There are a few tweaks that are dear to my heart, mainly because I came up with the concept behind them. SkipLock is one of these tweaks, and ShareLock is another one that was just released on Ryan Petrich’s beta repo.

The idea of ShareLock is pretty simple. It lifts the restriction put in place by Apple that prevents you from sharing photos you have taken using the camera grabber on the Lock screen. With ShareLock, you can simply launch the Camera app from the Lock screen grabber, snap a picture, and share it right away…

I’ve actually wanted to have ShareLock developed for months, but for some reason, I couldn’t find anyone willing to put some time into it. I remember pitching the idea to Ryan Petrich last year, which he quickly turned down. I’ve also harassed Filippo Bigarella most of last week with the idea, without any success.

Finally, it took Ryan Petrich 15 minutes of boredom to actually get working on this tweak, and the result is of course ShareLock.

Why ShareLock?

As I explained above, if you launch the Camera app from the Lock screen and take a photo, iOS won’t let you share this photo, presumably for security reasons. If you want to share the photo you just took, you have to unlock the device, go to the Photos app, select the photo and share then share it.

While I understand the security reasons behind the restrictions, it is fairly annoying. More often than not, when I launch the Camera app from the Lock screen, it is because I want to quickly take a picture, but I also want to share this picture immediately. ShareLock allows me to do that.

Where can you get it?

If you’re looking for ShareLock on the BigBoss repo, then you’re wasting your time. The tweak is currently available on Ryan’s beta repo only. If you haven’t installed his beta repo yet, you can do so my adding this source to Cydia: http://rpetri.ch/repo/

After installing the repo and refreshing the sources, you should find ShareLock.

What do you think of ShareLock? Is that something you would use? Please make sure to share your opinion in the comments section.

Edit: I originally named the tweak ShareLock (as in Sherlock Holmes) but Ryan released it as LockShare. This has now been fixed and the tweak is now correctly baptized ShareLock.

  • YES!!! This has always been annoying to me. Downloading now Thank you

  • Frosh

    What’s this? Jeff gone on holiday?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I don’t think so. My guess is Sébastien wanted to write the article since it’s a tweak he came up with and has been waiting for a long time it…

      • RarestName

        If you follow them on Twitter then this article should make sense. A lot of sense!

    • Don’t mind me, I’m just the person who wrote the very first post on iDB, 6 years ago :p

      • Jonathan

        So, ehm, you created iDB?

      • Farbod

        ya bro

      • Jonathan

        That’s awesome.

      • RarestName

        Who are you again?


      • Jeffrey


  • Jonathan

    I’ve always wanted this..
    There’s just a security threat.
    If I add an email/number of a person I’ve chatted with in the past, their chats will pop up and I will be able to read the entire chat.

  • CAS

    Nice little tweak 🙂 it should be a stock feature 🙂

  • Paul M

    This tweak is so long over due it deserves a “No S**t Sharelock” Ahahaha get it? see what I did there?…. Thank god its friday woohoo 🙂 oh yea and thanks for getting this tweak made sebastian definitely will be using it.

    • Jeffrey

      thanks for getting this tweak made, sebastian definitely will be using it.


      thanks for getting this tweak made sebastian, definitely will be using it.


  • Jonathan

    I’m working on a theme and I have a question. Anyone with a WHITE iPhone 5/5s, when you respring (not reboot) is the background white and the Apple icon black, or the other way around?

    • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

      yup on white iphone it is white background and black apple and vice-versa 🙂

      • Jonathan

        Thanks! Since you said that, would you be able to help me out with testing a part of my theme? Since I don’t have a white iPhone, I have no way of testing it.

      • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

        i would love to 🙂 find me on twitter and dm @marcoazeem 🙂

      • Jonathan

        LOL I’m already following you. =P I’m the one you gave me the 2 themes to iOS7-ify?

      • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

        i left that comment 8 days ago :p hahah

      • Jonathan

        Yeah. I got confused lol. Sorry. xD

      • Jeffrey

        would you like me to test it too?:)

        PS: got a white iPhone 5s too

      • Jonathan

        Yes! =D

      • Jeffrey

        nice:) my email is Jeffrey@feuerstein.biz

  • Andrew Roth

    I had a tweak idea and everybody seems to like it, but nobody will develop it. There should be a NC add on that can put a customizable countdown in the “Today” tab. It could just fit right in with the today summary and everything.

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  • Awesome, I’ve recently been thinking of this issue, and thanks so much iDownloadBlog for bringing this tweak to my attention 🙂

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