‘PocketMode’ Conveniently Boosts Your iPhone’s Ringer While It’s In Your Pocket

By , Jun 14, 2011

How many times have you found yourself missing an important call because you simply didn’t hear it in the depths of your cavernous pockets or bag?

I’ve encountered that situation quite a few times myself, and unfortunately it led to me missing a few very important phone calls.

PocketMode is a new jailbreak tweak available on Cydia that aims to work around this issue by strategically putting your iPhone’s ambient light sensor to good use.

Interested in seeing how it works? Check inside for the full video details of PocketMode in action…

I have to say that I was a bit skeptical about this tweak in the beginning, simply because I’ve tried other tweaks that tried to put the ambient light sensor to use, but ultimately failed to do so adequately.

PocketMode, as you can see from the video walkthrough, works pretty well. It was successfully able to boost the volume in increments when its light sensor was devoid of any light.

It also has the ability to override your mute switch, which is a useful provision. I’ve often missed calls in the past while out and about simply because I didn’t feel the phone vibrate while in my bag.

Ultimately only you can decide whether the $1.49 asking price is worth the convenience that PocketMode brings to the table, but if you ask me, I’d say it most certainly is.

Have you tried PocketMode yet? If you have a jailbroken iPhone and you decide to do so, let me know what you think about it.

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    • Igeek


      • LTSPIERS

        dude dont soil yourself its only a feature in a phone. dame man

  • @Pololinguistic

    Great find for anyone in a business setting. I had been using the flashing LED for SMS in bite SMS and looking for something to use for phone calls.

    Has this ambient sensitive been tested if the phone is face down?

    Would be nice to have an audible alert when in silent mode (no vibration) that increases in volume as the phone goes unchecked.


  • Paul Zammit

    This will be implemented in the next iteration of iOS. :)

  • SpideyRules

    I’m sorry to go off-topic here, but where in BiteSMS is that settings? I can’t find it…

    • @pololinguistic

      Settings> Ringtones> Default

      Note: youcan set by contact specific or by default. Endure you first select “Take Control” to the “On” position to override the phones settings.

      Good luck


  • Raul

    Do you think Pocket Mode will work if I use it in a holster?!?

  • william

    does it kill battery by using the sensor the whole time?

    • John Gridley

      No. The ALS is only activated when an incoming call is detected and is immediately deactivated when the call is answered/declined.

  • Arodweb

    Today I got a couple of calls while I had my iPhone in my pocket and I couldn’t tell who was calling because my screen was so dark. I’m I missing a setting here?


  • Arodweb

    Today I got a couple of calls while I had my iPhone in my pocket and I couldn’t tell who was calling because my screen was so dark. I’m I missing a setting here?


    this is a HTC feature just to let you all know.

  • Chris

    i must be missing something, cuz it simply doesnt work on my 3gs…no volume increses at all?