Virtual Home: an amazing Touch ID jailbreak tweak

By , Jan 1, 2014

Virtual Home Tweak

Prior to the iOS 7 jailbreak being released, I think pretty much everyone imagined some of the cool things that would be able to be accomplished by tweaking the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID sensor. As of today, we no longer have to imagine any more.

Virtual Home is one of the first Touch ID based jailbreak tweaks available on the iPhone 5s, and it’s awesome. See our full video walkthrough inside.

Obviously, you’ll need an iPhone 5s in order to take advantage of the features offered by Virtual Home. That’s because it works exclusively with the Touch ID sensor, a feature that can only be found in the iPhone 5s thus far. Virtual Home uses that sensor in a way that Apple never intended it to be used, or if there ever did, that intention never made it to the final product.

By tapping once on the Home button with Virtual Home installed, you’ll be whisked back to the iPhone’s Home screen. This is the equivalent to pressing the Home button once.

Tapping and holding on the Home button (without pressing it) will invoke iOS 7’s app switcher. This tap and hold gesture is the basic equivalent of a quick double-press of the Home button.

The great thing about this tweak is that it will save you some definite wear and tear on your iPhone’s Home button. When you think about the reasons we use our Home button, this will eliminate the great majority of those button presses. The only thing that you can’t do thus far is invoke Siri, or perform the equivalent of triple-tap gestures used for things like Guided Access and Activator actions.

If you’ve got Touch ID setup to unlock your iPhone 5s, you can even use a tap gesture on the Home button to unlock your device without actually pressing in on the Home button. Instead of seeing the Lock screen, you’ll be immediately taken the Home screen as soon as you tap on the Home button. Of course, you’ll need to make sure that you use your registered fingers when unlocking your device, otherwise the unlock will fail, and it’ll just stay at the black screen.

The cool thing about Virtual Home is that it doesn’t require you to use your registered fingers when performing the Home screen and app switcher gestures; any finger will do, Touch ID simply needs to detect the presence of a finger so that it can perform the action requested.

I have to be honest and say that of all of the Touch ID jailbreak tweaks I envisioned, I never envisioned a tweak like this. All of the tweaks that I imagined had something directly to do with security or passcodes, but this is quite the innovative use of the sensor. It’s basically a portion of Zephyr placed inside of the Home button.

If you want to try Virtual Home, then head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo right now; it’s a free download. Again, you’ll need a jailbroken iPhone 5s in order to give it a try. Let me know what you think about Virtual Home in the comments section below.

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  • Matheus Lisboa

    You can actually do this with activator guys…

    • Alex-V

      for 64 bit and only use the sensor to wake..?

  • Vitor

    I like the tweak but it will not work if touchID is off in defenicions .
    And i dont want to turn on becouse it fails alot to unlock the iphone with touchID

    • Alex-V

      so it dont work (wake) if touch id is off..?

      • Vitor

        If touch id is off the tweak just dont work.
        If u like the tweak u need to have touch id to unlock the iphone

  • michaes

    When you use it for multitasking it doesn’t use your fingerprint.. meaning any finger can work.. unlock uses it though

    • Alex-V

      yeah…i thought this…but i mean can the phone wake up without touch id…i dont mean unlock..thx

  • hkgsulphate

    Battery life?

  • Ali

    this tweak hurt touch id ?

  • Sanjeev

    installed it! works great so far

  • leon

    Hi guys sorry for off topic … is there any chance to back in ios7 to old tray app switcher … without previu ?? i have a lott of private staff e-mail … sms … i use lockdown pro … on ios 6 is nice but now i want to have ios 7 but this is problem for me …

  • siddique

    how about i log in and log out twitter/ Facebook account with my touch id ?

  • Ben

    Cool but I have a 5.

  • Alex-V

    …ok installed..worked good..until the phone goes to deep sleep..(after some min) it will not wake ….

  • M@

    Works great. Sure it doesn’t work after a while that the screen is locked, but that’s not a big deal

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Its a hit or miss tweak.. sometimes it works and sometimes it doesnt. needs more update and stability.

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Hasn’t failed me once. Wrks perfectly. Mayb u have a conflict with something else u have installed.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        not conflicting with anything. I have cross checked , may be it needs an update or two so that it improves.

  • leart

    This is the equivalent of zephyr or at least something for saving the home button life that is short since its over used and in a short time gets out of working.
    FANTASTIC tweak just its only for 5s, it will be cool if something to replace Zephyr come out for other devices on iOS 7 since the new swipe menu from bottom make impossible Zephyr to work on iOS 7

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      of course it doesn’t… zephyr uses activator… so you could just switch your control center gesture to something else..

  • troothseek3r

    can i preserve all my tweaks while upgrading from jailbroken 6.1.2 to 7.0.4?
    don’t wanna lose all the saved preferences and settings.

    • leart

      Your asking two much and the most of your tweaks I don’t think are already working on ios 7

  • ikn0witall

    funny thing is Ryan Petrich just updated Activator to make a single tap on TouchID as a listener to do whatever. This is more accurate. A double tap on this will invoke the multitask gesture. Any finger works (even the ones you don’t have setup for Touch ID)

    • Alex-V

      yes…but also the activator dont work in deep sleep to wake with just a id touch……also i got some save reboots while using it for a while…not sure what feelings i have atm…but i dont want to have a unstable phone…on the otherside…this tweak is really hard button saving…

      • ikn0witall

        I have switched from the virtual tweak to just activator and I prefer the activator method. No safe mode reboots or issues.

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      bro where is that.. I’ve been looking all through activator since reading this… lol

      • ikn0witall

        It’s probably from the beta copy I had off his repo. But I see there’s an Activator update that just recently came out. Check that one out and see.

  • disqus_4Ecf7nmwkQ

    How do u take a picture of the screen now?

  • disqus_4Ecf7nmwkQ

    How do u take a picture of the screen now when I try to do it I cannot

  • Dadasmithywinkle

    It wont work for me. I’ve tried both Evasi0n 7 1.01 and 1.02. No luck. I have the 5S 32gb Unlocked. Anyone have any ideas?

  • Andrey Dubovsky

    The metal ring tests the presence of a conductor by sending a current. As soon as I learned this, I thought Apple would include a setting to turn this feature on right in the settings… I was disappointed but good thing I know how to jailbreak.

  • hankdu

    The touch to unlock feature stops to work after the screen is switched off after a few minutes. Someone referred to this state as the phone is in ‘deep sleep’. I hope there will be a way to fix this.

  • Sripradha Ravi

    does this work for iPhone 4?

  • Fernando Bravo

    Is in conflict with the Bio Protec.
    When we use the Bio Protect an App to unlock it disables all the rest of the Activator fingerprint sensor and or Virtual Home.

  • HieuNg

    Can it damage the sensor of touch ID?

  • Bella Paz

    Virtual Home doesn’t work with BioProtect

  • BAOBOI

    I couldn’t take a screenshot while using this tweak.

  • OneDelaX

    App switcher is not working

  • Barbara White

    does this work with ipad air?

  • GzyOnline

    If you go to settings, disable/then enable it, it turns back on.. A respring is not necessarily needed. There have been times where i’ve opened the app store and closed it and the tweak still works.. But not always. This is a bug of a great tweak that is really an inconvenience :-/

  • Saurabh

    The latest update of Virtual Home has a bug. It has also disabled adding new finger prints. My friends and i are unable to add new fingerprints because of Virtual Home. please can someone help.

  • Saurabh

    The latest update of Virtual Home has a bug. It has also disabled adding new finger prints using Touch ID. My friends and i are unable to add new fingerprints because of Virtual Home. please can someone help.

  • Saurabh

    With virtual home my Touch ID stopped working. we cannot add any new fingerprints. Can you help Jeff?

  • Kristine

    It’s in conflict with iTouchSecure 🙁

  • Joshua

    after instaling this tweak :
    1. Drain battery
    2. Bug in battery life usage and standby time exactly the same.
    3. Shake to shufle in music app doesn’t work.

  • Chips

    I have JB 7.0.3 … but it doesn’t work at ALL … what should i do

  • Ryan Kwan

    Will this affect the finger print sensor in the long run? Like is there any downsides to it after a while? I want to use this but I’m afraid after like a few months with it always on then it suddenly stops working and I can’t use the finger print sensor anymore

  • ថាន ហាំងស៊ា

    not support iphone 6+ ios8.1,

  • David Morse

    Realize this is an old post, but Activator can now do exactly what Virtual Home does by making the following assignments:

    Short Hold (Fingerprint Sensor) -> System Actions/Activate Switcher

    Single Press (Fingerprint Sensor) -> System Actions/Home Button

    • vartan

      Activator CANNOT wake up the phone with a tap of the touch ID. I dont understand why people are confusing Activator with Virtual Home

  • Baber Hanif

    Help plz. Virtual home. iPhone 5s iOS 8.1 Touch sensor Not work wen screen black

    • vartan

      Did you use Virtual Home for iOS 8? Its $2.99

  • Dyon

    My touchid does work but if i press on my homebutton it doesnt go to the homescreen. So can i use this tweak to go back to my homescreen without pressing on the homebutton