SmartVolumeControl3 provides alternative volume HUD interfaces & customizable behavior

As many veteran iPhone and iPad owners may remember, last year’s iOS & iPadOS 13 release introduced an overhauled volume HUD interface that removed the repulsive mid-screen monstrosity that we were plagued with for countless years. The newer volume HUD materializes off to the side of the display, precluding it from getting in the way as you try to read, watch a video, or peek at photos.

But let’s say that even the newer iOS & iPadOS 13 volume HUD doesn’t do it for you… what then? If you’re not jailbroken, then we can’t offer much of a remedy, but if you are, then we think you’ll probably enjoy a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed SmartVolumeControl3 by iOS developer midkin due to the myriad of alternative volume HUD interfaces it brings to the table.

Some of the volume HUD alternatives offered by SmartVolumeControl3 are depicted in the screenshot examples below, and include a notch-friendly option, a Status Bar-based pill design, and a modernized throwback to the classic mid-screen volume HUD:

SmartVolumeControl3, of course, comes with more than just three volume HUD options. Once installed, the tweak adds a dedicated preference pane to the Settings app where you can choose your preferred interface and configure a variety of different options:

Here, users can:

  • Choose an active style (appears when you press a volume button):
    • Classic
    • Big Notchy
    • Notchy
    • Pill
    • Disc
    • Minimal
    • Video Player
    • Windows 10
    • Android
    • Triangle
    • Bottom Bar
  • Choose a theming style (options differ based on the selection above):
    • Adaptive
    • Always Light
    • Always Dark
    • OLED
  • Configure a glass thickness effect (options differ based on the selection above):
    • Very thin
    • Thin
    • Regular
    • Thick
  • Enable a maximum volume stretch effect for when you max out your volume level
  • Configure the amount of volume steps
  • Configure an automatic dismissal delay (in seconds)
  • Enable fast mute
  • Enable for Lock Screen volume
  • Enable waking the screen when adjusting volume
  • Enable Haptic Feedback for when interacting with the volume level
  • Adjust the HUD visibility on first volume button press:
    • Full visibility
    • 3/4 visibility
    • 1/2 visibility
    • Zero visibility
  • Adjust the volume steps (sensitivity of the volume button presses):
    • 1/4 step
    • 1/2 step
    • 1 step
    • 2 steps
    • 3 steps
    • 4 steps
    • 5 steps
  • Adjust the automatic dismissal delay:
    • 1/10 delay
    • 1/5 delay
    • 1/2 delay
  • Configure an Activator action for presenting the volume HUD interface

With all of the options presented above, those looking for an augmented volume HUD experience when compared with what your iPhone or iPad comes with out of the box should feel right at home with SmartVolumeControl3. Not only does it provide a theming engine for making the volume HUD look different, but it also provides behavioral options including custom step amounts, dismissal delays, and much more.

Those interested in going hands-on with SmartVolumeControl3 for themselves can download the tweak from midkin’s personal repository via their favorite package manager. Upon downloading the tweak, you can visit the preference pane and purchase an activation for $2.99. It’s worth noting that the tweak supports jailbroken iOS & iPadOS 13 and 14 devices, whether you have an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

If you aren’t already using midkin’s repository, then you can add it to your package manager with the following URL:

Do you have any plans to upgrade your handset’s volume HUD with SmartVolumeControl3? Be sure to let us know down in the comments section below, along with the options that you plan to set up on your device.