Use Activator Gestures To Quickly Change iPhone Screen Brightness


There are already a few pretty good ways to control your iPhone’s screen brightness, if you have a jailbroken device. The famous SBSettings has a brightness toggle in its dropdown window and Notification Center options list, Springtomize lets you put the iPad-like brightness slider in the App Switcher, and then there is a whole collection of tweaks for other easy ways of changing your iPhone’s brightness level. In the past, we have seen the likes of LSBrightSlider, BrightVol and Brightslide trying to offer quick and efficient ways of controlling screen brightness using various means. Most such tweaks, however, focus on bringing the brightness slider in action. The new Brightivator, on the other hand, does not depend upon any buttons or slider. Thanks to this Activator-based tweak, users get to define any gestures they want for increasing and decreasing the screen brightness. There are no intermediate steps involved, and the tweak can work from anywhere in iOS.

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Once you have installed Brightivator and your device has gone through a respring, the tweak displays a message highlighting its usage. Brightivator has to be configured using the menu it adds to the stock Settings app. There are just two options in the said menu, apart from links to the developer’s support page and Twitter profile.


Tapping the ‘Brightness up’ or ‘Brightness down’ options takes you to the list of all the gestures that are available via Activator. You can select any gesture you want for increasing and decreasing the brightness, but it is better to go for gestures that will be accessible from all areas of iOS. Exit the tweak’s menu once you have set up both the options.

To see if everything has been configured correctly, perform the chosen gesture. Each time a Brightivator gesture is performed, the brightness changes by one point. So, by repeatedly invoking the tweak using the set gestures, you can have complete control over your phone’s brightness, even if you are playing a game or using a full-screen app.

Brightivator is the kind of tweak that is sure to be favored by people who are fans of gesture control, and want direct control over the features of their devices without having to dig into menus or settings. You won’t have to spend anything to gain the small yet useful functionality the tweak has to offer, since it is available as a free download in the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store. The tweak appears to be compatible with both iOS 5 and iOS 6.