Earlier in the year, there was a deluge of Lock screen launcher releases to hit jailbroken iPhones. Off the top of my head, I can probably name about 5 of them that came out all around the same time. Since then, things have died down a bit, but there still appears to be a lot of interest in the category.

BuddyLock is the latest such Lock screen launcher to make its way to Cydia. Although its name sounds a bit on the goofy side, don’t let its name fool you; BuddyLock is one of the deepest Lock screen launcher releases that we’ve ever covered.

Have a look inside as we touch on all of its features in our detailed video synopsis…

At its most basic core, BuddyLock is your average Lock screen launcher. In fact, before configuring the tweak, you might be asking yourself what makes BuddyLock different from something like atom, or JellyLock.

Indeed, after first seeing it on the Lock screen, BuddyLock looks might basicy, but it’s after you venture into the tweak’s settings that you see how detailed it can be.

BuddyLock 01

The launcher portion of the tweak is highly customizable. You can choose to have anywhere from 1-5 apps configured as quick launch apps at any given time. You also have the ability to replace the 5th app with a folder and launch an additional 4 apps.

In total, thanks to the folder mechanism, it’s possible to quick launch 8 different apps directly from the Lock screen, without the Lock screen appearing too cluttered.

And then there is a feature called Side Views, which is an appropriate name, given the way the feature works. The Side Views can be accessed by swiping from the right to left on the right-hand side of the Lock screen, or vice versa.

You can configure the Side Views to display your Music app’s playlists, widgets, or contacts. While the playlists and contacts are static based on how you have them configured in their respective apps, the widgets can be customized directly from within BuddyLock.

The widgets contain auxiliary features like quick compose links for Twitter, Facebook, and Notes, along with basic boolean toggles for Wi-Fi, etc. The cool thing about the widgets is that they can be individually enabled or disabled via the tweak’s settings.

BuddyLock 02

As if all of that wasn’t enough, BuddyLock features a wealth of Lock screen customization and theming options for your enjoyment.

You can easily disable specific sections of the Lock screen, i.e. status bar, clock, backgrounds, and more. You can also theme a wide variety of the elements contained therein. I’m talking different colors, fonts, backgrounds, opacity levels, offsets, etc; it’s ridiculously in-depth.

I won’t bore you with every single detail about the tweak, so watch the video if you want to know more. The most impressive thing about BuddyLock isn’t the amount of options, it isn’t the launcher and its folder ability, and it isn’t the Side Views with widgets and the like.

The most impressive thing about BuddyLock is that all of these features can be easily changed, configured, and rearranged without so much as a hint of a respring. For someone who tests a lot of tweaks on a daily basis, that’s certainly a breath of fresh air, but I have a feeling that your average end user will highly appreciate it as well.

BuddyLock 03

For $0.99, BuddyLock is a no-brainer for those of you who want to customize the Lock screen to a high degree. Not only is it a competent Lock screen launcher, but it’s great for those who want to get more out of the Lock screen from a customization standpoint.

Let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    This is definitely a tweak for the power user.

  • Gorgonphone


    • Falk M.

      Jelly Lock is incredible, indeed.
      I removed my Jailbreak now though, as I only jailbroke my iPhone 5 for a few weeks to make the waiting game for iOS 7 more bearable, now that I know how iOS 7 looks like and with the release just a few weeks away I’m passing on the jailbreak and enjoy my bit more stable iOS 7 on the latest iOS version. 🙂

  • John Smith

    Is there a tweak that has makes your lock screen transparent?

    • Nizar

      “Clear the Air”

      • chumawumba

        Ayra is a clear the air knockoff

      • John Smith

        Agreed. Thanks for the suggestions. I was thinking of a tweak that you can actually see “through” your lock screen and view your home page while the phone is locked; hence, transparency.

      • chumawumba

        Ayra offers no customization, whereas Clear the air lets you choose how transparent each portion of your lockscreen should be, even the passcode lock!

  • Andrew ☜☆☞ Forbes

    This is Just An Overkill… JellyLock is Far More to The Point And Far Less Complicated

    • Damian W


  • Shingo

    not compatible with custom themes

  • Ecko Vas

    I love it!

  • Damian W

    incredible tweak…but UI is a bit ugly and overzied. Love it anyway.

    if it was made by intelli team they would ask for 10 bucks.

    ps, just checked UI options and it turns out you can customize it too. Great tweak.

  • Pedro Gonsalez

    Sweet! Jeff saves the day with another thorough review! I was beginning to wonder when iDB would take a look at BuddyLock. Thanks

  • Diego Gastón Milano

    I have to say I was reluctant when I saw this but it wasn’t until I saw the full video I was surprised.
    I wonder- is it compatible with Luna and IntelliScreenX as well as with Torch?

  • b_boy

    hey jeff, I love your reviews, man. you really do a stand-up job. but I gotta say, (and I mean this totally light-hearted), the way you pronounce “folder(s)” drives me insane. there’s an “L” in there, you know…


    keep up the good work though

  • Zelox

    I still think Atom is the best

  • cc

    is this lockinfo compatible…?

  • Guest

    Hey Jeff, what is that grabber at the bottom of your screen ? Intrigued ..

  • Trev

    Love the app, its functionality & prisicion. There is a bug tho at mo, where when you hit home button to get back to springboard you end up in one of the other lock screen apps without being able to home button out without respring. Iphone 5 ios 6.1.2

  • wusa


    Does anybody got problems with the sideview, too? I cant pull them that far From the Frame And also couldnt swipe it away once pulled out.

    I really like that tweak.

    Would ne Great if it is possible to Change the Camera app to a Custom One.

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    I have on my 4th gen iTouch,and I love it 😀

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    Still my favorite. After tweaking with the settings a bit, you can make a minimal look which will fit with a minimal Winterboard theme and will go nicely with any wallpaper.