Get “Now Typing” Indicator on iMessage With Typestatus Cydia Message Tweaks

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One of the best features about instant messaging client prevailing these days is the now typing feature. For those who don’t know what it is, its an indicator for the person you are talking to when you start typing a message. i.e, the other person receives an indication that you are currently typing a message. While the service is network based, many clients like BBM, WhatsApp, and Apple’s own iMessage client has integrated the now typing capability. However, this week we explored one of the coolest cydia message tweaks in the cydia store which adds ‘now typing’ notification in the status bar of your iPhone. While iMessage uses multiple dots (…) to represent now typing functionality, you can get the same notification on your device status bar using this tweak.

TypeStatus is a new jailbreak tweak developed by none other than Hashbang productions, a prevailing name in iOS development industry, it adds a notification symbol to your device status bar. Thus, in case you are a frequent iMessage user, you will get to know if you are about to receive a message anywhere on your device screen, by simply looking at the status bar. This extremely simple and light tweak lets you know when your friends are replying to your iMessage. While some iPhone users might be thinking that is an un-necessary add-on to an already smooth iMessage service, however, it’s pretty good when you wish to be alerted about an incoming text. Here’s how to get TypeStatus on your iPhone.

NOTE: The tweak requires jailbroken iPhone. Please note that jailbreaking will void your device warranty, and may disable it from receiving OTA updates coming from Apple. You can check our tutorial on how to jailbreak your iDevice running on iOS 7 below. Also, TypeStatus is a network oriented tweak. i.e, your iPhone needs to be connected to either cellular data or WiFi at all instances to make this tweak useful.

Add “Now Typing” Indicator To iPhone Status Bar With Cydia Message Tweaks

Step 1: Firs you need to add the native Hashbang productions repository to your Cydia application. To do that, navigate to Cydia->Manage->Sources->Edit->Add and add the following repository there.


Tap on the Add Source button.

Step 1: Once the repository downloads all packages on your iPhone, and navigate to the Search button to search for TypeStatus tweak. The tweak is available for free of cost and can be downloaded on jailbroken iPhones only.

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Step 3: Tap on the Install button to install the tweak. In case you wish to un-install it any time, tap on the Modify button to remove or un-install the tweak from your iPhone.


Once installed, you will not find any settings or configuration page for TypeStatus since it gets added to the iOS stream natively. You will receive ‘now typing ‘ notification on your device status bar now.

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