This Jailbreak Tweak Brings Back the ‘Slide to Unlock’ Feature to iOS 10

slidetounlockx tweak review

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 since the early days of iOS. Instead, Apple has replaced it with ‘Press home to unlock’, which as the name implies, requires users to press the Home button to get past the Lock screen and unlock their device.

It took a while for users to get used to the new unlocking method, but if there’s still some of you out there who prefer the old ‘Slide to Unlock’ feature of iOS 9, then you’re going to love a new jailbreak tweak known as SlideToUnlockX.

As the name suggests, this tweak brings back the ‘Slide to Unlock’ functionality to your jailbroken iOS 10 device. It gets rid of the ‘Press home to unlock’ feature and replaces it with the old slide to unlock feature.

When you install the tweak, the first thing you have to do is to enable it. Go to the tweak’s preferences pane in Settings and toggle it on. Then press the respring button at the bottom of the pane to restart your device and save the changes. Now when you’re on the Lock screen, you should see the new slider.

The unlock slider that the tweak adds looks a lot like the slider found in iOS 6, except that this one is modern and is based on a flat design. Nonetheless, it does a great job at bringing back the old ‘Slide to Unlock’ functionality. Now if you press the Home button, nothing will happen. The only way to unlock, other than Touch ID, is to swipe the slider just like the old days of iOS 6.

Apart from bringing back Slide to Unlock, the tweak offers a number of settings to customize your Lock screen. Open the Settings app and go to the tweak’s preferences pane. In 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 themes
  • Add weather information next to the Lock screen clock
  • Enable or Disable Slide to Camera. If enabled, you can swipe up on the Lock screen to open Camera.
  • Enable scrolling so that you can access the Today view on the Lock screen. 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 options that the tweak provides. If you enable some of these options, you get a pretty nice look on your Lock screen, as shown in the screenshot below.


If you still don’t like the new ‘Press home to unlock’ feature in iOS 10, then you’re going to love this jailbreak tweak. It does a pretty good job at bringing back the old ‘Slide to Unlock’ feature, and the best part is that you get a couple of customization options as well.

The only thing that is missing is the iOS 9 Lock screen style. I wish that the developer added an option for switching between different styles. In iOS 9, instead of the slider, you can swipe anywhere on the Lock screen to unlock your iPhone, which I believe is more convenient than using the unlock slider.

If you’re interested to give this tweak a try, you can purchase it from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $0.99. Do let us know what you think about it once you give it a try.

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