AppBox iOS 7

I have been testing a lot of Lock screen jailbreak tweaks over the past few weeks, and quite honestly I have walked away disappointed on more than a few occasions. A lot of add-ons that are dependent upon frameworks like Cydget have performed poorly on my iPhone, some sending me into Safe Mode, and this has caused me to be increasingly selective about which packages I choose to install on my device.

Having said that, a new jailbreak tweak called AppBox is one that is quality enough to meet my high standards for recommendation. The extension adds an additional page to the Lock screen, accessible by swiping left, with a grid of icons for quickly launching apps without fully unlocking your device. The tweak has a number of options that can be adjusted, so dive in and let’s take a look… 

After installing AppBox, the first step is to make sure the tweak is enabled through the Settings app. Then, you can set which apps you would like enabled or hidden on the AppBox screen. The layout of the icons is adjustable based on both rows and columns, with my personal favorite being a 3×3 grid. I suggest playing around with it until you get a setup that you like. The screenshots above should give you some ideas.

AppBox Settings

When you tap on an app icon, it will bring you directly to that app. If you have a passcode enabled, you will be prompted to enter that first. If that doesn’t sound very convenient, there is an auto-unlock mode that, when enabled, temporarily unlocks your device when opening apps from AppBox. The device automatically locks again when the Home button is pressed. A full unlock mode is also available.

Better yet, certain apps have an associated view that functions something like a widget. When you hold down on the Facebook icon, for instance, the quick compose prompt will appear. The new message composer appears when you tap and hold on Messages, and a list of playlists is displayed by holding on the Music icon. This is a very cool feature, and one that I hope is expanded to many other third-party apps in the future.

AppBox Views

AppBox has some customization options to choose from, including toggle switches for hiding app badges and labels. The size and opacity of the icons can be adjusted with sliders, and the icon view background can be blurred. And while many other tweaks already do this, AppBox can also be used to hide Lock screen elements like the top and bottom grabbers, camera grabber, date header and slide to unlock.

The only bug that I experienced with AppBox was a minor one where the Notification Center and Control Center grabbers briefly appear on the AppBox screen. iOS developer Jacob Caraballo, the creator of the tweak, acknowledges the issue and is investigating what is causing the problem. Asides from that, the tweak has functioned perfectly on my iPhone and looks like something that Apple designed themselves.

AppBox is 99 cents on the Cydia Store for iPhones, iPads or iPods on iOS 7 or later.

Let’s see how the tweak looks on your Lock screen.

  • Framboogle

    Man I wish that Quick Compose was integrated into stock. Looks amazing!

    • Fig Masta

      its good but its kinda slow to show up … not fluid !

  • Jacob S

    Wow amazing technology :)) why can’t we just disable locking in whole so that we can launch whatever we want at any time, just my thought though…

    • Lemerio P.

      Ur point is reasonable. There is a tweak called SkipLock that does this.

  • Framboogle

    What theme is that?

  • Albert

    Which theme are you running?

  • Anthony Nguyen

    how come jeff is not reviewing these tweaks? i hope that doesn’t sound rude or anything

    • Victor

      Joe is badass shut up I think more people should help Jeff by uploading videos… Maybe they’ll have they’re own cool remarks

  • Ana Paula

    This update is just perfect for me. Finally can bypass passcode, and than, come back to lock screen after closing app..

  • Concept theme !

    • Albert

      Is that the name of the theme? Or is it in the concept stage?

  • Pablo

    That wallpaper is from any theme? if not, where can I find it?

  • Peter Melround

    One of the best tweaks I’ve ever bought! Makes my use so much easier! Keep it going idownloadblog!

  • Adam Bowman

    I just bought this app after reading this article, and in the 10 minutes I’ve had it, it has crashed my phone and put it into Safe Mode about 6 times already. I’m, not sure, but I think the cause might be a compatibility issue with biteSMS. Maybe.

    I’m not going to uninstall just yet though, because I really want it to work. Maybe a quick update will resolve the issue.

    • John Vasquez

      What kind of phone are you using? I have the 5s and it works well with bitesms. Maybe it’s another tweak you are using.

      • Allen Smith

        Same here, using iPhone 5 and as soon as I installed it, keeps crashing, putting my phone in safe mode every 5-10 mins. Even with the phone locked for a while the screen just comes on and resprings into safe mode.

      • Really? It must be an issue with other tweaks that you have installed. I’m testing this on an iPhone 5 too and I’ve had no issues.

      • Allen Smith

        It is quite weird? Cause it looks like its not compatible with whatsapp?? I do not understand why?? It runs fine but everytime I get a whatsapp message or want to launch whatsapp the phone chrashes and if I disable AppBox no problems further!!?? Strange?? I have no tweaks installed for whatsapp!!

  • Faizan Ali

    Is it compatible with subtle lock?

    • David Davidson

      Yes, no problem at all for me.

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    I want a video from Jeff before I purchase anything. lol

  • Aimon

    this is joe, with idownloadbloggg!!

  • Mark Dasbeck

    Working well after entering the correct passcode! /selfslap

  • wrgh

    Not working well for me.
    It’s pretty and all but I wish it would actually launch an app.
    I tap an icon and it asks me for my passcode to unlock but when the phone is unlocked the app doesn’t launch.
    I also can’t use the ‘enter your passcode to temporarily unlock to run an app’ feature as that only lets you enter simply passcodes and mine is alphanumeric.
    It is pretty….
    I was hoping it would be my atom replacement but no, it might have been but no. I Swipey works but is clumsy…

  • Matthew Cleveland

    I wish I could try tweaks before I buy them. I hate paying for something and realize it’s something I’ll never use. Oh well. Looks cool though!


    It’s a great tweak with a very responsive developer. I had a suggestion and it was implemented the next day! That being said there’s still a bit of work to be done on this tweak. Specifically temporary unlock doesn’t behave with a passcode delay enabled.

  • Kuzz2354

    Hi guys .. Can I use this to open stock phone app at lockscreen and make a phone call without enter password? Thank you!

  • Svs

    Doesn’t work on the ipad i wish you guys could review a tweak that is compatible with iphone and ipad with iphone and ipad not just the iphone PLEASEEE…(just a recommendation) Because there is no refund button on cydia

  • Nicholas Ringwood

    I like this tweak a lot , works well on my 5s. Only grief I can’t seem to solve is that the mail app doesn’t load any mail when I go into it. Any thoughts ?