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Lynx 2 is an all-in-one tweak that every iOS 14 jailbreaker needs

It’s no secret that the jailbreak community enjoys all-in-one jailbreak tweaks that provide more bang for the buck, and while there’s certainly no shortage of such tweaks spanning the plethora of repositories available today, not all of them are created equally. Need proof of their popularity? Just ask any veteran jailbreaker if they’ve ever heard of Springtomize before and they’ll probably say they’ve used it.

At the start of the year, we showed you Lynx by iOS developer MTAC, and it was easily one of the most comprehensive all-in-one jailbreak tweaks we’ve ever seen. Fast-forward to now, and MTAC is launching Lynx 2 with support for iOS & iPadOS 14. Best of all, this new release is available free of charge for anyone who already owns the original Lynx tweak – nifty indeed!

Just like the original tweak, Lynx 2 adds a rather expansive preference pane in the Settings app where users can configure seemingly endless options for a whole host of user interfaces found throughout Apple’s mobile operating systems:

One thing you may notice that sets Lynx 2’s preference pane apart from the original is that you can now choose between list and grid-based pane views. We really like the grid-based view, as it provides larger tap boxes and a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Now just as you’d come to expect from an iDownloadBlog review, we’ll be taking a deep dive into all the settings that Lynx 2 brings to the table below. We ask that you bear with us, as there’s a lot to go over:

SpringBoard

One of the most extensive preference panes offered by the Lynx 2 tweak is the one pertaining to SpringBoard. These settings apply system-wide, and here, users can:

  • Opt for Dark Mode to be used on a per-app basis, ignoring system settings
  • Opt for Light Mode to be used on a per-app basis, ignoring system settings
  • Tint any application interfaces you want:
    • Enable and choose a custom tint color
    • Enable and choose a custom badge tint color
    • Enable and choose a custom tint color for the app’s UI
  • Hide alert banners
  • Disable vibration when connecting to a power source
  • Lock your device when you place it face down
  • Hide the Dock background
  • Hide the Dock’s divider (iPadOS only)
  • Double-tap on the Home Screen to lock the device
  • Disable Home Screen rotation
  • Hide the background of open folders
  • Hide the title of open folders
  • Hide the folder’s icon background from the Home Screen
  • Hide separators from apps system-wide
  • Enable a more modern table style and choose which apps it gets applied to
  • Hide scroll bars system-wide
  • Hide search bars
  • Hide the search bar background
  • Hide the Home Bar system-wide
  • Hide the Home Bar from the Lock Screen only
  • Enable and configure a custom Home Bar height
  • Enable and configure a custom Home Bar width
  • Make Navigation Bar titles smaller
  • Enable Navigation Bar shadow lines
  • Enable and configure a custom color for toggle switches system-wide
  • Hide separators from alerts
  • Tint application Tab Bar badges to match the app it’s from
  • Hide labels from application Tab Bars
  • Enable Haptic Feedback when tapping on application Tab Bar buttons
  • Hide page dots
  • Hide the preview that appears after taking a screenshot
  • Disable the screenshot shutter sound

App Library

Next up is a section that Lynx users will find new since it’s unique to iOS 14: the App Library. Here, users can:

  • Disable the App Library on their iPhone
  • Automatically open the App Library in search mode
  • Hide the background blur effect
  • Hide folder/section titles
  • Hide the search bar blur
  • Hide the magnifying glass
  • Enable Haptic Feedback effects for when opening or closing folders/sections

Icons

The next section, Icons, pertains to the Home Screen and its app icons. Here, you will be able to:

  • Hide the remove stack option
  • Hide the configure widget option
  • Hide the configure stack option
  • Hide the edit Home Screen button
  • Hide ‘Share App’ from the 3D Touch/Haptic Touch menus
  • Hide ‘Delete App’ from the 3D Touch/Haptic Touch menus
  • Hide the pause download button
  • Hide the cancel download option
  • Hide the prioritize download option
  • Hide separators
  • Hide action images
  • Display the local IP address when looking at a 3D Touch/Haptic Touch platter
  • Display the battery percentage when looking at a 3D Touch/Haptic Touch platter
  • Hide app icon labels
  • Enable and configure a custom app icon label color
  • Hide updated app dots
  • Hide beta app dots
  • Colorize app icon badges based on the dominant color of the app’s icon
  • Hide icon badges altogether
  • Hide the text that appears within icon badges

Control Center

This section may appear more familiar to you if you’ve used the original Lynx, and it applies to iOS’ beloved Control Center interface. Here, you can configure the following options:

  • Disable the Control Center interface completely
  • Enable true Bluetooth and Wi-Fi toggles that do what they’re supposed to do instead of making the radios temporarily dormant
  • Hide the Camera and Microphone indicators from the Status Bar
  • Use rounded Control Center modules
  • Display percentages in the Brightness and Volume-based Control Center sliders
  • Hide the chevron from the Control Center interface

Widgets

If you’re looking to change the behavior of iOS’ widgets, then you’re in luck because Lynx 2 provides options for that too. Here, you may:

  • Hide widget labels from the Home Screen
  • Hide scroll dots from widgets on the Home Screen
  • Tap the batteries widget to enable Low Power Mode
  • Hide empty battery rings form the batteries widget
  • Hide the separator lines from the batteries widget
  • Hide the separator lines from the Siri widget

Lock Screen

The second most populated preference pane in the Lynx 2 tweak is the one pertaining to the Lock Screen. In this section, users can set the following options to their liking:

  • Enable the native MagSafe charging animation
  • Hide or show the Time label and configure an alpha level
  • Hide or show the Date label and configure an alpha level
  • Choose to left, center, or right-align the aforementioned label(s)
  • Adjust the Lock Screen Clock’s font weight
  • Choose between default, bold, italic, and medium font effects for the Lock Screen’s Clock
  • Enable and choose a custom font for the Lock Screen’s Clock
  • Hide the Control Center grabber from the Lock Screen
  • Hide the battery view from the Lock Screen
  • Always use the darkened Do Not Disturb style
  • Hide the Swipe Up/Press to Unlock text
  • Configure and display custom text instead Swipe Up/Press to Unlock
  • Show the Swipe Up/Press to Unlock or custom text immediately
  • Hide page dots from the Lock Screen
  • Hide the Lock Screen’s Do Not Disturb banner
  • Pull to clear notifications from the Lock Screen
  • Use modern icons for Lock Screen notifications
  • Hide swipe separators from the Lock Screen
  • Enter a custom notification height for the Lock Screen
  • Hide the cancel button from the Passcode interface
  • Hide the Emergency button from the Passcode interface
  • Hide the Backspace button from the Passcode interface
  • Enable Haptic Feedback when interacting with the Passcode interface
  • Hide the Enter Passcode text from the Passcode interface
  • Enable and configure custom Passcode text for the Passcode interface
  • Hide the Lock Screen’s Quick Actions buttons
  • Hide only the Flashlight button
  • Hide only the Camera button
  • Hide the Quick Actions buttons’ backgrounds
  • Switch between default and simple Lock Screen Music players
  • Hide the volume slider from the Lock Screen Music player
  • Hide the progress view from the Lock Screen Music player
  • Hide the media controls from the Lock Screen Music player
  • Hide the audio source button from the Lock Screen Music player
  • Hide the ‘No Older Notifications’ text from the Lock Screen
  • Use the number of notifications in place of the Notification Center text

App Switcher

If you’re interested in upgrading your iPhone or iPad’s App Switcher, then you’ll love this section. Here, you can tinker with these options:

  • Enable the grid-style App Switcher on iOS
  • Enable the page-style App Switcher on iPadOS
  • Hide the suggestion banner from the App Switcher
  • Use a 3D Touch/Haptic Touch gesture to force-quit all apps
  • Enable a confirmation message to ensure you want to force-quit apps
  • Prevent Now Playing apps from being force-quit
  • Disable 3D Touch/Haptic Touch gestures in the App Switcher

Status Bar

One of the last lengthy preference panes to be found in the Lynx 2 tweak has to do with the Status Bar. Here, you can:

  • Enable the iPad-style Status Bar on your iPhone
  • Hide the iPad-style Status Bar date from the iPhone
  • Hide the Status Bar-based Camera and Microphone indicator dots
  • Hide breadcrumb links from the Status Bar
  • Hide the Status Bar from every interface
  • Hide the Status Bar only from the Home Screen
  • Hide the Status Bar only from the Lock Screen
  • Hide the Status Bar’s battery indicator
  • Hide the Status Bar’s battery indicator bolt when charging
  • Display the battery percentage inside of the Status Bar’s battery indicator
  • Hide various indicators from the Status Bar:
    • Wi-Fi signal strength
    • Cellular signal strength
    • Time
    • Carrier text
    • Location Services arrow
    • Rotation Lock icon
    • Do Not Disturb indicator
    • Bluetooth icon
    • Alarm bell
    • Airplane Mode indicator
    • VPN icon
    • CarPlay indicator
    • ‘Not Charging’ text
  • Hide the Lock icon from the Status Bar when locked
  • Hide colored views when providing Personal Hotspot or recording the display
  • Hide the pulsing view when providing Personal Hotspot or recording the display
  • Use Wi-Fi address instead of the carrier name
  • Enable and configure a custom carrier
  • Override the No SIM text
  • Override the No Service text
  • Use the current date as your carrier text using any format you choose
  • Enable and configure a custom Status Bar Time format

Settings

The Settings preference pane, perhaps unsurprisingly, pertains to the iPhone or iPad’s native Settings app. Here, you will be able to:

  • Enable and configure a custom Apple ID first and last name (at the top of the Settings app) individually
  • Hide cell icons from the Settings app
  • Use round cell icons in the Settings app
  • Hide the disclosure arrow
  • Hide third-party app preference panes from the Settings app
  • Hide COVID-19 exposure notifications
  • Display your network’s IP address

Music

Lynx 2 also provides a preference pane to configure a few different Music-centric options. Here, you may:

  • Hide the Up Next queue popup
  • Hide or show all recently added songs
  • Use a three column layout for the Music Library

Messages

In the Messages section, you can customize your iPhone or iPad’s native text messaging app. The options in this section include the following:

  • Hide the contact image glow effect
  • Enable and configure a custom char bubble color
  • Enable and configure a custom label color
  • Hide separators from the Messages app

App Store

Lynx 2 doesn’t offer much by way of App Store app configuration, but it does give you the ability to use the Updates button in the Tab Bar.

Phone

If you’re into customizing your iPhone’s native Phone app, then this will be the section for you. Here, users can configure these Phone-centric customization options:

  • Hide the background from the dial pad’s number buttons
  • Display the exact time when calls were sent or received
  • Choose between 12-hour or 24-hour time for the above
  • Hide third-party phone calls from your recent calls list
  • Hide the Voicemail tab from the Phone app
  • Hide the call button’s background
  • Enable and configure a custom call button color

Photos

Looking for options to customize the Photos app? If you answered yes, then you’ll appreciate this section. Here, you have the following options at your disposal:

  • Skip the confirmation message that asks if you’re sure you want to delete media
  • Enable infinite zoom for Photo Library icons
  • Display image metadata in the Photos app

Camera

And let’s not forget the Photos app’s cousin: the Camera app. Here, you can configure Camera-related options including:

  • Enable the iPad’s Camera interface style on the iPhone
  • Hide the most recent picture from being shown in the corner of the app
  • Disable the Camera app’s shutter sound

Experimental

The experimental section allows users to enable and configure miscellaneous options for iOS and iPadOS that otherwise wouldn’t have applied to any of the sections discussed above. Options here include:

  • Enable the notched Status Bar style on non-notched iPhones
  • Use a flat URL bar in the Safari app
  • Enable rounded screen corners and adjust the radius
  • Enable and configure a custom Home Screen app icon scale
  • Enable and configure a custom Dock scale
  • Enable and configure a custom App Library scale

Third Party

The last major section that Lynx 2 brings to the table is the Third Party section, and this applies to various third-party applications that you may or may not have installed from the App Store. Things you can do here include:

  • Hide the coin button from the Reddit app
  • Block advertisements from the SoundCloud app
  • Show the number of Likes in the Instagram app
  • Block ads from the YouTube app
  • Hide the jailbreak popup from the Zoom app
  • Enable a confirmation message before liking a Tweet in the Twitter app
  • Enable a confirmation message before Retweeting a Tweet in the Twitter app
  • Hide Fleets from the Twitter app

The primary preference pane of the Lynx 2 tweak also provides a toggle switch to enable or disable the entire tweak on demand and an option to reset all settings to their defaults.

As you can see for yourself, Lynx 2 is far from light on features. If you’re looking to lighten the load as far as the number of jailbreak tweaks you’ve got installed, then we’re sure that Lynx 2 could help with that by providing many of the same features that one-off tweaks like FleetingChances, NewGridSwitcher, and a wide variety of others that we just couldn’t find the room to list.

Those interested in trying Lynx 2 can purchase the tweak for just $2.00 from the Twickd repository via their favorite package manager – a screaming bargain if you ask us. More importantly, the tweak is completely free if you already own the original Lynx tweak. Just remember that Lynx 2 only supports jailbroken iOS & iPadOS 14 devices, and if you’re using iOS or iPadOS 13, then you’ll need to use the original Lynx tweak instead.

Are you planning to take advantage of all the configuration options that Lynx 2 brings to the table at such a jaw-droppingly low price? Let us know down in the comments section below.

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