LockScreen Informer

The latest trend of jailbreak tweaks that attempt to enhance the Lock screen experience, such as IntelliScreenX and Helius, continues with the release of a new Cydget called LockScreen Informer. The tweak displays important info directly on the Lock screen, saving you the trouble of opening Notification Center or fully unlocking your device on many occasions. You’re probably thinking this is exactly like the LockInfo7 tweak we covered last week, but there are some notable differences… 

LockScreen Informer has five main sections on the Lock screen: time and date, weather, missed calls, unread messages and one customizable widget. The time and date are accompanied by a “good morning,” “good afternoon” or “good evening” message, depending on the time of day. The weather information is based off the stock Weather app and is kept up to date based on update intervals of between one minute and ninety minutes.

The missed call section displays the number of missed calls from both the default Phone app and third-party VoIP apps Bria and Skype. The unread messages section integrates with the stock Messages app and third-party platforms WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Twitter and Tweetbot. I consider these two sections to be the most useful functionality that this tweak offers.

The customizable widget section can be configured through the LockScreen Informer options in the Settings app. You can choose from RSS, Twitter or battery information. RSS shows the latest post from the feed you set, Twitter shows the latest tweet from any account or have the option to display your current battery status for those without a data connection. There are several other options that can be configured through settings.

LockScreen Informer is a highly customizable tweak, with the ability to change the font color and background color based on hex color codes. There are also toggle switches for showing a wallpaper, status bar, and words rather than numbers, and a slider for adjusting how long the Lock screen dims for. The tweak is localized in nine languages: English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish and a rude mode.

LockScreen Informer Settings

This tweak had some downfalls while I was testing it. I couldn’t get the RSS feed to show up on the Lock screen, and the weather did not display until I gave the tweak permission to use my location. Moreover, the entire Cydget disappears when you have traditional notifications on your Lock screen. It would have been nice if those notifications were included alongside the essential info, as LockInfo7 is setup.

Nevertheless, outside of those minor issues, the developers at A Pint Of Milk have a good tweak on their hands that is functionally and aesthetically sound for the most part. LockScreen Informer is $1.99 on Cydia for iPhone 5 or later in the default MacCiti repo, and must be enabled in Cydget upon installation. The package comes bundled with Widget Weather for various weather settings.

Update: A Pint Of Milk will issue an update for the RSS feed bug:

What is your favorite Lock screen extension?

  • Tim Babbitt

    you sure hate the afternoon, huh? haha.

    • Andrew Roth

      That’s what I thought to. Haha

    • Tomer Sh

      lol

      • hkgsulphate

        ROFLMAO

    • ins0mniac1

      Well picked 🙂

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    “What is your favorite Lock screen extension?”

    Forecast and Priority Hub

    • sdhn97

      Exact same 🙂 I got SubtleLock alongside it for extra cleansiness

    • jk7469

      This was (and still is) my favorite setup but unfortunately I was getting way to many springboard crashed with priority hub.

      Anyone else get this? I know it was priority hub since crashes went away after uninstall.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It happens now and again but the crashes are a small price to pay for what is an awesome tweak (and think it was BlackBerry / Rim that came up with it)…

      • Farid Ahmed

        Priority hub was perfect before the last update, it crashes every now and then, especiallly in between active calls which render by call inactive for aroun 7 seconds. iPhone 5, 7.0.4 here

  • Marcus

    IntelliScreenX 7 is still the way to go with the lock screen and notification center 😛