HiddenHelper Keeps Siri’s UI Invisible Unless It Shows Certain Info

Although Siri is pretty popular among iOS fans, there is still room for improvement. Some really good changes are coming to Siri in iOS 6, but there are Cydia tweaks in the jailbreak store that can make Apple’s personal assistant even cooler. HiddenHelper is a tweak that makes your conversations with Siri more convenient and natural, and thanks to the tweak, you are sure to feel like you are talking to your iPhone rather than an app. HiddenHelper lets you use Siri without launching its interface. You can still ask Siri any questions, but if the answer does not require any text or graphical support, Siri will just speak the answer out loud, and there will be no visible change on your device’s screen. The best thing about HiddenHelper is the fact that it is up to the user to decide what they want to view in Siri’s interface, and what they want to remain hidden in the background.

 Hidden Siri

To set up HiddenHelper properly, you have to go to its Settings menu. The menu of the tweak has two sections. The first toggle is there to let you enable or disable the tweak, but the real magic happens in the second string of options. HiddenHelper allows its users to choose the scenarios in which they want the Siri interface to be displayed, while keeping it hidden at other times. Of course, you won’t want to keep Siri in the background if you have asked her about your area’s weather condition, so it is better to toggle on the Weather option. Similarly, as most of the Wolfram Alpha answers aren’t read out loud by Siri, you might want to enable the visibility for those, too. Here is a complete list of options whose Siri interface visibility you can control via the HiddenHelper menu.

  • Wolfram Alpha Answers
  • Messages
  • Notes
  • Alarm
  • Timer
  • Stocks
  • Weather
  • Mail
  • Reminders
  • Clock/ Time

Even if you toggle off one or more of these options, the info will remain there – you just won’t be able to see it. HiddenHelper does not disturb any Siri options, and you will still be able to launch the invisible variant of the assistant by long-pressing the Home button, or raising the device to your ear. HiddenHelper has the potential to prove to be a useful tweak for people who don’t like to interrupt the running of their apps just to use Siri. The tweak is available as a free download in the ModMyi repo of the Cydia store.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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