SkipLock lets you bypass the Lock screen altogether

By , Jan 6, 2014

SkipLock iOS 7

Regular iDB readers may remember a tweak we talked about last year called SkipLock. SkipLock is a simple tweak that allows you to bypass the Lock screen of your device, unless it is password protected, or unless there is a pending notification on the screen, in which case, you will still have to slide to unlock your device.

An original idea by yours truly, and developed by famous jailbreak dev Filippo Bigarella, the tweak was only available on Filippo’s repo and never made it to the public.

iOS 7 broke SkipLock so I asked Filippo if he could do something about it. A few minutes later, he came back to me with a .deb file which I quickly installed on my iPad mini, and it worked just as advertised. The good news is that SkipLock is now available on Cydia…

Some people may wonder why you’d want to bypass the Lock screen of your iOS device, so let me share with you why this tweak is very useful to me.

My iPad mini sits on my coffee table all day. I take it with me when I go on weekend or vacation somewhere, but other than that, it is a home device that barely makes it farther than the couch seats. When I use my iPad mini, unlocking the Lock screen is just an extra step that I find completely unnecessary.

Because I have little to do with the Lock screen, SkipLock allows me to go faster where I want to go, which in most cases is either Reeder or Twitter.

So how does it work? After downloading SkipLock, press the power button once to turn off your device’s screen. Then either press the power or home button to wake your device and be taken straight to the Home screen. That is all there is to it.

Again, you will not be taken directly to the Home screen if there is a pending notification on your Lock screen, such as a Message.

It’s important to note that if your device is password protected, SkipLock will not bypass the Lock screen. Same applies if you use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone 5s.

As we mentioned before, SkipLock is not for everyone, but if like me, you’re looking for a way to skip the Lock screen when there is no pending notification, this tweak should do the trick. I am well aware that you can kind of do this with Activator, but it is not as straighforward.

Now for those wondering, Filippo didn’t get too carried away from his work on Springtomize 3 to update SkipLock. It is my understanding that it only took him a few minutes to update SkipLock. He got so familiar with the SpringBoard that he knew by heart the functions he had to use to update the tweak for iOS 7.

SkipLock is available on BigBoss repo for free.

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  • http://hacksmods.com/ HacksMods

    I love this simple tweak. For the same reasons, on my iPad…no need for the lockscreen.

    • teejay_1987

      With any magnetic cover you have a “native” skiplock!

  • Thanh

    Does Password Pilot work on iOS 7 yet?

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      I don’t believe it does.

    • Likii111

      Search for PasswordPilot Modoko(ios 7) it works fine on ios 7

      • Cameron Chao

        where can you find that?

      • Adam

        I found it on insanelyi repo

      • 0ʇılouɐɯ

        And now you know where your password is going to…

      • Piestone

        Haha yup

      • gittlopctbi

        How do I search on that repo?

      • gittlopctbi

        Nevermind–I found out. And since I got the warning about distributing illegal apps, etc. I guess I’m not interested.

  • Jae. Just J.

    Great little tweak. Works on iPad Air.

  • iRy757

    Great idea and awesome dev. backing with Mr. Bigarella! Can’t wait until springtomize 3 drops!

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      Yes! Keeping my fingers crossed in case he releases it within the next two weeks! :)

  • Hunter Green

    Sébastien and his crew are awesome! :D

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

      You make it hard to disagree with you ;)

      • Hunter Green

        I’ve been following you guys for almost two years now. I am a big fan of iDB! Keep up the great work!! :)

      • Eri

        Thank you Sebastien for the idea. I have used it from the moment it came out for the same reason you described.

        Grazie Filippo for making it possible!

        Can’t wait for Springtomize3.

  • s0me

    I used SkipLock since it came out until 2 weeks ago when I updated to ios 7 + jailbreak and I saw it didnt work.

  • jlb1705

    Suggested feature: To have it not bypass the lockscreen if there is music playing.

  • on3simpleclick

    never knew about this tweak, thanks!

  • Ben

    I don’t think that is a good idea for a tweak; at least for me.

  • jacobkwright

    Awesome! Thanks Sebastien! This makes sense so much sense to me. It works kinda like a laptop does, if you think about everytime you open it, unless there’s a passcode, it pops right up to where you left off. Genius!

  • Calibratedearth

    Love this tweak. One of the first ones I went looking for after the surprise jailbreak. Interestingly, couldn’t get it to work on my iPad Air, but I de-installed Winterboard and it works great now. Great work Filippo!

  • http://golephish.blogspot.com/ golephish

    thank you – great work ! 

  • Vighnesh Manick

    It’s great but I already have a smart case on my iPad Mini

  • workin

    Nice. Cydia page credits Sebastien Page for original idea!
    Why it need Appsync? Now I need Weather app fix

  • Chris Wagers

    He’s the best. He’s also the nicest tweaker (tweak maker) I’ve had the pleasure to deal with.

  • Allen Greathouse

    Where is Jeff with the demo?

  • JulianZH

    AndroidLock XT much better, it offer unlock on select wifi.

  • Barry

    I’d personally love to see a tweak for the iPhone 5S that requires you to scan your finger, and only that. No passcode possibility required, just a the touch of the finger.

    • Yen-Ting Chen

      Yes! Sensor functioning without setting the passcode. Kind of annoying that sometimes fingerprints don’t work and still have to type the code.

  • Alberto Espinal

    But if you have the Smart Cover on the IPad you don’t need no tweak because it goes straight to the Home Screen

  • Throndson

    I currently can’t find it in the BigBoss repo, any help?

    • Piestone

      Try searching for nolockscreen

  • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

    Yes, except that NoLockscreen was poorly coded. Try it, then try SkipLock. You’ll see the difference.

    • Piestone

      That doesn’t matter. I’m just saying you were not the first to come up with the idea. Hence its not an original idea.

  • UnderWaterHound

    On iOS 6 I used Activator to do the same thing – at lockscreen > single home button press > unlock device. Doesn’t seem to work on iOS 7 (using double home press instead does work though). I don’t mind skipping the lockscreen even when there are notifications.

  • Hugo

    it looks like SkipLock hides the alarm notification (it should appear in the lock screen). I can only stop the alarm with the power button of 5s.
    Is it a bug?