Restarting your iPhone can cure software glitches, but it should only be done as a last resort if your device has a semi-tethered jailbreak, because it will disable any tweaks you’ve applied. Luckily, your jailbroken iPhone has a faster alternative to rebooting to help you troubleshoot and make changes on the fly.
A “respring” essentially just restarts your iPhone’s operating system without going back through the entire boot chain. It’s primarily done to rapidly implement jailbreak tweaks such as different icon packs, themes, and other mods, but it’s also great if you have a semi-tethered jailbreak like Chimera so you don’t have to kickstart it when you’re done.
Many jailbreak tweaks like IGDarkMode, AutoUnlockX, and YouTube Tools contain their very own option to respring your iPhone. For convenience, however, it’s great to have a solid, dedicated respring option available, and this is where ConnorTheDev’s Dragspring comes in.
First, open Sileo and enter “dragspring” in the search field, then tap on the tweak once it appears. Tap “Get,” then either hit “Queue” or swipe up from the bottom to reveal the card in full and select “Confirm.” Wait a moment for the tweak to install, then select “Restart Springboard” to wrap up installation.
Dragspring is automatically enabled once your iPhone resprings. From now on, you can instantly respring your device by opening your Settings app and dragging down on the main page.
Dragspring also has a menu within Settings for further customization. Inside, you can configure the tweak and enable or disable numerous elements such as “Enable Haptic Feedback” and “Show Spinner Subtitle,” along with the ability to personalize the texts shown before and while your device resprings. Just be sure to hit “Respring” on the upper-right to apply any changes you’ve made.
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