You may have noticed the chat bubble “…” in the Messages app when someone is composing a new message or replying to your message.
Personally, I like the feature as it is nice to know that the person I’ve just sent a message is responding to it.
TypingStatus, a new jailbreak tweak makes it even better by allowing you to see when someone is typing you a message by displaying the indicator in the status bar.
But, recently couple of readers sent us an email asking us if there was a way to prevent someone from knowing when they’re typing a message in the Messages app.
Unfortunately, iOS doesn’t allow you disable this feature. But the great thing about jailbreaking is that we could point them to a tweak that allows them to just that. So I thought of sharing it with you folks as well.
The jailbreak tweak is aptly called TypingPrivacy and it prevents someone from knowing you’re typing a message.
The jailbreak tweak adds a toggle called “Send Typing Notifications” in the Settings for the Messages app (Settings app -> Messages). You can disable this toggle to turn off the typing indicator.
Interestingly, I found that it doesn’t work if you’ve TypeStatus installed, so it overrides this hack.
TypingPrivacy is available for $0.99. If you’re on a jailbroken iPhone then you can click on the download link below to purchase and install the tweak.
What do you think of TypingPrivacy? Do you think Apple should add the option that allows us to enable or disable this feature? Let me know in the comments.