Make Sparrow Your Default Mail Client & Introduce Push Notifications With Sparrow+ [Jailbreak]

Make Sparrow Your Default Mail Client & Introduce Push Notifications With Sparrow+ [Jailbreak]

Sparrow+ fixes two of Sparrow's biggest issues.

Sparrow is possibly the best iPhone app I’ve purchased so far this year; it has completely replaced the built-in Mail client on my device. But it does have a couple things missing: It doesn’t yet support push notifications, and of course, it’s impossible to make it your iPhone’s default mail client.

However, a new tweak for jailbroken devices called Sparrow+ fixes both of these things.

Sparrow’s developers have promised that push notifications will become part of the app in a future update, but if your iPhone is jailbroken, there’s no need to wait. Sparrow+ is a tweak, available to download now in Cydia, that allows you to receive notifications every time you receive an email, so that you no longer need to keep opening Sparrow and checking for notifications yourself.

What’s more, the tweak also makes Sparrow your default email client. This is something that Apple does not allow iOS apps to do, so unlike push, this will never be an official part of the Sparrow app. By making Sparrow your default mail client, the app will open automatically when you click on email addresses within other apps — just like Mail does right now.

Sparrow+ isn’t a free tweak — it costs $2.99 — but it’s indispensable if you’re a Sparrow user with a jailbroken device. And according to iDownloadBlog, its developer has vowed to introduce other features that will make the built-in Mail client even more redundant.

Check out iDB’s video of Sparrow+ in action:

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  • Lane Jasper

    Is there a repo for this? Because a simpe search in Cydia didn’t bring up Sparrow+ TIA. :-)

  • Josh Yates

    Yeah…what’s the repo? I LOVE Sparrow on my iPhone and would LOVE to get this tweak!

  • Josh Yates

    The idownloadblog article state that the tweak WILL be free and it not yet on the BigBoss repo. So…who’s right? Sparrow costs $2.99, as that’s what the other article states.

  • Lane Jasper

    The idownloadblog article state that the tweak WILL be free and it not yet on the BigBoss repo. So…who’s right? Sparrow costs $2.99, as that’s what the other article states.

    “but if your iPhone is jailbroken, there’s no need to wait. Sparrow+ is a tweak, available to download now in Cydia, that allows you to receive notifications every time you receive an email, so that you no longer need to keep opening Sparrow and checking for notifications yourself.”

  • Lane Jasper

    I serached for freemanrepo in Cydia but it only showed his other tweaks like in the video so Sparrow+ must not be up yet for public or something/ It’s a bit deceiving though because of the quote: Notice the NOW word…..

    “but if your iPhone is jailbroken, there’s no need to wait. Sparrow+ is a tweak, available to download now in Cydia, that allows you to receive notifications every time you receive an email, so that you no longer need to keep opening Sparrow and checking for notifications yourself.”

  • JeffBenjam

    It’s not out yet folks, should be out sometime in the very near future (today hopefully).

  • Lane Jasper

    It’s not out yet folks, should be out sometime in the very near future (today hopefully).

    Thank You for the update!! Can’t wait, VERY handy!! +1

  • Lane Jasper

    It’s out and available!! yay!! now if it could only import accounts from Mail.app on iPhone/iPad etc. THAT is all I’m waiting for now :-) +1

    ALSO…the sparrow+ tweak was free for me, it just allowed me to download. The APP Sparrow is 2.99. (Unless I got a freebie on accident somehow) if so. Sweet!! Thank You! ;-)

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