Three weeks ago, reader Sean Webber sent us a tip about enabling the kiosk mode on the iPhone using an extremely simple method. If you’ve ever been inside an Apple retail store and looked at the iPhones or iPads that have been sitting idle for a while, you know what I’m talking about.

Although we don’t have access to the videos that Apple uses, we can still enable the kiosk mode using our own properly named and stored video. Check inside as I show you how to enable iOS’ kiosk mode on your device.

In order to do this, you’ll need to be jailbroken, as you’ll need to use iFile or some other type of file browser in order to place a properly named video in the right location.

Step 1: Add any .mov file to your device, and name it

Step 2: Move the video file to the private/var/mobile directory.

Step 3: Wait approximately five minutes and don’t touch your iPhone as you wait. The video should begin playing automatically.

It’s not a huge deal, but we thought this little trick was cool nonetheless. Thanks for sharing, Sean. What do you guys think?

  • Jonathan

    So it can be like a screensaver? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • JomanJi

      Just thought of that lol ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Snailpo

      Exactly what I was thinkin lol

      • burlow


    • Damian W

      Except instead of calling it screensaver it should be called screendrainer

      • Jonathan

        Yep. :/

    • Redwan Mohammed

      pretty much lol xD

  • Kenan


  • iPT MSTR

    awesome… now i need some cool .movs ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Justin

    Couldn’t this be done without being Jailbroken? Couldn’t you just use iExplorer or iFunBox?

    • Jonathan

      No. You need read/write access. You only have read access.

      • Manjot Singh

        no, i tried and without jailbreak put on a nc widget so it should work. I might be wrong

      • Jonathan

        That was with a beta version of iOS 7, and it was iPhone 4 only. So, that’s been long fixed.

    • vista980622

      They install it by restoring a special iTunes backup. iTunes backup restore engine has write access to /var/mobile.

  • Chris Duncan

    Can I put a video from my photos on their?

  • I did that before with my iPod touch 4G and iOS 4.

  • ConduciveMammal

    I wonder how they do this with the store units themselves. Obviously they aren’t jailbroken so could they be running a custom version of iOS that allows them to transfer these videos onto the units?

    • Vince Reedy

      This is what I want to know. Write access without jailbreak.

      • Apple sure has some way to get write access to devices without jailbreaking.
        It’s their software, after all ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • vista980622

        No, they do it through iTunes. Specifically, they restore a special iTunes backup. iTunes’ backup restore engine has write access to /var/mobile.

      • Thanks!
        Actually, I now remember sth I did a few years ago: I went to the Apple Store and logged into iCloud on one of the demo iPhones. Then I let that iPhone make an iCloud backup and restored it to my iPod Touch.
        All this visibly did was the no-wiggle-mode restriction.

    • jake kneller

      I would assume apple has a form or version of ios they use for demo but then that brings the question in how haven’t us in the JB community gotten our hands on it yet

      • vista980622

        No. It’s the same iOS release we have, but with a special “backup” applied on top of it.

    • Guest

      you can access the /var/media/ directory without jailbreak ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Framboogle


      • LocalH

        That’s fine, but the video goes in /private/var/mobile

    • Guest

      If they have a custom iOS someone has to check the iOS version of an iPad in demo!

      • josh

        They restore from a backup that has all the files and locked down preferences in it.

    • About a year ago, I signed in with my AppleID at my local apple store on a 4S and made it do an iCloud backup.
      The next day, I restored my iPod Touch 4 and restored it from that backup (I actually wanted to get Siri Dictation this way, as, at that time, iDB published a story with sb successfully enabling it that way; I wasn’t).
      Anyways, the only big difference I recall was that “wiggle mode” was disabled, just like in-store. Unfortunately, I didn’t try and wait for that screensaver, so I don’t know wether you can get it that way.
      One thing for sure: they are using a modified version of iOS at the Apple Stores.

    • Blake Royer

      They restore all demo store units to a modified version of the current software. the software has the exact same build number as the public software, just has the demo video, and a few modified .plist files so that you can’t move icons, set a pass code lock, or install App Store apps. and it comes with all the App Store apps you see on demo devices bundled into the modified ipsw.

      • vista980622

        It’s the same firmware build as we have, just with a few more hidden values in property list enabled. They apply it by restoring a special iTunes “backup”. (In fact, make a data backup of demo unit via iCloud and restore it on yours, your device behaves just as the Demo unit.)

      • Blake Royer

        Lol this was two years ago. But yes I know this. But it’s two property list string changes in a springboard property list files with user access. And then all you need is a demo video to play. It makes no wiggle-mode active and it loses the ability to install apps. It’s a simple two-line change to a file in /var/mobile/Library/Preferences/. I did extensive research into this and made this functionality into a separate tweak you could activate with Substrate or as a LaunchDaemon back when iOS 7 was first jailbroken.

    • vista980622

      They install it by restoring a special iTunes backup. iTunes’ backup restore engine has write access to /var/mobile.

  • Ian Fuchs

    Does the video loop? of when it hits the end, does the device sleep? Thinking of many marketing-type possibilities with iPads, but it would need to cycle “infinitly”…

    • josh

      Video Loops. Video won’t come on if device was locked. Device has to be on home screen and not touched.

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Tried with my iPad mini Retina but didn’t work :/

  • Mike Currie

    Is it possible to only enable this when iPhone is connected to the charger? This will murder battery if not..

    • josh

      can’t enable it for only charger use. But if you lock your phone. it won’t enable the “screensaver”

    • Blake Royer

      it relies on autolock, so create an activator gesture to turn on autolock when connected to power. have it turn off autolock when disconnected.

  • Gavin Friel

    Any way of enabling it to automatically play in landscape mode instead?

    • josh

      Make a landscape video…. not customisation of which mode without someone making a tweak

  • Awesome, but is there any known way to require the device to be idle for less time? Some of the stores here in the Seattle area have demo iPhones that will be idle for 1-2 minutes before they begin showing the demo video.

    • josh

      Should be 2 minutes after last touch.

    • Zachatoo

      Just change your “Auto-Lock” in settings. The relies upon that to know when to start the video. That’s why it won’t start if you lock the device.

  • Micaiah Martin

    WOOO SCREENSAVER!……*10 min later*…ahhhhhh dead battery ๐Ÿ™

  • Mike Currie

    Anyone have the stock apple store kiosk video for iphone 5s?

    • Blake Royer

      Lol. I do. It’s illegal to share though.

      • Mike Currie

        I need that video, I will pay lol

      • Blake Royer

        I’m under an Apple Store account software contract that doesn’t allow me to share information. =(

  • Conanap

    Not working. =S ideas?

    • Try double checking to make sure the file is in the correct directory, with a capitol “D” at the beginning and a “.mov” file extension. If so, try a reboot, unlock your device, and then let it sit for a few minutes.

  • niooong

    Jeff Benjamin… Are Fuck’n kidding meโ“
    Not working as your Ass โ€ผ๏ธ

    • Well, have you made sure that the video has a capitol “D” and “.mov” as the file extension? Have you placed it into the correct directory. Have you rebooted your device? Have you thought that maybe, just maybe, it’s not Jeff’s fault, and that every person has a different experience. What may work for some people, may not work for others.

  • Zachatoo

    Anyone manage to find the iOS 7 That would be awesome! I can’t think of any video that would look nice and clean for a screensaver with it being a portrait iDevice!

  • Blake Royer

    The only way this is useful is if you have the actual apple store ๐Ÿ™‚

    Please… don’t ask.

    • I soooo want this. But then of course, you’re under Apple contract to not share this and I respect that.

  • thecoleorton

    Does anyone know if this still works in iOS 8.x? Thanks in advance.

    • Any news bro?

      • vista980622

        Still works!

    • vista980622

      Yep, still does.

  • Riz-rizwan Riaz

    I just try on iphone 6s ios9 but not working plz tell me how to do on iphone 6s?