With a new free toolbox-like jailbreak tweak called Phone Tools by Justin Petkovic, you can customize your Phone app’s user interface to your liking by disabling and/or removing the features you could care less about.
Similar tweak concepts have already been implemented for apps like Camera and Photos, but this is the first time we’re seeing one for the Phone app in iOS 10.
After installation, you can head over to the Settings app where you will find a new preferences pane to manage all of your settings:
Here, you get all of the following options:
- Hiding the keypad tab
- Hiding the favorites tab
- Hiding the contacts tab
- Hide the voicemail tab
- Hiding normal phone call logs from your recents tab
- Hiding third-party phone call logs from your recents tab
- Hiding FaceTime video call logs from your recents tab
- Hiding favorite contacts
- Hiding FaceTime contacts
- Disabling the keypad sound while dialing phone numbers
At the bottom of the preferences pane is a button to respring and save your changes.
I find that hiding the Favorites tab is the most useful for me, simply because I never save favorite contacts (I hate everyone equally). On the other hand, those who have no SIM card or use their older iPhone simply as a Wi-Fi communications device really have no use for the Voicemail tab either.
I also find that having these additional options for filtering third-party app clutter from the Phone app is a nice feature, as some people don’t want to see all of their important phone calls getting mixed into the bunch with a ton of history items from other apps that may not be as important to them.
Among all of the settings, there are a number of ways the tweak can be configured, so no matter how you use your own Phone app uniquely from anyone else, there’s bound to be a setting or two in here that you might like.
If you’re interested in giving Phone Tools a try, you can download it for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository today. The tweak works on jailbroken iOS 9 and iOS 10 devices and is designed only for iPhones.
Do you like any of the settings that come with Phone Tools? Share in the comments below.