Whenever you listen to a song, iOS puts a widget on your handset’s Lock screen so that you can see what’s playing and interact with the playback as you see fit. As useful as this is, it’s particularly unfortunate that Apple doesn’t let you customize the widget’s aesthetics in any way.
Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way if you’re jailbroken. A newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed CustomPlayer by iOS developer iCraze enables users to colorize the Now Playing widget however they like.
In the screenshot examples above, you can see just a few examples of a colorized Now Playing widget by way of CustomPlayer. Whether or not you like the color choices in our examples is a moot point as you can choose whatever colors you may want for yourself.
Upon installing CustomPlayer, users will find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app where they can customize CustomPlayer to their liking:
Here, you can:
- Enable or disable CustomPlayer on demand
- Use a solid color for the Now Playing interface
- Hide the Lock screen’s media player entirely
- Enable or disable the solid color option
- Choose a solid color to colorize the Now Playing widget with
- Enable or disable the gradient color option
- Choose first and second gradient color options
The developer includes a Respring button in the preference pane to help you save any changes that you make to the default settings.
Not all jailbreakers are obsessed with colorizing everything, but if you have a tendency to make your iPhone look totally different than it comes out of the box, then it’s a great way to stand out from the crowd.
CustomPlayer is available as a free download from the Packix repository in any package manager that you might be using. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 12 and 13 devices.
How will you colorize your Now Playing interface with CustomColor? Let us know in the comments section.