CleverPin lets you use an iPhone passcode only when you need it

By , Jan 30, 2014

iOS 7 (slide to unlock teaser 001)

Italian developer Filippo Bigarella has been working hard to update his jailbreak tweaks with iOS 7 support, highlighted by the release of Springtomize 3 over the weekend. With an update to that flagship tweak out of the way, Bigarella has followed up by pushing out a new version of CleverPin for iOS 7 and later.

You may recall our own Jeff Benjamin reviewing the original version of CleverPin, a security-based extension, nearly three years ago. Take a look at what has changed since then… 

The functionality of CleverPin has largely remained the same over the years, with the main purpose of allowing iPhone users to enable a passcode intelligently. In other words, you can have your passcode automatically disabled when you are connected to a home network, listening to music, charging your battery or so forth. It’s an added convenience to be able to bypass the passcode screen in certain situations, and one that makes this tweak highly recommended.

The best thing about this tweak is that it still maintains the security of your device, while giving you the flexibility of choosing when your passcode needs to be entered or not. For instance, if you feel that the likelihood of someone compromising your iOS device in your home is low, it makes sense to be able to bypass the passcode and go directly to the Home screen. Another scenario: you’re listening to your iPhone while exercising in the gym and don’t want the nuisance of a passcode to interfere.

CleverPin Lock Screen

CleverPin has a number of options to configure through the Settings app, including toggle switches for disabling your passcode when connected to networks you select, playing music, charging your battery and Airplane Mode. In terms of networks, the tweak automatically discovers available connections and allows you to enter others manually. As far as I know, this is limited to Wi-Fi networks and not 3G or LTE cellular data connections.

The tweak also has a so-called “time interval detection” feature, which lets you disable the passcode between preset hours of the day. To draw a comparison, think of this as the Do Not Disturb mode of this tweak. If you select 5:00 PM as your starting time and 7:00 PM as your ending time, you won’t be required to enter your passcode during that two hour period. Remember that this will apply to all days, so long as the feature is toggled on.

CleverPin for iOS 7

Another option that can be enabled with a toggle switch is “auto reactivate,” which reenables your device’s passcode after a period of inactivity between one minute and twelve hours. A huge upside is that all of these features can be toggled on without respringing your device, as restarting SpringBoard can be a really tedious task. After all, tweaks should be breaking down barriers instead of creating additional ones.

A list of bug fixes that have been made in the most recent version include: fixed screen dimming issues, fixed manual network adding, Remote Lock compatibility, improved network handling, correct passcode handling and general performance enhancements. The tweak has also gone under an aesthetic makeover to match the design of the iOS 7 user interface. These are all changes that make CleverPin even more worthwhile.

I have been testing CleverPin for the past few hours, and it works without any issues. This high quality is something that I have come to expect from Bigarella’s tweaks over the years, as someone who has been developing for the jailbreaking community since at least 2010. CleverPin, available for $1.99 on the Cydia Store, supports all iPhones, iPads and iPods running iOS 7 or later. It is also backwards compatible all the way to iOS 4.1.

What are your thoughts on CleverPin? Is it worth two dollars?

  • Share:
  • Follow:
  • TinTonB

    Looks good, may have to pick it up. :)

  • Aimon

    Worth 3$

  • ConduciveMammal

    If I recall, CleverPin had an issue with killing the connection to Mail servers or something so that new mail couldn’t be retrieved. Do you know if this has been fixed?

    • Rak S

      No problem for me. Receive main fine.

      • smtp25

        Old version. worked for a while then would stop working

      • Rak S

        Mine’s been working fine for the last 10 months, and now the new version appears to be equally effective at the moment.

    • smtp25

      yeah I was trying to recall what the original problem I had was — I think it was mail (exchange, can’t recall if gmail too)

  • NaSty

    I used to have this when I was on iOS 5, but recently thought that if I use the option to disable the passcode when playing music, whats to stop my friends or whoever, double pressing the Home button (to bring up music controls) and pressing play, which then allows them full access to the device? But this was definitely one of the best tweaks I’ve ever used.

    • Skoven

      It doesn’t work like that.
      If the passcode is active, you have to unlock the phone first. When unlocked, the phone stays unlocked, if playing music or on a selected wifi network.

      • http://www.datpiff.com/profile/Nuff_Saidd Nuff Said

        So his point still stands if you have already unlocked your phone. I personally would never use that option. Just leave it for friends and home.

  • Kevin Osborne

    Pointless on the 5s.

    • http://www.bearsstillsuck.com/ Simon

      I have to agree and I have always been a big fan of CleverPin. I’ll keep using BioProtect until he finally adds TouchID support. Putting my pin in constantly used to drive me insane anyway

  • dmick89

    Does it work with touch ID?

    • TwinSon

      Why would you even want it to?

      • Kim Olsson

        I want it “to work” eg. skip touch-id, when connected to my home-network, but not outside of it, just like anyone not using touch-id at all.

      • http://www.bearsstillsuck.com/ Simon

        Because then it would be more functional on the 5S? BioProtect it right with the Touch iD.

  • ImLouis

    Great idea, but instead of connecting to home wifi, couldn’t it disable pin when you are in your home from the gps location??

    • Martynas Linkevicius

      It would consume a lot of battery and also sometimes GPS is not as accurate when indoors.

  • Framboogle

    Well I have a 5s so this is useless

    • Martynas Linkevicius

      Not everyone has an iPhone 5s. It is useful for others.

      • Rick Pruden

        I have a 5S and it would be very useful not
        To have to use touch ID when
        I’m running or at the house. Sometimes it’s easier not to have to use touch ID or a pin. Also I have a case that isn’t touch ID capable and it would be nice to
        Bypass that when I want.

  • Solly

    Can i have a link to this lock screen wallpaper please?!

    • ikn0witall

      here you go

      • Solly

        thanks :)

  • Skoven

    I think this is one of the best jailbreak tweaks ever.
    Very convenient not having to input passcode when at home or at (selected) friends home.
    The option to suppress the passcode when listening to music is also clever.

  • Brin

    Just need a flipswitch for this!

    Is there any documentation on how to create flipswitches? I tried searching around but haven’t been able to come up with anything, and SBSettings toggles seems to no longer be accessible from Activator :/

  • Rak S

    Works very well for me. Highly recommended.

  • Aaron McFarland

    the question is, does this app benefit you if you have an iPhone 5s using the fingerprint reader?

  • Smuys

    I bought it as soon as the update was released, definitely worth the price for the time that it saves me every day.

  • appl3h4ck3r

    Totally unrelated question (which I apologize for) but…does anyone else have an issue with resprings from time to time? Occasionally when I respring from within Cydia, my phone gets stuck at the little spinner…for like ever, and then I have to soft reset the phone to kick back into normal functionality. Is that something I should be concerned about or something I can fix with something I can install from Cydia? Thanks in advance!

    • anasiatka

      @appl3h4ck3r:disqus What device(s)/iOS version are you running? What tweaks are installed? I don’t have this issue (5s, 5, iPad Mini Retina all running 7.0.4 and had all of the same tweaks installed.

      • appl3h4ck3r

        iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4. Have plenty of tweaks installed, both paid and free. I’ve stayed away from cracked apps and tweaks due to system instability. And it’s been like this since I first jailbroke my device.

  • Toan Nguyen Duc

    This is off-topic but..I’ve got a problem since I jailbroke my iPhone 4 maybe someone can help me?
    I noticed that since I jailbroke my device every once in a while my phone deletes all of my pictures and after I wait a few seconds/minutes after reboot it slowly recovers them…but since I have A TON of pictures it takes about one hour and it’s reaally annoying…
    Am I the only one with this problem or can someone help me please?

    • http://R0Fleming.tumblr.com/ Romanel Fleming

      I had the iPhone 5 up until yesterday, and I had the same issue. I narrowed it down to Photo Stream, though I’m not sure if Photo Stream is your problem also. I did a restore and it worked fine after that.

  • http://www.jamesgunaca.com James Gunaca

    To iPhone 5S nay-sayers I have only this to say:

    Touch ID with lockscreen notifications is *annoying*. Say you get a Facebook notification while your phone is faced up, you swipe to open it, then you have to tap the home button or enter passcode to authenticate. Every. Single. Time.

    Personally, I see value in this tweak for 5S owners with Touch ID if it works right. Touch ID is excellent, but sometimes the experience from lockscreen notification to app is poor. The only other option without this tweak is to disable Touch ID altogether.

    Sadly, I installed this tweak but it still requires passcode even though I’ve added my current wifi network.

    • anasiatka

      @jamesgunaca:disqus What iOS are you running and on what device(s)?

      • http://www.jamesgunaca.com James Gunaca

        iPhone 5S 7.0.4

  • Vincent Nguyen

    What’s that wallpaper called?

    • Inseltraeumer

      ikn0witall posted it further above in the comments

    • ikn0witall

      Here you go

  • Anthony Day

    Nice wallpaper???

    • ikn0witall

      Here you go!

  • Flaminglion

    Hello,
    I am testing my own theme. However, when I add it to iFile, it doesn’t work when I check it in Winterboard?
    I create icons and named them all properly (com.apple. and so forth.. and icon@2x.png)
    Called it betatest.theme in winterboard, matched permission, etc. I cleared com.apple.springboard and com.apple.Icons cache, and my theme still won’t work. What am I missing?

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Auto Reactivate doesn’t work with Touch ID enable. Was trying to delay it for 15 minutes for I had to use my Touch ID again.

  • Anthony Gilera

    Filippo please integrate SkipLock into this or make it compatible. It would make the experience so much better. No lock screen at home, then lock screen with pass-code out doors.

  • http://www.stefanverkerk.nl/ Stefan Verkerk

    Great tweak! Let’s hope he’ll add an option which disables the passcode when you’re connected to certain bluetooth devices. Like, when I’m in my car, my iPhone automaticly connects to my radio. This means I don’t have to enter my passcode / use TouchID in my car while driving, which is safer in my opinion. (Of course using a phone while driving is dangerous, but it will be safe when waiting at traffic lights..)

    • anasiatka

      @StefanVerkerk:disqus I upvoted your comment just to counteract whoever was dumb enough to downvote it. How can someone downvote an awesome suggestion? I love your idea and definitely see it possible and somewhat easy to do. You are essentially just verifying a connection with a certain MAC address, or network protocol address, which I think is an awesome idea!

  • Melan

    What about passcode on/off toggle for control center? As an option in FlipControlCenter

  • s0me

    The problem is the wifi connection turns off after 20 seconds or so in standby, not while charging or with 3g/edge off. So I find this a big problem because I leave my 3g connection always on and if those 20sec pass I have to punch my code every single time. Whats up with that?

    • anasiatka

      @s0me:disqus I haven’t noticed this to be an issue for me. I mean yea sure, it may take a few seconds for it to reconnect but when it does you won’t have to put in the PIN. There really isn’t anything to fault the developer for, this is just the developer using resources that are available to him, with common limitations. People would gripe and complain if it forced a wifi connection always active (which would prevent your issue/concern) due to the effects on battery life. So, I guess my point is: you have to work with it and see how it works best for you, For me, I just make sure it is connected to WiFi before I try to unlock it.

      • s0me

        [Iphone 4s with 7.0.4] This is happening since IOS6. I googled it and found out that Apple put that in IOS 6 because ppl complained about the battery like you said but the dev should make the tweak overwrite WIFI sleep after 20sec of stand-by or atleast have an option to do that. Trust me, its not about what tweaks I have installed, this is happening without jailbreak aswell, only if I have 3g/edge on, if I turn them off WIFI will stay on and I can unlock my phone without a passcode same thing If charging. This is the last tweak I buy from this dev, its not about this issue, its about not having any customer support whatsoever. (I emaild him and he didnt reply I dont care how busy you are, YOU should reply and be thankful when YOU get ppls money)

  • smtp25

    Does this work for iPad too? never set pin on iPad but if I can auto unlock at home will start doing it

    • Guest

      Yes, it works just fine with the iPad (Mini Retina in my case). There are occasions where it doesn’t work, but it has been a rare occurrence and certainly not a deal breaker for me considering that I used to always have to put in my pin, not only about 5% of the time.

    • anasiatka

      @smtp25:disqus Yes, it works just fine with the iPad (Mini Retina in my case). There are occasions where it doesn’t work, but it has been a rare occurrence and certainly not a deal breaker for me considering that I used to always have to put in my pin, not only about 5% of the time.

  • Nehal

    Anyone know if this is compatible with AndroidLock xt? Thx.

  • Harley M

    When you go out of range from your wifi connection does it still allow you to unlock your phone without a password? That was one flaw from iOS 6 that I remember.

  • Blake Baldwin

    This tweak looks pretty cool, hopefully Filippo puts out an update for Active dock too.

  • vergilvsdant

    there is a tweak that let you insert picture into the passcode button, wat its called anybody know?