Your iPhone probably lights up with push notifications all day long, but only a small fraction of those are likely to be important. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to discern between important and non-important notifications without looking at your display, and this means that if you’re smack in the middle of something important and can’t look at your handset, you won’t know what you’re missing.

The aforementioned situation doesn’t come up too often, but it may happen more frequently when you’re at work and stuck in meetings all day or when you’re in class and don’t want to make it obvious that you’re checking your iPhone for notifications. For that reason, a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called NotiVibe by iOS developer AnthPak may come in clutch.

NotiVibe works by firing off a specific number of vibrations when you press and hold your iPhone’s sleep/wake button. These vibrations are assigned to apps on your device, and so you’ll know that if it vibrates once, then you have a missed notification from application A; or if it vibrates twice, then you have a missed notification from application B.

These vibrations can be felt with your hand as you grip your device in your pocket to press and hold the sleep/wake button, and so it can be easy to determine if you have missed notifications from the apps that matter most to you. The tweak also displays a complimentary notification banner on the Lock screen for later.

Here’s a video demonstration of the tweak in action, provided by the developer:

Once installed, NotiVibe adds a dedicated preference pane to the Settings app where you can configure the tweak to your liking:

Here, you will be able to:

  • Toggle NotiVibe on or off on demand
  • Choose your “Most” important app(s)
  • Choose your “Semi“ important app(s)
  • Configure NotiVibe only to work when the device is locked
  • Restrict NotiVibe’s behavior to unread notifications only
  • Configure how long you’ll need to press and hold the sleep/wake button before the tweak works
  • Choose how many vibrations your Most important and Semi important apps will exhibit on activation

A Respring is required to save any changes you make.

For best results, we recommend only assigning one app to each the “Most” important and “Semi” important app slots, otherwise you’ll be playing a guessing game to ascertain which apps you have missed notifications for, and this could make it more challenging to determine what you may have missed.

If you’re interested in giving NotiVibes a try, then you can download the tweak for free from the Packix repository via your preferred package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken ikOS 11, 12, and 13 devices.

Do you have a need for a tweak like NotiVibes? Discuss in the comments section below.