Pressing and holding a certain button sequence on your iOS device (the sequence varies depending on the device) invokes the power down menu from which you can easily turn your handset off. Unfortunately, iOS’ native power down menu has an ongoing reputation for being somewhat ‘featureless.’
In an attempt to change that, iOS developer conorthedev released a new free jailbreak tweak called ModernPower, which gives iOS’ native power down menu a modern facelift and supercharges it with additional features that you won’t find out of the box on a stock device.
As shown in the before and after screenshot examples above, ModernPower replaces the single “slide to power off” slider with a button-based interface comprised of four different options, including:
- Rebooting the device
- Powering off the device
- Accessing more hidden features
- Closing the interface
If you tap on the “More” button, then you’re presented with these options:
- Respringing the device
- Entering Sandbox mode on the device
- Going back to the main menu
Right off the bat, you can see that ModernPower gives you a lot more functionality at first glance, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You’ll find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app where you can configure the tweak to your personal liking:
Here, you can:
- Toggle ModernPower on or off on demand
- Choose between default, modern, or custom appearance
- Share or import your settings
Those three preference cells in the primary preference pane contain the following options:
- Pixel Blue
- Pixel Green
- Apple Blue
- Extra Light
- Override tint color
- Select a custom tint color via a color picker
- Select a custom background color via a color picker
The developer provides a respring button at the top of the primary preference pane, and you’re advised to use this whenever you make changes to the tweak’s settings to ensure that they take effect.
We took ModernPower for a spin ourselves and tend to agree that it’s a significant upgrade over Apple’s native power down menu. With that in mind, we found very little that we didn’t like about it, apart from the fact that the developer didn’t just include all the features on the main menu rather than making you tap “More” to access two additional features.
If you’re interested in trying ModernPower, then you can download it for free from
Do you think ModernPower is a good upgrade from the native power down interface in iOS? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.