Touchy: launch apps with specific fingers using Touch ID

By , Jan 7, 2014

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Touchy is an awesome new tweak that allows users to assign specific apps to designated fingers via the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID sensor. I’ve been testing the upcoming jailbreak tweak through several iterations, and it’s coming along quite nicely.

Touchy lets you assign up to five different apps to work with up to five different fingers via its settings panel. Since it uses Touch ID, you’ll need to make sure you set up the fingerprints via Touch ID’s settings beforehand. You don’t have to configure all five fingers, you’ll just need to have as many prints set up as you want to assign to shortcuts.

Understandably, most of the tweaks we’ve seen involving Touch ID revolve around some sort of security aspect, but Touchy is among the first Touch ID oriented tweaks that dares to do something different. Take a look at our video inside to see how the tweak works in action.

Once installed, you’ll spot a new preference panel for Touchy located in the stock Settings app. Touchy’s preferences contain a kill switch for toggling the launcher, and as many finger assignment designations as you have set in Touch ID’s security settings.

Each app can be quickly assigned to a specific fingerprint via the individual panels for each finger. It helps if you have named the specific fingers via Touch ID’s settings in order to easily identify them and their designation.

Touchy Settings

Assigning apps to different fingers can be done on the fly without respringing. Adding or removing Touch ID fingers does require a respring, but that’s not something I imagine most would be doing very often.

The actual process of launching apps works pretty much as you would expect. A simple tap and hold on the Touch ID sensor with a designated finger quickly launches the application associated with that finger. It’s easy to forget which apps you have assigned to each finger. For that reason, I recommend starting out with just a couple of apps assigned, and working your way up from there.

I do think there is some room for growth with Touchy. It would be nice if there was some sort of HUD overlay that could quickly tell you which app is assigned to the finger currently touching the Touch ID sensor. Something like that may be difficult to implement, but it’s just an idea.

When comparing the way Touchy works to Activator’s Touch ID gestures, I have to give Mitch a lot of credit for getting this right. With Activator, it tends to launch the action associated with the Touch ID gesture even if you didn’t mean to do so. For instance, when just pressing the Home button to get to the Home screen, the associated action for the Touch ID gesture would often occur. This rarely happens with Touchy, and it’s evident that Mitch spent a lot of time perfecting the timing in order to get this right.

Just like the Fancy jailbreak tweak we showed you earlier, Touchy is developed by Mitch Treece. While that name may not ring a bell to most of us long-timers, perhaps SBCoders will. SBCoders is the development name that Mitch developed under in the past. Plenty of good tweaks hit Cydia under that moniker, including Deck, and Aero.

Touchy should be available in the near future on Cydia’s ModMyi repo. It will open up at an introductory price of $1.99. Afterwards, the tweak will be priced at $2.99, so you might want to get in early to score the best deal. Be sure to share your thoughts on the tweak’s premise in the comments down below.

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  • Marco Lemmens

    They should increase the latency, so i don’t accidentally open an app when i press the home button

    • http://www.appcast.fm/ Jeff Benjamin

      He has, I noted this in the article.

  • Ben

    Really cool!

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    Jeff benjamin has such an awesome voice. This is weird but i wouldn’t mind listening to an entire audio book with his voice. Hell he can even read me a bedtime story. They should get his voice patented or used for Siri or something..

    • marcus1324

      When I watch his videos for the first time, I pay very close attention so I know what tweak I’m buying and what it does. Then I re-watch it and just listen to his voice, so relaxing. He has a very lucky wife…

  • ygsq

    Can we use it with single press feature of activator or biolockdown?

  • Ricky

    Sounds like activator

  • JKJones

    Can you unlock and launch an app with a single tap?

    • Andre van Dongen

      Want to create an email. Unlock with index finger. Anybody answer?

  • Faatehhamad

    Sorry for going off-topic, but is there a tweak for the iPhone 4 that would enable the blur UI?

    • David Gitman

      Hiddensettings7
      And then enable parallax

      • Faatehhamad

        I downloaded the tweak called “parallax enablur” which installed hiddensettings7 along with it, however, turning on the parallax or blur options had no effect. Do you know how to fix this? Thanks.

      • David Villamizar

        Sorry bro, nothing there I think. You should keep your iPhone without parallax or blurring, it makes it damn slow (I tested that in iOS 7 betas), and parallax is not that great once you’ve had it for a week.

      • Faatehhamad

        Time to buy a new iPhone I guess. Thanks anyways.

      • David Gitman

        I just upgraded a few weeks from 4 to 5S! :D you should do it too

      • David Villamizar

        I did the same, couldn’t stand how slow it was after iOS 7.

  • Freddy Born

    I wish myI iPad air has touch id :(

    • Faatehhamad

      I wish my iPhone 4 had touch id

      • Jonathan

        I wish my iPod 5 had Touch ID.

      • jp2002

        I wish my iPod 4 had touch ID

      • http://robertianhawdon.me.uk/ Robert Ian Hawdon

        I wish my iPotato had touch ID

      • Jonathan

        How about iCouch? Anyone?

      • Bob

        I wish my Macbook Pro had touch ID.

      • JKJones

        I wish my iPhone 5 had Touch ID.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        I wish.. Oh wait I do have Touch ID :)

    • Rishabh Gupta

      I wish my Nokia 1100 had Touch ID

  • dc7007

    Sorry for this off topic comment, but my iPhone 5 resprings every time I access to the camera from the lockscreen, is thera a way to fix that??

    • ajayabishek

      Just remove your incompatible camera tweaks or may be lockscreen tweaks too..

      • dc7007

        I don´t have any lockscreen or camera tweaks. I just have Activator, AppLocker, iFile, Swipeselection and VideoPane

    • Guest99999

      My iPhone 5 was doing the same thing after a jailbreak. Camera app would keep crashing, but I didn’t have any camera tweaks installed. I did a HARD REBOOT of the phone and fix the problem. Try that.

  • Jonathan

    What’s that icon in the top right of your status bar?

    • http://www.appcast.fm/ Jeff Benjamin

      PebbleStatus

      • Jonathan

        Ah, thanks.

  • Sergio Dominguez

    Does this tweak also works with virtual home??? And bioprotect??

  • 姜成昌

    I could not find out , where is that?

  • zak

    You guys can get this for free right now, Activator does the exact same thing!!!!

    Just update it.

    • trustme

      Touchy works way better than activator for this

  • Brúnó Nagy

    these touch id jailbreak tweaks are starting to get exciting

  • Mininu D’oru

    … I wish instead of apps you could add favorite contacts your fingerprints…