WaveOff: toggle your iPhone’s screen with a wave gesture

By , Sep 8, 2013

WaveOff Hero

If you own a jailbroken iPhone, you can now toggle its screen on and off using a simple wave gesture. WaveOff, a tweak released yesterday on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, allows end users to move their hands to and from across the devices proximity sensor to turn toggle its screen.

It’s a bit on the gimmicky side, but WaveOff is a good tweak for those moments when you want to show off in front of your friends and family. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see what I mean.

While WaveOff works pretty much as one would expect, there are a few things that you should know before dropping $0.99 for the tweak. First and foremost, the wave gesture only works when the device is awake. If your device is locked and in sleep mode, the proximity sensor isn’t active, so the wave gesture won’t work.

You should also keep in mind that the gesture have to be performed fairly close to the iPhone’s screen — within inches. Waving your hand more than a few inches above the iPhone’s screen results in a fruitless endeavor.

If you can go into your purchase knowing these shortcomings, then you’ll likely be happy with WaveOff’s limited appeal. It’s good for showing off, but outside of that, it’s use is quite limited. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Bradley Wyatt

    Galaxy s4 has had this. Works when locked too. And you can swipe photos, screens etc. just more proof of jb community playing catch up

    • Biken Dangol

      That nobody uses. It’s like siri. It’s cool to show around but hard for day to day uses.

      • Rowan09

        If you own a car with Bluetooth or drive for a living Siri is far from a gimmick.

      • sadaN

        it’s like siri for you, thousands of people, including me (and im not even a native english speaker) use it extensively.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        You calling the devs nons? They obviously ported ’cause they found a use of it…it’s only a gimmick to you ’cause haven’t got a clue how to utilize it. Whenever you figure that out, you at least have the option to enable it on Android.

        Not that I need it, nor is it a groundbreaking feature to me, but I could already see this coming in handy for saving battery life in a situation where I’m working with gloves and keeping up with a group feed on my iPhone.

      • Biken Dangol

        I honestly don’t know what you’re saying! I didn’t mean to offend anyone, it was just my perspective.
        I only said that because lots of my friends has S4 but I’ve never in my life seen them using that technology,Whatsoever!

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        K, but your friends aren’t everybody you know, so can’t be claiming nobody uses it. Your friends either don’t need it in the situation where they met you, or they haven’t got a clue how to utilize it…nothing wrong with having the option there to turn it on, whenever you figure out how to use it.

    • Jamie Tilden

      “jb community playing catch up” …The jailbreak community, and developers within, don’t play “catch up”. They’re not in competition with others, and definitely not in competition with Samsung. Granted, this idea is taken from the S4, but making this tweak, I doubt, wasn’t in the name of catching the iPhone or jailbreak community up to speed with Samsung’s latest gimmicky technology.

    • 3aloo1

      Bla Bla Bla…
      samsung fan ?!?! get out from here go to the samsung blogs

  • Blaqheart

    Your move Shame-sung……

    • omrishtam

      so true…yet so sad

    • Alex Marwaha

      So sad that even though we know that apple products, you can’t say its samsungs move. We have to jailbreak to grt this.

    • Mathieu Reid

      You know they already have a feature like this ?

  • chumawumba

    Wonder what happens if I hold it up to a ceiling fan.

    • http://lucaskunert.com/ Lucas Kunert

      Your phone would stay cool.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      You might eventually blow up a transistor…

    • 3aloo1

      Ummm. Safe modes your iPhone
      Cuts into pieces
      AND MORE

  • bryananta

    can’t buy this tweak.. because no one wants to release a jailbreak for 6.1.4..

  • Neil Sardesai

    I’d probably accidentally turn my screen off more than I would intentionally.

    • JaeM1llz

      That’s exactly what happens. I’ve had it since this morning and I’ve accidentally turned off my screen at least 2 dozen times already.

  • Chris McG

    I think its very functional. I use it and turned off automatic lock in general settings. Never have to use home or lock button now

    • 3aloo1

      You cannot lock your phone by a home button unless you have activator

  • appletechboy123

    i suppose this will use a lot of battery???????????

    • Chris McG

      So far no. Had it since testerday afternoon

  • Palmer Paul

    I tried something thats sounds similar to this a couple of months ago called Always On Proximity. Its a free tweak in BigBoss…at least I think it was in BB. It was supposed to use the proximity sensor to turn the screen off AND on based on how close you were to the proximity sensor. Its recommended use was for people who just want to put there phones in their pockets and have the screen turn off and then turn back on when they pull it out of their pocket. For some reason (I couldn’t figure out the exact cause), I couldn’t get it to work consistently as expected and it had a relatively heavy effect on the battery, so I uninstalled it. I wonder if they can coexist in a way that allows the “wave” motion to also turn the screen back on. Perhaps someone can try to get that to work and also compare the differences between the two tweaks.

  • JaeM1llz

    Don’t waste your money, the screen frequently turns off when you don’t mean for it to.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Thanks for the heads up…

  • laszlo gaspar

    Nice little tweak

  • 4pplesauce

    my $0.02: This tweak works fairly good, and by that i mean that i have actually found use for it and found it real nifty that at a swipe of my hand i can toggle my screen off and on. It should have a blacklisted apps setting*, also implementing this to work like other of samsungs gimmicks would be sweet.

  • Hera

    What if i had a Flip Cover case, do you think it will work as a Smart Cover?

    • Evad3_Me

      Yup.

  • Alexander Reimann

    I bought it and didn’t work for me, because I would accidentally “wave” i.e. move my hand somewhere near the proximity sensor while reading, working, gaming etc and it would shut off… Needs to have quick activator action to disable it, so that it doesn’t have to be uninstalled to stop it from turning off the phone when it’s used normally. Maybe even a motion sensor, if you are holding and moving around with the phone the whole tweak gets paused. Then when you just have it on the desk and want to wave it off it works again. I uninstalled it until something happens

    • 4pplesauce

      Always On Proximity allows you to toggle the proximity sensor via Activator, and yes its compatible with WaveOff, and no my battery has not gone to shit :p

  • Om

    Goodbye, precious Battery!

  • n0ahcruz3

    Facehalt, videopane, waveoff. Samsungs gimmicky features. Yet acknowledged by cydia developers. This goes to show that tweak devs find samsung’s gimmicky features very usefull. But apple fanboys find it absurd and gimmicky lol. Oh the irony.. Que apple fanboys in 3..2..1.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      Precisely, it’s all a gimmick to fantards until it’s available on iOS…then it becomes “revolutionary” to them.

      • Mohammed

        well this feature is useless
        in Android or IOS ,this is just pure gimmick. period.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Useless to you ’cause you haven’t got a clue how to utilize it. period. I have no need of it, but I could already see it coming in handy as a battery life saver in the situation where I’m working with gloves and keeping up with a group feed on my iPhone.

      • Mohammed

        well.
        hope i find a way how to utilize it

  • http://boyangeorgiev.tumblr.com/ Boyan Georgiev

    I can see phones going off the table because of this very close to the phone waving :D

  • FOFF

    will pass on this

  • anon

    Have a wallet case. This is really neat to use as a smart cover.

  • Jonathan

    2 questions.
    Does the iPad have the proximity sensor?
    What is Apple currently using the proximity sensor for?

  • Philthy

    I was a iPhone User since day one and thinked one minute to change my OS to Android, i even don’t liked Samsung and Android like the most of you user. Till last Wednesday when i had a memory leak and couldn’t fix it and so i tried Semi Restore and lost my Jailbreak. Then i realized that a stock iPhone is like a handy back in late 90s with better Screen, don’t has features that other Smartphones have for years. So i buyed a S4 on the same Day and wow now i know why Apple lose the game at the Moment. I can do what i wanna do, habe a lot of Roms where i can find one that fit my needs without the fear at every install to lose my JB and within the features other phones have without to pay extra on cydia. The best is that the S4 where 250€ cheaper then my i5.

  • Philthy

    @Jonathan: The Sensor is used to lock screen in a Call. The Tweak DiminCall works on this way.

  • Pro fun user

    Not for ipod5;( it doesnt have prox&@@ sensor.! Write it in description Jeff

  • demigod cosmo

    has anyone else had problems with dimming?