvik) JVM
      - VM's for other languages, like python and tens of other languages
      - UI Themeing

      And many other things I dont have time to type out.
      • Like I said before, I was mostly joking.

        I went through 2 iPhones and I liked them a lot. Of course, I didn't love them until I jailbroke them. When I got my Android it was a nice surprise for me that I could do all of those things out of the box - no need to void the warranty with JB or root. Since then, my warranty has expired and I rooted the crap out of my Atrix - now it's running a beta version of ICS and I'm loving it.

        Anyway, no need to get butt-hurt here, but whatever came out first doesn't matter - you still need to JB your iPhone to get it to do those things that Android phones can do out of the box.
  • I got a "get out of jail free" phone instead...

    Why go to jail in the first place? Get Android and feel the handcuffs slide off!
    • Hmm....

      Right, but what else "slides off" with the handcuffs after switching to Android? Let's make a list of all of the things that are "sliding off" with the transition of iOS to Android, shall we?

      - the performance and consistency of the UI
      - not needing to customize the sh|t out of the UI to make it not suck
      - battery life
      - first party updates
      - more battery life
      - not having to root/rom to get the latest and greatest OS perks and security patches
      - a decent selection games
      - even more battery life
      - good looking, full featured apps
      - a nearly endless selection of aftermarket accessories due to a common form factor
      - good pay apps that don't earn for their developers by raping your battery and your privacy
      - decent cloud integration with third any third party applications
      - airplay, facetime, imessage, icloud, and several other zero-difficulty services that can be used by people other than technofiles
      - decent cloud or personal cloud based wireless synchronization, backup, upgrade, and restore functionality
      - uncompromised hardware selection (you need a freaking PhD to shop for an Android phone that doesn't have MASSIVE compromises, like a pentiled screen and/or crappy battery life and/or a locked bootloader and/or an a-standard screen size that will end up letterboxing many games or distorting the layout of many apps and/or atypically oriented buttons and LEDs and ports and/or many other things ad nauseum)

      I could keep going on forever, but as a fan of both iOS and Android, I think it's pretty clear that if either were the silver bullet to fix the all of the problems of the other without any drawbacks, Android would have 100% marketshare instead of the 55-65%ish it currently has, or iOS would have 100% of mobile profits instead of the 60-70%ish it currently has.

      I know, it's crazy, but I own and love both platforms and am a fanboy for neither. Jailbreaking is the exact same thing as rooting/romming - it supplants the factory provided phone experience with the features said experiences are sorely lacking to most technophiles.
      • Hmmm... of batteries

        When I want a spare or HC battery for my Android phone, I go down to my nearest Walmart, dealer, or online OEM supplier, etc. Hmmm?... About that spare iPhone battery? Errr? Guess I gotta send/take my phone in to my nearest service center... Now, who gets raped? But, I'm sure that great battery life has assured my this will never happen again to me or several friends.
        • Used a mobile charger before

          Have you ever used a mobile charger before?
      • And you know what?

        Every single one of those cons is worth it because of swype.

        Seriously, it's that good.
      • Knowing what you are talking about

        @ Calbeach01
        Um what?

        Feel the dumb coming on?
      • @Calbeach01

        I have been using iPhones since several months after the first version came out and have yet to need either a backup battery or to have a battery replace. Good for you that spare batteries are available but I personally prefer not to need to carry around an spare. Of course if I want a backup battery for the iPhone there are option out there but of course you overlook that don't you.
  • Jail Breaking

    How is this done? Can it be done to a 3GS I-Phone?
    • Jailbreak 3GS

      Yes. Just go to www.jailbreakme.com for all the details.
    • Tons of information

      Go to www.jailbreakqa.com, the semi-official help site endorsed by the author of Cydia.
  • Newsstore

    Quite easy to add it to a folder actually. Try Google.
  • wanna be android

    The title of this article should actually be "15 reasons to make your iPhone act more like an Android phone".
    • dont want iOS to be Android

      No thanks! I like

      - regular 1st party updates
      - applications that dont look/act like a bag of smashed a$$holes
      - a snappy, good looking, and consistent UI that doesn't need to be customized to not completely *suck.*
      - having a large plethora of addons and accessories due to a common form factor

      Seriously - I love Android, but I am HUGELY thankful for iOS at the same time for the aforementioned reasons. I'd rather make Android more like iOS than make iOS more like Android, but they both do have flaws.