Impulse is a brand new jailbreak tweak dedicated to music lovers as it brings a new functionality many have been waiting for. Developed by Noeliel, Impulse allows users to control a currently playing song even when the device is locked. Yes, with Impulse, you no longer need to unlock your device just to control a song that is playing. Simply perform a gesture on the screen to perform a desired action.

The tweak provides over five different gestures you can invoke in order to play/pause a song, go to the previous or the next track and increase or decrease the volume. The following gestures are available:

  • Tap to play/pause song
  • Swipe left or right on the screen to go to the previous or the next track
  • Swipe up or down on the screen to increase or decrease the volume


Once you install the tweak, a new preference panel will be added to the stock Settings app dedicated to Impulse. From there, you can enable or disable the tweak, set the idle threshold time which determines the duration the tweak should remain active after a song is paused or stopped. The higher the threshold time, the greater the impact of the tweak on your device’s battery life.

One of the important options that Impulse offers is ‘Secure Tap’ which ensures that gestures are not performed accidentally by requiring you to first tap the screen to enable gesture recognition and then invoke a specific gesture. You’ll also find various other options to configure it along with a detailed guide that walks you through the functionality of the tweak.

Impulse works flawlessly without any issues, although I wasn’t able to test the tweak’s impact on the battery life. But if you’ve ever been looking for such a tweak, I’d definitely recommend that you give Impulse a try.

Impulse is now available on Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.99 and is compatible with iOS 7. What do you think of the tweak? Do you wish Apple introduced this feature in future version of iOS? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Jukes

    Or you can just use the headphone remote….

    • dazzw

      handy for in the car…

      • #Yussef van de Dag!

        $1,99 ?!

      • White Michael Jackson

        This is only problem i have with this tweak. how about .99 ¢?

      • #Yussef van de Dag!

        would be much better

    • D R

      w.t.f is this about? from my lock screen [both on iOS7 & 8], it displays the currently playing song, with play/pause/next/previous buttons and volume slider. you do need to start off the music playing using another method, but these controls display on the lock screen once it’s started.

      course, I use the buttons on my stereo bluetooth headphones to do all these things…

  • Skoven

    Or you could just use activator + volume buttons to accomplish the same… without worrying about battery life and without “turning on” the screen.
    I have this setup for whose who wants to try it:
    Short hold volume up: Next track
    Short hold volume down: Previous track
    Toggle mute switch: Play/pause
    Also works great with headphones that does not have audio-controls.

    The mute switch toggle is a little hard to do with one hand, but you could properly use another button (sleep/power or home – those will properly turn on the screen though).

    • Kevin Osborne

      I used to use “Both Press” to play/pause.

      • VitoM

        The same.

  • vifish

    Its like the CarTunes app, it use gesture control for music so you can keep your eyes on the road, the difference is that the screen is off with this tweak

  • nyangejr

    Wall hugger