SmallHint keeps a subtle hint for your passcode on your Lock screen

By , Dec 2, 2016

SmallHint LS

Forgetful people can now combat their inability to remember their iPhone or iPad passcodes with a new free jailbreak tweak called SmallHint.

What this tweak allows you to do is put an inconspicuous hint on your Lock screen, just below the date, that can help jog your memory in the event that you forget your passcode.

Despite how unlikely it is that you’ll forget a simple 4 or 6-digit passcode, iOS lets you have significantly longer passcodes and even alphanumeric passwords to unlock your device.

Personally, I don’t think anyone who uses a simple passcode would ever need this tweak, but perhaps someone with a longer complex alphanumeric password would find it more useful.

After installation, you can visit the SmallHint preferences pane in the Settings app and configure a small grouping of options:

SmallHint Preferences Pane

You’ll find a place to enter the passcode hint you want, RGB sliders for changing the color of the text to anything you want it to be, and a toggle switch for hiding or showing calendar event titles.

All configuration is done on the fly, so you don’t need to respring your device any time you make changes.

One thing that grinds my gears a little however is that there’s no indicator for the RGB sliders that shows you what color you’re picking, so you literally have to lock and unlock your device repeatedly while playing with the sliders until you see a color you like.

As an easier alternative to the cumbersome method described above, you can use an online tool like this one to determine the best RGB color for your tastes and then replicate your results with the tweak’s RGB sliders.

Obviously, SmallHint has the potential to reduce the security of your device, so keep this in mind and don’t put any obvious hints on your Lock screen. If you intend to use the tweak, use a hint that’s just subtle enough for only you to understand.

If you want to download SmallHint, you will find it for free in Cydia’s BigBoss repository. The tweak works on all jailbroken iOS 9 devices.

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  • Nice concept, it also helps narrow it down for others to guess as well… that is if the hint is even related

    • Scott Curry

      Right? To slightly INcrease your phone’s security with this tweak, put a hint that’s completely unrelated to the actual passcode. Something like “When is your birthday?” but the passcode is a completely different date.

      • :D

        By writing birthday, you’re narrowing the first digit down to just 4 possibilities (0,1,2,3) compared to 10, As well as the third to just 2 (0,1) and the fifth to just 2 (9,0)

      • Scott Curry

        I am? I don’t think you thought that all the way through. A. Saying it’s a birthday could just be misinformation and it could actually be a random series of numbers. B. If my birthday is July 9, 1985, then my passcode could be 7985. How am I limiting the possibilities again?

      • :D

        Woah my bad I misread your comment (unless you edited it?)

        P.S. Passcodes are 6 digits by default

      • Scott Curry

        A. Had I edited the comment, it would display ‘edited’ at the bottom. (I’ll edit this one to show you.)

        B. Just because they’re 6 digits by default, doesn’t mean they can’t be 4 (especially since mine is).

        (Added this part when I edited.)

        And now I stand corrected on point A. It USED to show ‘edited’ at the bottom, but apparently that isn’t the case anymore.

      • :D

        A. Yeah, it doesn’t say edited. But I’m not accusing you – I already said I might’ve just misread the comment.

        B. Just because it can be 4 digits, doesn’t mean that it is. My comment was obviously in terms of a 6-digit code.

        C. A 4-digit code is far less secure than a 6-digit code, even if everyone knows it’s a birthday.

        D. You up-voted your own comments???

      • Scott Curry

        I always upvote my own comments…it’s a symptom of my OCD. I know it’s silly, but it’s there and I can’t help it.

      • :D

        Understood. OCD isn’t silly.

      • Digitalfeind

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      • :D

        I was obviously talking about the default 6-digit numerical passcode

      • Digitalfeind

        I’m just glad you two weren’t using numbers.

  • :D

    By writing birthday, you’re narrowing the first digit down to just 4 possibilities compared to 10, As well as the third to just 2 and the fifth to just 2.

  • zebonaut

    Nice. Make it even obscurer. WiTb