Unpower tweak alerts you when your device gets unplugged

By , Feb 23, 2013

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Have you ever noticed that, by default, your iPhone and iPad give you an audible alert when you plug them in, but not when you unplug them? Why is that? It seems like it would serve a similar purpose–letting you know if your device is plugged in or not.

Well whatever the reason is, it’s not something you have to worry about anymore. At least, not if you’re jailbroken. There’s a new tweak out in Cydia this week called ‘Unpower,’ and its one function in life is to alert you when your device gets unplugged…

The tweak itself is about as simple as it gets. There’s no settings or anything to configure. Once you’ve downloaded it, it automatically goes to work. And each time you unplug your device, either from the wall or your computer, you’ll hear a brief audible tone.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “why would I ever need this?” Well, let’s say you have an older USB cable going bad, to the point where you have to fiddle with it to get it to stay plugged into your device. This tweak would alert you if it got bumped or disconnected.

Of course, not everyone is going to have a problem like this. And chances are, you don’t need to download Unpower. But it’s good at what it does—I tested it at least 20 times—and the price is right. You can find the tweak in Cydia, in the Big Boss repo, for free.

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  • RarestName

    This should be an Activator action.

    • http://twitter.com/Tkf530 Tristan

      It is.

  • Chuck Finley

    “Have you ever noticed that, by default, your iPhone and iPad give you an audible alert when you plug them in, but not when you unplug them? Why is that?”

    Because 95% of the time you’re the one physically pulling the power cable out?

    This could be useful for accidentally pulling out the power cord mind, but I’ve never actually done that.

    • pawfyd

      Oh, so you want to say it often happens that you’re not the one who plugs cable in…?

      • Chuck Finley

        Yup, I have cable plugging in fairies. Hella useful.

    • http://twitter.com/Techsticles Techsticles

      I like this app for the 5% of the time when you’re not the one unplugging your phone. I just wish you could set a unique sound.

  • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

    I think the purpose of the noise is to alert you that its actually getting power and not just sitting there plugged in with no power. I guess this tweaks purpose would be for accidental unplugges? Although the lightning cable is pretty hard to accidentally unplug. The 30-pin on the other hand. That thing is garbage. Mine always came out accidently.

  • bruma

    i use notificator for the same purpose,
    also for detecting wifi/3G/4G/Edge connection,
    low battery and for some other stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539480065 Leslie Kwan

    For the people that don’t bother reading the article before commenting:

    “Now I know what you’re thinking, “why would I ever need this?” Well, let’s say you have an older USB cable going bad, to the point where you have to fiddle with it to get it to stay plugged into your device. This tweak would alert you if it got bumped or disconnected.”

  • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

    this would be great for me! the apple cables keep on breaking on the dock connector part!!!

  • smtp25

    With the 30pin I find on iPad especially one corner can pop out of the socket if you using while charging, also nothing more annoying than putting it on table thinking its charging and it’s not

  • sambuzzlight

    lame but it’s actually useful for your old cables

  • http://twitter.com/zappocalypse Praveen

    It’s like how the Galaxy Note alerts you when the S Pen is detached.

  • http://twitter.com/jacobkwright Jake

    does anyone know where this is located so you can change its sound? I’m assuming somewhere in the Var/mobile/library area but can’t find it.