Genie Cydia Tweak

On a recent article that I wrote, a reader was surprised after reading that I am generally disinterested by a lot of jailbreak tweaks. It might not make sense, given that I write for a blog that is consistently on top of covering the jailbreak scene. Allow me to explain: it’s not that jailbreak tweaks do not pique my interest, but rather that some are simply too complex or cumbersome to provide a meaningful purpose.

That’s not to discount the fantastic work that developers put into creating jailbreak tweaks. There are just as many good tweaks as there are less impressive ones. Genie is a new Lock screen extension that is a good example. Not only does it provide useful functionality for unlocking your iPhone, but it is a lightweight tweak that isn’t dragged down by dozens of confusing settings or unnecessary features. Check it out… 

Genie Settings Tweak

Genie is an iOS extension that allows you to unlock your iPhone using gestures. After enabling the tweak through the Settings app, you can configure which gesture unlocks your device from quite a long list: left swipe, 2-finger left swipe, 3-finger left swipe, 2-finger right swipe, 3-finger right swipe, double tap, triple tap, upwards swipe, 2-finger upwards swipe, 3-finger upwards swipe, downward swipe, 2-finger downward swipe or a 3-finger downward swipe.

Beyond that, there are just a few other settings that can be configured. There is an option to “Disable Normal Unlock,” which makes the gesture action the only way to unlock your device. You can also toggle on “Bypass Password” to avoid entering your passcode when using the unlock gesture. This is perfect for me, since it’s annoying to constantly enter your passcode at home, but too insecure to disable it altogether.

Genie is the work of iOS developer Phillip Tennen, whose name probably sounds familiar if you’ve read our post about Helius or use any of his other half-dozen tweaks. You’ll need an iPhone running iOS 7 or later to use Genie, which is 99 cents on the Cydia Store. If you’re on the fence about purchasing it, this review should tip your scale in favor of buying it.

What do you think of Genie?

  • Anthony Snyder

    Seems pretty useless when you can just unlock with one finger….

    • This is not the point of the tweak. The point is to add a level of security by using the normal “slide to unlock” gesture. This way, if someone grabs your phone, they won’t be able to unlock it, even if there is no passcode/Touch ID enabled – unless they know you gesture of course

      • Joe Rossignol

        It’s also nice because I’m sitting at home and get annoyed entering my passcode every 5 seconds, but I’m not going to remove my passcode every time I get home. This tweak lets me triple tap the screen and I’m in. Nobody else has to know.

      • Alex Marwaha

        We all do now

      • Renz

        Also to add. This is actually better than the Wifi Bypass tweaks because it works even when you aren’t connected to Internet.

      • f1ght3r

        Or use CleverPin

      • logsys

        Restart in safemode and you have nothing to protect you… Safe mode is good and bad at the same time.. Good: Protects you from those bad crashes
        Bad: That above…

      • Tre Scaggs

        Have it bypass passcode that way if Safe Mode enables you have the passcode to back it up. Simple.

      • Matt Dowdy

        Which in joes case he has advertised that he uses triple tap to the world!

  • Paulo Torpes

    hi, can someone tell me the name of the theme??

    • Joe Rossignol

      This is just stock iOS 🙂

  • Rondog

    One thing I don’t like is that 99% of the developers don’t tell you what tweaks will not work with theirs. I have found a few that do, which is nice, at least I won’t spend my money on something that just doesn’t work well with others ( tweaks).

    • Eric Castro

      do you have any idea how difficult it is to make that happen ? a tweak developer is not focusing on other peoples tweaks, they want to focus in theirs and make them right. it is fully up to them to support other tweaks (which in many cases, they support compatibility amongst the most popular ones). then you can always ask a developer or search google to find out if its compatible with anything else you’re using.

      • Rondog

        Eric Castro, yes I know where your coming from but I’ve tried a few times getting in touch with some developers, some would answer back, some wouldn’t and some told me I had to uninstall a certain tweak. I have also gone to get answers at Google and other sources but no dice, so what your saying about all the work that goes into these tweaks and the time, yes I agree 100% with you. BUT, I had one tell me to uninstall Intelliscreen because it wasn’t compatible with his tweak, I believe you know the cost of Intelliscreen so no way was I going to uninstall it for some .99 cent tweak, look in modmyi and you’ll see some tell you which tweaks there’s don’t work with, so IF they try there tweaks they would know what tweaks will and won’t work. Actually I think it’s way easier for them to give us the info. LOOK at Ryan Petri’s tweaks he tells you which work and which won’t.

  • blu

    activator does the gesture, autoprotect disables password lock when on home (or any other selected) network. Both are free.

    Has been my setup for about 2 years with no “Slide to Unlock” on my screen.

    • but sliding across the bottom will still unlock your phone and people here are only selectively disabling password lock…not disabling it altogether

      • blu

        I have “Slide to Unlock” disabled in my phone also, don’t remember what I used for that, but it was free also.

      • hmmm, i tried autoprotect and it doesn’t seem to be working for me. must be incompatible with intelliscreen or something. oh well, thanks for the info!

  • M@

    This is great for when my thumb gets sweaty (which happens more often than you’d think) and it’s a pain to put in my passcode

  • WaterTrooper

    So since this dev has been MIA are his other tweaks updated? I don’t like to buy tweaks and then find out in the next version of iOS the dev is gone.

  • TheDude

    Conceptually a great tweak idea. Execution…not so much. Purchased this tweak and not only is BiteSMS not compatible in some aspects but it also prompts me to plug in my password about 50% of the time (rendering the tweak useless). Wish I would have been able to trial it first.

  • Sheldon Hamilton

    Someone please help !!!

    I downloaded genie, and after respringing my iPhone 5, it wont let me unlock it. I slide to the right to access my password screen & it immediately swipes left again and says “Please enter password before using Genie”

  • RogerC

    Anyone have experience with Genie on iOS8?

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