For those who haven't modified their iPhone yet...

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For those who haven't modified their iPhone yet... (EDIT: now even easier!)

Do not attempt to mod your phone if you have updated to the new 1.1.1 firmware. You will fail. Once the hackers have come up with a solution, we'll have different instructions here.

I realize that this isn't the iPhone Mods forum, but I'm gearing this thread towards those who would never go there because they think that modding is either a waste of time, too dangerous, or dishonest/illegal.

First of all, it is not a waste of time. Look how easy this is. Go here and download AppTap, run it with your iPhone plugged into your computer, and let it install itself onto your iPhone. Once you're done, you will see a new widget on your iPhone's homescreen called "Installer". All you have to do is touch it, pick any application offered in the menu, and it will download it directly to your phone via Wifi/EDGE. If you want to watch a video on how to do this, click here.

All Applications appear as widgets right on your homescreen - you don't need to use the Internet to use them. Let me tell you, there are some great third party applications being offered, they're all free, and this is just the beginning. MANY more great applications will come, especially with the new iPhone price cut.

Here are some examples of what a modded iPhone can do so far*:
  • Make any song into a ringtone or email any of your songs to an email address right from your phone (Download "SendSong" via Installer)
  • Play Nintendo on your phone (Download "NES" via Installer, google "nes roms" to find roms, and then use iBrickr to install the roms)
  • Use Virtual GPS to locate your position using Wifi/EDGE/Cellular towers. I tried it and it really works. Once it locates where you are, it puts you in Google Maps where you can get directions. (Download "Navizon GPS" via Installer)
  • Remotely access your home or work computer from your phone! It shows you the desktop, lets you use a mouse, etc. (Download "VNsea" via Installer, and get the software you need for your computer here for free.)
  • Play Dance Dance Revolution on your phone, except use your fingers! Very funny and very cool. (Download "Tap Tap Revolution" via Installer)
  • Make voice recordings. You can also email them to yourself from your phone. (Download "VNotes" via Installer)
  • Use a To Do list to shop for groceries or whatever. (Download "ToDoList" via Installer)
  • Change the order of your widgets on your springboard. (Download "rSBT" via Installer)
  • Put ebooks on your phone and read them with finger scrolling. (Download "Books" via Installer)
  • Use your iPhone as a flashlight. (Download "iLight" via Installer)
  • Browse all the files on your phone, copy, edit, or move them. (Download "Finder" via Installer)
  • Change the background on your homescreen to match your wallpaper, and allow scrolling on the homescreen when you have more than 16 widgets. (Download "SummerBoard" via Installer)
  • Use your finger to draw, shake your phone to erase, like an etch-a-sketch. (Download "Sketches" via Installer)
  • Try and catch butterflies by tipping your phone back and forth! Very cool and a great indicator of future awesome games. (Download "Butterfly" via Installer)
  • Play BlackJack, Minesweeper, TicTacToe, Lights Out, and others.
  • Easily change any system sound on your phone, such as your SMS alert, Mail alert, or anything else (Use iBrickr to do this)
  • Change the look of your icons, the color of your text bubbles, or battery charging, or anything. Simply use iBrickr.
  • And obviously, much more, and much more to come.
*To be able to see all of these apps in Installer, make sure you install "Community Sources" first. It's in the Installer app.

Updates are as easy as clicking on Installer and downloading the update.

Second, modding is not dangerous at all. If for some crazy reason you are worried about "bricking" your phone, just make sure you sync your phone right before you mod. Then if you mess up, you can just restore and resync to get your phone back to where you started. All your contacts, alarms, calendar appts, notes, all settings, etc. are backed up when you sync. NOTE: I have never heard of anyone messing their phone up from modding to the point where they needed to restore. It's a very streamlined and fully functional process.

For those worried about losing everything every time you have to update, all you have to do is this:

1. Say "No" to the update for now.
2. Sync your phone. All your contacts, alarms, calendar appts, notes, all settings, etc. will be backed up. Make sure you copy your camera roll to your computer as that is the only thing that is not backed up.*
3. Restore your phone.
4. Update your phone.
5. Sync your phone again. All your contacts, alarms, calendar appts, notes, all settings, etc. will be put back on.
6. Remod it. (Remember, it only takes 2 minutes). You'll need to redownload all those third party apps, but it will take you less than 5 minutes. You simply click them all again in Installer, they will download right away, and be right back on your homescreen.

*In rare situations some important data has been lost, including Notes and Contacts. I don't know why this is happening, but I can help you make sure it doesn't happen to you. Once you mod your phone, the first thing you should do is navigate to private/var/root/Library in iBrickr. This is where everything except music and videos are stored on your phone. If you wanna back up your notes for example, go to the Notes folder and copy the notes.db file to your home computer. If you lose them in a restore, then go mod your phone again and put the file back in the same directory you got it - private/var/root/Library/Notes. No more worrying about losing information. In private/var/root/Library you can also find your contacts, text messages, bookmarks, etc etc etc.

Third, modding is not dishonest or illegal. If Apple found out, they would simply frown and warn that you are voiding your warranty. If you don't want them to know, just sync and restore before you go to the Apple store and they will never know. If the police found out, I promise you they wouldn't care at all. There's a user here named iCop who is in fact a cop, and he has modded his phone. "Hacking" has gotten a very bad connotation over the years because it CAN lead to illegal activity. But modding or hacking in and of itself is not illegal.

I hope in posting this, that I have converted someone to want to mod their phone. I loved my iPhone before, but ever since I modded it, I have been having twice as much fun. It really, really is worth the two minute painless hassle of downloading AppTap Installer and following the easy instructions.

Plus it saves you from being swindled by Apple into purchasing ringtones for songs your already own. Please, PLEASE, don't support them for this. It really is robbery - you own the song, and you have the right to use it as a ringtone without paying any extra money. End of story.
 

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wow this really made me want to mod my phone but iam still worried on something happening to my phone.
 

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so far the only thing i've done is adding ringtone to my phone with the iPhoneringtonemaker, but since i updated my itune, now it doesn't work anymore. I really want to hack my phone but i have one question, let say after i successfuly hack my phone, when Apple release a new update, i know that in order to update to a new firmware i need to restore my iPhone, so does it mean after i restore my phone, i will lose everything in my phone? i don't mean third party applications, i mean all the contacts i have and notes or alarms i set. is there anyway to back up these things? I know i can sync my phone with itune, but how do i know that all my contacts and notes i created on my iPhone are sync probably to itune.

btw, i totally agree with you about the ringtone on itune, i think it ridiculous that they charge .99 to create a 30 second ringtone + another .99 for that full song.
 

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wow this really made me want to mod my phone but iam still worried on something happening to my phone.
Modding could never break your phone. In an absolute worst case and very rare scenario, the *software* on your phone might stop functioning. Simply make sure you sync before you mod, and if something goes awry, plug in your phone and click "Restore" in iTunes. Afterwards, sync. Now you are back to where you started. This really isn't going to happen though. If it happened at all frequently, there would be a lot more complaints in the mods forum and there just aren't. It works fine.
 

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so far the only thing i've done is adding ringtone to my phone with the iPhoneringtonemaker, but since i updated my itune, now it doesn't work anymore. I really want to hack my phone but i have one question, let say after i successfuly hack my phone, when Apple release a new update, i know that in order to update to a new firmware i need to restore my iPhone, so does it mean after i restore my phone, i will lose everything in my phone? i don't mean third party applications, i mean all the contacts i have and notes or alarms i set. is there anyway to back up these things?
Yes, this is a valid concern. Modding does in fact make updating more of a burden. But really, it just is a longer process for us and we don't lose any contacts or anything. Syncing not only updates your music and videos, but it also backs up all your contacts, notes, alarms, all settings, etc. When an update comes out, just do this:

1. Say "No" to the update for now.
2. Sync your phone.
3. Restore your phone.
4. Update your phone.
5. Sync your phone again.
6. Remod it. (Remember, it only takes 2 minutes). You'll need to redownload all those third party apps, but it will take you less than 5 minutes. You simply click them all again in Installer, they will download right away, and be right back on your homescreen.

I can't testify that you definitely won't lose your contacts, but I can say that people have a 99% success rate of not losing their contacts after an update, and it is by doing the steps above. To really *make sure* you will never lose your contacts, have them backed up in Outlook or Yahoo! Phonebook or whatever it's called. To never lose your notes, you could always email them to yourself right before, just in case. Once again, the risk is minimal.
 

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Yes, this is a valid concern. Modding does in fact make updating more of a burden. But really, it just is a longer process for us and we don't lose any contacts or anything. Syncing not only updates your music and videos, but it also backs up all your contacts, notes, alarms, all settings, etc. When an update comes out, just do this:

1. Say "No" to the update for now.
2. Sync your phone.
3. Restore your phone.
4. Update your phone.
5. Sync your phone again.
6. Remod it. (Remember, it only takes 2 minutes).

I can't testify that you definitely won't lose your contacts, but I can say that people have a 99% success rate of not losing their contacts after an update, and it is by doing the steps above. To really *make sure* you will never lose your contacts, have them backed up in Outlook or Yahoo! Phonebook or whatever it's called. To never lose your notes, you could always email them to yourself right before, just in case. Once again, the risk is minimal.
what about Notes, i don't think Notes actually sync to itune. does it?
 

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what stuff cant you back up? if you restore what do you loose that you cant get again?
 

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thanks for the encouragement. I'm really almost there as waiting for Apple to come out with useful changes seems to be turning into a fools game involving giving them more money for very little in return.

My concern continues to be the restore that appears inevitable after the occasional update that does manage to come through. I have my contacts set up just the way I like them and don't know how to back them up so they can be restored.

Otherwise, maybe after I see what is included in the update promised later this month...
 

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what about Notes, i don't think Notes actually sync to itune. does it?
Every time I have synced my phone and then restored it, and then synced again, my notes appear back on there. Not only my notes, but all my contacts, and even all my settings. Once again, if you're really nervous, you can email the notes to yourself just in case. But I can testify that the notes have always synced back into my phone after a restore.
 

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what stuff cant you back up? if you restore what do you loose that you cant get again?
The only thing you definitely lose are the third party apps you will install. Just reinstall easily with Installer, no big deal. Everything else is backed up with a sync except your passwords. You will need to reenter those. All your settings are even restored.
 

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how about all the bookmarks you have in safari, if it restore them too then yeah, i'm gonna hack my phone right away.
 

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how about all the bookmarks you have in safari, if it restore them too then yeah, i'm gonna hack my phone right away.
Yes. Syncing, restoring, and then syncing makes your iPhone exactly the way it was before you restored. The only thing you have to redo are your passwords. And, of course, any mods but that's quick with iBrickr and Installer.
 

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I have my contacts set up just the way I like them and don't know how to back them up so they can be restored.
Simply syncing will back up your contacts. You don't need Outlook or anything else.
 

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ok well i just synced my contacts and calendar with my outlook and windows address book, so iam all good, only thing now is what do i do how do i get started what is everything i need to start off? and so will i have my own icons on the screen? Is it all organized or do i have to write codes into places, and what stuff is possible so far.
 

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thank you, one more question, are iBrickr and Installer 2 different program. do i really need the installer to mod my phone?
 

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ok well i just synced my contacts and calendar with my outlook and windows address book, so iam all good, only thing now is what do i do how do i get started what is everything i need to start off? and so will i have my own icons on the screen? Is it all organized or do i have to write codes into places, and what stuff is possible so far.
Nope, no code writing, nothing advanced or tricky involved here. Just click here and download iBrickr. Install it and do what it tells you to. Then click Applications and then Browse Applications and select Installer. Once that is installed, restart your phone, click your new widget Installer and have fun downloading the fun new apps. Everything will be done for you :)
 

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thank you, one more question, are iBrickr and Installer 2 different program. do i really need the installer to mod my phone?
Yes they are two different programs. iBrickr is a program on your computer. You use iBrickr to get Installer on your phone. Installer is a widget, like Notes, or YouTube, or Weather. And no, you don't need Installer to mod your phone, but without it, your mod isn't really worth much. You would just have a modded iPhone that looked exactly the same as if you didn't mod it.
 

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so where do i find what apps are avaliable and what new ones are out, is there a site or is it within the program?
 

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oh i see what you mean now. thank you very much, i'm gonna try it now
 

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so where do i find what apps are avaliable and what new ones are out, is there a site or is it within the program?
Remember that Installer is not a program on your computer, but rather a new widget for your iPhone. Once you get the Installer widget on your homescreen using iBrickr, all the new applications are showcased there. Whenever you're bored, just click on Installer and it will update the list to show all the newest applications. Simply click on any of them to read a description or download it. Now exit out of Installer and voila, the new app is on your springboard. Just click it and play around. If you don't like it, click on the Installer widget and uninstall that app that you didn't like. As new updates come out, Installer will let you know and let you download them right away.