iphone Black screen DFU after upgrade with tinyumbrella

Got a black screen (DFU) after upgrading your iphone 3G S or 4 while having Tinyumbrella TTS server active? then welcome to the club. this is a commune mistake when using Tinyumbrella to evade itunes error 3194 .

 Error 3194 means that itunes was not able to get the correct blobs to upgrade your iphone to the version you want. Maybe becasue it is not the latest, or because that your hosts file is pointing to the cydia server which doesn’t have these blobs either. Anyway Tinyumbrella doesn’t give up when it has no actual blobs for the phone, instead it supplies itunes with a confirmation to upgrade while will ultimately give you a nice old iBrick.

Once in this DFU black screen mode, Tinyumbrella will not longer be able to save or get your blobs, which makes resolving this situation more complex. but don’t panic. you have three solutions.

How to fix iphone black screen after upgrade?

1. upgrade to the latest IOS with itunes, your idevice will work again, but it will most probably be updated to the latest firmware and baseband making jailbreaking and unlocking almost impossible (depending in your device). this is the easy way.

2. See if you can make/download a custom version of the latest version (the version which itune suggests when you click restore) that will save your baseband and jailbreak your device. then use it to upgrade without tiny umbrella

3. Use redsn0w’s Boot tethered now to kick your device our of DFU, then get your blobs with tinyumbrella or ifaith, and see which versions you can restore to. then  restore again with these blobs in tiny umbrella.

Fix iPhone caller ID name for SMS

After I upgraded my iphone 3G to 4.2.1 I noticed that the SMS display only the sending number without the callerID or name. Changing the Regional Format did not fix the issue and I still had no names with my incoming SMS. An easy fix can be used to display sender names within the SMS app.

Do not waste your time modifying  your address book to match the format of the number shown with the SMS messages, it will fix the issue with SMS, but you will not be able to see the callerID name for incoming calls X)

For iphones with IOS 3.x or 5.x, just seach Cydia for the term “CallerID” you will find a Cydia app called callerid -format fix  for the needed IOS, but nothing for IOS 4. The solution is to take a leap of faith and install callerid -format fix 3.x on your 4.x device. it worked for me without any problems. Now my iphone shows the correct callerID name for all my SMS messages.

SBSettings: Best Cydia apps review


Probably one of the best Cydia apps ever, SBSettings is a must have for all jailbroken iDevice owners.

SBSettings is used to toggle anything On or Off. where ever you are. For example, you can switch Wifi on and turn off 3G or edge without leaving your application. Or you can switch between Edge and 3G to save your battery or increase internet speed. You can also use it free up some extra memory on the fly!.

SBsetting can be downloaded from Cydia, just open it and search for it. No need to add any extra sourses, it will be there. You might also look up some extra toggles while you’re at it to enable toggling extra stuff.

To use SBSettings, make sure that Cydia is off ( it won’t show up otherwise) then swipe your finger across the top status bar (this can be changed through Activator).

You can also search cydia for some extra SBSettings themes, to change the look and feel of it.

SBSettings - top Cydia apps

Looking to get more apps? take a look at our selection of the top Cydia apps .



Top Cydia apps – The Best 10 Cydia apps.

Cydia apps can be much more useful than itune’s. Because as you know, they do not have to comply to Apple app store’s terms and conditions, which are very strict by the way, and limit the possibilities to the iOS. From all of these, I give to you a list of the Top Cydia apps.

Many people know cydia just as the tool to get the ultrasn0w unlock, and maybe installous. But cydia apps are way too many, and many of them are MUST HAVE for a better iphone, or iPad experience.

My list of 10 free Top cydia apps.

Cydia apps picture

1. SBSettings: swipe your finger across the status bar to access many useful features like: toggle wifi, 3g, and data networks,  free up your RAM , respring or restart. This is one of the top Cydia apps for me.

2. Installous: a great app to try iphone apps. although it may not be legal.

3. iFile: get full control of your i device, iFile is a great file manager, something Apple thinks that we’re too n00by to handle.

4. dTunes, a nice itunes alternative, browse the internet download your music and movies, and just enjoy them. isn’t life wonderful?

5.  Bootlace: Install Android on your iphone!! a great app to show off to your freinds, although this cydia app can be dangerous because it rewrites you bootloader, read carefully the instructions before you install it. It’s great what cydia apps can do with the iOS.

6.Mobile theater: a great collection of movies , music and TV series to download and watch on your i device .

7. Backgrounder: Enable mutitasking on your iphone 3G. something Apple blocked for some reason, but cydia apps came to the rescue.

8. Winterboard: Modify you i device GUI as you please. change themes, sounds, whatever. without this cydia app we would be stuck with the stock iphone theme.

9. Mx Tube: download youtube videos and watch them whenever you want. this reminds me of the WM feel of the old days.

10 QuickReply to SMS: reply to your sms with an overlay form that can be used whatever you are doing with your iphone at the time.


I have a feeling that I forgot somthing in this top cydia apps list that definitely should be here…  Any ideas?