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Best iPad 2 Jailbreak Apps & Tweaks in Cydia

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Now that the wait is finally over and the iPad 2 jailbreak is here (you can follow our instructions here), you may be wondering what you want to do to exercise your tablet’s new freedom? Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Updated: Best New iPad Jailbreak Apps & Tweaks

All of these tweaks will be using the Cydia app store that was installed during the jailbreak. Unless noted otherwise, these apps should be found by simply searching for them in Cydia.

RetinaPad ($2.99)

Skype app on iPad on the left, the same app using RetinaPad on the right

Probably the coolest and most useful jailbreak tweak for your iPad is RetinaPad. Have you noticed that when you’re using iPhone-only apps, you scale them up to full screen on the iPad and they look like they’re being displayed on a Commodore 64? This will (somewhat) fix that.

When iPhone apps are scaled up, Apple doesn’t have them use the maximum resolution settings. In other words, they show like an iPhone 3GS app blown up, not like an iPhone 4 app blown up.

RetinaPad isn’t perfect, but it sharpens many things that would normally be pixelated. As you can see in the screenshot above, the numbers and letters on the Skype app are displayed in a crisper, higher resolution.

To use it, simply purchase RetinaPad from Cydia, then open your iPad’s settings icon. Scroll down and you’ll see a menu for RetinaPad. Select the apps you want to enable it for then start the app.

If it doesn’t take effect right away, you may need to kill the app first by opening the task-switcher (double-tap of home-button), long-pressing on the app’s icon, and hitting the small red line to terminate it.

FullForce (free)

 

FullForce serves a very similar purpose as RetinaPad, though it does it in a very different way. Rather than making the scaled up apps look much clearer, FullForce attempts to turn iPhone apps into iPad apps. It’s hit and miss, and works surprisingly well on Facebook, Google Voice, and others – but can also be way off on many other apps.

Apps are toggled the same way as with RetinaPad, in the iPad’s settings menu.

As it’s free to install from Cydia, it’s a good idea to keep this one around. You can experiment and see which works better for each app – this or RetinaPad.

SBSettings (free)

SBSettings is one of those essential jailbreak apps, no matter what iDevice you have. Instead of having to dig through a long list of menus just to do something simple like turn your WiFi off or adjust your screen’s brightness, SBSettings lets you activate a neat little pop-up by simply swiping to the side on the status bar. The options can be customized, the look can be themed, and there are many more add-ons to be had in Cydia.

Infinifolders ($.99)

Do you have folders that fill up with apps? Do you find yourself having “Games 1,” “Games 2,” “Games 3″ due to Apple’s limit on the number of apps in a folder? Infinifolders removes that limit. After purchasing, you can load up any folder with as many apps as you please and scroll down the list to find the one you want.

This tweak is priceless for the app-hoarder in you.

iFile ($4)

One of Apple’s goals is to prevent users from ever having to deal with a computer’s  file system. While we love this simplicity, for some tweaks there is no substitute for being able to access the backbone of your device. Enter iFile.

Some of the more advanced tweaks below will require having iFile. Even if a file system is intimidating for you, you can always find simple instructions for applying tweaks via iFile.

To install, simply purchase the app from Cydia and open the icon that will be on your homescreen.

MobileNotifier (free)

While it doesn’t look quite as natural on the iPad as it does on a smaller iPhone screen, MobileNotifier is the closest you’ll get to the more subtle iOS 5 banner notifications without installing a buggy beta.

When a notification comes in, a small flag pops up at the top of your screen. You can then tap on it to open the appropriate app, or dismiss it. It replaces the infamous blue pop-ups that Apple kept from the very first iPhone.

To install, you’ll need to add a source in Cydia:

  • Open Cydia
  • Tap “Sources” at the bottom
  • Press “Edit” (top right)
  • Press “Add” (top left)
  • enter the following:

http://phajas.xen.prgmr.com/repo/

  • Now search Cydia for MobileNotifier and install. You can customize it in the iPad’s settings menu.

Winterboard (free)

If applying themes is your thing, then Winterboard is your answer. This free tweak opens the door for a ridiculous amount of customization.

After installing Winterboard, simply search Cydia for themes. Your mind will be boggled at how many customized looks there are. You can then install and enable in the Winterboard app. Of course you’ll probably want to stick to themes designed specifically for iPad, but there’s a lot of fun to be had in playing around with different looks. Enjoy.

QTweeter ($3.99)

Who needs a device with a dedicated Facebook button like the HTC Status? With QTweeter you can update your status in Twitter and/or Facebook from anywhere on your iPad. Simply set the app to launch with a swipe of the status bar (or a variety of other actions), and a window pops up that lets you tell everyone about that crazy thing your cat just did.

PDF Patcher 2 (free)

This tweak doesn’t add any fun things to do, but it is an important (and ironic) security tweak that is recommended after jailbreaking.

When you went to the website to jailbreak your iPad 2, your tablet was hacked using an exploit of a PDF file. Basically there were some holes in Apple’s code for opening PDF files, and the jailbreak developer Comex used that to liberate your iPad 2.

While Comex is trusted, there is the possibility that someone less trusted could eventually use the same exploit to do something naughty to your iPad. This tweak will close that hole and make sure that doesn’t happen.

The irony here is that security is often one of Apple’s arguments for their closed system on their mobile devices. In this case, however, jailbreaking can make your iPad more secure than it would be unjailbroken.

LockInfo ($7.99)

If you want to have your notifications listed on your lockscreen, LockInfo will do just that.

It isn’t cheap at $8, but you can try it out for two weeks without buying. The amount of customization here is out-of-this-world. In addition to the most common notifications, plugins are available to add widgets like weather, sports, RSS feeds – and much more – to your lockscreen.

Multitasking Gestures (free tweak)

As you can see in the video above, it is possible to use gestures to switch between and close apps. This tweak will enable this on your iPad.

Here’s how it works: swiping up with four+ fingers brings up the task-switcher. Swiping to the left or right with 4+ fingers switches to the next or last recent app. Pinching with five fingers closes an app.

To enable, open iFile (above), and navigate to var/mobile/preferences/ and open the file com.apple.springboard.plist. It will then give you several options – choose open in Text Viewer. Now select edit, and add the following lines near the bottom:

<key>SBUseSystemGestures</key>

<true/>

You can refer to the image below for a good location to add these lines.

After that, simply reboot your iPad (using SBSettings, perhaps?) and enjoy your new gestures.

 

Did we leave out any cool tweaks? Which ones are you taking advantage of? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll keep adding to the list.

Having previously written for Android Central and Android Police, Will is shifting his focus to iOS at GottaBeMobile (without neglecting his old pal Android, of course). He lives in Chicago with his wife, Jess, and is on Twitter at @willshanklin

84 Comments

  1. Walterhf

    07/07/2011 at 2:36 pm

    Any one knows how to fix the CC kit issue?

    • Itareef

      07/08/2011 at 8:40 pm

      Comex working on Fix for CC wich is going to be release soon.

    • 2011leon

      07/20/2011 at 6:15 pm

      hey i just jailbroken my ipad 2 and im trying to figure out how to download the themes please help ASAP …kind of new to this type of stuff

      • [email protected]

        08/13/2011 at 1:24 am

        One of the tweaks listed Above ^^ if yu checked was called WinterBoard .. Go to cydia on ur ipad2 and search winterboard its easy to find go on install then confirm and when thats installed you go bak to cydia and jus check out all the themes and install the ones you like : ) Btw its never bad to YouTube stuff : )

      • Bearscaleb98

        11/27/2011 at 7:45 pm

        You can get themes by just typing in Winterboard downloading that(If you haven’t already done that) then just scroll down and find some themes that you like. Hope this answers your question!

    • 2011leon

      07/20/2011 at 6:15 pm

      hey i just jailbroken my ipad 2 and im trying to figure out how to download the themes please help ASAP …kind of new to this type of stuff

    • Sharinawright

      02/08/2012 at 8:55 am

      Y does my Internet keep shutting me out

  2. Immyracer

    07/07/2011 at 5:15 pm

    how do you get lockinfo to display with the app shortcuts?

  3. H8ncars

    07/07/2011 at 5:53 pm

    What Mac theme is that and what source has this them ? Winterboard is not changing my themes tried man

    • PetruCakep

      10/10/2011 at 6:50 am

      You still need to install the theme you want mate. Search in cydia –> search, and type name of the theme you want, like, for example “Candy For Ipad”, then install.
      Restart your springboard, then go to setting –> winterboard –> select theme –> tap “candy” and then back to winterboard –> respring
      That’s it :D

    • Curt

      01/21/2012 at 8:05 am

      I DL a theme and when i went to change it,it didn’t. So I shut down the iPad and started it up again and that worked for me. Hope this helped.

  4. Frank Conde12

    07/07/2011 at 9:14 pm

    soo when can i jailbreak my ipad 2 ? i’ve been waiting for almost a month and a half

  5. Frank Conde12

    07/07/2011 at 9:15 pm

    and can someone give me a site where i can download the ipsw

    • Hckr1124

      07/07/2011 at 11:21 pm

      CYDIA.HACKULO.US
       
      INSTALL (INSTALLOUS)

      • Lukas Platt

        07/08/2011 at 4:21 am

        Go away Pirate! You give JB’s a bad name! Pay for your apps, I was just like you until I actually became friends with a few dev’s and realized how much work they put into the final product that you steal from them. Average app is .99 so be a man and pay for these things.

        • Eraysjr

          07/09/2011 at 3:35 am

          Have you ever bought an app and then realized it was not as great as what you expected. Use installous to test a potential app and if you like it then pay respect and buy it from the app store.

        • Yawn

          07/09/2011 at 11:45 am

          Pipe down nerd.

  6. Hoshk3

    07/07/2011 at 11:02 pm

    dude, jailbreakme.com where have you been

    • Csbeverly1

      01/22/2012 at 3:42 pm

      jailbreakme doesnt work on ios5. go to redmondpie.com they always have the latest jailbreaking news. the ios 5 ipad2/iphone 4S jailbreak is on their site.

  7. sean

    07/08/2011 at 12:58 am

    I also like the winterboard themes…where can i find it in the themes section of cydia..what is the name of that theme?

  8. Lukas Platt

    07/08/2011 at 4:24 am

    Barrel and RandomFlip add a really cool look to Springboard. And Full Force added to Retina makes Iphone apps even better! No more 2x Mode! MultiCleaner is great to quickly close all running apps. Instead of one by one using the task switcher…!!!

  9. Guthrien

    07/08/2011 at 4:53 am

    This was really helpful, thanks for your article.

  10. Bob

    07/08/2011 at 5:03 am

    Comex is a frikken genius

  11. Fotofunboi

    07/08/2011 at 5:35 am

    FREAKINGGGGGG AWESOME GENIUS!

  12. Homeuser

    07/08/2011 at 7:11 am

    Please check the path you have under the multitouch activation. There’s no preference under var/mobile/. I tried to add the line to the com.apple.springboard.plist file found under var/mobile/library/preferences however I got an error code saying an error found on line 137. Did I miss something?

    • Ben

      07/08/2011 at 8:21 am

      I added it to the same path you described after finding no preferences under var/mobile and it works great.

    • Scott.

      08/24/2011 at 3:08 am

      Hey I had the exact same problem so what I done was opened it in ‘property list viewer’ instead and then I clicked the plus icon in the bottom right hand corner and entered in the first dialog box ‘SBUseSystemGestures’ then under ‘type’ I clicked ‘boolean’ and then left the last option alone and it wrote the code in the right place for me and there was an option on the menu (before you clicked the plus icon) that I could check on or off then rebooted and perfectly working from then on. I hope this helps and is clear, I also stubbled across this by myself so I’m not sure if it’s better another way or anything but I just clicked all those buttons and was happy with the results. Anyway good luck!

      • ahbdesign

        09/18/2011 at 1:36 pm

        This totally worked! open the same path as listed below (Correct path for Ipad is: 2 var / mobile / Library / Preferences / com.apple.springboard.plist) and then follow Scott’s steps! 

  13. Andrew Vinokurov

    07/08/2011 at 9:16 am

    Correct path for Ipad is: 2 var / mobile / Library / Preferences / com.apple.springboard.plist
    Homeuser – you probably inserted this key in incorrect place in the file, or misspelled it.

  14. Anonymous

    07/08/2011 at 3:21 pm

    Is there any reason I can’t enable gestures by ssh’ing into my iPad2, or using NetaTalk? For some reason when I go to edit the file, it looks nothing like the example above.

    • Carlosvq

      07/08/2011 at 10:16 pm

      You can get to the file using SSH, but if you are using windows you´ll need a plist editor, google can find you one for sure. 

    • Plainrock

      08/14/2011 at 10:59 pm

      Hey check out my YouTube video. I show how to get multitasking gestures from cydia without all that shh and file stuff. My account name is TheDizzleFresh

  15. Ronzoweaver

    07/08/2011 at 7:31 pm

    thanks for the good info. u might like celeste. check it out it has the best bluetooth file exchange hands down. anther oldie but a goody is boss paper, alot of themes dont work on ipad2 so make your own. last but not least barrel

    • Sean

      07/08/2011 at 8:06 pm

      Celeste not working properly for me i installed it but when i used it not sending..only it paired devices but cant receive and send..

      • RONZO

        07/08/2011 at 11:25 pm

        What operating system are u using? Mabe I can help. It works on all of my devices just takes a little playing with sometimes.

        • Sean

          07/10/2011 at 6:13 am

          4.3.3 imusing ipad2. And im trying to use y nokia bluetooth phone..not sending dude..only paired…

  16. Ronzoweaver

    07/08/2011 at 7:31 pm

    thanks for the good info. u might like celeste. check it out it has the best bluetooth file exchange hands down. anther oldie but a goody is boss paper, alot of themes dont work on ipad2 so make your own. last but not least barrel

  17. sean

    07/08/2011 at 8:04 pm

    There is conflict when u use winterboard and retinapad…some retina pad when u turn it on it crashed…when u off its working well. So i decided to delete winterboard so i can use retinapad…
    Also full force not working properly some apps when u send message or type message it hides it and u have to close the keyboard to see it..so hard…

    • Hugo

      07/10/2011 at 5:21 am

      Yeah every app running under retinapad crashes when winterboard is installled I wish somebody will fix this thanks!!!!

      • sean

        07/10/2011 at 6:18 am

        U have same problem i thought before its because fullforce has conflict on it but then its not..but then i found its winterboard thathas conflict on it.. Also when using retinapad, i found out when u use Whoshere ( i like this apps by the way but its not yet optimized in ipad) and you wantto send picture its not detecting ur photos..why? But close the retina pad then u can send photo..check it out..

    • Ipadder

      07/10/2011 at 5:21 pm

      Nope retina pad 1.1.1 works fine with winterboard on iPad 2 4.3.3. The problem is the new version of retina pad 1.1.2 crashes. Download the old version from safari and install with ifile

  18. a_144

    07/08/2011 at 8:10 pm

    Barrel. Iconoclasm and infinidock are awesome too everyone needs those for sure

  19. a_144

    07/08/2011 at 8:10 pm

    Barrel. Iconoclasm and infinidock are awesome too everyone needs those for sure

  20. Eric

    07/12/2011 at 12:41 am

    Definitely MyWi and My3G, don’t leave home without them. Also NoLockScreen and 5-Row Keyboard.

  21. Gaoqianhua

    07/12/2011 at 1:38 am

    Multitasking Gestures is my favorite…I can stop worrying about my home bottom, thx~
     

  22. Gaoqianhua

    07/12/2011 at 1:38 am

    Multitasking Gestures is my favorite…I can stop worrying about my home bottom, thx~
     

    • Luis A Rivera

      07/13/2011 at 1:55 am

      I just found that the Multitasking Gestures hack interferes with the NotePlus and similar apps. If your hand is resting on the screen for writing, the multiple gesture will not let you handwrite.

  23. Spot

    07/15/2011 at 8:18 pm

    Is there any app that would force iphone mode for an app? ‘m looking for a trick to make an app running on an iPad that it runs on an iPhone or iPod.

  24. Jackofalltrades200

    07/25/2011 at 6:56 pm


    here are some more good cydia apps/tweaks of 2011

  25. Farahmand Mirza24

    07/27/2011 at 12:25 pm

    How do I jailbreak my iPad2 on 4.3.3 version?
    Can anyone plz help me !?

    • Apek

      08/17/2011 at 1:54 am

      Google is your friend mate..

  26. Keleigh Starr

    08/27/2011 at 2:34 am

    Can you tell me what Lockinfo screen that is.

  27. Peluchy605

    09/23/2011 at 2:02 am

    Looking for a Tweak to fix Optimum from Cablevision, currently after IPad2 was jailbroke and Optimum was working. It stopped working and shows: An error shows “appears that this device is running an unauthorized modified version of Apple Operating System”

  28. Daniel

    10/17/2011 at 9:56 am

    Great List! Thx!
    Which LockInfo Theme is that? I love it!

  29. Danny Doublebanker

    10/19/2011 at 7:34 am

  30. Chaokitty

    11/01/2011 at 6:01 am

    What theme is that?

  31. JOHN1989

    01/19/2012 at 2:57 am

    nice post
    thanks
    jailbreak ipad2 or a5 devices
    http://expressreader.blogspot.com

  32. Anonymous

    01/21/2012 at 12:20 pm

    Here is a How to Jailbreak Iphone 4s and Ipad 2  on windows pc 


     

  33. Ocl26ltn

    01/22/2012 at 2:21 pm

    I jailbroke my ipad2 and installed spire for ipad2. When it booted it got stuck on the booting screen. Why should i do?

  34. Tboktor

    01/30/2012 at 2:26 pm

    Anyone know what to do if i keep getting an error telling me to re install thing manually .. Example ” I was not able to locate com.3g… please install manually”

  35. Naperville Limo

    02/05/2012 at 10:49 pm

    I just jail broke my ipad2 and don’t see any worth while benifits?

  36. Applemedhat

    03/01/2012 at 10:45 pm

    well then your a fool

  37. Nuviphone1

    03/24/2012 at 8:35 am

    Good list of tweaks. Here’s an updated on for iOS 5 with just about every iPad tweak.

    Cydia apps and tweaks for iPad

  38. Nuviphone1

    03/24/2012 at 8:39 am

    Good list of tweaks. Here’s an updated on for iOS 5 with just about every iPad tweak.The link above didn’t work. Here it is.http://ipadhelp.com/ipad-jailbreak/cydia-apps-and-tweaks-for-ipad/

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