Review: JellyLock7

By , Jan 31, 2014

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The original JellyLock was an extremely popular jailbreak tweak, because it brought the Android Jelly Bean styled Lock screen to iOS. Now, a new version of JellyLock has just been released, and it sports compatibility with iOS 7.

The appropriately name JellyLock7 is available right now for download. Like its predecessor, it adds some of the conveniences brought to the fore by the popular Android OS. Have a look at our full video walkthrough inside to see the iOS 7 version of JellyLock in action.

JellyLock7 allows you to assign up to five different application shortcuts to your Lock screen. Each application shortcut icon is capable of displaying badges to count missed notifications. There’s also a method of launching apps directly via a method not unlike the camera launcher on the Lock screen. This allows you to open apps without having to unlock your device.

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Of course, there are many customization options to switch up the look and feel of JellyLock7 as well. You can change the outside circle size, color, and alpha settings among other visual changes. JellyLock7 gives you the option of hiding the camera slider shortcut and disabling the default unlock swipe method.

Whenever you make any changes to JellyLock7 by means of the tweak’s preferences, you’ll have to use the respring button located near the tweak’s kill switch toggle. If there’s one negative aspect of this tweak, this would be it. Many tweaks today are making strides to avoid resprings, but with JellyLock7 you must respring with every single settings adjustment.

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To add apps to the Lock screen, you’ll need to go into JellyLock7′s app shortcut panel. From there, you can assign up to five applications to display as shortcuts on the Lock screen. Each shortcut has a number assigned (one through five) and the lower the number, the closer it appears to the left side of the Lock screen and vice versa. All of the apps that appear on the Lock screen are automatically balanced for a symmetrical look.

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It should be noted that JellyLock7 works on jailbroken iPads as well. In fact, there’s a setting contained within the tweak’s preferences for adjusting JellyLock for the iPad’s landscape mode. When you enter landscape mode on the iPad, the grabber will move to the right side of the screen for easy thumb access. You can instead choose to enable the landscape left toggle to reposition the grabber to the left side of the screen.

One of the most remarkable features of JellyLock is its price. For a tweak that has gone through many iterations and beta testing, Max Katzmann, the tweak’s developer, has made JellyLock completely free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. True, he gave away the initial version of JellyLock free of charge as well, but it’s nice of him to continue to give his hard work away without a cost.

JellyLock7 is a solid jailbreak tweak that adds real value to the iOS 7 Lock screen. With it being free, I unequivocally recommend that you check it out. Let me know what you think about the tweak in the comments section below.

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  • abdullah575

    jailbreak sucks!!

    • Jonathan

      And so do you.

      • rockdude094

        But jailbreaing doesn’t suck, so how can he suck? Weird paradox :|

      • Jonathan

        How would you have phrased it? I’m clueless. xD That’s just what came to mind.

      • tocsin

        And you fed the troll as did everyone else (including me who has commented replying)

    • Martynas Linkevicius

      Oh my god, be quiet “abdullah”. Jeez if you hate it then don’t go here. Stop being such a dirty troll.

    • Chuck Finley

      Funnily enough, so does your mother.

    • Nirvana

      Jailbreak doesn’t suck, up to you whether you want to do it or not. A lot of people out there love it, you shouldn’t have said that

    • Ryan W

      It’s Fun

      you are ooowwwtt of your mind!

  • Jonathan

    Best lockscreen theme.
    End of sentences. Period.

    • Y2J

      I beg to differ. I love Convergance, even if it’s still in beta. The only problem I’ve had with that (I’m pretty positive it’s from that), is that my phone crashes every time I get a call… Lol, kind of a big issue, but it’s whatever. JellyLock is awesome too, though.

      • Jonathan

        Beta? What’s the repo? I didn’t know there was one.
        I have an iPod. Maybe my problem would be FaceTime. :/
        I like Convergence as well, but I once tried (hackyouriphone. Don’t judge me please) it, and it took 3 seconds to finally turn on. Not real pleasing.

      • Y2J

        Haha, I don’t judge. :P I’m not sure what the deal with it is, I believe Jeff said it was in beta, but I got it from insanelyi and, other than crashing for calls, it works great.

      • Jonathan

        Ah okay, sweet! :D

        Please don’t let your profile picture be a picture of you. O_e

      • Y2J

        Haha, nah that’s unfortunately not me.

      • Jonathan

        “unfortunatly”? Is Chris Jericho Debut (hehe, found that out just by copying your profile picture url. :P) your favorite singer or something?

      • Y2J

        Very unfortunate lol. I do like him as a singer, but he’s actually one of my favorite pro wrestlers (please don’t judge haha)

      • Jonathan

        Not gonna judge. :P
        I looked him up and only found singer, not wrestler. but cool :D

  • FRITZ|FRITZ

    You know i was patiently awaiting this tweak as it was one of my favorites from iOS 6…. but now that I have been using AppBox… I dunno if i will switch over? just my own thoughts

    • FRITZ|FRITZ

      what I really want is Stride!

      • Jonathan

        ^This

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    This looks great but what I’d prefer is Grabby. Any idea if Rpetrich plans to update it for iOS 7?

    • Damian W

      I liked grabby too, it had great design and it should not be abandoned so quickly. Considering the the age of this tweak, it was just an infant when compared to others. Lets believe in Petrich’s perseverance

  • Prasoon Singh

    You should mention that we need AppList in order for the apps shortcuts to work.

    • Jonathan

      Wouldn’t it be auto installed?

  • Keabsy

    Yes! :p

  • FRITZ|FRITZ

    Weird bug:
    after selecting an app from lock screen (with skip passcode enabled)
    access the switcher from an activator action and it appears. when you try to switch to a different app thankfully it takes you back to the lock screen. When selecting a different app from the lock screen it ends up looking like below with the switcher overlaid! weird!

    • ChildishGambinoGotThatSwagger

      this exact same thing happened to me when i was on ios 5. I never knew which tweak caused it so i just resprang and stayed quiet.

  • Adam Bowman

    Great! Been waiting for this.

  • Keabsy

    Hands down best lock screen tweak.

    • Malan Raja

      haha, teach us how to put a pic in there! (you knew this question was coming didnt ya? :P )

      • Keabsy

        Actually I did haha, I just posted because I had this idea and wanted to share.

        >Get the template handler files (there’s two, one with 200×200 and another with 400×400) that come in the tweak at /Library/Application Support/JellyLock7/ onto your computer

        >Photoshop the templates with your picture inside, and make sure you cut along the outside so it’s a clear background

        >Replace the original handler files on the tweak directory, respring and voilà, you got yourself a custom handler.

      • Malan Raja

        Thanks for sharing! But since i dont have photoshop, i’ll have to pass, *sigh*

      • Keabsy

        I can do one for you if you want and send you to your email. :)

      • Malan Raja

        Oh man that’s awesome! How can i contact you?

      • Keabsy

        Check your twitter :p

      • Rico Haze

        Would you do one for me!? :)

      • Keabsy

        Sure, mail me the picture at rnlsimoes@gmail.com

      • Windy Joseph

        Hi it’ll be really helpful if you do one for me as well. Thank you in advance.

      • Keabsy

        Send the picture to my mail.

      • Aimon

        bro keabsy that was kool on a serious note..

      • Scott Curry

        Bad move. You’re about to get flooded with requests….lol. Maybe you should tweet the developer and work with him to make this a feature :D

      • Keabsy

        Lmao, that’s true. I’ll do a few tho, don’t mind helping. I’ll talk to him about this.

      • Scott Curry

        In that case, I’d love one using my current avatar :) You’re a pal!

      • Keabsy

        You’ll have to mail it to me, and i’ll send you back the two. rnlsimoes@gmail.com

      • Scott Curry

        Sent! Chose a different picture though.

      • Keabsy

        I’ve spoken with him. He told me he was going to focus on other features, but didn’t discard the suggestion.

    • Jonathan

      Yes, how?

    • Malan Raja

      Good guy jailbreaker!

      • Keabsy

        Glad to be helpful!

      • speedspawn

        Nice, can you name the font please?

      • Malan Raja

        Font is Qarmic Sans
        The wall paper is attached if anyone wants it. Dunno why it repeats thrice

      • speedspawn

        Thank you!

      • Jonathan

        Could I have the wallpaper please?

      • speedspawn

        Here, sorry for replying this late!

      • speedspawn

        Here, sorry for replying this late.

      • Jonathan

        That’s okay, thank you for replying! =)

      • Jayip54

        What tweak did you use to change the date/time? Thanks

      • Malan Raja

        SubtleLock

      • Jayip54

        Thanks!

      • Jayip54

        How can I change the font or font size (ie bolder)? Thanks Jay

    • Jimmy P

      Hey man I sent you an E-mail, if you could do it for me that would be much appreciated!

    • Scott Curry

      Sweetness!

  • Malan Raja

    Best Tweak ever, please donate to Max if you can! :D

  • jack

    One of few reasons to jailbreak

  • http://www.avault.com Saulo Benigno

    Is there any shortcut for light?

  • illK†Δ

    This and springtomize is the reason I jailbreak.

  • JulianZH

    Does it has unlock on wifi function, like androidlock xt?

  • Gabe Sanchez

    Why cant I find this in the bigboss repo :( I only see the old one

    • Jonathan

      99.9% of the time, it’s the same reason. Refresh your sources.

  • Windy Joseph

    Thank you very much!!!! Keabsy

    • Keabsy

      No problem man :)

  • Roger Riekki

    where is Jelly Lock for iOS 6? :(
    Can’t find it in the ModMyi repo.

  • Nirvana

    For me, I’ve never had much love for Android, think I’ll pass though it looks much of a solid tweak and free

  • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

    This is more like cyanogenmod than “vanilla” Android. Stock Android does not have those shortcuts.

  • Guest

    This is more like cynogenmod than “stock” Android. Stock Android does not have those shortcuts.

    • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

      Disqus has more bugs than iOS 7, Android and Windows 8 combined.
      But seriously when i posted the comment above i thought it did not go through but when i refreshed it was there! So went and delete it but it’s still here but just as a guest. This is starting to be like Youtube comments.

  • Influens

    Need a setting to move handler up or down to work better with customLS especially “custom legal text”

    Ps best lock screen tweak ever

  • Dane Jones

    Still Prefer Dock… more shortcuts ;)

  • Chris

    best lunar new year gift ever. i was just searching for updates of this app yesterday! thanks max!!

  • Max

    I AM LOVING THIS! Seems to have a couple bugs with subtlelock & bitesms, but nothing major. So far so good, I’ve really enjoyed this addition to my lock screen.

  • hkgsulphate

    that circle size reminds me of Justin Bieber…if you know what I mean

  • Jordan Carter

    jeff, whats the tweak that gives cydia badges when there are tweak/app updates available? I keep trying to google it and all I find are apps that hide badges and change badges, not one that adds badges to cydia when you have updates available. Also is it updated to work with iOS 7 yet or no?

  • Mike

    I never even knew a iPhone 5S respringed that fast LOL I’m so mind blown.

  • Ashish Maheshwari

    i miss the vibration on touching the circle :(

  • AK

    It is not working with BiteSMS beta on iPhone 5s. :/

  • Erik Johansson

    I need a tweak that can change the colour of the date and time for the lockscreeen, any one know such a tweak?

  • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

    Nice tweak. Now if only we could keep the lockscreen from dimming for at least 30 seconds

  • Ansti

    I found a jb tweak named noblur, in the screenshot there are really cool passcode buttons, anyone who knows whats the name of this tweak?

    • Keabsy

      I actually emailed the developer for that, it’s called Gallifreyan Keypad.

    • Keabsy

      I ended up removing it because it affected the passcode and keypad, so dialing numbers with that is a headache.

    • Jonathan

      Did you ever find out? I’d want to incorporate that into my theme.

      Edit: nvm hehe.. DIdn’t read all the comments.

  • Westsyde

    Camera doesn’t work, any thoughts?

  • Repiuk

    I just setup this tweak in combination with Forecast and reduced the circle to the smallest option possible and it works just great.

    Nice addition would be if you could control the size of the circle and the app circle separately and be able to reduce the opacity of the circle.

    This tweak makes quick access to often used apps way easier. Love it!

  • Ryan W

    Wait for atom

    anyone remember atom style lock screen

  • Jones Joseph

    for some reason i cant seem to find jellylock7 in cydia does anyone have a solution?