The best Touch ID tweaks

Touch ID has been at the forefront of jailbreak development since it arrived, and for good reason: it’s the flagship feature on Apple’s iPhone 5s. As a result, there are many jailbreak tweaks that seek to alter the way that Touch ID works. Some tweaks allows you to secure individual apps with Touch ID, while others allow you to authenticate logins to websites and apps using only your fingerprints.

We’ve taken the liberty to compile a list of the best jailbreak tweaks for Touch ID to hit Cydia, and we break them down for you in a brand new video walkthrough.


BioLockdown Best Touch ID Tweaks

No list of great Touch ID tweaks should ever exist without mentioning Ryan Petrich’s BioLockdown. In my opinion, this is the Touch ID tweak for jailbroken users who want to show off what their devices can do. BioLockdown allows you to secure selected apps with Touch ID verified fingerprints, and much, much more. Its settings and features are a few notches above its closest competitor, BioProtect. Simply put, if you want the best Touch ID enabled tweak available, then look no further than BioLockdown.


BioProtect Best Touch ID Tweaks

The creation of well-respected developer Elias Limneos, BioProtect is a solid tweak that allows you to do things similar to BioLockdown. With BioProtect, you can protect your apps with Touch ID or a Passcode, and you’ll do so in a slightly more stylish manner with its snazzy animations. BioLockdown has received more updates since its release, but you still can’t go wrong with BioProtect.

Virtual Home

Virtual Home Best Touch ID Tweaks

Virtual Home was one of the first jailbreak tweaks to incorporate Touch ID support, and it’s still going strong to this very day. Like its name implies, this tweak allows you to simulate a press of the Home button using the Touch ID sensor. You can perform a double tap or a tap and hold gesture to and assign them to actions like the App Switcher, Siri, or sleep. There are also provisions for quick unlock, vibrate on touch, and more. To be honest, I thought that Virtual Home was just a proof of concept when it was first was released, but its developer, moeseth, has turned it into a bonafide must have.


No list would be complete without Ryan Petrich’s awesome Activator. Activator allows you to execute Activator actions using Touch ID, and that opens up a whole grab bag of possibilities, and a ton of new gestures to boot. Activator is already the deepest jailbreak tweak in existence, and the presence of Touch ID support just cements that claim.

iTouch Secure

iTouchSecure Best Touch ID Tweaks

This tweak is probably what we all imagined Touch ID would be like when we first heard about it. SpiritOfLogic’s iTouchSecure allows you to save passwords, both in native apps and via the browser, and authenticate those passwords using Touch ID. In other words, it makes it so you no longer have to manually type in any passwords for any app or any webpage. Everything is secured via verified Touch ID prints. Combine it with BioLockdown or BioProtect for the ultimate security combination.

Honorable mentions:

What do you think about our list? Are there any additional tweaks that you believe deserve a spot on this list? Sound off down below in the comments.

  • eXoguti093

    What about asphaleia

    • Framboogle

      Asphaleia is literally the best one out there.

      • im2slick4u

        Yes why did Asphaelia get honorable mention and BioProtect and BioLockdown got a spotlight? I understand BioLockdown for its functionality but why BioProtect? Its just average along with the handful of other Touch-ID app locks. At least Asphaelia looks nice.

      • Laura Adam

        Every jailbroken iPhone 5s user should have this tweak IMHO…

    • Guilherme Lobo

      Asphaleia has a lot of bugs. I regretted buying this tweak. It was never updated.

      • eXoguti093

        It’s been working perfectly fine for me

      • Guilherme Lobo

        For me touch id doesn’t work when using appswitch and when I open the control painel to secure an app. Just the passcode work on this case.

      • Danial Hakim

        Working fine with me

  • Ahmed Karoui

    Welcome back, Jeff 🙂

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Forget the article.. Our Jeff is back! 😀
    Welcome backkkkkk… Missed you.. :/

  • Chris Longden

    “Its settings and features are a few notches above its closest competitor, BioLockdown.” shouldn’t that say “BioProtect”…?

    • Yes. Too many “Bios”. Thanks.

      • Chris Longden

        Ha, I know. No probs 😉

  • Ashish Maheshwari

    BioLockDown is $2.99 not $1.99

    • You sure about that? It was $1.99 when I purchased it, but perhaps it’s increased?

      • Ashish Maheshwari

        yeah i m sure of it. just checked again. its $2.99 now.

  • John Jones

    I liked iTouch Secure and BioLockdown

  • I bought BioProtect from almost day one. Works pretty well, my only quarrel is that it’s very rarely updated. I’ve been waiting on an update to stop apps needing my print to access photos, every single time I launch the app. I ended up disabling the whole feature since it got so aggravating

  • toortoor

    can any of these work without having to turn on the passcode for the whole phone?
    it’s the only reason I don’t use touch id.

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      Yeah just set your fingerprint and turn off pass code. I can vouch for bioprotect and itouchsecure, at least.

  • Lordrootman

    Bio protect is my number 1

  • Virtual Home is the best Touch ID tweak ever, period. Once you get used to the timing it’s so much better than using the home button plus it means you don’t have to use your home button which means it won’t wear out as quickly. Every jail broken iPhone 5s user should have this tweak IMHO…

  • GadgetQueenn

    Jeff, you are awesome!

  • Alberto Espinal

    Jeff is back YAYYY!!

  • j7469

    Virtual home kills my battery. Even after I uninstall, it takes a while for battery life to recover.

  • Dan

    surprised Applocker wasn’t mentionne. that’s the one I use.
    edit: ah it’s in honorable mentions

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  • Autumn Leaves

    Asphaleia is a better tweak

  • Joshgomez0

    Is the any tweak that disables the touchID after a preset time and the only way to unlock the phone would be using the passcode?


    Did anyone knows when iTouch secure and BioProtect will be compatabile with ios 8.1?

    • Nick

      bioprotect is compatible but itouch secure isn’t

  • David Morse

    Activator (mentioned just after Virtual Home) can do exactly what Virtual Home does by making the following assignments:

    Short Hold (Fingerprint Sensor) -> System Actions/Activate Switcher
    Single Press (Fingerprint Sensor) -> System Actions/Home Button

  • Nick

    does anyone know of a tweak which would stop the need to have to type password in when phone has been turned off then on again or when you use app store buy option for the first time once phone has been turned on… far easier to just use touch i.d hate having to manually type password in overtime the phone has been rebooted or turned on. Thanks

  • Onaje RnbCelebrity

    Is there a tweak that lets you set whether you use your fingerprint or passcode to unlock depending on the time of day? Kinda like how do not disturb works. That way your mate isn’t waiting until your sleep to check your phone. If not somebody should make it asap

  • Travis_ ullivan

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  • Ashish Kapur

    Before i lost my jailbreak, I remember I had a TouchID application which allowed me to switch off the touchID between a given time. I am unable to recall the name of the app. Could someone please help me with the name?