JellyLock is an Android inspired Lock screen launcher for iOS

By , Apr 16, 2013

JellyLock Lock screen

JellyLock is a jailbreak tweak that allows you to add an Android inspired Lock screen launcher to iOS. The tweak, developed by Max Katzmann, and only available via his beta repo, has proven to be quite popular amongst the jailbreak community — it’s been downloaded over 19,000 times already.

Like its inspiration, Android Jellybean, JellyLock features a lock icon that you can drag to the edge of a circle on your Lock screen to unlock your device. It also features the ability to fully customize the look of the launcher and add up to three custom apps that can be launched directly from the Lock screen. Take a look inside as we go showcase JellyLock in our in-depth video walkthrough…

Video walkthrough

While JellyLock does a good job of retaining the look and feel of the ubiquitous Android mobile OS, the real star of this show is the amount of customizations that you can make to the launcher. If you venture into the tweak’s preference panel located in the Settings app, you’ll notice that many of JellyLock’s visual assets can be customized to your liking.

Jelly Lock General

One of the best things about JellyLock, and a feature that I feel is horribly underrated, is its ability to customize on the fly. This means that you can enable or disable JellyLock, customize the apps featured on the launcher, and customize the layout of the launcher, all without needing to respring your device. This allows you to quickly test and check the settings that you change to verify whether or not you enjoy them.

JellyLock Theme

For starters, JellyLock includes four themes that can be enabled on the fly. The themes included are White (Default), Solid White, Black, and iOS. Of all of the themes included, I felt that White (Default) was by far the best of the bunch. Interestingly, I found that most of the settings included with JellyLock looked best with default values.

JellyLock App Shortcuts

Up to three apps can be added to the Lock screen launcher via the App Shortcuts section in JellyLock’s settings. JellyLock itself is smart enough to take care of the positioning on the Lock screen’s circle launcher, positioning them as needed according to numeral value. The smaller the number (from 1-3) the further left on the circle the app is placed.

JellyLock Icons

A few additional visual settings can be adjusted on the fly via JellyLock’s settings as well. These settings include circle color, size, and offset, along with icon size and opacity. There’s also the included ability to swap the positioning of the Lock and Camera icons, which are default icons included with JellyLock. For those os you using JellyLock on an iOS device that includes vibration, you can enable vibrations when touching the lock icon, and/or when unlocking the device.

JellyLock Advanced Detailed

A few additional settings exist in the tweak’s advanced section, which is located discreetly at the bottom of JellyLock’s preferences. These advanced settings include the ability to replace the Lock icon, redefine the stock camera shortcut, and to resize the Lock screen Bulletinlist for incoming notifications. Check out the video walkthrough above for an in-depth demonstration on why this is a useful setting.

JellyLock is a free jailbreak tweak, but it’s not available on any of the default Cydia repos. Instead, because the tweak is still in beta, you’ll have to add the following repo to your Cydia sources in order to download JellyLock:

http://cydia.myrepospace.com/maxkatzmann/

If you decide to take JellyLock for a spin, then as always, we urge you to share your thoughts in the comment section below. I’m also interested to see how you think JellyLock compares to another similar Lock screen launcher, Atom. There are obviously some pretty huge differences between the two tweaks and their methodology, but I think at their most basic points, they are worthy of comparison. What do you think?

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  • http://twitter.com/icecub3 chris kwok

    great job Max, really awesome tweak!! and thanks for making it free too xD

  • Eugene Lim

    Well done Max, it’s a really nice tweak and I liked it the minute I watched the video. I will also have to agree with seyss on the bug he reported too.

  • http://twitter.com/the415giant F P

    Installed it and I like it. Ty!

  • http://twitter.com/Devin_Plebuch Devin Plebuch

    I actually was one of the users who requested the option to disable the bulletin resizing. Apart from the slight aesthetic discordance, depending on your theme, it is very useful to have with lock screens, like LockInfo 5, that have hidden, scrollable widgets–it gives more room to peruse them and scroll them in full visual mode; if the circle is made smaller, in addition, it JL doesn’t interfere with controlling the notifications or, in LI5′s case, the widget bar. I’ve always thought more scrollable room is better. Honestly, I found the notification cut-offs kind of hard on the eye. But, yeah, Max is doing an amazing job.

  • Devam

    Nobody develops for iPad. I am literally crying that I could not use this amazingly wonderful tweak!!

  • weztimonial

    Came across this when i refreshed for changes, when it first came out, been using it till now. Best ive seen so far.

  • Chan Chang Wai

    My iphone 4 ios 5.1.1 cannot work as well, when I trying unlock my phone will get into safe mode. Please help…

    • Max Katzmann

      This is an iOS 5.1.1 related problem and I’m trying to fix this ;)

      • Chan Chang Wai

        hope can see the new version which can fix my ios problem, thx you so much max!

  • Saeed Basaham

    Excellent work, I only need to hide text “enter passcode” any one to help ??

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamauai Jason Mauai

    This tweak fixed my lockscreen camera bug. It used to freeze whenever I open camera app from the lockscreen, but not anymore. Mahalo~!

  • http://twitter.com/Martin__Velasco Martín Velasco

    I just tried on it, and all I could say is “awesome”, Congrat Max!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23316027 Alex Frank

    Possible to get the dot pattern around the lock icon like on Jelly Bean?

    • Max Katzmann

      I hope so, but have to find a way to implement this first ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Tranceaddict420 Tranceaddict420

    Is there anyway to turn the clock off? It is showing up with date (in French I believe).

    Clock hide seems to not work on this tweak.

  • AllTheOtherNamesWereTaken

    Do you think you could make this work better with the Messages tweak. When you quick reply to a message on the home screen the lock disappears. Very minor problem but gets kind of annoying after it happening all day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

    Has anyone tried this with alarms? I’m curious to see how we would either snooze or stop alarms…

    • RandomAwesomeGuy

      For me, I haven’t experienced any issues with my alarms, they are still like the ones with the regular lock screen.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

        So to stop them you need to drag that thing up there?

      • RandomAwesomeGuy

        On the alarm notification there is the red snooze button that you can click to snooze, but when you drag the “thing” to the unlock icon, the alarm stops.

  • Cassady Gilroy

    So something’s wrong with my JellyLock – it won’t open a single shortcut (except for the camera), or even allow an unlock without crashing and causing my iPhone 4 to go into SafeMode.

    I’ve reinstalled it twice, and tried with and without shortcuts. Any idea of what may be wrong?

    Let me know if you need additional info too, thanks!

    • Cassady Gilroy

      Oh wait, just read the known issues – I have 5.1.1 which is incompatible. Any plans to fix this or can it not be done? Shame if it can’t, but no worries!

  • inf3rn0

    I just found another bug while using Jellylock and JellyClocklock together. Double tapping to invoke music controls makes it unable to tap the volume slider.

  • Guest

    What is that lockscreen wallpaper called?

    • Eugene Lim

      That’s one of the wallpapers from iOS6. You can set it via Settings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wsemsiam Wsem Abu Siam

    Great Tweak i loved it but i want to change The lock image !
    Email Me
    Wsem_1994@icloud.com
    Max Katzmann
    Jeff

  • RandomAwesomeGuy

    Something happened to my jellylock, all of the sudden the camera shortcut stopped working. I have tried the camera shortcut reset in the advance menu in settings but still no luck. I have also tried a Cydia fresh install. Anyone else experiencing this?

  • Marlber Cruz

    The video overview for this tweak in nearly 8 minutes long…
    really?… 8 Minutes Jeff?! “Aint nobody got time fo dat!” LMAO!

    J/K, Great review! Got alot of good detail on a great tweak!

  • http://twitter.com/dogadogan Doga Dogan

    Does it work on 5.0.1?

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    This is a very good tweak! It looks good and is very customizable. I’m loving it!

  • http://twitter.com/L_jewell646 Luke Jewell

    DO NOT REBOOT! Just had the endless reboot of death. Not a hard fix once you know what to do but I was freaking out. Just reboot with safe mode and uninstall jellylock

  • http://twitter.com/Ruzer Ruzer

    I just trie it and so far so good

  • Gorgonphone

    i know im late but this is great…

  • Chris Wilson

    So cool

  • Osjj.M

    cydia doesn’t recognise the source… :S

  • Ebony

    I installed jellylock (and I love it) but it didn’t have the “app shortcut” option in my settings which was a major downfall for me :(

  • KEVIN

    android destroys apple with bossness

  • Hayden Godwin

    I downloaded it and when I tried to enable it I went to my lock screen and it didn’t change from the normal iOS 7 default lock screen. What do I do? Please help me!!!!!!