It’s not real hard to figure out what an app called ScreenSaver does. The Cydia application has been making some noise around the web the last few days, so we figured we should mention it on iDB.

For those who don’t know, ScreenSaver takes .mov files stored in its Library folder and automatically plays them when the iPhone auto-locks itself. It sounds pretty cool, but does it really work as advertised?

It certainly does what it claims to do, but I think we are using the term ‘Screen Saver’ a bit lightly. The iPhone’s display typically shuts off when your phone auto-locks, so technically that saves your screen more than playing a video. Not to mention the negative effect it would have on your battery to play a movie every time your phone locks.

Negativity aside, this is a pretty neat parlor trick. I’ve already had multiple people ask me about the ScreenSaver app after they noticed my phone wasn’t black-screened like everyone else’s. The screen shot below is of one of the default screen savers, Burning.

The included movie files are fantastic, but you aren’t stuck with these 5 clips. The app gives you the file path to add new screen savers via SSH or iFile. Just make sure your clips are in the .mov format and transfer them to /var/mobile/Library/ScreenSavers/.

The app doesn’t include any other settings, and the screen savers totally override your previous lock screen. But to be fair, the developer does note that this app is meant to be more of a toy, and should be disabled when you are done playing with it.

I don’t see anyone using this on a regular basis, but it definitely belongs in that ‘Watch what my phone can do’ category. If you haven’t tried out this cool little app, it’s available in Cydia and the download is free.

What do you think? Have you tried this out yet?

  • Pissed_Off_NERD!

    gonna get it now and report back

  • Pissed_Off_NERD!

    Cant find it in Cydia. I did a search for “Screen Saver” and ScreenSaver but no app with that exact name comes up

  • steven

    Yeah, I can’t find it either, what source should we add?

  • Ro

    Not working

  • We will always post the repo if it’s not in one of the defaults. It shows up in my bigboss repo. I would just make sure all upgrades are complete in cydia if you are not seeing it.

  • g

    it worked fine but when i wanted to disable the video it would keep my screen on and not show an image. it needs to have an off feature before i will keep it on my phone. battery life is already bad i dont need something else draining it

  • steven

    That worked, wow, it took like 10 minutes to install all updates I was missing, oops! 🙂


  • DomPerignon

    Unnecessary battery drainer.

  • iguanas

    Unnecessary battery drainer., for sure
    My iphone4 with 4.3.2 and auto3g last for 60hs, normal use and still have 14% of battery, most than necessary for 12 hour more of standby. So i can say, my iphone 4 battery lasts 72hs of light use.
    48hs of moderate use, 36 of intense use

    • mplsboywonder

      Can you tell me more about your iPhone usage statistics. It’s super interesting.

      • Brad

        I was on the edge of my iPhone…

  • I like these tweaks like video wallpaper too but the battery drain is the worst drawback!
    If they can add these tweaks without significant battery loss it would be a win/win.

  • 877

    @Mplsboywonder lol

  • SpideyRules

    I like this a lot. It’s really pretty cool, but ONLY because I have a docking station here at work and looking at the home screen gets a little boring sometimes.

    Anyone know where I can find some good MOVs to use for this?

  • Gorgonphone

    it does not have the actual iphone 4 store demo reel i want that one..

  • RyanSheffield

    I downloaded a LCARS system 47 video from youtube using mxtube..and after alot of cropping and fiddling in ifile manages to get my desired mov into the screensaver’s library folder..however one small niiggle..does anyone know how to edit plists and the like in order for the app to play screensavers in landscape mode….the lcars animations are not filling the enitre screen..they’re playing in portrait view and only filling the middle of the phones screen…help.