One of the features I really like about my Apple Watch is nightstand mode, because it gives me a way to quickly see the time on my desk right when I wake up in the morning. Unfortunately, the screen is kind of small.

With a new free jailbreak tweak called Vettr, you can effectively turn your iPhone into a pleasant nightstand clock, but it can be used for other things too. We’ll show you in this review what Vettr is all about.

The nightstand mode iPhone never had

This tweak sticks out to me as a nightstand mode-like tweak for the iPhone. I’m not sure if the developer really had that in mind or not, but it works really nicely with my iPhone dock because it keeps an always-on display of the time and battery level as long as the device is connected to a power source.

Since the screen is always going to be on while you use Vettr, your device may charge a little slower than it normally would, but it shouldn’t be a major difference. If you’re using it for a nightstand mode-like situation, it shouldn’t even really matter because you’ll be sleeping while it charges anyway.

This is essentially what the screen looks like; the time is displayed in a nice simplistic font, and the battery level is indicated by green dots:


How it works

To use Vettr, you need to be connected to a power source. It doesn’t necessarily require a dock of any kind, but I think it looks best with one (more specifically, my Grovemade walnut dock). As soon as power is disconnected, Vettr will not work again until it’s reconnected.

When you want to use the tweak, all you have to do is wake your device up after it has been connected to a power source. You’ll see your typical Lock screen as usual, and then after a few seconds, you’ll get the black screen above with the time and battery level displayed in the center.

The screen will stay awake until you put the device asleep manually with the lock button. You can also bypass Vettr to use your device by simply pressing the Home button and then using Touch ID or your passcode to get past the Lock screen. Easy peasy!

Vettr also adds a preferences pane to the Settings app so you can toggle the tweak on or off on demand, as well as configure a brightness level for your display whenever you have Vettr in the forefront:

Vettr Preferences Pane

Wrapping up

I think Vettr is a really nice way to use your iPhone as a type of nightstand clock at night, but it also works great as a daytime desk piece whenever you’re not using your iPhone and want something pleasant to look at.

If you’re interested in giving Vettr a try, you can download it for free on your jailbroken device right now from Cydia’s BigBoss repository. The tweak has only been tested on iOS 9 devices.

What are your thoughts on the design and purpose of Vettr? Share below!

  • XT

    What about notifications guys? Does the screen changes when you got one?

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Thanks for the heads-up, just checked it, as soon as a notification comes in, the tweak dismisses promptly, after about 5 seconds, the tweak appears again.. Quite subtle but I dig that.

      • XT

        Thank you 🙂

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    No complaining because it’s a free tweak, but …:


    1) Minimalistic view – iOS style.
    2) Just love the font! Anyone know what font it is?


    1) No option to change the time format.
    2) You have to wake the device to see the tweak in action.


    An option to change the dots to a bar would be nice.
    An option for auto-brightness because in black this really matters.
    An option to launch the tweak after locking the screen.

  • Hanz Worst

    Isn’t there a risk of screen burn after a while?

    • jOn Garrett

      on an iPhone yes, on Android phones with this feature, no.

      • Hanz Worst

        I can’t see why there is a difference between ios and android. the hardware (the screen in this case) is the problem. LCD is affected, but OLED even more. I’m just wondering how bad it is with nowadays displays.

      • jOn Garrett

        Samsung phones have an always on display when charging, years of use and never a problem with burn in.

        My S7 edge has always on display as well.

        The pixels are not stationary, they are in a different position, randomly move about.

  • 5723alex .

    “One of the features I really like about my Apple Watch is nightstand mode, because it gives me a way to quickly see the time on my desk right when I wake up in the morning. “..

    How can you see the time when the screen in nightstand mode is always off ?

  • nova voter

    this would be awesome if my 6+ (9.3.3 jail broken) didn’t reboot by itself almost every night in the middle of the night. I even restored as new before doing the 9.3.3 JB, but it’s continued to reboot almost every night.

    So this tweak would be worthless for me since I have to rejailbreaking most mornings.

    • Corey Hawkins II

      There is a fix for that midnight reboot issue.

      • nova voter

        that’s helpful to know, but a link would be mega helpful. please?

  • Julio M.

    I saw the reddit post that requested this, pretty cool that someone really made it.

  • Corey Hawkins II

    I believe this tweak has a great amount of potential. Possibly throwing some options for more customization and theming. I’m impressed with the feature that was introduced in the Galaxy S6 and would like to see this with more options on iOS/JB iOS.

  • How can I setup a ringtone as an alarm sound on my iphone? I can not find an app for that …

    • nova voter

      I don’t understand? You can do that in the native iOS alarm app.

  • Diego Milano

    So this morning a brand new paid tweak showed up in Cydia that seems to be a replica of this tweak with perhaps a few more enhancements or customization options: Volt.
    Complete ripoff but which one is genuine/the original?