Scrottom Concept Tweak

In iOS you can quickly scroll up to the top of a page by tapping on the status bar. This is an extremely convenient shortcut, one that I always sorely miss when I have to use an Android device.

But sometimes I wonder why there isn’t a way to quick scroll to the bottom of a page. I mean, there’s a page up and a page down key on a standard keyboard for a reason.

Since there’s probably no hope that we’ll ever see such a shortcut appear natively in iOS, I am, once again, turning to the jailbreak community for help. Last night, I even went as far as to create a concept video for the idea, but as it turns out, that wasn’t needed. It wasn’t needed because a tweak already exists that pretty much accomplishes this exact need. That tweak is called TapToScroll for Activator, and it’s available for free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo right now.

TapToScroll disables that native tap-anywhere and scroll up status bar behavior, and instead replaces it with a user-customizable Activator listener that can be mated to any gesture available in Activator. To make the transition as clean as possible, I suggest replacing the behavior with a similar status bar gesture available in Activator’s preferences.

TapToScroll has the ability to scroll to the top of the page, middle of a page, or bottom of a page. Each of the three scroll areas can be assigned to independent Activator gestures for optimum control over the experience.


Although the tweak doesn’t work as ideally as I had hoped in Safari—for bottom scrolls it will scroll to the top first and then scroll to the bottom—it’s certainly better than nothing. If an enterprising developer had the time, it would be pretty cool if they could take my concept and make it a reality. Until then, I can definitely live with TapToScroll for Activator. It’s not perfect, but it does well enough that I can live with it.

What do you think? Do you think having scroll-to-the-bottom functionality is even necessary?

  • 9to5Slavery

    awesome! We need a “X” close for external apps or browsers within an app like Twitter or any other app. I am dying always reaching up so far on my phone. I don’t have NBA hands or fingers. If there was a way to have a shortcut to close that X and only that X on activator some how.

  • diggitydang

    If Activator didn’t sporadically kill my Control Centre, I might consider it. For now, I’ve had to delete Activator (sadly) and all of the tweaks that rely on it, as I constantly need that swipe up to get my flashlight and can’t stand swiping 3-4 times only to realize that it’s just failing because of Activator. So frustrating.

    Hopefully this has been updated since the time I’ve deleted it. Can anyone give me that good news???

    • 9to5Slavery

      maybe another tweak is in interference. I have no problem.

      My tweaks are

      ccquickpro – I replaced AUXO because it was glitching even with latest update.

      it is also used with infinidock and folder enhancer

      wonder what tweaks you use.

      • diggitydang

        It’s an odd one. See comment below as there is a large population experiencing the exact same issue (although I’ve heard many say that it is fine too). I’m on a 6+…

    • gittlopctbi

      I and others have reported here in iDownload that you are, sadly, not alone. 🙁

      • diggitydang

        Yeah. Unfortunately! Misery loves company, I suppose… I was hoping more for someone to say “I was having these issues too, but an update fixed it!”!

      • gittlopctbi

        Yup…Me too.

  • Rares

    I thought this tweak is gonna be called “Scrottom”, scroll + bottom.

  • olgagela

    How to enable status bar in landscape?
    My on iOS 8(iPhone 6+) don’t have it in landscape mode ☹
    Please help.

  • iPhoneWINS

    i have run out of useful activator options so this does not work for me

  • Dave Newcomb

    Nice! I’m a huge fan of Activator and I missed this one somehow. I’ve assigned a middle tap to scroll to the top, a swipe left to scroll to the middle, and a swipe right to scroll to the bottom, all on the status bar. I didn’t use left or right taps because I already had them assigned. So far, so good!

  • Okada San

    Thanks for this Jeff! Interestingly, I don’t have a problem with the page scrolling to the top before scrolling to the bottom. I’m on a 6 running 8.1.2.

  • GadgetQueenn

    Just tested and the scroll-to-the-top-first bug thing only occurs in Safari. Tried it out in Settings and Chrome and neither scrolled to the top before scrolling to the middle or bottom. Additionally, it only does it when you have all three portions assigned to a gesture. When you remove the middle scroll, it scrolls directly to the bottom when SB is tapped at the left.