Piano Passcode lets you unlock your iPhone by playing a familiar tune

By , May 3, 2013

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After some teasing, Piano Passcode has finally touched down on the Cydia Store, and I can confirm that it’s pretty sweet. The jailbreak tweak, which I’ve been testing for the last few days, allows you to replace, or augment the iPhone’s Lock screen passcode security system with 7 piano keys.

Each of the keys makes a distinctive sound, just as you would expect from a piano. It’s not perfect, but when used correctly, it can do a good job of spicing up the iOS Lock screen. Take a look inside as I break down the ins and out of Piano Passcode, and show you how to go about configuring it to work for you.

When you first install Piano Passcode, the tweak is configured with a passcode of 1234567. This number corresponds to each of the different keys on the keyboard. This means that on initial installation, you’ll simply press the leftmost key and make your way all the way over to the last key on the right in order to unlock your device.

If you want to play a specific tune, piano passcode can be quite challenging to configure. That’s because you aren’t playing a tune in the tweak settings, but are instead typing a sequence of numbers, which correspond to the keys on the keyboard. If there’s one major gripe I have about this tweak, this is it. In a future version, it would be nice if it contained a keyboard that can be played in the Settings app, that way you could easily create passcodes based on actually tunes, and not just numbers.

Preferences

Piano Passcode contains a preference panel to configure the passcode and other settings. The first page of the panel, found in the Settings app, allows you to toggle the tweak on or off. You’ll also find a section to enable a secure mode, which helps Piano Passcode’s compatibility with other security based jailbreak tweaks such as iCaughtU.

Piano Passcode Settings

A handy respring button is provided right within the tweak’s preference panel, and it is highly recommended that you execute a respring whenever you change any of the tweaks settings, or iOS’ passcode settings. Speaking of iOS’ passcode, Piano Passcode does technically work when using it in conjunction with a stock passcode, but it’s certainly not recommended. Enabling both results in a small little ‘x’ icon in the upper right-hand corner of the Piano, which can be used to toggle the normal passcode unlock.

Piano Passcode Config

While I was able to get the passcode working in conjunction with Piano Passcode on video, I did encounter a bit of trouble when trying to use both while off the air. The Piano Passcode that I had set stopped working after using it with the stock iOS passcode. My recommendation? Stick to either the stock iOS passcode or Piano Passcode, but don’t use both.

Overall, I found Piano Passcode to be a great way to freshen up the iOS Lock screen unlock experience. The setup of the actual piano tunes could be a bit more intuitive, but other than that, it’s a great tweak that works well if used in standalone mode.

Piano Passcode is now available for $0.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. If you decide to take it for a test drive, then you know the drill, let us know what you think about it in the comment section below.

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  • Chuck Norris

    I will roundhouse anyone who doesn’t like it… Nah too old

  • Om Soni

    I watched the video 2-3 times to see if Jeff had Velox installed.

    • Jeff

      It is :) On my iPhone.

      • http://twitter.com/marcoazeem Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

        you even have Luna already :D

    • Alex

      So did I! LOL

    • http://twitter.com/lukejmulholland Luke Mulholland

      Velox is on Cydia now…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1789569670 Lucas Ronald Erwin Gantioqui

    Batman?!

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

    Is this compatible with CleverPin Jeff?

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

    Is this compatible with CleverPin?

  • http://twitter.com/monster_hazardo Roger Riekki

    Wow so it was made a tweak, I might check it out.

  • tariq haidari

    ATOM? JELLYLOCK? OR A PIANO?
    i cant decide
    HELP

    • Raff Rodriiguez

      Jellylock ;)

    • http://twitter.com/GGurudas Gurudas G✅

      Why not Jelly Lock and Piano? I have that installed.

    • f1ght3r

      Atom and piano is what I have and it’s great!

  • Mr. E

    That was some great singing at the beginning of the video

  • http://twitter.com/THFL5 Thomas Flores

    I can’t seem to find it in cydia. I have no idea why

  • http://twitter.com/dpbiscuit D1M

    Well i just bought it. It said to set up a passcode since it was my first time setting one and now I can’t unlock my phone :( help please anyone

    • Alex

      did you forget your passcode for piano or for iOS? If it’s piano, restart your phone while holding down the volume button on your phone and you should be in safe mode, now use ifile to remove the preference file for the tweak and then restart.

      • http://twitter.com/dpbiscuit D1M

        Thanks dude. Worked. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Bailey/100001793622814 James Bailey

      Reboot holding down the volume down button. Try that might help or it should help you delete it.

  • http://twitter.com/dreadcircus Jade Starr™

    Works with jellylock for me :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/watersj Jamie Waters

    Hey Jeff, what software do you use view your phone on your computer? Thanks!

  • TanForWil

    I would use both until you get used to it so that if you mess up you can always go back and set it up again

  • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

    You need the normal passcode you know. If your iphone is stolen the stealer can justt put your devic in safe mode and boom you are dead

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1493735449 Mustafa Zaki

      wow the stealer must be very smart to know do that

    • Bob

      Use iProtect for settings/cydia and disable the power off button.

      What’s the thief going to do? lol

      • Gekko

        How do you disable the power off button?

  • http://www.facebook.com/L.Tempris Leviscus Tempris

    Finally! It seems like for weeks nothing happens then suddenly a typhoon of tweaks! Too bad I’m not jail broken. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/L.Tempris Leviscus Tempris

    Yay!

  • Chris

    i accidently used a 0 in my passcode.. now the phone wont unlock.. any ideas?

    • Alex

      HAHAHAHA, seems we have an oversight by the developer. Do what I suggested to D1M above. That should fix it.

      • Bob

        Oversight?

        The developer specifically mentioned if you forget your password just start up in safe mode and uninstall the tweak.

      • Alex

        The oversight isn’t forgetting your passcode, it’s being able to enter piano pascode digits that it doesn’t use, i.e. 8, 9, 0.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Bailey/100001793622814 James Bailey

      Reboot holding down the volume down button. Try that might help.

    • Quốc Tâm

      1. Hold Home & Power button untill logo apple
      2. Hold Volume Up
      3. Remove Piano passcode from Cydua
      4. Hold Home & VPower again
      Good luck

      • http://twitter.com/chriserli Christoffer Lindquis

        Dont do this, read my other comment. It is much more easier

  • http://twitter.com/jontelang Jonathan Winger-Lang

    Hi there. The developer here. If you are using the “secure mode” it will have priority over the piano passcode. I might do something about this but the “secure mode” is, for now, not intervening with the stock passcode and that is by design. That’s what makes it secure ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/daxeno Dax Asetre

      hi Jonathan,
      is this compatible with iCaughtU Pro?

      • http://twitter.com/jontelang Jonathan Winger-Lang

        Yes (late reply sorry).

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarahdennis327 Sarah Dennis

    Just bought it and love it!!

  • mattdgold

    No sharps or flats? Please add in a future release and I’ll be very interested, dev

  • http://twitter.com/iTashenG Tashen G

    I like this tweak. It makes me feel like I’m getting into the Batcave. :P

  • http://twitter.com/Antoniogzzx onebyone_

    IT movie theme

  • http://www.facebook.com/sariahajjar Saria Hajjar

    nice tweak, but why didn’t the developer put an “if” that would stop the user from adding number equal to, or higher than 8.

    • RarestName

      Or the number 0. Just a few lines of code, I think.

  • http://twitter.com/chriserli Christoffer Lindquis

    If you’ve forgotten the pianopassword, just ask someone to call you, then press homebutton during the call and go to cydia and uninstall the tweak. The problem is now fixed :)
    Good luck!

  • Chuck Finley

    You can’t use the black keys?

    Well, can’t play everything then…

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

    It’s kinda kool! I have my own lil jingle now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.lee.790256 Brandon Lee

    This tweak just totally locks up my phone. As soon as I installed it, it went into a boot loop. Didn’t even go into safe mode.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1753646738 Tormod Østtveit

      I had the same problem
      This is how you ffix it:
      1. Hold Home & Power button untill logo apple
      2. Hold Volume Up (boots it into safemode)
      3. Remove Your iPhonePassword
      4. Reboot Your iPhone

      • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.lee.790256 Brandon Lee

        Thanks. I know about that, and maybe I’m missing something obvious, but… Is it just not possible to use this tweak with a passcode enabled?

      • http://twitter.com/jontelang Jonathan Winger-Lang

        Hey. Do you have QuickShoot installed? That caused some crashes, he updated it though.

  • Guest

    Is it compatible with Atom. If no one knows ill test it and report back here wether or not it works ok.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1753646738 Tormod Østtveit

      It is, im using it right now :D

  • Guest

    I Bought this app from cydia, but it just crashes my iPhone, and it wont boot up ;(
    Any Tips?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1753646738 Tormod Østtveit

    Found out why it does not work.
    If your iPhone goes into a bootloop, Try This:

    1. Hold Home & Power button untill logo apple
    2. Hold Volume Up
    3. Remove Your Password
    4. Reboot Your iPhone

  • Seth K.

    There’s something evolutionary about this, sort of like when Google introduced their pattern-based passcode metaphor. I’d love to see more people thinking around stuff like this and applying it to desktop/laptop operating systems, not just mobile platforms. Well done.

  • Jjjjjpp

    anyone else who gets in to a boot loop after installing it? only way to fix it is by starting the phone in safe mode and then delete the tweak :S

    • Jjjjjpp

      nvm found it in the comments below, most have missed it!

  • ellis

    it’s working but I hear no sound? My volume is turned up and everything? help

  • Karl Primus

    its cool

  • http://twitter.com/patriotphantom Chris

    Love the tweak but have a issue…. The piano sounds play through my earpiece and once unlocked all sounds play through the earpiece. To “fix” i can play some music (only tested through stock music app) and it makes everything return to the bottom speaker. This is very annoying as I have to play a song every time i unlock to hear my sounds ( mail, test, whatsapp, ect.). any ideas?

    iPhone 5 with OS 6.1 secure mode enabled as I need to passcode if SB crashes.

  • trolledRex

    if I put 0 in the password,, what will happen?? my Iphone cannot open,, unlock T^T plz helpppp

  • Бат-Эрдэнэ

    how to uninstall, I just forgotten :(