Helius 2 Hero

Helius 2 is the follow-up to the popular tweak that redesigned iOS Lock screen media controls. In a nice gesture to owners of the original, developers s1ris and Phillip Tennen have rewritten the tweak from scratch and are providing it as a free upgrade to previous owners of Helius.

In case you’ve forgotten, or in case you’ve never used the original version, Helius is a tweak that takes your default media controls on the Lock screen, and provides them with a fresh coat of paint. Have a look at our video walkthrough for more information on how this tweak works.

The best thing about Helius 2 is that out of the box it works with third-party music apps like Pandora and Spotify, and not just the stock Music app. That was one of Sebastien’s main complaints about the original version when he reviewed Helius last year.

Once you install Helius, head to the stock Settings app and open the tweak’s preferences. There, you’ll find two switches—one for enabling the tweak, and one for enabling the background artwork on the Lock screen.

Helius 2 Prefs

Yes, the media control interface is nice, but what really makes this tweak work well is the background artwork feature. It truly gives your Lock screen a different look with every song that you play. That’s because it takes the album artwork, blows it up, adds a little blur, and presents it as your Lock screen’s wallpaper while music is playing. This really helps to set the mood while you listen to your favorite music.

Helius 2

Outside of the controls, interface, and background, there’s really not much else to say about Helius 2. It doesn’t contain a ton of functionality, but as I strongly believe in most cases when it comes to jailbreak tweaks, less is more.

You can purchase Helius 2 for $0.99 on the BigBoss repo today, or as stated, download it for free if you’ve purchased the original version of Helius.

What do you think?

  • Ben Reid

    I like it, although I think it’d be really cool if you could adjust the opacity to tone it down a little.

  • Blip dude

    How’s the compatibility with Forecast??

    • Tko

      It works fine with forecast. The only minor issue that I came across was the slide to unlock text. In forecast you can hide it, but when using this tweak it seemed to automatically display it again. This seemed to cause some slight lag to my phone when switching between lockscreen and the forecast page while Helius was active. I was able to fix this simply by going into springtomize settings and hiding the slide to unlock text there.

      • Blip dude

        Thanks for the heads up on the lag. I’ll have to remove a tweak or 2 and use springtomize to get rid of the lag but I am looking for a tweak that can quickly respond to my touch while I drive because the stock controls aren’t doing the trick.

  • Andy

    I feel Jeff’s pain using an iPod touch 5th gen on iOS 8

    • Admin001

      I know right. IOS 8 and ipod 5th gen… is hard

    • Thank you. I’m glad someone does. It’s utterly annoying.

      • Montgomery Tyler

        We feel your pain Jeff. 🙂

      • Ali G

        Was the Apple Watch worth it at least? I might get one soon…

    • Jonathan

      I’ve been living this pain for over a year. :'(

  • cdlenfert

    2 bones to pick with what I think otherwise is a nice tweak. 1. How the color of the large time display is chosen seems like it doesn’t consistently work with the background color behind it. Sometimes black against a color is hard to read, as would be White against white. 2. media and volume buttons aren’t any easier to press. I’d love to see gesture controls introduced to a tweak like this.

    Otherwise the concept is pretty great and Id be interested in getting this tweak. Just need more reason than it looking cooler.

  • #Destiny

    Zedd- True Colors Album 🙂

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      The best album I’ve ever heard from ZEDD

  • Ángel Javier Esquivel

    So you like ZEDD

  • Anthony Albarran

    I use SubtleLock and this tweak replaces the nice small clock & date that SL provides with that big black clock. Hopefully this can be addressed in future updates. So far I like what I see.

  • Beautifully designed!