Over the past few months we’ve brought you lists of the best iOS 8 jailbreak tweaks for the Music app, the best paid jailbreak tweaks, and the best free tweaks. Continuing with our “best tweaks” lists, today we’re bringing you 5 awesome ways to customize how your lockscreen looks and functions. Without wasting anymore time, let’s get into it!
As its name implies, Forecast brings the current weather and forecast to your lockscreen. It’s a simple but very useful tweak. On your main lockscreen page, Forecast will show the current temperature, current conditions, and the high and low for the day. Swiping right to left will reveal another lockscreen page with the upcoming Forecast for the next 5 days.
Forecast also has an option to replace your lockscreen and/or home screen wallpaper with animated wallpaper to match the current weather. One of the coolest things about Forecast is that it very closely mimics the look of the stock Weather app, making it feel native to iOS.
If you’re interested in picking up Forecast, you can find it in the ModMyi repo for $0.99.
Spin is an awesome lockscreen tweak that redesigns the lockscreen when playing music. It features large song title and artist font, a circular album artwork view, and easy to access controls.
It also keeps the large time text visible, instead of moving it to the status bar like iOS normally does. The controls are placed at the bottom of the screen, which makes them much easier to reach on larger devices, such as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Aside from the change in look, Spin also comes with a few gestures. Tapping the artwork will Play/Pause the currently playing song, and tapping and holding the album artwork will launch the currently playing music app.
If Spin is something you’re interested in checking out, you can find it on the BigBoss repo for $0.99.
3. AppBox 8
AppBox 8 is a tweak that makes it super easy to launch your favorite apps from the lockscreen. It does so by displaying user configurable apps with a right-to-left swipe of the lockscreen.
Tapping app icons will launch them as you’d expect, but when tapping the home button within an app, you’ll be brought back to the lockscreen for security purposes. There’s also a few settings to customize the tweak to do things such as require your passcode when launching apps.
Aside from just launching apps, a few apps feature plugins called “App Views.” This feature allows you to tap-and-hold on certain apps for quick access to parts of these apps. With these App Views you can view your Playlists from the Music app, quickly create a new note, view Favorite contacts from the Phone app, and more.
If you’re interested in picking up AppBox 8, it’s available for $1.50 on the BigBoss repo.
SleekCode is a tweak that focuses on an area of the lockscreen most other tweaks ignore: the passcode screen. With SleekCode you have the option to enable or disable the blur and alpha on the passcode screen.
You can also choose to remove the rings around the numbers. You can also turn off the slide to unlock chevron and the “Emergency” button on the passcode screen (I’d recommend leaving this on, however).
SleekCode can be found on the BigBoss repo for free.
5. IntelliscreenX 8
IntelliscreenX 8 is by far the most elaborate and feature-rich lockscreen tweak on this list. It adds a ton of information to your lockscreen for easy viewing at a quick glance. One thing you’ll notice is that notifications are displayed like you would see them in Notification Center, organized by app.
Above your notifications you’ll see the time, date, weather, and a customizable ticker that can pull information from RSS feeds, Twitter, and more. You can also view entire emails on the lockscreen, view posts from your Facebook feed and comment/like them, access your Twitter timeline, and more. The tweak also features Messages+, which adds features such as Quick Compose to your lockscreen.
This tweak has a bunch of customization options and other features, and you can learn more about IntelliscreenX 8 here. This tweak definitely isn’t for everyone, but luckily there’s a 3-day free trial so you can find out if it’s for you. After that, you’ll be required to pay $9.99 to keep using the tweak.
IntelliscreenX 8 can be found on the ModMyi repo.
The following tweaks are currently in beta for iOS 8, but may still be worth checking out. They may require that you have purchased the tweak in the past.
- Convergance (Beta Repo: http://repo.incendo.ws/) – Replaces your entire lockscreen with a cleaner look and additional features. To learn more, click here.
- SubtleLock (Beta Repo: http://repo.iexiled.com/) – Slims down the lockscreen to allow more room for notifications. Also has options to hide various Lock screen elements. Click here for a screenshot.
- CustomCover (Beta Repo: http://chewitt.me/repo/) – Allows you to theme the way album artwork is displayed on the lockscreen (and in the Music app).
Will you be trying out any of these tweaks? Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments!