There is no denying to the benefits of jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you are a regular reader of our blog, then chances are high that you have already jailbroken your iDevice. One of the best advantages of jailbreaking is that you can install various tweaks and apps that not only enhances the iOS experience but it can also add an entirely new functionality to your device. One aspect of the iOS that is often garnering attention from jailbreak developers is the empty lockscreen. While it does serve its purpose of locking the iPhone screen while being idle, one can argue that it can get a little boring and pretty much useless. Here's the Top 10 Best Lockscreen Jailbreak Tweaks for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
LockInfo is one of those tweaks that makes jailbreaking your iDevice worth all the trouble. Basically what this tweak does is bring a very useful notification panel to your device's lockscreen. In addition to being available in the lockscreen, Lockscreen can also be accessed from the first Springboard page and through Activator. It comes preloaded with stock plugins such as Mail, Calendar, SMS, Phone and Push Notifications and you can get more if you want to extend its functionality. It is one of the most popular tweaks for the lockscreen and for a good reason.
LockInfo is available in Cydia under the ModMyi for $7.99.
Now here's a tweak that security junkies will surely like. AndroidLock XT, as it name implies, brings Android lockscreen protection to your iOS device. Unlocking an Android device requires one to connect a series of dots in accordance to a pattern which is pre-set by the device owner. Not only does this tweak add a cool new way to unlock your iPhone, but it also protects your device. If you want another layer of protection you can also enable the PIN code security check. Configuration settings is located under Settings.app.
AndroidLock XT is available in Cydia under the ModMyi for $1.49.
SlideAway is a another jailbreak enhancement that provides more functionality to your otherwise dull lockscreen. Developed by Filippo Bigarella, creator of other popular jailbreak tweaks like Springtomize, SMS Plus and CleverPin, this tweak incorporates slide / swipe gestures in order to access many different features. For example, swiping up in the lockscreen will bring you to a screen where you can adjust the screen brightness and access your docked apps. The bar at the top of the lockscreen has two shortcuts which you can assign app to. To have a better idea on how the tweak works, check out this video.
SlideAway is available in Cydia under BigBoss for $2.99.
This jailbreak basically gives you quick access to two of the iPhone's most frequently used apps, the Flashlight utility and Camera. FlashCam comes especially handy when you need to have a quick light source using the iPhone flash or if want to quickly take a photo of something. Another neat feature of this tweak is that you can assign a third party camera app like Camera+ or Instagram to the "Take Photo" button instead of the stock Camera app. With FlashCam, you do not have to unlock your device and browse through your Springboard just to access the iPhone's Flashlight and Camera.
FlashCam is available in Cydia under BigBoss repo for FREE.
Much like the very popular SBSettings tweak, Powerlock provides your lockscreen with up to 12 of the iOS's handy system toggles. These toggles include to unlock, shut down, respring, reboot or put the device into Safe Mode. Powerlock is a great looking tweak which is absolutely un-intrusive. It is also theme-able as well. This jailbreak tweak does not add an icon to your homescreen but you can configure the tweak by navigating to the Settings menu.
Powerlock is available in Cydia under BigBoss repo for $1.49.
Now here's a jailbreak tweak that is more of a cosmetic enhancement rather than something that is actually useful or practical. GravityLockScreen provides your iDevice with a new way to unlock your device in case you are bored with the default one. Once installed swiping upwards will cause the lockscreen to bounce around as if it is affected by gravity and physics. It looks real good and the animation is rather smooth. However, one users be required to fiddle around with the settings before achieving the desired effect.
GravityLockScreen is available in Cydia under BigBoss repo for $1.99.
Well here's another tweak that adds a shortcut into your lockscreen so you can access your favorite app without having to unlock your iPhone's screen. Once installed, SuperSlider adds an icon to the "Slide to Unlock" bar which serves as a quick shortcut button to an app specified by the user. This app can be frequently accessed ones like the iPod app, Cydia, Mobile Safari, Mail and so on. This tweak is not as fancy looking or functional as the other tweaks on this list but it is a good utility for those prefer a more minimalist solution.
SuperSlider is available in Cydia under BigBoss repo for FREE.
What this jailbreak tweak does is ridiculously simple, it lets the user customize the text that found inside the lockscreen's slide to unlock bar. And that's it. While not incredibly useful or flashy as other lockscreen tweaks featured on this list, it does have its own charm. It is a very simple tweak that provides you with yet another way to customize your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Grab it off Cydia for free. Note that it is labeled as "LabelSlider" in Cydia.
LabelSlide is available in Cydia under BigBoss repo for FREE.
This jailbreak tweak is featured back in our Top Cydia Tweaks for August 2011. LockGestures basically brings a wide array of functionalities to your iPhone's lockscreen which are activated through various touch gestures. With this tweak installed you can adjust your screen's brightness, make a call, launch an app, display power option toggles and more just by performing a specific tough gesture. The tweak can be fully configured through Settings.app. It's a pretty impressive that will cost you no more than a buck.
LockGestures is available in Cydia under BigBoss repo for $1.00.
Again this jailbreak tweak is more on the cosmetic side and provides you with another way to customize your device. Move2Unlock, as its name implies, is a jailbreak tweak that lets the user unlock their device by simply moving the lockscreen out of the way. This tweak is customizable with options such as hiding the slider, using different unlock types, hiding the lockscreen clock, animations and so on. This tweak looks real good especially the unlock type where you pull the lockscreen away like a sticker.
Move2Unlock is available in Cydia under BigBoss repo for $0.99.
Of course before you can download and install of the tweaks featured here, you need to have a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. But in case you don't, do not worry because we are here to assist you. If you are currently running under iOS 4.3.5, you can refer to our Redsn0w guide for a tethered jailbreak. But if you prefer the latest untethered solution then we recommend restoring to iOS 4.3.3 and jailbreak using one of the following: Redsn0w, Sn0wbreeze, PwnageTool and JailbreakMe. If you want to share any of these tweaks to a fellow jailbreak enthusiast, then you can refer to this guide on how to copy and share direct links of Cydia apps between iOS devices.
Any lockscreen tweaks that you think should belong on this list? Just hit the comment section below!