When iOS 10 was released, many people were infuriated that Apple removed the ‘Slide to Unlock’ feature from the Lock screen, a functionality that was present as the early days of iOS. Instead, Apple has replaced it with ‘Press home to unlock’, and the name suggests, requires users to press the Home button to proceed past the Lock display and unlock their device.
It took a while for users to become accustomed to the new unlocking process, but if there is still a few of you out there who prefer the old ‘Slide to Unlock’ attribute of iOS 9, then you’re going to love a brand new jailbreak tweak called SlideToUnlockX.
As the name implies, this tweak brings back the ‘Slide to Unlock’ functionality to a jailbroken iOS 10 apparatus. It eliminates this ‘Press home to unlock’ feature and replaces it with all the older slide to unlock attribute.
When you install the tweak, the first thing you need to do would be to enable it. Proceed to the tweak’s preferences pane in Settings and then click it. Then press on the respring button at the bottom of the pane to restart your device and save the changes. Now when you are about the Lock display, you should observe the new slider.
The unlock slider that the tweak adds looks much like the slider located in iOS 6, except that this one is modern and is based on a flat design. Yet, it does a great job at bringing back the older ‘Slide to Unlock’ performance. Now if you press the Home button, nothing will happen. The only way to unlock, other than Touch ID, would be to swipe the slider exactly like the old days of iOS 6.
Apart from bringing back Slide to Unlock, the tweak offers a number of configurations to personalize your Lock screen. Open the Settings app and go to the tweak’s preferences pane. From the More section, you’ll find a number of customization options, which include:
- Switch between 12-hour or 24-hour time format
- Choose between light and dark topics
- Add weather information Beside the Lock screen clock
- Enable or Disable Slide to Camera. If enabled, you are able to swipe up on the Lock display to open Camera.
- Enable scrolling so that you are able to get into the Today view on the Lock display. By default, this is disabled so you won’t be able to view the iOS 10 widgets that you’ve added.
- Re-enable ‘Press home to unlock’.
- Customize the ‘Slide to Unlock’ text.
These are the customization choices that the tweak provides. If you allow some of these alternatives, you get a pretty wonderful look on your Lock display. If you still do not enjoy the new ‘Press home to unlock’ attribute in iOS 10, then you’re going to enjoy this jailbreak tweak. It does a fairly good job in bringing back the older ‘Slide to Unlock’ feature, and the best part is that you get a couple of customization options too.
The only thing that is missing is the iOS 9 Lock screen style. I wish that the programmer added an option for switching between different styles. In iOS 9, instead of the slider, you can swipe everywhere on the Lock screen to unlock your iPhone, which I think is more convenient than using the unlock slider. SlideToUnlockX is offered at Cydia for $0.99. It is compatible with iOS 10.