The iOS lock screen is the first thing you see when you turn on an iOS Device, but it’s very basic and hasn’t evolved over the years. It’s a blank canvas waiting to be painted, and Apple refuses to make any major changes. Luckily, there are a plethora of jailbreak tweaks that will transform and recreate the lock screen.
The concept of a guest account has been heavily desired since the release of the iPad. GuestMode adds a very customizable guest account to iOS. It can be accessed in many ways from the lock screen such as a button on the keypad, swiping past the keypad, or an activator gesture. The guest account can be customized by which apps to allow, Control and Notification Center access, and more. It’s a very versatile tweak and can be used in a ton of ways. It is available for $0.99 in Cydia.
Jelly Lock gets its concept from Android, but it is a great tweak that rethinks unlocking the phone. The circular grabber when pushed down can be moved to the right to unlock, and left to access the camera. You can set 5 apps to quick launch by moving the grabber along the arch. I really like being able to quick launch the apps, and the tweak looks very elegant as well. The grabber can be customized in size and color as well. It should be on every iOS device, especially because it’s free in Cydia.
The iOS 7 weather app is beautiful and Forecast brings all the beauty to the lock screen. It displays the current weather information, and then you can swipe right to left to access a 12 hour and 5 day forecast. This alone would be a pretty decent tweak, but Forecast goes above and beyond. It will adjust your wallpaper to the weather and if its cloudy you will see the clouds move across your lock screen. While it looks great, it is a killer on battery but the animations can be disabled. It is a good-looking tweak, but it can drain the battery. It’s available for $0.99 in Cydia.
By default iOS doesn’t have a lot of customization when it comes to the passcode. Cleverpin adds the customization that should be included by default. It can disable the passcode if you’re on a specific WiFi network like at home or at the office. It can also disable the passcode if you’re listening to music, or if it is charging. It isn’t a major tweak but it has improved my efficiency without compromising security. You can grab it for $1.99 in Cydia.
While Springtomize 3 isn’t technically a lock screen tweak, it offers a lot of customization for the lock screen, as well as the rest of iOS. You can change the text of anything, and slide to unlock can become the time. You can also change the size of the text as well. You can find this customization in some free tweaks, but Springtomize is the ultimate all in one package. It’s $2.99 in Cydia.
Convergence is a major overhaul of the lock screen that rethinks everything from the ground up. It offers widgets like weather, calendar, and will be open to third parties. It offers a customizable toggles screen that can hold as few or as many as you can possibly want. All the animations are smoother, and better looking. It is a beautiful tweak that adds a boatload of functionality to the lock screen. It is still in beta, but you can be a beta tester for $2.00.
Bonus Tweak: Time Passcode
This tweak doesn’t do a lot, but it allows you to make your password the current time. If it’s 9:30, your passcode becomes 0930. It’s free in Cydia.