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How to Hide Calls/SMS on the iPhone: BossPrefs, Poof, iBlacklist

Hey Everyone! Today I’d like to talk about 3 apps that you can use together if you have a jailbroken iPhone for a powerful way to hide text messages and phone calls.  I’m not going to review these apps in full, as there are reviews out there already, but I’d like to tell you how can you can use all three together in an interesting way.

Hiding SMS/Phone Calls on Your iPhone

If you have a jailbroken iPhone launch Cydia and download BossPrefs, Poof and iBlackList.

First open iBlackList and toggle Enabed to ON.  Next click password, toggle Startup Password to ON, set a new password and save your settings.  iBlackList is now enabled and password protected.

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On the iBlacklist main screen click iBackList, then General BL. Click + and add up to two contacts with the unregistered version.  Ensure both Call and SMS are set to ON. Click Save, then back, and back again.

Go through the CALL and SMS settings and choose how you want iBlackList to handle any unwanted calls or texts.  Test it out by adding your friends number and have them send you a text message or call.  To see who called or sent you a text, launch iBlackList and click View History.  It works great!!

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Hide the iBlackList Icon

Open BossPrefs and click the Poof Icon, you should see a list of all your installed apps. Toggle iBlackList to OFF.  Click your Home Button and test out your changes.  You’ll notice that iBlackList has been removed.  Pretty cool!!

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Take Your Paranoia One Step Further

Open BossPrefs and click Poof.  Toggle BossPrefs to OFF and click back.  Click the More icon in the top right corner.  Click ‘BossPrefs to Double Tap Home’ and then click Set Me!  Click the Config button, toggle ‘Show Poof Icon’ to OFF and click back.  I found that if you don’t click back your changes aren’t saved.

Click your iPhone Home button. You’ll see that BossPrefs has now been removed.

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You May Need to Seek Professional Help After This!!

Now the only way to access BossPrefs is by double clicking the home button.  Do this now.  You’ll see that the Poof icon is no longer listed.  You have hidden the BossPrefs icon and the iBlackList icon from your screen.  Then you set BossPrefs to open by double clicking your iPhone home button and you even hid the Poof icon.

Some people might say you need to seek professional help if you are going through all these steps, but I think it’s kinda neat!!  When you’re ready to use iBlackList to view your hidden calls or texts, launch BossPrefs, unhide the Poof icon, and then Toggle iBlackList to ON.  Voila!!

Let me know what you think and as always you can follow me on twitter.  (@joshjadavies)

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  • Dusty

    Nice work on the How To: Thanks Shave

  • trixer

    Use SBsettings instead! Way better UI and you just have to drag your finger over the status bar (WHEREVER you are) and SBsettings launches.

  • http://twitter.com/joshjadavies Shave

    I like SBSettings also, it’s pretty slick, although I did find BossPrefs was a little faster. What I like about BossPrefs is you can hide the Poof icon within BossPrefs as well as your iPhone screen. With SBSettings you can’t hide the poof icon within SBSettings, only from your screen. The purpose of my guide was to make it as difficult as possible to see your installed applications should your iPhone get into the wrong hands. I actually like that BossPrefs is a little more difficult.

  • Dusty

    I do use SBsettings, been using it since BETA stage ;)

  • mykel

    I can’t get the proof icon to go away. I have tired it several times. Any suggestions?

  • http://twitter.com/joshjadavies Shave

    In BossPrefs click Config, toggle the Show Poof icon to OFF. Next you have to click Back, if you don’t your changes won’t be saved.
    Click Back.
    Then click the iPhone home button to close BossPrefs.
    Now, re-launch BossPrefs and the Poof icon should be gone.

    Hope that helps, if click back everything works great.

  • Candyman

    no need to turn iblacklist on/off. Just swipe right to enter search and enter “ib” and Iblacklist can be chosen, mush easier and faster.

  • Robert

    Just some help for those who want to hide this. I ‘POOF’d my contacts icon so my gf wouldn’t go through my contacts and question all the girls names. Keep in mind it is still possible for her to access your contact list (very easy) although it’s poofed. She can open the phone icon, then click contacts and see them that way.

    Anyone know of a way to bypass this?

  • David Alen

    Every one having the same problem regarding hiding or locking text messages on iPhones. Recently I downloaded a program from http://faketexts.com/ and it hides the iPhone SMS button and replaces it with a fake one that you can edit. Basically it doesn’t show all the girls I am talking to.

  • craaze

    Faketext is a hot new app that allow you to hide your real text messages on your iPhone. Check it out at faketext.com, you can go there straight from your iPhone since it is a webapp and is free.

  • http://www.healthassurancenetwork.com/wordpress/category/beriberi Imelda Hoeke

    Buna treaba!

  • Officemanager

    Will this work om Iphone 4 ? =)

  • Lexx

    not for me…i got tge iphone3 with OS 4.0.1 and iblacklist4…however, text messages from blocked numbers stiill keep showing up in my regular sms app and not in the ibkacklist history. it used to work fine on ny iphone 3G.. help?

  • Apwnedcow

    You can access any of them by searching your iPhone’s apps (the screen left of your main home screen).

  • Servant

    You see I can’t retweet this marvellous way To hide calls/SMS for “security” reasons? No way To mention you but i wanna say here that….

    YOU ARE THE ONE!

    Thxs

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    1. Update to 4.3.3
    2. Visit JailbreakMe.com to jailbreak.
    3. Done.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    1. Update to 4.3.3
    2. Visit JailbreakMe.com to jailbreak.
    3. Done.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    1. Update to 4.3.3
    2. Visit JailbreakMe.com to jailbreak.
    3. Done.

  • Hamptonsteve7

    Question: Forgive my ignorance, but I merely want to “blacklist” someone so that his sms bypass my INBOX and are hidden from anyone’s (i.e my mom’s) view should she look thru my phone. But, I also want to be able to freely respond to the blacklisted messages, etc. Is this still possible?

  • Sydney

    Can you please tell me how to unhide my messages that have iOS 5. My texts are hidden and when I get a text it says “text message” with the persons name. I want to be able to read the message instead of having to unlock my phone or go to the message. Please let me know if anybody figures out!

  • Sonji

    You go to your notifications and enable the “show preview” tab

  • Hayley3

    I want to hide who my text message is from so it comes up text message not with a name on my I phone 4

  • Nursedani1

    My boss pref isn’t working

  • Dfgdfg

    real crazy)

  • sam

    works great . its not as difficult as it looks

  • Jacky Guillen

    Once you buy the real thing. Like after you register. Do you have to pay everymonth or is it just once ?