miniTime is a tweak that makes the Lock screen clock smaller

By , Mar 29, 2016

miniTime smaller Lock screen clock for iOS

Looking for a new minimalist take on the Lock screen clock for your iOS device? If so, then a new jailbreak tweak called miniTime might be worth stopping to take a look at.

This tweak gives you various options for shrinking down the Lock screen clock to more comfortable viewing sizes, and even comes with some other customization goodies you can use to make the Lock screen more your own.

Using miniTime to change the Lock screen clock

If you’re a minimalist and you find the Lock screen’s clock atrocious, then miniTime is going to be your new best friend. This tweak comes with two new date and time placement modes for the Lock screen that can make it more of a pleasure to look at.

Shown above, you can see the two new modes. The one on the left is called the “Simple Style” and the one on the right is called the “MIUI Style.” In one, the time is placed on the left side of the screen with the date on the right, and in the other, the date and time are both on the left side of the screen.

After installing miniTime, a new preferences pane is added to the Settings app where you can configure its options to your liking:

miniTime preferences pane options to configure

From this list of options, you will get to configure each of the following to your own unique preference:

  • Enabling and disabling the tweak on demand
  • Choosing the clock style you want to appear on the Lock screen
  • Configuring a custom color for the clock
  • Hiding or showing the “Slide to unlock” text
  • Hiding or showing the percentage charged indicator
  • Hiding or showing the top or bottom Lock screen grabbers
  • Hiding or showing the Camera grabber

In terms of choosing a custom color, you get all of the following choices to pick from:

  • Default
  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Dark Blue
  • Purple
  • Brown
  • Light Gray
  • Gray
  • Pink

A Respring and Apply button is included at the bottom of the preferences pane. It is necessary to tap on that button every time you make changes to the settings so that your choices are saved and applied to the Lock screen. You will get a confirmation message when you attempt to respring in this way.

If you were wondering how the colorization options work, here’s an example of the Green color being applied to the Lock screen clock:

miniTime green clock color

My thoughts on miniTime

I think that the two minimalist Lock screen clock options are fabulous. Personally, I’m a fan of the Simple Style option more-so than the MIUI Style. Because I like minimalist tweaks like this, and alternatives like SubtleLock, I can see myself using this in the future.

Although the colorization options are nice, I’m personally a fan of the stock clock color. Although I personally see no reason to modify the color, unless it were conflicting with the wallpaper in some way, I’m sure others may enjoy the feature a lot more than me.

Since the tweak has minimalists in its cross hairs, it’s nice that the developer included additional settings for hiding and showing various elements from the Lock screen.

One caveat that I can’t stress enough is that miniTime appears to force the 24-hour time down your throat. I personally like to use the 12-hour time format on my iPhone, so this is one thing that I don’t particularly like that much about miniTime. I would hope this is something the developer could address in a future iteration of the tweak.

Taking into consideration everything that I’ve said so far, I still think miniTime is a cool addition to any jailbroken device, and the free price tag means jailbreakers have every reason to give it a shot and see if it suits them.

Wrapping up

The miniTime jailbreak tweak is an interesting new take on the Lock screen’s date and time display. With customization and colorization options, you can make your Lock screen clock look not only minimalistic, but also unique to your own tastes.

If you’re interested in giving miniTime a try, you can grab it free of cost from Cydia’s BigBoss repository today!

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What are your thoughts on miniTime? Share in the comments!

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  • Toon

    useless tweak

    • Burge

      Is that your opinion or the general consensus. What is useless about it ? Does it not work ?

      • LeMerlot

        …seems to be a single opinion. For me that tweak is VERY welcome since I like that more sophisticated design approach of a smaller date/time combo on the LS.

      • Anonymous

        I like SubtleLock, but now it does not work on iOS 9. :/

    • Damian

      Your opinion seems to be useless

  • Burge
  • White Michael Jackson

    Any tweak that does the opposite?

    • iPhoneWINS


      • White Michael Jackson

        Thank you. Purchased!

  • Martynet

    Would be nicer in San Francisco font instead of Helvetica.

  • Seva

    Excuse me. May I ask a question, guys?
    I’ve just bought iPad mini 2 Retina with iOS 7.1.1
    Should I update to 9.3 or stay on 7.1.1?

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      I think you should upgrade to 9.2.1, it’s the next Jailbreakable iOS

      • iOS 9.2.1 doesn’t have a jailbreak yet, so I’d recommend just jumping to iOS 9.3.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        But what happens if [Insert your favorite Jailbreak Team here] releases the JB for iOS 9.2.1, as what happened with 9.1?

      • I don’t know if this is something we should expect so commonly. I think it was a fluke – iOS 9.2.1 happened to patch the JB they were working on.

      • Burge

        Last time it happened and I think it was the first time it ever happened was with 6.1.6. That was a jailbreak for a old firmware, and if I remember there was already a jailbreak for a newer firmware (on iOS 7) when this got released.

    • iPhoneWINS

      damn now that is dead stock

  • LeMerlot

    Great tweak, I really like it! Thanks very much to the developer, I even would pay for it if month and day would adapt to the iPhone’s local language settings.

  • Max Payne

    If this tweak ‘forces the 24hr down your throat’, why does the simple style display PM?

    • Because if you happen to like the other style, then PM isn’t displayed.

      • Max Payne

        I think you misinderstand. The PM shouldn’t be displayed during 24hr time. I’ve emailed the developer this fact and even they have a hard time understanding this concept. They did advise me that in a future update they will be enabling 12hr time as an option. So you may get to enjoy this tweak after all. 🙂

      • Max Payne

        Update: the developer will fix the PM displaying in error.. I like a developer who can accept an error and rectify it. We should all take a leaf out of that book.

  • NolesFan

    I would use this tweet for sure, I like the clean look to it. However, I’m waiting for a JB for either 9.2.1 or 9.3. I really wish some type of update would go out to the general public on the status of it. So, I’m patiently waiting using iOS 9.2.1 for now… 🙁

  • Gabriel Anaya

    This is essentially subtlelock

    • Yeah, and we said that, although it doesn’t cost any money so this tweak should be more welcomed.

  • iPhoneWINS

    no thanks i actually used springtomize to make my clock huge so i can see it easily from across the room

  • yader

    No video?

  • J™

    Forecast allows u to have mini time too with the weather on the right…
    and btw its been updated for iOS9

    • Gabriel Diaz


  • Rakesh Jain

    A Respring is necessary every
    time you make changes to the settings… URGH!!

  • Jason

    Is it possible to change the font size?

  • Sleetui

    Looks like SubtleLock