ProximityActivator is a recently released tweak that adds a new proximity sensor gesture to your list of Activator gestures. This makes it possible to perform certain actions simply by waving your hand in front of your iPhone.

In the video example that follows, I’ll show you how I can invoke the App Switcher by waving my hand in front of my iPhone 5’s proximity sensor.

ProximityActivator serves as an Activator plugin, in that you’ll find a section for the tweak inside of Activator’s preferences upon installation.

You’ll also find a standalone dedicated preference panel in the stock Settings app for ProximityActivator, which will link you to create an Activator gesture using the proximity sensor as a means for invocation.
ProximityActivator Preferences

From my tests, ProximityActivator worked well. Keep in mind that it can only be used when the your iPhone is unlocked and awake, but that’s to be expected.

ProximityActivator can be had for free on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. If you’re keen on using the proximity sensor in new ways, then you’ll surely find this tweak to be must try.

What do you think?

  • Dante Arellano

    Fuckk its guettin ridiculousssss

  • Martin

    Looks good but would this consume more battery surely?

    • Chris

      In theory, it shouldn’t as the sensor is always on therefore it should only be listening in on the event that’s triggered by the sensor itself.

  • Cones1r

    I can’t get it to do anything.

    • Christopher Michael Cetinich

      Me also.

  • Nathan

    Goodbye battery life 🙂

  • besrate hogsa

    waving at your iPhone is plainly awkward

  • Roy Chang

    if you held the phone camera more steady, the video could be an awesome “never ending” loop

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  • Satyam Panchal

    Best way to use it as lock device at home screen

    • Satyam Panchal

      Exit app and put ur phone in pocket automatically lock 🙂 don’t have to use lock button

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Or you can swipe left/right on statusbar to invoke a lock screen / sleep button Activator action. I’ve set a swipe left to lock my device. Never have to use that flimsy sleep/power button.

  • diggitydang

    It was gimicky when Samsung did it… It’s still gimicky now. Wouldn’t install this, but that’s just me.

    • M_Hawke

      I think it has good use. Waze has had a wave function to invoke voice commands which is handy for hands-free navigation while driving.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I like the concept. I just might try this out. Already asked before, but what are the battery life implications from using this tweak? Any?

  • The only thing that concerns me about this is the false positives. Surely the proximity sensor will accidentally sense something at the wrong time and then your phone will just lock itself for seemingly no reason…

  • Shadowelite123

    it doesn’t work for me and I’m using an iPhone 5S

    • Varun Soi

      Same here

      • Shadowelite123

        It started working. What I did was do a slow wave across the sensor. It started working after that.

      • Varun Soi

        Thanks i must try

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