vhome

There are several tweaks available in Cydia that allow you to imitate a press of the Home button without actually touching it. Such tweaks are quite useful when you have a broken Home or Power button. vHome is yet another jailbreak tweak that adds a virtual Home button on your screen.

Developed by Noeliel, vHome brings a small virtual Home button to your jailbroken iOS device that looks quite similar to the physical Home button on your device. It floats on your screen and tapping on it will either take you to your Home screen or lock your device. vHome might sound similar to other virtual Home button tweaks but it works in two ways

When it’s placed in the bottom half of the screen, the button changes into circular shape and acts as a Home button. Tapping on it will take you to your Home screen while a double tap will launch the App Switcher.

On the other hand, when you move the button to the upper half of the screen, it changes into a rectangular shape and acts as a Power/Lock button. A single tap on the button locks your device while tapping and holding it for a short period of time will allow you to turn off your device.

vhome-preferences

Once you install the tweak, venture into its preferences pane to configure it. You’ll find a kill switch toggle to enable or disable the tweak as well as a slider that allows you to adjust the opacity of the button to better adapt the background.

Although vHome is a nice alternative to other virtual Home button tweaks available in Cydia, I find it quite frustrating to move it to the upper or bottom half of the screen to switch between Home and Power/Lock button. SPTouch, another virtual Home button tweak, integrates both the Home and Power button into one and allows users to tap on it to go to Springboard or tap and hold it to lock the device. Yet, if you want a button with a more native look, I’d recommend vHome.

You can download it from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for free and it works with all iOS 7 devices.

  • sharp44MAG .

    This tweak is already built into stock iOS, it’s called AssistiveTouch.

    • leart

      Everyone know that, probably this tweak will bring something extra dont you think?

      • sharp44MAG .

        Other than a opacity slider, AssistiveTouch has more features.

      • leart

        Well assistive touch is still there you can use it. and yeah from a user of assistive touch on non jailbroken device I can tell that the opacity is what I need the most

    • Chocolatewe

      AssistiveTouch is beyond rubbish. No one uses it and its a pain.This tweak is pretty amazing

  • Adoum

    We all know that, but assistive touch needs 2 taps to emulate home button instead of 1 with this tweak…

    • Anmol Malhotra

      But if you get used to the 2 taps in assistive touch it hardly takes a sec to reach home button 🙂

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Not much useful..AssistiveTouch is more advanced in features and its inbuilt in iOS too..

    • Rowan09

      I agree prior to assistive touch being released these tweaks were useful, but not so much anymore.

  • ClaudieX X

    Only the people that had the stop working home button problem knows the BIG difference between Assitive touch and this kind of tweak… and the plus of this one is that you can set the size of screen button…

    • Rowan09

      After the 4S the home button has been very solid.

      • ClaudieX X

        yes it is… but a couple of years ago I needed so much this kind of tweaks with my Rocking iPhone 4 !!! 😉

      • Rowan09

        Oh trust me I understand.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Really ??
        I used to thought 5s home button is straight it could break very easily.. I mean much earlier than round ones.. Am i wrong?

      • Rowan09

        Do you know of an iPhone 5s with home button issues? I have never had to fix an iPhone 5 or 5s home button issue. The 4S was better than the 4, but it still had it’s issues with the home button, but not nearly as much.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        No i dont know about 5s issue.. Havent used 5s much.. being 4s owner past 2.5 years.. 😉 But its my thought that round buttons get easily fits on fingers as compared to straight.. Like by chance you press it harder there will be more force on staright plane than round.. So i thought they are not much as stong as older phones..

      • ClaudieX X

        With the iPhone 5s you home another problem… My Touch iD stop working when I touched it with my wet hands on a rainy day… You can´t repair it… The sensor is paired with the A7 chip so when you change it… it start working again but gives you an error detecting your thumbs.

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Woah..!
        This is not good.. Now we need to take care of our home button too?? -.-
        Cant touch it with oily , dirty or wet hands.. This really sucks.. I really wish they make it more durable with iPhone6 :/

      • ClaudieX X

        I can´t believe that it happened to me 4 months after I bought it. The depression has passed now 🙂

      • Rowan09

        I’ve touched mine with wet hands before and it’s still fine, just bring it to Apple if it stops working.

      • ClaudieX X

        Im from South America… I traveled to Europe to buy it…

      • Anmol Malhotra

        Looks like you are upgrading your iPhone every year.. 😀
        I’m not that lucky :p

      • Rowan09

        I do but not because I’m rich or anything I sell my old phone and it works out to me paying about $200 for the new one which is a typical upgrade cost.

  • Chaotic Buddhist

    This is completely useless.. Poorly replicating a feature that already exists is not news.

  • isn’t working for Siri; can’t keep her open. How about a size slider?

  • Mike

    Tell me how that has anything to do with “growing up”. He’s just stating his opinion, and that has nothing to do with maturity, kid.

    OT: This is more convenient that AssistiveTouch I suppose. It’s much more minimalist.

  • Mike

    except this: “when you move the button to the upper half of the screen, it changes into a rectangular shape and acts as a Power/Lock button.”

  • sriram varadarajulu

    A request to the developer.. Can you allow activator gestures to enable/disable it? Also I know this is asking too much but any chance you can implement the android capacitive touch like appearance in the form of a theme for this? That would actually make it even more cool

    • Chris Buck

      flipcontrolcenter free tweak (like cctoggles) has an icon for it to disable/enable on control center.

  • sriram varadarajulu

    If I may perhaps if you add these features it would make your tweak more favorable for a comeback
    Can you allow activator gestures to enable/disable it? Also I know this is asking too much but any chance you can implement the android capacitive touch like appearance in the form of a theme for this? That would actually make it even more cool

  • Varun Soi

    virtual home is everything you need if they have iphone 5s!

  • Chocolatewe

    you use it daily? weird kid

  • Bianca Irisa

    Is this better than swiping up with vertex?

  • Gon

    Hmm should have softkeys like in android..

  • Ali Morina

    it works with ios 8 also

  • Chris Buck

    SPTouch just updated (2.0) for ios 8 (says that in the change log but not at the top of the cydia store. Been using Vitural Home but not sensitive enough yet (not updated I believe for ios 8). Then started using for 3 days vHome and loved it. Now SPTouch just updated and gives even more options (color/border color/size/remember last location (great for after resprings vHome would move but SPTouch stays where you left it) /and some activator options too…and Free (I’ll donate shorty to developer).