Activator Profiles panel

A brand new feature has been added to the beta version of Activator, and it’s a pretty big deal. You can now set up differing profiles for groups of Activator assignments, making it possible to have different Activator assignments based on various circumstances.

The new Profiles panel, which is accessible at the bottom of the main page of Activator’s preferences, allows you to quickly add, name, edit and remove custom profiles. You can then switch to a custom profile and begin setting up assignments that only pertain to that profile.

Making the rabbit hole go even deeper, you can actually assign Activator gestures to switch to a Profile, which opens up a whole new arena of possibilities for automation and activation. Needless to say, it’s all pretty exciting stuff. Check out our new video walkthrough of Activator’s new profiles feature in action after the break.

In my video example above, I created an additional profile called Car. The Car profile would activate any time I left my Wi-Fi network, presumably to get in my car, and it would deactivate whenever I connected to my Wi-Fi network—when I arrived back home.

Activator Left Wifi Profiles

I set up the Car profile to work well with playing music using the tactile feature of the iPhone. For example, I assigned the volume up and down buttons to skip music tracks and go to the previous track respectively. These tactile button gestures are only available while in the Car profile, so my iPhone will work normally when I’m not in the car.

This is just one minuscule example of some of the cool things that can be accomplished with Activator profiles. Ryan Petrich is constantly updating Activator with new and improved features, but in my opinion, this is definitely one of the biggest features that the tweak has gained in quite some time.

Activator Profiles Chooser

What do you think about Activator profiles? Will you use them? Share your thoughts below in the comments. If you’d like to use the Activator beta, then you should add Ryan’s beta repo—http://rpetri.ch/repo—to your list of Cydia sources.

  • Blake Royer

    STRIDE?!?!

    • You weren’t ‘spose to see that 😛

      • Blake Royer

        I thought Adam would be working on updating that… Looking forward to it 😛

    • Jamie Tilden

      What’s Stride?

      • Jonathan

        Draw your password.

  • Likii111

    Its funny but it came to my mind now, i was looking for Auto3G but i dont need it anymore: i assigned to Left Wi-Fi to activate Data and 3G , Joined Wi-Fi to deactivate Data and 3G 🙂

  • Victor Molina

    Jeff could you write a post about all the beta repos that don’t pirate. Or a list of the best repos from 2014

  • Joshfei

    Is there a comprehensive review/guide to all the features that activator offers? I am sure that I am not the only one who would benefit from it. There seem to be so many things you can do, if only you know how.

    • Palmer Paul

      Menus are great.

    • I’d like to do an Ultimate Activator guide in the future. That thing would be crazy.

      • Adam Bowman

        Please do this!

      • :)

        Hmm, it would be awesome, but it would also enable dumb thieves to stumble here and learn something.

  • blazinsmokey

    This could be really interesting with the tweak ActIf which hooks into activator. Something you should definitely explore and help explain to fellow jailbreakers.

  • Simi

    The other day I realised what Menu is in Activator. I ignored it all this time because I didn’t understand what that section did but now I’ve figured it out. IT IS GLORIUS! I freed up so much gestures.

  • ins0mniac1

    “Making the rabbit hole go even deeper, you can actually assign Activator gestures to switch to a Profile, which opens up a whole new arena of possibilities for automation and activation. ”

    That is pure genius! It makes my heard hurt just thinking of the possibilities.

  • Adam Bowman

    I really appreciate Activator, but I get the feeling that because there are so many possibilities that I’m not using it to its full potential. I would love if someone would start compiling a list of Activator configurations, or something like that.

  • Laszlo Heredy

    Is it not possible to assign an Activator shortcut to open the Activator Settings? I have been unable to find it, and it just makes me think that they have missed a lot of great ideas.