Get The Most Out of Your iPhone

So you have an Iphone 3GS, its cool right? check out my article to find out how to really get the most out of your Iphone.

What does jailbrakeing my Iphone mean?

In simple terms jailbrakeing your Iphone allows you to add third party applications that are not listed in Apples App Store. There is no risk in jailbrakeing your Iphone, if you decide that you liked your phone better before it was jail broken then you can simply restore your Iphone thru Itunes. Also jailbrakeing does not mess with your warranty.

Why Should I Jailbreak my Iphone?

So you have an Iphone, but what separates yours from the other 45 million Iphone users in the world? The first thing and maybe the best thing that jailbrakeing your Iphone allows you to do is the customization of your Iphone interface.The ability to change your iphones interface may be the best reason to jailbreak it, but it is not the only reason. After showing how to jailbreak your phone we will show you our top 5 reasons for having a jailbroken Iphone.

How to Jailbreak your Iphone!

There are plenty of ways to jailbreak your Iphone but we will be using the program “BlackRa1n” which may be the easiest way to do it.

Step 1: visit and download the jailbreak program for windows or Mac.

Step 2: plug in your Iphone and launch the program and click on “make it rain”

Step 3: Your phone will enter recovery mode and the program will explain that

Step 4: Blackra1n will now install on your Iphone and reboot it

Step 5: Once your phone is rebooted you will see a new icon “Blackra1n”

Step 6: Click on that icon and choose to install “Cydia”

Step 7: Once Cydia is installed you can now uninstall Blackra1n, to do this click on the icon and click uninstall

Step 8
: Reboot your Iphone and your Done!!

So i jailbroke my Iphone, now What?

Ok now that you have jail broken your iphone, we can get to the “nitty gritty”. You should see the icon for Cydia.

“Think of Cydia as your new App Store”

Step 1: click on the Cydia Icon

Step 2: Upgrade Cydia

From here if you haven’t run Cydia in a while, or this is your first time running, you may get a notice about ‘Essential upgrades’. These are upgrades to the Cydia application itself that may be required for installing new packages and apps:

  • Press Upgrade Essential
  • Press Confirm to begin the download and install
  • Wait for Complete and press Close Window
  • Press the home key, and then re-open Cydia to continue

Now that we have upgraded Cydia it’s time to change the interface…


Winterboard is, it’s an application that runs in the background of your iPhone and allows you to easily apply pre-made and custom themes that you can download directly from Installer / Cydia.  The themes can have customized elements such as icons, backgrounds, title bars, docks, etc..

Step 1: Load Cydia on your phone

Step 2: hit the search icon on the bottom right and type in winterboardin the top search box.

Step 3: Click on the winterboard app…it should say more powerful, open-source summerboard

Step 4: Click on the install icon in the upper right corner

Step 5: click the confirm icon

Step 6 :o nce the download is complete click on reboot.

Congraluations you have downloaded winterboard

So i got winterboard, whats the big deal?

Well right now it seems like you probly have been wasteing your time, but don’t worry it will all be worth it. You still have to download a theme to apply with winterboard.

Step 1: Open cydia up again… i know, but trust me it’s worth it.

Step 2: Click on “Sections” on the bottom of the screen

Step 3: Scroll down till you see “Themes (Complete)” and click it to enter

Step 4: Browse the themes and pick the one you like best

Step 5: Once you fins a theme you like click on the install icon

Step 6: once the download is complete exit cydia

Step 7: Open up Winterborad

Step 8: click on on the theme you downloaded

Step 9: click the home button and wait for your phone to reload

And there you have it, you now have a custom Iphone Theme. Their are hundreds of diffrent themes that you can download thru Cydia. I also have an article “My top 10 Winterboard themes”, that you may wanna check out to get a overview of the diffrent types of themes that are able to be applied to your Iphone.

So lets do a qucik overview of what we have done so far. We have jailbroken the Iphone and applied a custom theme thru Winterboard and Cydia. So what else can a jailbroken Iphone do? Below is a list of our favorite Cydia Applications.


How many times have you been using your iphone to watch a youtube video, play a game, or even listening to the radio then had to exit out of it to maybe answer a text message or make a phone call? Doesn’t it suck that when you are finish with the text or phone call and you go back to your previous task, the data has restarted? well now you can run your favroite program in the background while you surf the net, send a text, or even make a phone call.

Step 1: Load Cydia

Step 2: click on the search button

Step 3: Search for “Backgrounder”

Step 4: Click Install

Step 5: Once the download is finish exit out of Cydia

Step 6: Load your Favroite Program

Step 7: hold down the home button on till you see “Backgrounding Enabled”

Thats it, you can now exit the program and it will still be running. you can go back to the program and see it has been running even though you exited it earlier.

To cancle the backgrounder just open up the program and hold down the home button until you see “Backgrounding Disabled”. But remember you can only run one application in the background at a time.


This small Cydia Appliations shows you when you have a new email, phone call, or text message in the staus bar.


This is a must have application for any Iphone user. This app brings a feeling of windows to your phone, allowing you to place applications in to one folder instead of having pages and pages of applications.


SBSettings is an essential (and totally free) application. SBSettings overlays a menu that contains the basic functions of the system “options” menus. This overlay menu is  accessed by swiping the bar at the top of the screen with the time and contains things like Brightness, 3G, Wi-Fi, and other switches to turn things on and off.

Bar none, this app is the most useful thing inside Cydia for your daily use of the phone. Especially being able to control brightness inside ANY application will show you that your jailbreak was not in vain.

Well i hope you have learned alot from my article, I wrote this with the hope of showing Iphone users that their phones are able to do more then what they know. Please comment and rate. Also don’t forget to check out my other articles for Iphone tips and tricks.


Louis Moore

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