Control Unlocker: unlock your iPhone old school style

By , Jul 30, 2013

Control Unlocker

You probably already saw our preview for Control Unlocker, but just in case you haven’t, let me fill you in on what it does. Control Unlocker is a new jailbreak tweak that brings an NES inspired controller to the Lock screen. Users can then use custom input commands to unlock their device.

Yes, it’s entirely possible to use the Contra code to unlock your iPhone, though the controller lacks a Start (or Select) button. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside…

Once installed, your unlock code can be established in the preference panel for Control Unlocker. There, you’ll also find a kill switch for the tweak, and a setting for establishing custom text to brand the controller.

Although Control Unlocker works with a passcode, it won’t outright replace a passcode if you have one set. This means that every time you input the correct button combination, the passcode prompt still pops up next. You can outright bypass Control Unlocker using a pinch gesture on the controller, and jump right to the passcode, but that kind of defeats the purpose.

If you’re someone who doesn’t use a passcode, then Control Unlocker is something you may want to use on a daily basis. If you do use a passcode, it may be seen as more of a novelty than anything else.

Control Unlocker was scheduled to be set at $0.99, but the developer, Stevie Hetelekides, has since decided to make the tweak free of charge. You can find it right now on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Let me know what you think about it down below.

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  • Cameron Nottingham

    up up down down left right left right b a

    • Samy060

      Thought of of the Konami code too ^^

  • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

    it doesn’t seem to store correctly the passcode, I enter it once and works fine, but the second time resets to the default one.

    • Chris

      Same here. Doesn’t work after the second time. Resets to the default. Tried turning the tweak off and on, including a Respring but still the same result. Hope it gets fixed.

    • iosPixel

      I have a suggestion for a temporary fix. After editing the plist within the settings bundle browse to said plist (ifile/ifunbox/terminal) and set its attributes to read only. That way if its the tweak resetting your options upon unlock it won’t be able to write to the file. I don’t own the tweak but this could provide a temporary fix whilst waiting on an update.

      The result could also be an attempt at license implementation?

  • Hmm?

    Why did you not post about instalauncher after you made the preview?

  • Makaveli6103

    It does cost $0.99, not free.

    • :)

      It’s free. It says 99 cents but you can actually go ahead and download it for free. I tried myself.

    • pegger1

      It was free for me

  • manybreak

    Dev already pushed a updated that fixed the bug of the password :D

  • Makaveli6103

    I turned off my passcode and now control unlocker does not show up when I unlock it. Is there a default time before it shows up again?

  • Chuck Finley

    This tweak needs a button so you can unlock with your passcode if needs be like in Stride. It’s buggy as hell at the moment, I entered a combination for Control Unlock, locked, tried my combination and it wouldn’t unlock (after the update today that fixed it restoring to default).

    Had to go into safe mode and disable the tweak to get back into my phone.

    • Sam Wizla

      Same here lol

  • Aj Finn Scott-bridger

    what is the dafault code