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iPhone100While we all love our iPhones, there’s probably a few things we wish we could tweak or change about them. This is a list of common iPhone complaints, which luckily have a solution. Most of these solutions, however, require that you have a jailbroken phone.

If you’re not sure how to jailbreak your phone, the instructions can be found in MakeUseOf’s Unofficial Guide to the iPhone.

So here are 7 common iPhone complaints and how to solve them.

1. I Can’t Add Items Or Widgets To My Lock Screen

One of the main iPhone complaints about the iPhone OS, in comparison to other smartphones, is the inability to add widgets or information to your lock screen. LockInfo, available on Cydia, is a paid solution which gives iPhone users the ability to see certain information on their screen at a glance, such as your latest emails, upcoming appointments in your calendar, missed calls, text messages, weather conditions, and voicemail.

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Extra plugins can also be downloaded from Cydia including a Twitter widget to see your friends latest tweets, an Appigo ToDo widget and a clock widget.

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After installing the app, it will appear under your iPhone settings. You can toggle the lock screen on and off, choose which plugins you would like to appear on your screen, and customize each plugin.

The mail widget allows you to read and delete emails directly from your lock screen, provided that the Mail app is running in the background.

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You can change the order in which the plugins appear under the settings. by dragging each item to its spot on the list. You can also replace the native iPhone clock with a calendar and clock widget, as well as change the overall appearance, provided you have Winterboard installed.

Winterboard is available on Cydia, and once you have it installed, you can choose from a few LockInfo themes that are available.

The screenshot on the left shows LockInfo without a theme, and on the right with the theme, Clublife LockInfo installed.

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Using a theme, while aesthetically pleasing, has its drawbacks. Only certain widgets are displayed – the clock, weather, calendar and mail widgets, and you cannot rearrange their order. The rest of the widgets such as missed calls and text messages will only appear when you actually have a notification. The mail widget loses its ability to preview and delete emails, and the weather widget requires you to edit the theme files in order to display your city’s weather conditions.

Editing the file will require you to access your iPhone’s internal files. There are a variety of ways you can do this, as is explained in 6 Ways to Turn Your iPhone into an External Hard Disk 6 Ways to Use iPhone as an External Hard Drive 6 Ways to Use iPhone as an External Hard Drive Read More .  You can also use the free Mac/Windows app, iPhone Explorer.

Navigate to the following folders in your iPhone: private/var/stash/themes/YOUR THEME FOLDER/bundles/com.ashman.LockInfo

Copy the file ‘config.js‘ to your desktop – using iPhone Explorer, and open it up using any text editor.

Scroll down to “Weather Settings,” and if you live in the USA, change the locale to your zip code. Here you can also choose to use Fahrenheit or Celsius.

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For everyone else, go to AccuWeather, look up your city, and copy and paste the code that appears in the address bar, as it appears in the screenshot below.

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LockScreen Dim Delay Control is another app you can install from Cydia to complement LockInfo. It gives you the option, under your iPhone settings, to delay the lock screen going dim for up to 60 seconds.

While LockInfo costs $4.99 in Cydia, thanks to its developer, David Ashman, we have a few licenses to give away. Just leave us a comment letting us know why you think you should get it.

2. I Have An iPhone 2G Or 3G & I Can’t Shoot Videos

When the iPhone 3GS came out, one of the main upgrades it boasted was the addition of video capability. But the iPhone had this capability all along. In the past you had to install it through Cydia, but it is now available as a free download called Qik in the iTunes App Store. [iTunes link]

With Qik, you can record video, and livestream it, or save it to upload to your account Qik at a later time.

Qik

In order to use the app, you have to sign up for a free account, but are then able to broadcast your videos to social media sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

3. I Can’t Multi-Task

One common iPhone complaint is that it can’t run background applications. While there’s a limit to how much I want to do on a mobile device, but it would be nice to be able to switch between my RSS reader and my Twitter client, while listening to music. Using a combination of two Cydia apps you can achieve that.

First you need to install the app Backgrounder from Cydia so that you can run apps in the background. Opening the app gives you access to its settings – namely choosing the toggle button with which to keep a program open in the background. I personally chose to use the power button.

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To keep an app running in the background, while it’s open, press the power button until the notification, “Backgrounding enabled” appears. If you have several apps running in the background, you’ll want a way to switch between them. There are two options currently available.

The first is Kirikae. Install it from Cydia, and upon opening the app, you can set up Kirkae to suit your preferences.

First, you need to decide how you want to activate it, with options such as holding down the power button, double clicking the home button, or holding it down until the list of open apps appears. I personally chose to holding down the home button until the list appears, since the other options interfere with my other iPhone controls.

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Activating Kirikae can bring you to one of four tabs – a list of active apps, a list of your favourite apps, a spotlight tab, or a springboard tab. I set it to automatically open to the active apps, so that I can quickly switch from one app to another.

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When you have an app open, press and hold the home button (or whichever method you choose to use to activate the app), and it will take you to your Kirikae landing page, where you can switch to any of the apps listed in the active tab.

The second option to switch between active apps is ProSwitcher, which offers more of a variety in how to access your active apps, and a much more sophisticated method of switching between them. It does, however, lack the extra tabs that Kirikae offers.

After installing ProSwitcher from Cydia, the settings can be accessed under your iPhone settings.

Activation methods for ProSwitcher include shaking the phone, tapping the status bar, holding down the home button, and using the volume buttons, amongst others. You can also choose to use more than one activation method, but careful what you choose as some of them, such as shaking the iPhone can unintentionally activate ProSwitcher.

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Rather than displaying open apps as a list, ProSwitcher displays smaller slightly transparent windows overlaying the springboard or open app, and you can swipe between the different apps, and tap to open.

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4. I Can’t Quickly Toggle Bluetooth, WiFi & 3G On & Off

To deal with this particular iPhone complaint, install SBSettings from Cydia, and once you’ve relaunched your springboard, simply swipe your finger across the status bar and it will pull down the menu, where you can toggle your connectivity settings, adjust the brightness of the screen, and close out applications running in the background. You can access these settings regardless of whether you have an app open or not. SBSettings also gives you easy to access to information such as your WiFi IP address, your data IP address, and available memory on the phone, as well as allow you to power off or reboot your phone and restart your springboard.

Toggling certain settings such as 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth, require you to go into your settings, and sometimes dig around to find the kill switch. SBSettings gives you quick access to these options, along with a few others.

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SBSettings has a dock button, where you can add your favourite apps for quick access. Tapping the ‘More‘ button takes you into the SBSettings options where you can add more toggle buttons such as SSH, Edge, Airplane Mode, Fast Notes and Location awareness, and decide which apps to include in your dock.

5. I Can’t Remove Native Apple Apps From My Springboard

It might not be a huge deal but another iPhone complaint is that it’s still a bit annoying that you can’t remove any of the Apple native apps on the iPhone. While you can’t remove the app itself, you can at least hide the icon from your springboard using SBSettings.

The option is available when you go into the app’s settings, where you can choose to hide as many icons as you want, whether they are native Apple apps or otherwise.

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6. The Native Camera App Is Too Basic

The native iPhone camera app leaves a lot to be desired, and this is one problem that can be remedied without jailbreaking your iPhone.

The free iPhone app 10X Camera Tools [iTunes link] offers a few options that should have shipped with the iPhone in the first place. Using this app, you will be able to zoom and set a 3, 5, 10 or 15 second timer.

You can also add a variety of effects to your photos including sepia, black and white and twilight. You cannot see the effect as you are taking the photo, but the enhancements appear after you have taken it. You can compare it to the original colours, and decide whether to save the original or the enhanced photo.

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Photos taken using 10X Camera Tools reside in a photo album within the app, but you have the ability to email the photos, export them to your camera roll, as well as import photos.

Under the settings tab you can set the resolution of the photos and decide whether to delete photos from the album after they have been exported.

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The app works in a similar way to the native camera app so you won’t be confused when it comes to accessing your albums, and sharing or deleting photos.

For more iPhone photography apps, try reading Jackson’s article on The Best Free Alternatives To Top Commercial iPhone Photography Apps The Best Free Alternatives To Top Commercial iPhone Photography Apps The Best Free Alternatives To Top Commercial iPhone Photography Apps Read More .

7. I Want To Turn Off Cover Flow On My iPod

It can get pretty irritating when the iPod automatically switches to landscape mode at the slightest movement, or when you get caught in an endless loop of your iPhone screen rotating in the opposite direction you want it to go. The solution for this is not ideal, but it gets the job done. After you’ve installed SBSettings, install another application from Cydia called Rotation Inhibitor.

Once the app is installed, it adds another button to your SBSettings menu to quickly toggle rotation on and off whenever you want.

Do you have any tips and tricks you use with your iPhone?  Or perhaps you have your own solutions to these common iPhone complaints?  If so, please let us know in the comments. Oh and don’t forget to say in the comments why you want a LockInfo promo code! Be sure to leave your email address so that we can get it touch with you.

  1. Aibek
    May 5, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Hi Abhishek

    MakeUseOf not really affiliated with Apple in any way. if you want to
    fins the contact to someone from Apple team who might look into your
    problem I suggest you post about it on MakeUseof Answers,
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answe...

    Aibek

  2. abhisheksah
    May 5, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I am Abhishek Sah and i bought my iphone from AIRTIME office which is located in Kormangala (Bangalore) on 1st May 2009. I was one of the 1st buyer of iPhone in bangalore and it was crearly told to me that if my iPhone gets hanged then it will be replaced within 7 days time.

    I was having hanging problem for almost last 5 months and Mr. Abdul from AIRTIME office tried to help me out over call, as i was out of station by asking me to set the default setting or reset my iPhone but still it was getting hanged. I was in regular contact with Mr. Abdul for last 5 months. Specially wenever i get a call, i see the message SLIDE TO ANSWER but i am not able to slide it and thus not able to answer the call. It can be the most irritating and frustrating for any customer.

    I am also having some issue with the battery. At times it runs for whole day with wifi off, edge off, brightness 30% and at times with the same settings full battery gets dried up in just 2 without even taking too many calls.

    On 7th April 2010 i gave my iphone for replacement (as promised to me by Mr. Abdul and Mr. Narendra that within 7 days they will replace it) but instead of 7 days they took exactly 23 days and the answer i got from them was more frustrating than anything. They told me WATER LOG is there in the cell phone so they cant replace it.

    I am 200 % sure there can not be any water log inside because me being the only user of the mobile i took extra care of my expensive cell phone. I am also attaching the snap shots of my iPhone cover.

    I am aware of the instrument which blinks RED when there is water log in a mobile. But there is a very strong possibility that moisture might hav formed because of the humid climate of bangalore and Chennai as i keep travelling to chennai too. and for this moisture formation i am very sure apple can not blame the user.

    I was also planning to get 1 more iPhone for my brother but i have just postponed it because of the silly excuse i have got.

    I would be more than happy if you could look into the matter seriously and get it exchanged at the earliest as my cell is still with Airtime.

    Looking forward to get a possitive response from your end as soon as possible and strongly feel you will keep the name and reputation of APPLE as told to me by AASAMA from AIRTIME

    Thanks and Regards

    Abhishek Sah
    +91 9902767061

  3. Anonymous
    May 5, 2010 at 4:21 am

    I am Abhishek Sah and i bought my iphone from AIRTIME office which is located in Kormangala (Bangalore) on 1st May 2009. I was one of the 1st buyer of iPhone in bangalore and it was crearly told to me that if my iPhone gets hanged then it will be replaced within 7 days time.

    I was having hanging problem for almost last 5 months and Mr. Abdul from AIRTIME office tried to help me out over call, as i was out of station by asking me to set the default setting or reset my iPhone but still it was getting hanged. I was in regular contact with Mr. Abdul for last 5 months. Specially wenever i get a call, i see the message SLIDE TO ANSWER but i am not able to slide it and thus not able to answer the call. It can be the most irritating and frustrating for any customer.

    I am also having some issue with the battery. At times it runs for whole day with wifi off, edge off, brightness 30% and at times with the same settings full battery gets dried up in just 2 without even taking too many calls.

    On 7th April 2010 i gave my iphone for replacement (as promised to me by Mr. Abdul and Mr. Narendra that within 7 days they will replace it) but instead of 7 days they took exactly 23 days and the answer i got from them was more frustrating than anything. They told me WATER LOG is there in the cell phone so they cant replace it.

    I am 200 % sure there can not be any water log inside because me being the only user of the mobile i took extra care of my expensive cell phone. I am also attaching the snap shots of my iPhone cover.

    I am aware of the instrument which blinks RED when there is water log in a mobile. But there is a very strong possibility that moisture might hav formed because of the humid climate of bangalore and Chennai as i keep travelling to chennai too. and for this moisture formation i am very sure apple can not blame the user.

    I was also planning to get 1 more iPhone for my brother but i have just postponed it because of the silly excuse i have got.

    I would be more than happy if you could look into the matter seriously and get it exchanged at the earliest as my cell is still with Airtime.

    Looking forward to get a possitive response from your end as soon as possible and strongly feel you will keep the name and reputation of APPLE as told to me by AASAMA from AIRTIME

    Thanks and Regards

    Abhishek Sah
    +91 9902767061

    • Aibek
      May 5, 2010 at 9:42 am

      Hi Abhishek

      MakeUseOf not really affiliated with Apple in any way. if you want to
      fins the contact to someone from Apple team who might look into your
      problem I suggest you post about it on MakeUseof Answers,
      http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/

      Aibek

  4. anny
    April 26, 2010 at 7:13 am

    i had my iphone 3Gs last year Aug-09. On and off, few times overheat (super hot)...and finally, blackout last week. This happened to my friend too, question is why Maxis (iphone) don't call back for those who's having the overheat problem?

  5. JcBrandy
    April 1, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Lockinfo look like a great app. Was not sure to go with intelliscreen or LockInfo.. But you convinced me.
    Please provide me a Promo Code so I can get an ever better Deal!

    Thanks

    • Nancy
      April 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

      Sorry all the promo codes were given away a while ago

  6. Anil
    February 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    well, I am a big fan of makeuseof.com since I stumbled upon it once looking for ebooks. Then I saw rhe cheat sheets and then I cannot wait to hear the weekly updates. Evenrytime I find something new I want to try it.
    I also started using an iPhone 3G recenlty and I am specially looking any tips/tricks/tools to go with my iPhone.
    I don't wannt say that I deserve to be the one to receive it but if I do then that would make me happy and obliged to makeuseof.com team.
    Thanks

  7. LovesFLSun
    February 12, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Silly me, I thought this article was about actually using the iphone as a phone.

  8. Joe Hernandez
    February 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I would appreciate a lockinfo license because my IPhone was set free day 2 after I got it(blackrain)and Lockinfo will make it more tweakable.

  9. Steven
    February 10, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I jailbroke my device and added many of these programs. Unfortunately, the phone became somewhat unstable (slow app shutdowns, battery issues). There are security issues involved with putting non-Apple approved apps on your phone as well. Even though I changed my SSH default password, SSH would start up by itself even after I had turned it off. Don't kid yourselves, many of these apps can harm your phone and/or steal your private information. There are reasons Apple has not allowed these features, yet.

    • Eric
      March 14, 2010 at 8:55 am

      uh huh... right.. if you unsure about what you are doing. perhaps it's best you don't, lest you screw yourself.

      perhaps there are plenty of reasons Apple hasn't allowed these features and likely wont.. most relating to their profit margins rather than their customers convenience.

  10. Mark O'Neill
    February 10, 2010 at 10:44 am

    This is just to let you know that the LockInfo license codes were all handed out yesterday. Congratulations to the winners.

  11. David
    February 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I would like a lockinfo license because I think that is all the iPhone is missing. And as a student/developer I don't have much money to go buy things! :-)

    Thanks for all the other info as well. This is such a great phone and thanks to the developers out there for making it better.

  12. Miguel Castro
    February 10, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I’d like a LockInfo license because is a great application. I have been looking for an application to add information to my lock screen. Excelent article

  13. Varun Kashyap
    February 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Great article Nancy! Kudos

  14. Makati Condos Owner
    February 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I was looking for an answer on a problem I had with my iphone and I ended up in this blog. Great article though.

  15. matt
    February 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    wow, seeing this makes me realize how grateful I am that I have palm pre

  16. matt
    February 9, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I'd like a lockinfo licence cause it rocks.

  17. john
    February 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    i suppose it might just be a sf/east bay thing but the number one complaint i hear about the iphone around here is that it drops calls all the time. . . i've heard from several people that "the iphone is great except for the 'phone' part". . .

  18. Mario
    February 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Steve jobs needs to start listening to what people want instead of giving us what he wants to give us. Apple has become control freaks. And they are also slowing down the evolution of technology with all of these stupid restrictions.

  19. Nancy
    February 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    The promo codes have now been handed out. Congratulations to the winners!

  20. Charles
    February 9, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Great article as usual! The solutions listed above are the only reason I bought an iPhone. As a graduate student who also works a job that requires a high degree of communication and daily meetings, I would love a LockInfo license in order to increase my productivity and stay on top of my life! Keep up the good work, it's truly appreciated.

  21. Eric
    February 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

    MyWi is the most awesome internet tethering app. You can buy it on Rock (alternate to Cydia) and it's totally worth the $10. Allows you to tether your computer to your iphone using either, USB, Bluetooth or the best... create a secure personal WiFi hotspot that multiple people can connect to. Doesn't cost you anything else - just uses your existing iPhone data plan. Check it out. http://www.rockyourphone.com/index.php/mywi.html

    BiteSMS is definitely the best SMS application. Also available on Cydia. http://www.bitesms.com

    TomTom US/Canada is the best GPS app.

    • Nancy
      February 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      Actually there are ways to tether without a paid app - I was using this method: http://www.benm.at/2009/06/13/helpbenmat/ It doesn't require a jailbreak at all but the problem is that it only works on 3.0 and earlier.

      • Eric
        March 14, 2010 at 8:51 am

        But can it make a Wifi hot spot? Nope.

  22. Chris Paiz
    February 9, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Great post, many useful solutions! I would love a code for lockinfo, it would make my iPhone much more useful. Should be a native app!
    Thanks, Cpaiz

  23. Chris
    February 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I would like LockInfo license. That is what I miss about PPC because you can pull all that info on your main screen.

  24. Ed
    February 9, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Excellent post! I'd love a LockInfo license! I'm constantly switching among my calendar, email and voicemail and having all that info on my lock screen would certainly eliminate all the hassle and increase productivity.

    I'm already using backgrounder with ProSwitcher. What an awesome combo. As a hidden bonus, you get Activator with ProSwitcher. Activator is useful by itself. It allows you to activate programs by using certain special gestures. For example, I use activator to quickly access my settings by shaking my phone.

    I use Qik but have had problems with SBSettings. I know nearly everyone loves that app, but I'm a bit reluctant to try it again.

  25. hubscubs
    February 9, 2010 at 3:48 am

    that would be great if you could issue me a license for the LockInfo since i am just beginning to experience the scope and magnitude that the iphone has to offer. cydia has helped me in the past, but i can't afford to keep paying for apps, so if you would send me the license, i'd highly appreciate it.
    thanks for the article!

  26. Max
    February 9, 2010 at 1:32 am

    I was using lockscreen before this, and that is the perfect solution for what i need, that is until they switch to paid app. I then move on to smartscreen, but it just lack of the features and the user friendliness, therefore i would like to have the lockinfo license so that i can fall in love with my iphone again!

  27. John
    February 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Lockinfo is a great app. I'd like to get one of those licenses! Sbsettings is a must have. I've convinced others to jailbreak just for it alone.

  28. Kris
    February 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Great article. Lockinfo, Backgrounder, ProSwitcher and SBSettings are the reason I jailbreak my iPhone. I also iRealQuickSMS for quick replying to text messages. I love my iPhone despite lacking these features, but they make it even better. I keep wishing Apple would pay the developers for those apps and implement them into the iPhone natively, and to me it would be a perfect device.

  29. PW Smooth
    February 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I'd like a LockInfo license because I can finally use my iPhone to manage my life - I hate having to piece through a bunch of different apps to see what is going on, what is coming up, and what I missed. Damn shame Apple didn't include one, but LockInfo looks like it foes a great job where Apple didn't.

  30. Alex
    February 8, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    for anyone that hasn't updated to 3.1.3 firmware a really easy way to jailbreak your iDevice is using blackra1n. you literally run an executable(mac or pc) and your iDevice gets jailbroken in under a minute. it can be found at http://www.blackra1n.com

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