Put the iPhone’s Now Playing widget on a diet with Printemps

Whenever you start listening to media on your iPhone or iPad, you’re presented with a convenient Now Playing widget on the Lock Screen and in Notification Center so that you can control playback without having to visit the playback app.

Printemps shrinks the footprint of the Now Playing widget UI.

The Now Playing widget is notoriously large, and some jailbreakers wish they could put it on a diet. That’s where a new and free jailbreak tweak called Printemps by iOS developer tako3s comes into play.

When you install Printemps, the Now Playing widget on your iPhone or iPad shrinks down to a bare minimum size that’s just large enough to house all the controls, but not so large that it dons a ton of white space for no good reason.

With Printemps, the smaller Now Playing widget means that you have more space to dedicate to notifications and the likes on your Lock Screen, which means you aren’t scrolling as much as you ordinarily would to accomplish the same task.

Once installed, Printemps adds a dedicated preference pane to the Settings app where you can configure a number of options:

Things you can do here include:

  • Toggle Printemps on or off on demand
  • Hide or show the previous track button
  • Visit the developer’s GitHub page

The user experience of Printemps is exactly what you’d expect — short and to the point. It does an excellent job of minimizing an overblown element of the iOS user interface, and without over-complicating things with excessive options to configure.

If you’d like to give Printemps a try for yourself; then you can download it for free from the Havoc repository via your favorite package manager app. The tweak supports jailbroken installations of iOS 14 and is open source on the developer’s GitHub page.

Do you have any plans to put the iPhone’s Now Playing widget on a diet with Printemps? Let us know why or why not in the comments section down below.