QuickTip – Hard Restarting your iPhone or iPod Touch

It has been a while since I have wrote a new QuickTip so, I thought I better get back to it!

QuickTip – Have you ever opened an application or been using an application only to have it completely lockup? In these instances, you can do a hard restart of your iPhone or iPod Touch. To do so, just hold the lock button (that is the button at the top of your device) and the home button at the same time until you see the Apple logo on a black background (you usually have to hold the buttons for around 10 seconds before this happens). You can then release the buttons and your iPhone/iPod Touch will restart.

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Restart/Respring apps available in Cydia

Available In: Cydia       Price: Free  

A good restart/respring application is a necessity on any iPhone or iPod Touch (at least if you are doing any sort of customizing or SSHing). So, I thought I would run through the options that are currently available on 2.0 via Cydia. As of now, there are four application that allow you to restart/respring your iPhone; iReboot, PowerTool, Respring and BossPrefs. All of these apps are pretty much the same if not exactly the same as they were in 1.1.4 and below…they have just been ported to the 2.0 firmware.

iReboot iReboot gives you the option to Reboot your iPhone which brings you all the way out to the boot logo screen or the option to Restart your iPhone which will bring you to the lock screen.

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PowerTool 1.4

PowerTool The update to PowerTool changes the app quite a bit. Not only are there new options, the previous options have been renamed. When you open PowerTool you will see the following options; Hard Respring, Soft Respring, Reboot, Verbose Mode and Power Down. Hard Respring will restart the SpringBoard to the lock screen, Soft Respring will restart the SpringBoard without going to the lock screen, Reboot will bring your iPhone to the boot logo screen, Verbose Mode will show the Linux code on your iPhone’s screen during the reboot – showing you [Read more…]

PowerTool 1.0

PowerTool PowerTool is an application that allows you to respring and reboot your iPhone. THe application will open to the main page in which you have the options to; Set Language which will restart your iPhone without going to the lock screen, Restart SpringBoard which will restart your SpringBoard bringing it to the lock screen and Reboot which will bring you to the boot logo screen. When I tested the application, all the options work exactly as they should. PowerTool is available through the iSpazio source.

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iReboot, PowerManager, Restart, Lock, Shutdown, Repring….what is the difference?

There have been quite a few apps released lately that Restart, Lock, Respring and Shutdown your iPhone. So, I thought I would run through some of the differences between them. It can get a little confusing so make sure you read carefully.

RestartRestart/Killboard/Respring/Lock – These applications are one-touch solutions to restarting your SpringBoard. Just tap the application and they will restart your SpringBoard, bringing it to the lockscreen.

ShutdownRespringBB – A one-touch solution to respring your SpringBoard without bringing it to the lock screen. Just tap the application and it will use the Set Language mode to respring your SpringBoard without going to the lock screen.

ShutdownShutdown – A one-touch solution to turning your iPhone completely off. Just tap the application and it will turn off your iPhone. This would be the same as holding down your power button.
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PowerManager 0.5 – WARNING, Kind of

PowerManager Do not install this application. I have tried several times to install PowerManager and each time I do, my iPhone gets stuck on the spinning wheel of death. I try everything to get out of it but, I end up having to SSH in and delete the application folder. I would recommend not installing this application. It is through the ModMyiFone source.

Update: I tested this on another iPhone and it seems to be working fine. So, I tried it again on my iPhone and it still crashes it. It must be conflicting with another application. I would say install at your own discretion.

Ok, now that I have this application working on an iPhone…here is a review.
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iReboot 0.3

iReboot iReboot allows you to choose to Reboot your iPhone, Shutdown your iPhone or Restart your iPhone. It basically combines Restart, Shutdown and Lock into one application. When you open the application, you will get a main menu with the three options; Reboot iPhone, Shutdown iPhone and Restart SpringBoard. Reboot will turn your iPhone off and then back on, Shutdown will turn your iPhone off but will not turn it back on and Restart will restart your SpringBoard (bringing to to the lock screen). All three options work properly. iReboot is avilable through the iSpazio source.

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iTerminal 1.0

iTerminal iTerminal is an application that allows you to Respring and Reboot your iPhone. When you open the application, you will get a pop-up informing you that iTerminal should only be used for a purpose and not just for fun. I’m not really sure what they mean by that! Once you have selected ok, you will get a screen with the Reboot and Respring options. When you select either of the options, you will get a pop-up with the option Yes and No. The Respring option worked fine for me however, the Reboot option did not work at all. When I selected Reboot and then Yes, it just stayed on the screen saying it was processing. I ended up killing the process. I would say until the Reboot features works, there are other application that Respring your SpringBoard (Restart, KillBoard and Respring) so, I would say that this application is not needed. iTerminal is available through the ModMyiFone source.

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