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SBSettings: Why I Still Jailbreak With 3.0

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Back in the Dark Ages (iPhone 2.0 firmware) jailbreaking your iPhone (s aapl) had many points of merit. It could give you MMS, Copy & Paste, tethering, video recording, info on your lock screen and more. However, the reasons I jailbroke were for MMS, Copy & Paste, and Internet tethering.

So when the much-awaited 3.0 release was finally here, I thought to myself, “Great, no need to jailbreak anymore.” I installed my developer’s copy of the beta firmware and there was much rejoicing with smooth, Apple home-cooked MMS, copy & paste, and Internet tethering.

But then, as I watched episodes of “Arrested Development” via XBMC using my iPhone as the remote, or lay in bed on my side trying to read news feeds without the screen rotating when I didn’t want it to, I really, really missed SBSettings. So it came to be that the day the jailbreak dev team released its official PwnageTool for 3.0, I immediate jailbroke my 3.0 iPhone. Just for one application: SBSettings. It really does bring that much convenience to the table.

So what is SBSettings? Its a HUD interface that’s available from any screen that also displays the status bar at the top; thus almost all applications. To activate the HUD you simple swipe your finger across the status bar, left or right, or even down from it. The HUD will then smoothly slide from the top of the screen to give you lots of information and toggles.


As well as giving basic information about your phone (IP Addresses, memory usage, free space), you can configure which toggles you want to display, and other developers can write their own toggles that interface with it. Above you can see the toggles I have configured; they are as follows:


This brings up a list of currently running applications. Of course since Apple only allows its apps to run in the background by default, this will usually only display the Mail, Phone, Safari and iPod apps (unless you’re using the jailbreak Backgrounder tool). More importantly, it allows you to kill these apps. If my iPhone is running slower than usual, having a look in here usually shows that iPod and Safari are also still running, and by killing them I can force the system to free up memory and processor power immediately.



I leave the iPhone’s brightness control on auto, but sometimes it doesn’t work so well — especially if I’m in bed playing Peggle, FlightControl, or catching up on feeds while my wife is trying to sleep. The brightness toggle simply gives you a quick easy way to control the screen brightness.



KeepAwake is one of the third-party plugins for SBSettings that when toggled will keep your Wi-Fi connection awake even if the phone is sleeping. This is ideal when using your iPhone as a remote control for XBMC or VLC or anything else. Without it, you use the remote to start watching a TV show or a movie and then put your phone down. Half an hour later you pick it up to hit pause and then have to wait for up to 30 seconds for the Wi-Fi to reconnect before you can do so. KeepAwake solves this issue; just toggle it on when needed and then toggle it off when done watching TV. When it’s toggled on, it also puts a little indicator in the status bar to remind you that it’s on.


This lets you quickly toggle Wi-Fi on and off, making it a lot easier to conserve battery power when you know you don’t need Wi-Fi. If you hold the toggle down, another HUD will pop up with info about which Access Point you’re connected to.



Along with the jailbreak you can install OpenSSH to give you direct access into your phone. This is really only of interest for the technically curious (or for copying videos created with Cycorder), but this toggle lets you turn the SSH opening on or off, thus reducing a potential security hole (especially if you install OpenSSH and forget to change your iPhone’s root password).

Bluetooth & Phone

I doubt I need to explain these, but I will anyway. The Bluetooth toggle lets you quickly toggle Bluetooth on and off, while the Phone toggle turns the phone on and off. You can quickly enter flight mode by ensuring the Phone, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles are all off. For me, its about complete and easy control.


The Rotation toggle installs with the Rotation Inhibitor application and allows you to lock the screen to a specific orientation. I find this is perfect for those times when using your iPhone lying down on your side. Tapping and holding the toggle lets you chose into which orientation you want to force the phone.

What Else?

There are also SBSettings toggles for typing auto-correction, 3G and EDGE and the GPS. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a Tethering toggle released by somebody in the next month or so to allow quick toggling of Internet tethering. You can also quickly shut down or reboot your phone, and configure the battery percentage text (and date display) in the status bar.


SBSettings is all about providing quick and easy control so you can maximize efficiency. For me, it’s the only reason I jailbreak, and until Apple provides something as sleek, quick and easy, I will continue to jailbreak.

84 Responses to “SBSettings: Why I Still Jailbreak With 3.0”

  1. Yozi,
    You can control the order of the apps in the sbsettings dock, by removing all items, exiting sbsettings, rerunning sbsettings, and selecting the apps in the order you want them to appear in the dock… Maximum of 12 apps.

  2. keyser snnoze

    When I use redsn0w or PwnageTool app to jailbreak my iPhone 3g-3.0 I get Cydia working properly but I can not get my cracked app icons to appear. They seem to be loading but I can’t see them on the phone. I’ve been told it is due to iTunes 8.2 upgrade.
    ( I don’t want to downgrade my iTunes because it can’t read my library file – playlist & ratings etc ) I am also using ultrsn0w for unlock. Miss my apps – Anyone know a fix?

  3. Problemchild

    Ok so I have a quick question. First I updated my iPhone 3g to the 3.0 os
    and when I did so it didn’t install the movie camera or tethering. It is almost like it updated for a touch and not a phone so my question is what happend and what can I do to fix this.

  4. Leland Austin

    I have the iPhone3G w/ the 3.0 OS and I really wanted to fly straight and not jailbreak my iPhone. I had the iPod Touch and upgraded to the iPhone. I use to jailbrake my iPod Touch all day everyday. However, after seeing this forum, and wanting to change the theme on my iPhone and a few other things that I missed from jailbreaking, I couldn’t help myself. I love this SBSettings. Like woooow! I’m always using the Internet or Bluetooth, and I’m always on the move and the toggles make my life so much easier then closing the app, going to settings, and etc. I thought that once I got the iPhone3G and the 3.0 OS came out w/ all the features I was looking for, I wouldn’t need to jailbreak. But, oh how I was wrong…yep very wrong.

  5. WannaBeGeek

    I stumbled on this forum looking for a way to add a shortcut to bluetooth and wifi b/c the battery life is horrible on my new 3GS. I’ve turned off all settings that make the iPhone fun, which to me defeats the purpose of having one. If the battery doesn’t keep up with the features then … well that’s another rant for another day.

    Anyway … I’m *really* new to the iPhone and Apple in general … still a PC girl. I just bought the 3gs and I keep reading about jailbreaking and it sounds like the SBSettings will do most of the things I want my phone to do. But is jailbreaking safe or easy to do if you’re not a guru / developer type person?

    I read here that there is not even a jailbreak option yet for the 3gs but I want to be knowledgeable about all of this so when it’s available I can use it.

    Sorry if this isn’t the right place to ask this type of question. Would appreciate feedback and/or links to learn more.

  6. thinkmac

    I have the same problem with iPhone 3G – OS 3.0: sbsettings are working, but if I click “more” it tries initializing for a second but then exits to the springboard…

  7. Hi, I upgraded to 3.0 (iphone 2G), sbsettings works correctly, but I cant change the options, when I click “more” it shows the config screen but then exits to the springboard immediately.

  8. Riddlers

    Thanks Ron, I found it. I have no idea why it didn’t come up last time when I looked for it, it must have been off temporarily. Thanks for making me look again :-)

  9. This app is the reason that I finally jailbroke my phone.

    Riddlers- I found Rotation Inhibitor w/ Sbsettings toggle by doing a search in Cydia. It popped up immediately.

  10. Jim Stewart

    For me the other key reasons are:
    -OfflineMaps (for abroad/areas of no network this is great)
    -xGPS (tom tom could render this obsolete I suppose)
    -Lockdown (to stop me accidentaly dialing people)
    Thanks for the rotation app tip

  11. Totally agree – this is the killer app on the iphone. someone has kindly just released an internet tether toggle too which brings all the settings to exactly where they should be.

  12. Mike D

    I’m still new to the iPhone scene, but I think that this is something that I definitely would like to do! I just got the new 3G S, will redsn0w work for this? Do they have a jailbreak program yet that will? Thanks.

    • After you’ve installed it via Cydia reboot your device to ensure it loads properly. Then just swipe across the title bar. if that doesn’t do it, ensure it’s installed in Cydia – otherwise I have no idea.

  13. It’s this kind of little application — one that needs to be run in the background — that still keeps the usefulness of jailbreaking alive with the 3.0 update. If Apple allowed background processes, (and maybe an open app store) the entire hacking scene wouldn’t even be necessary.

    That being said, this app looks really nice, seems quite useful, and powerful to boot.

  14. I agree, SBSettings is the most important reason to jailbreak. I can’t figure out what those goofy little hands on the wifi and rotation toggles mean, though. They didn’t used to be there, but just before 3.0 they showed up.

  15. Another good reason to jailbreak…you can change the sounds for the SMS and Voicemail….I do not understand why Apple won’t let you customize these “out of the box” you know, like even the cheapest throwaway phones let you do.