Siri is a nifty tool for iPhone and iPad users, but you can make it even better if your device is jailbroken. Here are three iOS 7 Cydia tweaks that improve Apple’s digital personal assistant.
Hot on the heels of an iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak, we decided to discuss some jailbreak tweaks that iPhone and iPad users can take advantage, and this time we’re focusing on how you can improve iOS 7′s Siri, which is Apple’s virtual personal assistant of sorts.
We’ve already discussed a ton of iOS 7 Cydia tweaks that dramatically improve the iOS 7 experience, but Siri is one category that we still have yet to cover.
Just like with our previous lists of essential jailbreak tweaks, we’re going to show you a few jailbreak tweaks that solve real problems. We want to point out that there are a ton of great Cydia apps and tweaks out there, but a lot of them are fixes for problems that don’t even exist (like a tweak that hides the app name under the icon, or hides the carrier name at the top — unnecessary, but to each his/her own).
The tweaks that we mention are ones that can be huge boons to your iOS 7 experience, and they fix real issues that have annoyed iOS 7 users since day one.
So here are three Siri tweaks that you should try out if you’re looking for an improvement from your iPhone’s virtual assistant.
Activator itself isn’t a Siri tweak, as it lets you do a ton of cool stuff with shortcuts, but it now comes with the ability to use Siri in a very interesting way.
Activator now comes with an “Ask Siri” shortcut where you can assign an action to a pre-determined question or command that you can give Siri without ever having to activate Siri and speak out the command.
For instance, I can set up Activator so that whenever I swipe left on the status bar, it will instantly command Siri to set an alarm 20 minutes from now, perfect for quickly setting an alarm for daily power naps using just a swipe of the finger.
Of course, many users are claiming that the Ask Siri feature is a bit buggy, which isn’t too surprising since it’s still new and kind of in the experimental stages, but give it a try yourself and see how it works for you.
Android’s always-on voice recognition comes in handy when you’re hands are tied up, allowing you to say “Ok, Google” and then search for whatever you need. iOS 8 will come with the same feature once it’s released later this year, but a new jailbreak tweak allows iOS 7 users to take advantage of this feature right now.
It’s called OkSiri, and it allows you to activate Siri using just your voice, rather than having to press and hold down on the Home button. You’ll need Activator to make the tweak work, but it’s a free app that you can download in Cydia. OkSiri uses Activator to enable always-on voice recognition and listen for a certain keyword. The keyword defaults to “Ok Siri,” but it can be changed in the tweak’s settings.
Of course, OkSiri isn’t terrific just yet, as it doesn’t hear your command 100% of the time and it’s really slow to respond. It will probably take a few updates to make it perfect, but it’s a good start and it’s worth using if you like Android’s “Ok, Google” command.
Siri is a great tool to have on hand, but when the internet connection goes out, so does Siri. if you find yourself constantly without a data connection while you’re on the go, you might find Assistant Unrestrictor a useful jailbreak tweak.
With the tweak installed, Siri won’t fully become out of service if your iPhone loses a data connection. Instead, Assistant Unrestrictor will automatically route Siri over to Voice Control when something like this happens.
This means that you can still give Siri basic commands, like “set a reminder” or “make a call”. However, internet-based commands that task Siri to search the internet for an answer will be off limits, but once your data connection comes back, the jailbreak tweak will automatically route Siri back to its original self.