SubtleLock lends a subdued look to the iPhone’s Lock screen

By , Feb 19, 2013

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Looking for a Lock screen a bit on the unassuming side of things? Then try out this new jailbreak tweak entitled SubtleLock. This is a tweak that makes both the ‘slide to unlock’ and the clock section on your Lock screen a bit smaller.

The developer of SubtleLock says that his tweak reclaims almost 100 pixels from the Lock screen, lending more room to wallpaper and notifications. Take a look at our video walkthrough of SubtleLock inside.

Once SubtleLock is installed, a new Settings panel will appear in your Settings app. That panel contains a single toggle for enabling or disabling SubtleLock. The nice thing about this toggle is that it doesn’t require a respring, you can quickly switch between both the SubtleLock and standard Lock screens on the fly.

SubtleLock reminds me of a WinterBoard theme that I’ve used before, but I just can’t put my finger on it. The nice thing about this tweak is that it doesn’t, however, rely on WinterBoard to take effect, it’s completely standalone in its usage.

While it was a bit disappointing to find out that the promise of more room for notifications didn’t ring true for the iPhone 5, the developer says that he will push an update to fix the problem. He notes in the YouTube comments:

Hey, I’m actually the developer of SubtleLock, thank you for the review, I wanted to make the point that its an issue with iPhone 5 that the notifications cut of like that, I made the setting the height as a fixed size for the smaller sized screens, it will be fixed in the next update.

With that said, even without the notification improvements, I really like the look of SubtleLock. I like the look of the rearranged clock panel, and I especially like the fact that it gives my wallpaper more room to breath. By the way, speaking of wallpaper, you can download mine here. I know you love it.

SubtleLock can be downloaded from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for the price of $1.00. If you’re browsing this post on your iPhone, you can venture directly to Cydia to download it by clicking this link.

Whether or not you think SubtleLock is worth a dollar will be a decision you have to make yourself. In my opinion, there certainly are worse tweaks that ask a dollar or more available on Cydia. In the end, I don’t think you’ll be too upset with the way your Lock screen looks after using this tweak.

Also, for those asking, here are how the music controls look with SubtleLock enabled. The controls simply replace the Lock screen clock at the top. See the image below:

SubtleLock Music Controls

The developer notes that SubtleLock has also been tested to play nice with popular Lock screen tweaks, LockInfo 5 and Tempus. The tweak has been tested to work on the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4. Again, there’s the notification issue on the larger iPhone 5, but all other devices should perform just as stated in the tweaks description.

Will you try SubtleLock? Be sure to let me know what you think about it in the comments section below.

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  • http://twitter.com/reallyandy Andy

    Ah Jeff, he even knows we like that wallpaper :)

  • Eric Su

    Thanks for the wallpaper Jeff!

    • http://twitter.com/MaksDawg Aiden McGinnis

      Where do you get the wall paper?

      • Eric Su

        There is a link in the article

  • Adrian Erni

    Source?

    • Jeff

      Updated the tweak info with the missing information. Not sure what happened there.

  • http://twitter.com/PauloRuberto pauןo ruberto

    Would be good if you could only enable the top portion..

  • M L

    Does it play well with IntelliScreenX?

    • bloodshed

      yub..totally, just tested.

  • http://twitter.com/EaglesPride_ Aleandro green

    does it work with forecast?

    • http://twitter.com/oneBurge Burge

      No..not at all..I’ve now got 2 tweaks and I don’t know which one to use ..

    • genXhippie

      I also wish for this app to work with forecast.

  • http://twitter.com/StickyPesos Pesos

    Source ?

  • http://twitter.com/RECON1_ [RΞCØИ1]

    Love the wallpaper.

  • Justin H

    How did you get that message notification on your status bar?

    • http://www.facebook.com/zacksloane Zachary Sloane

      BiteSMS I think

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001288278217 Christian Mejía

      Bitesms

    • muhammed.altintas@gmail.com

      OpenNotifier will help you too

  • http://twitter.com/NerFTed Jason Duong

    SubtleLock actually looks nice…

  • Nick Vaul

    I am a themer and should have checked before buying. No dice with Jaku, sleek tweak nonetheless.

    • http://twitter.com/HuchongLing Joey_Z

      it works with Jaku, just deselect and then reselect Jaku in winterboard, then respring, it should work

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Antonio-Gzz/100001847768813 Antonio Gzz

    Simple & amazing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/danny.chera Danny Chera

    Hey Jeff, I was wondering if you know anything about VibeTime getting an update to support ios 6. I was really looking forward to it.

  • http://twitter.com/victor7r Beak-Thor

    I really just wanted the wallpaper, cool tweak though.

  • Michael Poole

    Hey i am the developer, tomorrow I will submit my first update which will fix the notification issue on iPhone 5′s and an issue that caused the notification bar from LockInfo to be in the default place under a normal sized clock area, in future updates I plan to bring compatibility to intelliscreen x and fix the issue with unfold, if anyone has any issues or would like to ask me a question personally feel free to email me at the email in cydia, thank you

    • Z3r0ViP

      Hello Michael, I appreciate that you let us know about the current status about this awesome tweak. But may I suggest that you make another option that only enable the clock part? I(with some other user) would seriously love that. :)

    • T. Allen

      Hey Michael, did you remove the tweak? I can’t find it in Cydia.

    • http://twitter.com/HuchongLing Joey_Z

      seems like it would mess up the screen after reboot, compatible issue with springtomize or winterboard?

    • Chris

      Hello…just letting you know that the latest update to subtle lock has taken away time and date…so now i just ha a bar with the two toggles i have there (do not disturb and torch). Also the pull up camera icon is displaced. It was working fine before the update aside from the notifications being a little off sometimes (not a big deal). please put the last version back up until the new version is fixed…please. Thanks… iphone 4 ios6.1

  • bloodshed

    this looks much better with the ayecon theme..i’m in love Surenix :)

  • bloodshed

    any idea when Anyattach is gonna be updated to work with ios 6?!..Come’on dev..that’s a must have tweak..i would love to see it work after the long break-up.

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    $1 just to shrink the toolbars???

    Fat chance – VIva La Piracy

  • shbanh

    Ah Jeff . good& amazing! thank you

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539008191 Luc Thibault-vallée

    Thx for the wallpaper !!!! Lol

  • FlamingOzone

    Does this work well with aquaboard?

  • genXhippie

    If it’s compatible with forecast, I’m interested? If not, please make the tweak compatible with forecast too.

  • http://twitter.com/JavHasAChubby Javier Martinez

    Breathe*

  • http://twitter.com/rud0lf77 rud0lf77

    Looks pretty ugly. It could have been designed way better.

  • Lucas Dijstelbloem

    Can you make this compatible with stride, because it messes up te slider

  • vito

    please make it compatible with unfold

  • Stpfers

    I’d like to see a ScreenShot with Surenix LockScreen, just to decide to buy SubtleLock

  • f1ght3r

    This tweak looks great with Ayecon :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.zach.391 John Zach

    hi, i’m user… i like it. thx all of yours

  • sean151

    It looks like a nice tweak. I curious to know how this affects Lockinfo 5

  • http://twitter.com/mrmyco Myco Chen

    It reminds me of the lockscreen theme Nobelis HD.

  • Henry Chi

    My slider bar won’t shrink, it stays the same but the camera slider goes up and it goes out of the box

  • Ray V

    If I wasn’t using foldtounlock i’d try this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamesheckiii James Heck III

    After installing this tweak, it simply didn’t work. I then performed a hard reset and my “lock screen” was in the top left corner with a flashing cornucopia of stuff in the background. I just completed fresh restore within iTunes and then installed SubtleLock as my first tweak. It still didn’t change anything after respringing. It’s now deleted. I would advise caution with this tweak until it’s more stable.

    iPhone 5
    iOS 6.1.2

    • MadFunny Bruh

      Same here =(

  • MadFunny Bruh

    after update, Lockscreen goes crazy. I wasnt able to unlock my phone and the actuall screen shrank to tiny size. as soon as I deleted this tweak everything went back to normal. I re-installed the tweak, then reboot and I got same thing. I dont know whats going on lol (iPhone 5)

  • Harsh

    There is also some issue with different kind of fonts it cuts a bit of time view ,but works perfectly with default font on IP4.

  • http://twitter.com/moaydalsrami مؤيـدْ

    Nice i like’t

  • Benjamin Marland

    Does anyone else notice that when listening to music you can no longer see the song title without double tapping the home button for music controls? Does anyone know how I can get the Title details to show up on the lock screen as long as I am listening to music while using subtlelock?