LockInfo 8 Compressed Header

LockInfo8, like the previous seven releases in the series, is a Lock screen tweak that provides you with a plethora of pertinent information about your day, your apps, the weather, and more. It’s the latest in a long-running series that has been installed on millions of iPhones, and is one of the most recognizable and popular jailbreak tweaks in the history of the community.

For various reasons, I’ve always shied away from covering the tweak. Some of it had to do with disinterest, but some of it was laziness. I guess I figured that everyone already knew about LockInfo, so why bother, but I understand that this was the wrong attitude.

To be honest, LockInfo always felt like it was trying to do too many things at once, and that’s another reason why I lacked the interest and motivation to provide any sort of post. In this area, LockInfo seems to have turned a corner as of late. It’s still an incredibly deep tweak, but the barrier to entry is much more palatable this time around.

At its core, LockInfo is a tweak that places your Notification Center in a front and center position on the Lock screen. No longer will you have to swipe down to reveal pertinent information about your digital life, because it’s already there waiting for you.

When you first install LockInfo, you’ll be greeted with an initial setup screen that will help walk you through the tweak’s most common features. With this in mind, let’s discuss some of these features.

LockInfo with Weather

Consolidated Notifications

This feature will merge the Today View and Notifications View into one singular view. Consolidated Notifications basically makes it so that you no longer need to swipe between two different views to view all of the information contained within Notification Center. Some people may not like this meshing together of the two views, but I grew to like it fairly quickly.

What makes consolidated notifications work is that you can quickly collapse sections by tapping on the headers. This make the extra content more manageable.

Missed Notifications

LockInfo8 allows you to change the way that missed notifications are handled on the Lock screen. Of course, you can keep missed notifications as they are today, and they will remain on your Lock screen, or you can instead option for Lock screen notifications to disappear after the screen dims. This makes for less friction, because it means that the Lock info interface is immediately available upon waking your device.

To help quickly identify missed notifications, LockInfo8 features notification icons that appear in the status bar. These icons can be enabled on an app-by-app basis, and appear for apps like Messages, Twitter, FaceTime, etc.

Weather Wallpaper LockInfo8

Weather

LockInfo8 features a weather header on the Lock screen, and a full-fledged weather forecast page. The weather page comes complete with animated weather wallpaper that can be applied to both the Lock screen and the Home screen.

Five reasons to try LockInfo8

In my video above, I spoke about the five reasons to try LockInfo8. Those reasons include the following.

  • Consolidated notifications
  • Weather, including animated wallpaper
  • Notify only missed notifications
  • Collapsable widgets and notifications
  • Notification status bar icons

That’s not to say that LockInfo8 is perfect, because it isn’t. I did notice a little bit of slowdown while using the combined Notification Center interface. I guess I had so many notifications and widgets, that it hindered the performance of my iPhone 6 Plus.

I also noticed that when putting my iPhone 6 Plus into landscape mode, there was an obvious bug with the dock. When I uninstalled LockInfo8, this bug went away, so I’m assuming that LockInfo8 is the culprit.

LockInfo8 Dock bug iPhoen 6 Plus landscape

Lastly, I did experience a crash during my hands-on time with the tweak, but when you consider everything that LockInfo8 is doing simultaneously, a single crash in a day isn’t so bad.

LockInfo Settings

It is definitely remarkable that LockInfo’s developer, David Ashman, acting as a one-man team, has been able to keep LockInfo going for as long as he has. Through numerous iOS updates, including tons of underlying codebase changes, LockInfo seems to always bounce back smelling like roses. He definitely deserves credit for this, as we’ve seen other projects fall off the face of the earth or take forever to implement support for the latest jailbreakable firmware.

LockInfo8 makes my Lock screen feel much less like a wasted opportunity, and makes me feel like I can stay up to date on everything right from the Lock screen. For some, that may be just enough to convince you to give it a long term try.

Considering that the tweak comes with a free trial, and is only $4.99 thereafter, there’s really not much to lose by giving it a fair shake. Are you a LockInfo user? Have you upgraded to LockInfo8?

  • John Smith

    NICE!!

  • Chang in Charge

    Mixed feelings on this tweak I love the combined Notification Center View, I love the notification icons in the status bar, I also love the dedicated weather lock page and forecast on the lock screen. And having the lock screen so useful is great. The downside is that its so much information at once that it becomes overwhelming when I’m used to seeing a few notifications wake my phone up I now see this endless scrolling jumble of info and it’s a lot. Too much really. But I like that this tweak has a trial and like Jeff said it’s super awesome that this guy keeps updating this tweak.

  • swhitlow

    Love this tweak. However, it always causes my phone to crash. I have sent multiple, multiple crash logs to the developer. But, I always get the “it’s another tweak”. However, as soon as I uninstall lockinfo, the crashes stop. It also seems to be slowing down on the lock screen more than it had in the past with the most recent version.

    • David Arranz

      Same problem, loop and loop in safe mode… 🙁

  • dudeimmexican

    So much clutter

  • no no noooo; the background country music…. Jeff….. no…..

    • Feivl

      Really doesn’t make the content more entertaining.

  • Sofakingstepwit

    Another great feature of this tweak is that you can set it so that notifications don’t light up the screen. You wIll still get the sound and vibration but the screen won’t light up needlessly in your pocket.

    Another cool feature, email previews directly on the lock screen or Notification Center.

    Also, you can pare down Lockinfo to be as minimal as you want. There is so much granularity to this tweak. It gives you as much or as little as you want from it.

    I have to say that I am little disappointed in the extremely short video treatment that this tweak received. There is so much more to Lockinfo that didn’t get touched on here. I understand that this tweak isn’t for you Jeff, but I think it’s your job to do a deeper dive than you did. It strikes me as odd that Stratos got an 11 minute video as an app switcher tweak and this only got a two and a half minute video.

    At any rate, I love the site and just about everything you guys do at iDB. Keep up the good work.

    • Tdaniels

      yea JEFF!
      What up with that?!?!

    • Mallouk Malek

      My exact thoughts ! i used to use lockinfo for iOS 5, and run through the video to see if it’s worth the price for iOS8, and then i was shocked that this video describes almost 10% of this tweak’s potentials !!!

  • Dan

    Great tweak, I always preferred lockinfo over intelliscreen

  • Joonyaboy

    Always loved Lockinfo. Not feelin’ the upgrade fee. Might have to pass this time just because jailbreaks are so temporary.

  • Faisal

    These tweaks these, makes me wanna jailbreak my iPhone 6. Last time i jailbroke my device was 2 years ago iPhone 4s

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Omg this has been so buggy for me! Crashes when im playing a podcast, freezes a ton. Etc. Its a nice tweak but im noticing major bugs. Anyone else?

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    No wonder its buggy. Its a beta release! Smh it barely says that

  • Gabriel Anaya

    No atom compatibility, not worth it.

  • Thanh

    My Mail app crashes instantly after launch with this tweak installed. Solution?

    • SoylentGreen

      Uninstall xCon if you have it.

      • Thanh

        Thanks mate

  • Kilroy672

    The weather is not showing up on my lock screen no matter what I do. If I can’t get this to work I’m going to remove this. Any suggestions?

  • One of my favorite tweaks during my iPhone days, glad to see you finally reviewed it on it’s 8th version, funny enough, in less than 3 minutes.

  • suttonmontreal

    Jeff nice!! HD VIDEO NOW!!

  • Amoeba Stunts

    this tweak no longer fascinates me. your five reasons to try lockinfo 8 isn’t enough for me to waste my time. thanks for the heads up.

  • AndyDontCare

    I miss the old lock info. It was soooo customizable and had lots of widgets, some by other developers.

  • Mike Malloy

    Been using Lockinfo, aka LI since iOS 5 and love it! Admittedly the tweak does provide the chance to have lots of info on your lock screen and this for me is EXACTLY what I need and want and it’s nice to have a choice. I also use the Calendar Pro month LS calendar, the LI Calendar Agenda, the LI Weather, My Stocks, plus the Notifications from the NC pulldown and I get all of the most relevant stuff to me on my LS. Clearly I am not a minimalist and given I use my phone 95% of the time for work what LI does for me is to limit the number of touches to see and find out what I have going on NOW or in a few hours with an upcoming meetings, texts emails, etc.

    As FYI a comment was made around Intelliscreen (ISX) vs LI? My experience is that LI is far more comprehensive and offers more of what I want and need than ISX –.details, details, details. This is especially true for the Calendar Agenda and the monthly Calendar, also with Stocks and overall ISX is just too limited for me to use it. I will say with some minor functions and adds to ISX, it would more rival LI and the ISX DEV should consider this.

    Hope this is useful for my follower JBers!!

    malloy00

  • Mike Malloy

    I have been playing with LI8 and 8.1.2 on my 4s. Seems I have lots of lag with LI8 installed when I unlock and / or push the power button to turn on the screen and then unlock the phone. I am going to keep LI8 UNinstalled and see how my lag testing goes to see if it is really LI8, but sadly so far IT IS!

  • pegger1

    It has some positives but it’s too messy and busy. And it keeps giving me a vibrate notification even when there’s nothing new.