Add handy information tiles to your device’s Lock screen with LS Squares

By , May 21, 2013

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Folks looking to spice up their device’s Lock screen will be happy to hear that there’s a new jailbreak theme out that can help with that. It’s called LS Squares, and it adds 4 tiles to the empty space that each provide you with useful information at a glance.

Sure, there are already hundreds of tweaks and themes available in Cydia that have similar premises. But what sets LS Squares apart from the rest of them is its sharp, Metro-like tile design that can completely change the look of your Lock screen…

As with most themes, LS Squares requires WinterBoard. I know, that may be a deal-breaker for some, but it is what it is. This makes installing the theme very easy though—applying it is as simple as enabling it in Settings/WB and re-springing your device.

The theme consists of 4 tiles: one for time, one for date, one for current temperature and one for local weather conditions. The clock can be set to either 12 or 24 hour format, and you can change Fahrenheit to Celsius, as long as you know what you’re doing in iFile.

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Now as for the UI of the theme, I think it looks pretty clean. The tiles are sharp, and centered (for the most part), and I really like the weather icons. The font could’ve been better, I guess, but it could have also been a lot worse. Overall, the visuals are solid.

I don’t, however, like how notifications look when LS Squares is active. Even using Lock screen Clock Hide, push alerts look out of place. And the same goes for the music controls. While this is common in ls themes, and likely curable, it’s still worth noting.

That shouldn’t stop you from checking it out though. I’d say LS Squares is one of 5 or 10 Lock screen themes that are actually worth installing, and seeing for yourself. If you’re interested, you can find the theme in Cydia, in the ModMyi repo, for free.

So, what do you think of LS Squares?

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  • jiminee

    For notifications, I suggest a custom BarLCD png file (much like how ClearLowNotifications have it) customized to how low you want it to appear. Consider looking into LSFlatAlerts as well.

    As for the music controls, LockHTML 2′ “move with controls” could be the way to go.

  • aaaapm

    i would unjailbreak my iphone 4 rather than installing winterboard

    • jiminee

      Why?

      • phatmanjr.

        Usually its really slow and laggy for me and crashes all the time :X

        voyaflexel

        jiminee

      • jiminee

        That’s a common misconception. It isn’t Winterboard that’s slow, per se, but rather the theme that one uses.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ishaanmalhotra92 Ishaan Malhotra

        Winterboard is weird. I installed it on my i5 and it started crashing. This happened to me with itouch 4 as well. But now when i tried it again, it works fine on both devices.

    • voyaflexel

      Why all hates winterboard?

      • Dan

        it was pretty buggy in the beginning, it’s ok now, a lot of people have kept their prejudice against it

      • http://twitter.com/PiraCee PiraCee

        Exactly ^
        While it’s true that themes do weigh down on iOS and make it run (slightly) slower, this is hardly noticeable anymore.
        There is also the option to “optimize” the theme images within Winterboard.
        It’s a shame developers don’t do that with all themes.
        It certainly helps.

    • batongxue

      I installed winterboard for ayecon.
      No problemo at all

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrislongden Chris Longden

    I like it… all be that I editted the CSS so it fills the screen upto the stock slide to unlock bar :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/spolo Stefano ‘Graziani’ Polo

      mind sharing how you did that?

      • AppleFan

        Use ifile on iphone or ifunbox on desktop

        Library/Themes/Ls Squre.theme/Resources/Style.css

        Change “padding: 0;” under body tag to “padding-top: 80;”

        higher the value lower the position

  • Adam Bowman

    I put this lockscreen on my phone last night. I like it, although having to hide the top bar took away one of my most used tweaks, Torch. SpringFlash solved that problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spolo Stefano ‘Graziani’ Polo

    I’ve installed it and I like it . However I don’t have the slide to lock like in the image above. Is that a different theme added on or am I missing something?

    • jiminee

      That’s a different tweak called JellyLock.

  • Christopher Ablaza

    windows phone? anyone??

  • Christopher Ablaza

    How do you make the weather portion correct? Mine shows the same wether as your screen shots above… but its 80 here… Any suggestions?

    • jiminee

      Navigate inside the theme’s folder and open Setup.js. All instructions are inside that file.

      • Christopher Ablaza

        ah, Thank you.

  • charlie feathers

    I’m not a big fan of these LS tweaks at all. I prefer a more organized look the way Lockinfo 4 use to provide. : (

  • Gorgonphone

    this is spicing DOWN your device very bad looking

  • http://www.facebook.com/dante.arellano1 Dante Arellano

    Windows stile no to bad but i will say no thanks.

  • girish

    this isnt nice for ma ip5 at all for me!!