JellyLock update

JellyLock has been my Lock screen launcher of choice for a few weeks now. Up until now, the jailbreak tweak was available on the developer’s private repo only, limiting its availability to the masses, but the developer recently decided to move the package to the ModMyi repo.

Still labeled as a beta release, JellyLock packs some interesting features that take this tweak to yet another level while giving more customization options to users…

The most notable new feature is probably the addition of three new shortcuts to the launcher. Up until now, you were limited to three shortcuts. You can now use up to six. Those six shortcuts can be displayed on both the upper and lower half of the circle, as you can see on the screenshot above. I found it very unpractical to use the bottom half as it pushes the limits of thumb reach, making unlocking your device slightly less natural. This is just a personal preference and you might think otherwise.

Personally, I have added only five shortcuts on the top half, and completely deactivated use of the bottom half, thanks to some simple and clear options in the settings of the tweak.

JellyLock square

I’m not sure if this was an option before, but this version of JellyLock lets you use labels for your shortcuts, and also allows you to display badges, if any. Again, this is all customizable from the settings app. The minimalist in me immediately turned off icon labels and badges. The cleaner, the better to me.

Another feature that I believe is new is access to Siri or Google Now with a simple gesture. There is an invisible button in the middle bottom of the screen. Simply slide this invisible button up to launch Siri or Google Now, depending on your set up. I have to say that I was pretty excited about this feature. I was expecting the gesture to load the Google voice search assistant but when I tried it, it would simply bring up a sheet of the main Google search page where I’d have to manually go to voice search. I set it back to Siri for now, and I’m sure that JellyLock developer Max Katzmann will fix this small annoyance in a future update. Sliding up to launch Siri worked flawlessly.

This new version of JellyLock still brings the same level of customization as before. For a complete overview of the previous version, I suggest you check out our original post about JellyLock where you’ll also be able to see the tweak in action in one of Jeff’s videos.

Surprisingly, JellyLock is still available for the price of free, and in my opinion is a much better value than other Lock screen launchers such as Grabby, Axis, or Atom. But again, this is all based on personal preferences and I won’t dare claiming JellyLock is the best launcher. It simply is the one that fits my needs best. Your mileage will obviously vary, but I suggest you give it a try and see for yourself.

If you already have the older version of JellyLock running, it is recommended you uninstall it first before installing this new version.

  • Mr. E

    It’s unbelievable how many choices there are for lockscreen launchers. It’s a good thing tho

    • Gorgonphone

      i wish some devs would work on an update to backgrounder instead..loo

      • Damian W


      • C. Ryan Gordon

        Background Manager works just as good as backgrounder to me and the dev frequently updates to fix any bugs. It’s only .99

  • I do like Jelly Lock better than Atom, with Atom it seems like its more of a stretch to reach the icons at the middle of the screen. Just doesn’t seem natural.

    • u mad, bro?

      • Please take your year old insults elsewhere.
        Or does an opinion bother you that much?

      • Gorgonphone


      • Falk M.

        Don’t bother. Trolls aren’t stopped here.
        Sure, eventually a post may be deleted, but the trolls never get blocked it seems.

        Just ignore them, that’s the only thing you and us all can do.
        (Hint to mods: YOU have more tools to work with… Use them maybe? Cause this page is starting to get judged by its comments more and more it seems)

  • once this came out a couple of days ago i ditched Atom. this one is just plain awesome.

    • Damian Lillard

      Completely concur. I still feel attached to Atom though, since it is pretty dope regardless and plus I had to pay for it, which automatically gives me more incentive to use it.

  • It is best, indeed.

    • Damian Lillard

      Yeah, yeah, no doubt.

  • Ill say it: it is the best!

    • Damian Lillard

      Yeah, yeah no doubt.

  • What I would like to see on the next version is a bettre look : the circle shoul be less visible and something like on the Nexus, with these little dots under your finger :

    • You can change the opacity of the circle already. And the thumb indicator is basically the same as the dots.

  • Bosco

    Love this tweak. It looks great. Really cleans up the lock screen.

    I’m sure it’s my old IPhone 4 but does anyone else notice any lag when launching items? The screen goes black (for a few seconds) and then the app loads in.

    • Probably set device problem. I don’t experience any lag on iPhone 5 or iPad mini.

      • Bosco

        Yeah I figured it was my iPhone. Bummer. Cheers!

  • Shugo Asakura

    Does it play nice with android lock XT?

    • yes it does, at least the previous beta on his private repo does

  • f1ght3r

    Atom is rittled with bugs and the developer Tyler nettleton is a terrible dev. Not only does he not answer to most emails, when he does he insults his customers. I heard of a guy who had atom installed on his iPhone 4, and atom was lagging in animations. When he contacted Tyler regarding this issue (to possibly add incompatibility with older devices, or add an option to remove animations) Tyler told told him his device is too old and he should go buy a newer one. I only bought atom because of surenix’s graphic design which is nice, but I sure as hell won’t be buying ANYTHING from Tyler again!

    • Gorgonphone

      lol i agree.. anything below and iphone 4S is just too old and slow

      • Damian W

        iPhone 4 still runs decently

      • AndroidSucks!

        Not for me cause i want. To do more and more faster and faster everytine a new phones comes out

    • Damian W

      maybe tyler could buy us new iphones so we can enjoy his tweak. In this case i will shell out 2 bucks for atom. 😛

      • Or he can buy us a new device and we can get JellyLock… for free. 😉

    • Just ask for a refund and get rid of Atom. Design is not really everything. Also, if a specific tweak requires somewhat of a newer device in terms of power (eg. graphics, processing, etc.), the developer could easily add a disclaimer or discourage its usage on older devices. One way or another, sharing some apologies to the Customers -us- is a humble gesture that’s missed throughout the community. I had a similar experience with AnyAttach developer.
      I guess that’s why developers are not the ones you would get feedback from when requesting customer support. I’ve worked in technology companies for more than a decade and anyone knows they should carefully separate development from a care desk or a support email. I know the comparison is a bit unfair but you get my point. 😉

  • So many, cant decide which one to use. I was using Axis but upon launching an app my swipe gestures on the status bar stopped working and the borders when i open my folders with FolderEnhancer starts to overlap the status bar, a respring fixes it but it comes back after launching an app using Axis. Anyone else with this problem? If this is fixed i’m going back to Axis.

    • Yeah, was experiencing the same with Grabby (and Axis), but that got fixed in v1.0 (the compatibility with FolderEnhancer). Hopefully it gets fixed in Axis eventually….

      • What about the status bar activation gesture? I cant bring up battery doctor pro dont know about sbsettings

      • I personally found that “Normal” because you’re still at the LockScreen in the case of Grabby; you haven’t entered a passcode to access the apps, so you shouldn’t have access to the phone’s past notifications).

        On the contrary, in the case of Axis that forces you to enter a passcode (currently no option to not require a passcode), you should have access to the notification centre, but I’m guessing that’s a limitation of iOS itself; no access to the stock notification centre from the LockScreen. SBSettings’ drop-down window is still accessible from the LockScreen.

      • I mean after you launch an app then close it and you are back in your homescreen. Thats when I cant bring up battery doctor pro by swiping on the status bar or tapping the battery icon, it fixes with a respring but comes back again when I launch an app with Axis, notification centre still works though.

  • Kyle Adams

    when I was still jailbroken this was my go-to. really, REALLY, solid tweak/implementation.

    • Gorgonphone

      how to do you live wit no jailbreak…

      • He killed himself. xD

      • AndroidSucks!

        Yeah i would too lol

  • F P


  • Can any1 help me ? I cant get atom removed. I keep getting a error code.

    Trying to overwrite
    /Applications/velox plugintester. App/icon@2x.png

    Which is also in package com.apextweaks velox

    Sub-process/usr/Bin/dkpg returns a error code (1)

    • f1ght3r

      Try removing velox first, then atom.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Velox is pitiful. Don’t kno what all the hype was about. What a waste.

  • I like that background, Sebastien. Can I have a link?

  • I love it..amazing!

  • Gorgonphone

    fantastic tweak

  • Markus Hudobnik

    The features are wonderful. I just hate all of the themes that come with it…. That’s why I use atom.

    • You don’t like the fact you can personalize JellyLock it to match your own taste?

      • Markus Hudobnik

        It doesn’t. Atom is so much cleaner and the animations and the overall design is awesome. I messed around with jellylock, I really like the features, just not the design.

      • Fair enough. Each to there own i guess.
        I personally don’t like Atom. It’s just too laggy on my iPhone 4 unfortunately.

      • Markus Hudobnik

        See atom runs perfectly on my iPhone 5. If jelly lock adds more themes or where other devs can theme that would be awesome

  • Damian W

    Finally devs focused their attention on lock screen. Just over a year ago we had only few decent tweaks for lock screen. Now, in the last few months we have got so many amazing tweaks.

  • Ricki Baroza

    I do like jellylock a lot but I always go back to Grabby. I tried out Jellylock, Atom, and Axis as well, but I always go back to it. I just enjoy having the standard “slide to unlock” and Axis is a bit buggy still.

  • I wish the invisible button had its own set of customizable shortcuts in addition to siri/google now. Maybe in the next version!

  • It makes my springboard to go in safemode, any ideas?

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    JellyLock fck’n rules. Period.

  • mythofechelon

    Does selecting the camera icon do nothing but fade out JellyLock and clear the status bar for anyone else?

  • Okk it just crashes when i select an app shortcut
    Someone having this problem? Im running an iphone 4s 5.1.1

    • Chan Chang Wai

      me too

  • Marcelo


  • finally …. a update

  • This is the best tweak combined with subtlelock! 🙂

  • Damian Lillard

    Yes! Jellylock is my favorite lockscreen launcher. I replaced it with Atom, due to the availability of third party app launching in Atom, but now jellylock has better launching capability so back to using it!

    Also, love that it’s free.

  • SweKiwi

    Totally love this tweak!
    Should be tried by anyone and everyone 🙂

  • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

    Does this still crash ios 5.1.1 into safe mode? Don’t worry I’ll test it.

  • funny how iphone users like all the Google products and themes, from Android lock, to Jellylock, even Google Now?

  • MyFlammingSkull

    ATOM? 🙁

  • i dont want any android stuff on my idevice!!

  • I’m not too happy, but I had to ditch JellyLock. It was causing way too many problems with CallBar and I hate when a developer doesn’t respond to me. I’ll “try” Axis first before I buy to make sure it won’t run as poorly as JellyLock with CallBar installed.

  • watleyjosh

    Did they stop JellyLock for ios 6? i cannot find it 🙁 someone please tell me)