When it comes to deep system components customization, what Android gets by default, iOS users get after jailbreaking. Changing the keyboard, replacing the multitasking app switcher, setting a different default web browser and even replacing the main home screen launcher is all possible on Android from the get-go. Consider the system lockscreen; you can get all sorts of third-party lock-screens from the Play Store to replace the stock one with but on iOS, you are stuck with the extremely basic Apple-designed lock-screen. Although I feel satisfied with the lockscreen on my iOS 7-toting iPhone 4S, some customization would certainly have been nice. That’s where the CustomLS Cydia tweak for iOS 7 comes in.
Developed by Dylan Kelly, the tweak allows you to change basic settings for your lockscreen. It is important to note that this is not a lockscreen replacement app, but rather a tweak for basic customization of the stock iOS 7 lockscreen itself and its components: the three ‘grabbers’, lockscreen text and clock. You get the following new settings for your iOS 7 lock-screen:
- Hide Camera grabber
- Hide Notification Center grabber at the top
- Hide Control Center grabber at the bottom
- Hide ‘slide to unlock’ text
- Hide lockscreen clock
Additionally, you can also change ‘Slide to unlock’ to any other text using the ‘Enable custom text’ option. It takes 2-3 seconds after locking your device for iOS to refresh the text. I have no clever alternatives for ‘slide to unlock’, so I would just leave it as it is.
Of course, you will need to jailbreak your iOS 7 device for this to work. You can follow our guide to meet this prerequisite.
CustomLS is available for free from Cydia under BigBoss repo. On installation, all configuration options are made available under the Settings app, and the tweak does not add any additional menu or app icon of its own. We tested CustomLS on an iPhone 5 running jailbroken iOS 7, and it worked flawlessly.
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