Apple’s built-in messaging app is good. It has most of the features that any avid text messenger needs. It looks nice, and even offers a little bit of customization. The best way to sum up Apple’s SMS app is to say it is fully functional. Is fully functional enough for you? Personally, I want more from texting. I don’t want an app that just does the normal things. I want an app that does everything I could ever want and then some.
It sounds like I am being greedy with all of these demands from my messaging app, but the fact is, I have had an app like this for as long as I have been jailbreaking my iPhone (which is since the iPhone 3G). This app, called BiteSMS, is so full of features that make texting better, it is literally mind blowing. If you can think of something you want your iPhone to do in regards to messaging, BiteSMS does it, and does it in style.
Installation & Set Up
BiteSMS is available through Cydia. Simply search for BiteSMS and click install to get everything up and running. You can download the application for free, but it is ad supported. If you want to remove the ads, you will need to pay a one time license fee of $9.99. It is well worth it, but even if you decide to keep the ads, they are not intrusive and will not hinder your enjoyment of the tweak at all.
Purchasing a license also allows you to use themes and tweak the look of BiteSMS to your liking.
After the app installs, you will want to take to the settings page to tweak the app to your liking. You can tweak every feature of the app on this screen, and it is well worth spending some time messing around.
BiteSMS is full of features, and to be honest, I have been using this app for years and there are some I have never used. Still, it is comforting to know that they are there. For me, the most important feature of BiteSMS is the quick reply and quick compose. Not having to pause a game or other app to answer a message is amazing, and it is something I cannot imagine living without on my iPhone. This option is on by default, but you can access their settings to change the buttons that appear on quick compose and quick reply.
Another feature I really enjoy with BiteSMS is pictures in the message lists. I find that this gives my messages a more personal feel, and it’s nice to see who I am going to talk to before I click the message and being typing. You can turn this on via “More Stuff” in the settings screen.
There are plenty of privacy features available in BiteSMS. You can limit the information displayed on the lock screen, so if someone picks up your phone they cannot read your text messages. This helps keep those important private messages to yourself. Privacy features are available on the first screen of the Settings page.
You can schedule messages in BiteSMS. I use this for texting my friends right at midnight on their birthday, even if I am already asleep. I am sure you can come up with some other cool uses for scheduled texts, as it is quite a handy feature. To access this feature, press the “+” next to the message box and click the clock. From here, you will set the time and date for the scheduled message to be sent.
Some other awesome features in BiteSMS include sending via BiteSMS instead of your carrier, auto forwarding messages, delayed sending, a character counter, timestamps on every message and more. As always, settings for each of these cool features is available by clicking the gear on the top right of the screen.
BiteSMS also comes with its own icon, but you can actually get rid of it and use the default Apple icon if you should so choose. Some jailbreakers like to keep the default look on their phone, and BiteSMS allows that, while keeping all of the awesome extra features.
I am an avid jailbreaker, and I love playing around with all kinds of cool Cydia tweaks. That being said, BiteSMS is the first texting tweak I’ve ever installed, and I have never even considered replacing it. It has everything you could ever use, and lots of things you might never touch. If you phone is jailbroken, there is no reason not to install this tweak.