If you use a passcode to unlock your iPhone or iPad, then you know how important it is to keep other people from seeing the digits you tap on to get into your device.

Since people are inclined to pay more attention to the numbers you tap rather than the pattern of the buttons, a new free jailbreak tweak called DummyPass by iOS developer Wisy uses this concept to your advantage.

It will randomize your passcode button positions every time you unlock your device, shifting them from their stock locations. But here’s the real kicker: even though the numbers get a different keypad position, you still have to follow the same button pattern your passcode would typically exhibit on a stock keypad to successfully unlock the device.

For example: if your passcode is 2468, you would still follow the top → left → right → bottom button pattern even though the keys will display different numbers than “2468” every time your device is unlocked:

The tweak diverts the unsuspecting user into tapping on the wrong passcode buttons, hence yielding a failure to unlock and an additional layer of security for you.

Even if you use Touch ID instead of manual passcode entry, the tweak can be useful. Anyone who doesn’t have access to your fingerprint will be forced to enter a passcode anyway. With that in mind, it can trick people with malicious intent into entering the wrong passcode.

Another thing: since your brain is probably accustomed to tapping a particular pattern on the passcode keypad anyways, the tweak shouldn’t impact your regular usage in any way. Instead, it has the potential to thwart attempts by over-the-shoulder peepers to steal your passcode.

With no options to configure, DummyPass is a straightforward tweak that can be downloaded free of charge from Cydia’s BigBoss repository. While it might not be for everyone, I would certainly consider using it on my own device. It’s compatible with jailbroken iOS 10 devices.

Would you use DummyPass on your device? Share in the comments section below.

  • Jay

    Like the idea.. but some snoops remember the pattern as well as remember the number they see you type.. either way cool tweak..

  • Am I the only one who sees a problem here? People stealing pass odes obviously know the default layout. They know if your passcode is, say, 1234, you will have to press top left – top center – top right – middle left. Even if the numbers are different (for example, 6920) they will still see you pressing in the 1234 pattern.

    • It’s a coin-toss really. They might pay more attention to the digits or to the pattern. They might not think twice about the pattern (not everyone is that bright). Anyways, I consider it an extra layer of security for that fact alone. May not trick the smart problem-solving people out there, but perhaps it would for others.

      • True, it might throw off some people if they see that the numbers are not in their default position. Increases security by some degree.

    • jalexcarter

      yeah this is a pretty idiotic implementation. I was so excited when I saw this tweak I thought it actually was going to make you type the right numbers each time in different positions so the pattern was always different and someone couldnt just memorize the pattern cause that’s what anyone trying to see your passcode is going to remember. there should be an option to do it that way for people who want it cause honestly this tweak is pretty much pointless as it is now.

      • MicBehr

        You want to use ScramblePass by Stevie Hetelekides – for iOS 7, but works on iOS 10 just fine.

      • jalexcarter

        Thanks so much! That is exactly what I was looking for!

  • Blip dude

    Thanks but will probably stick Bioprotect, The one thing I enjoy about Bioprotect is that I can add a different 4-digit code to access apps. So even if someone manages to make it pass the lockscreen, they’ll soon realize that my apps will be locked with a different 4-digit code.

  • Ishtiaq Syed

    Is it compatible with GuestPasscode?