For many iOS device owners, Control Center was like a godsend when Apple introduced it with iOS 7. However, what this tool delivers in usefulness, it lacks in flexibility. Thankfully, if you know how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, you have access to a series of really nice tweaks (all available through Cydia) that can really increase how useful Control Center is for you.
Let’s take a good look at them.
Important Note: All of these tools, once installed, are available through the Settings app on your iOS device.
1. CCControls to Have Power Over the Control Center
We mentioned CCControls in a past entry, but it is time to take a better look at this handy tool.
CCControls is, as its name indicates, a tool to give you almost complete control over Control Center. From the moment you install it, this jailbreak tool already starts working by adding a series of controls to the upper section of Control Center. These can range from a sleep button, a cellular data trigger and even Siri, and all can be customized from the main screen of this tool.
In addition to this, CCControls also offers three additional settings: Theme, Lock Screen Restrictions and Controls Per Page.
In Theme, you can customize the look of the icons on the top section of Control Center by choosing among different color sets and even squares shapes, while Lock Screen Restrictions lets you choose whether to display Control Center on the lock screen or not.
Meanwhile, Controls Per Page helps you customize the number of icons/controls that are available on the top section of Control Center.
2. CCHide to Customize What Control Center Shows
CCHide is a jailbreak tool that, while pretty subtle, is really powerful and will definitely prove to be the most useful one for many iOS device owners.
As its name implies, the main function of CCHide is to help you choose which sections of Control Center should remain visible and which not.
For example, in my case I listen to a lot of music on my iPhone, and I use either the Music app nor the lock screen controls to control the songs playing. That means I rarely (if ever) use the media controls on Control Center.
Using CCHide you can hide not only that section, but any other until Control Center displays only what you really need to use. Definitely handy if you don’t like unnecessary stuff.
3. CCQuick to Change Color, Add Buttons
Being a relatively small tool, CCQuick can be deceivingly useful. Contrary to the tools mentioned before, this jailbreak tool focuses on two main aspects of Control Center: Visibility and Accessibility.
To accomplish this, this tool allows you to change the overall background color of Control Center to tailor it to your exact liking.
In addition to this (and perhaps the most handy feature of this tool), CCQuick lets you add other options to the default controls on the bottom section of Control Center. Here you can choose to either add a set of controls to replace the home button, to reboot your device, to close any open app or to access a set of hidden SpringBoard settings, like for the parallax effect, icon animations and more.
Then, you can also add a multitasking tray to that bottom section, allowing you to switch apps right form there instead of having to double click the home button.
And there you go. If you have a jailbroken iOS device and were wondering how to take full advantage of it, these free tools will save you a lot of time and only take a few minutes to install. So try them out and let us know what you think!