HandsFree-incoming-call

HandsFree is a recently released jailbreak tweak that works in conjunction with iOS 7’s Phone and FaceTime apps and introduces the ability to answer incoming calls straight to speaker with a simple wave of your hand. The key phrase here is “straight to speaker,” as this tweak eliminates the two-step process previously required to answer a call and enable speakerphone.

HandsFree works with FaceTime Video and Audio in addition to cellular calls, so answering an incoming call is seamless across the board…

The ease with which a call can be answered — with an effortless air gesture — proves to be extremely convenient while driving, wearing gloves, working with wet or greasy hands, or in a plethora of other situations where touching your device’s screen is difficult or could soil it. Even in an office scenario, being able to answer a phone call without having to pick up your iPhone or touch it at all is simply convenient.

HandsFree comes with multiple customization options in its settings panel, allowing users to configure how many waves are required to answer a call and how fast those waves have to be. The number of necessary waves varies depending on if the device is locked or unlocked, helping to minimize the chance of accidentally answering a call when, for example, taking the device out of a pocket.

HandsFree-settings-panel

There’s also a toggle in the tweak’s settings panel to enable answering straight to speaker if a headset is connected. In my personal use, I have this disabled, but the option is there for those who want it.

The developer makes an effort to note that HandsFree won’t drain your iPhone’s battery. I assume that the tweak only begins detecting gestures via the proximity sensor while a call is incoming, so users shouldn’t have to worry about an increase in battery usage over an extended period of time.

In testing, HandsFree performed quite well, and all incoming calls were answered with a wave or two, depending on the configuration. One notable feature I found lacking is the ability to answer FaceTime Audio calls directly to speaker. Instead, these are answered with the speakerphone off, which negates the purpose of having HandsFree unless you’re wearing a headset. However, this issue may be fixed in a future update.

Something to note is that HandsFree is only compatible with iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s running iOS 7.1 and up. Older devices, unfortunately, aren’t supported.

Because it uses the proximity sensor to detect wave gestures, a hand needs to pass relatively close to the screen to properly trigger HandsFree. While testing the tweak, I found that waving my hand approximately one inch from the face of the device was sufficient for the proximity sensor to acknowledge my gesture and answer the call.

While some jailbreakers may not feel a need for HandsFree, it’s an exceptionally convenient tweak for those who often find themselves in situations where answering a call the traditional way isn’t practical or even possible. Although simple in concept, this tweak does a lot for frequent drivers, cooks, or someone looking for an easier way to answer calls at the desk.

HandsFree is available in Cydia’s BigBoss repo for an inexpensive $0.99 — well worth the money for the usability it offers.

If you download it, be certain to leave a comment below telling us what you think about HandsFree and how it works for you in day to day operation.

  • iltas

    how to use jeff

    • Grant Mona

      This isn’t jeff…

  • Shingo

    no video?

    • Framboogle

      It’s his first article

  • Osama Muhammed

    Is it too hard to slide ?

    • mlee19841

      If your hands are dirty then this comes in handy.

      • R4

        Voice commands…

      • Charlychav

        Voice

      • asiatiksabatik

        voice commande empty the battery

    • Damian

      while driving a car it is an issue

  • Framboogle

    OMG TIMOTHY YOU WRITE FOR IDB NOW CONGRATULATIONS

    • Anmol Malhotra

      Who is he?

    • Thank you! I’m very happy to be given the chance 🙂

      • Shingo

        video please…..

  • Anmol Malhotra

    My dream is to write for iDB one day… and im sure i will succeed.. 🙂 I dont know from where should i start… :/ I dont know from where i should start blogging about Apple… I saw their form when they were hiring ( doing now too ) its clearly written you must have written on some blog anywhere prefferably WordPress.

    • Manuel Molina

      Working on your grammar and punctuation would be a good start.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Is it that much bad? Lol 😀

  • R4

    Oh wow, someone spent a lot of time making a useless Samsung gimmick

    • Manuel Molina

      If I could plus your comment likes, I would. Best joke I read in the month.

    • samball sam

      For some it’s a gimmick, but I’ve been in quite a few situations where this came in handy.

  • David Gitman

    Good luck writing for Idb! For a first article it’s awesome!

    • Thanks, David! I appreciate that 😀

      • Damian

        does it work with CallBar?

      • No, CallBar takes over when it’s installed alongside HandsFree. Waving over the proximity sensor turns off the screen per usual and doesn’t answer the call.

      • Damian

        no good then. something has to be updated.

      • Damian

        how about if you have calBar installed but you don’t use it at the lock screen. Would it still work?

      • Yes, I was able to answer incoming calls with HandsFree while CallBar’s lockscreen option was toggled off.

      • Damian

        I just tested it and yes it works when callbar is not active at lockscreen. The only issue I have with this tweak is that I have to wave my hand so close to the phone that it is almost touching it. I would be better of just sliding.
        Because the proximity sensor does not detect my hand from far away, this tweak does not provide real usefulness

      • samball sam

        I’m also looking into adding voice commands, but that’s still in the very beginning stages of development

      • Damian

        This would be great. So the voice commands would only be activated when the phone is ringing. Otherwise it would be affecting the battery.

      • samball sam

        I’m trying to contact the dev of callbar to see if he has any API that I can use to answer calls via a guesture

      • Damian

        The callbar dev few days ago announced he is planning to release a complately new rewrite of his tweak for iOS 7. Let’s hope it has all the juice

  • Charlychav

    Doeśn’t work on my 5s 7.1.2

  • Sean Cua

    Used to having videos for tweaks though. Jailbreak tweak reviews aren’t reviews unless accompanied by a video, since we all got used to Jeff’s videos. Though that said, it is your first article so good luck on your stay with iDB!

  • Manuel Molina

    I swear, I saw only three things to this article: Jailbreak tweak, not Jeff, and went straight to the comments to write “where’s Jeff”.

    • Damian

      +1 lol

  • Decent post, got me interested in the tweak without a video (video would have been quite pointless, anyway, with such a simple tweak).

  • Varun Soi

    Why its only compatible with ios7.1 and 7.1.2,I am still on 7.0.6 jailbrake and i want this tweak..but i don’t want to update to 7.1.2 because i don’t want to face any issues for one tweak.!

    • samball sam

      The iOS 7.0.x API doesn’t provide add the functionality for me to show the phone screen when the phone is locked. Also there where some other minor differences that would take away some of the usefulness of the tweak

      • Varun Soi

        I am in confusion should i update to 7.1.2 from 7.0.6 or stay with this.!

  • Marcus

    Welcome to the iDB team Timothy! I always enjoy seeing new writers enter the scene on this site. Great article! I hope to see more of you 😀

  • Ethan Humphrey

    Hey, I noticed this is your first post on iDB so I want to say good luck and good job!

  • All posts about the author aside, this tweak is awesome. Changed the speed to “fast” and I was able to do it every time. Just wave your hand over the screen, couldn’t be easier.

  • iltas

    works ip5,5s with hands free or with out .thnx

  • kurt

    Sucks that it’s just for iOS 7.1. I don’t want to take the time to update and re-jailbreak and what not since I will be updating to iOS 8 when it comes out.

  • Jonathan

    For this being a first article, it’s very well done! I love it! 😀

  • Matheus Lisboa

    Wish it had a wave to refuse a call too

    • samball sam

      I thought about this too, but there was too much danger that the refuse call mechanism would be accidentally triggered. Maybe when I get the voice commands integrated, that would be a better option

      • Matheus Lisboa

        Wow! Voice commands? That will be interesting!

  • Danial Hakim

    no video?

  • How about a tweak that answers the phone when you simply stare at the button for 2 seconds? Not until 2028?

  • Adriano Matos

    Yep, not Jeff.. If it was Jeff, the battery would be low..

    Nice first post Timothy! Cheers and keep up!