There is one tweak that is the unsung hero of Cydia. Activator is the backbone of so many Cydia tweaks because it allows for gesture-based controls of almost anything. It can launch apps and do almost whatever you can imagine. It sits in the background on your iOS device and offers a slew of options. It may not receive the praise of some other tweaks like MyWi, Dreamboard, Winterboard, and others, but without Activator, many other tweaks would not be able to work.
If your phone is already jailbroken, chances are great that you probably already have Activator installed, even if you don’t realize it. Many other jailbreak tweaks rely on Activator to work, so they install it automatically as a dependency. Activator does a lot more than just work with other tweaks. You can use it to make your life a lot easier. Things you would normally have to do manually on your phone can be done with simple gestures using Activator.
If you download a lot of tweaks for your iPhone, chances are great that you probably already have Activator installed on your device. If you don’t, simply search Cydia for Activator, and download the free tweak. After a respring, it will be installed on your device and ready to use.
As I said before, many jailbreak tweaks use Activator as their method of starting. For example, the swiping across the top of the screen action used by SBSettings is through Activator. That being said, there is plenty you can do with Activator on your own to make your life even easier. You can use it to quickly launch apps, and perform other system actions. It can be a great way to save time.
Everything in Activator is broken down by where the action will trigger. The options are Anywhere, At Home Screen, In Application, and At Lock Screen. Each one of these has the same massive list of activations, but they will only trigger if you are in the right part of your phone. Generally, I use Anywhere, as I want to use most actions no matter what, but there are times where setting actions only at certain locations can be helpful.
It would fill up a whole article just to list the available actions, but I will tell you some of my favorites. Shaking the device is a cool one for triggering an event, but this is one you might want to set only on the home screen, as you don’t want it to trigger when playing a game or with the phone in your pocket. I am also fond of actions you can execute with different number of presses on the home button. These are useful for launching certain apps quickly.
So what kind of actions can you do with Activator? Well it integrates with tons of jailbreak tweaks, so many of their actions can be set to custom triggers. Triggers can also be assigned to controlling your music, locking and unlocking your device, launching certain functions on the phone, opening different parts of settings, composing messages, performing system functions such as rebooting and going into safe mode, launching selected apps, and toggling quick settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. As you can see, it can really help automate all kinds of things on your iPhone.
There is a reason many of the best jailbreak tweaks integrate directly with Activator. It’s simply the best at what it does. It offers unparalleled flexibility for controlling your iPhone in a way you never imagined. Seriously, if you don’t have it already, go to Cydia and get Activator on your phone immediately. You will be happy you did.