A touchscreen tablet or phone is designed to bring ease of access to your life. A simple tap can perform a task which previously put one through quite a bit of hassle. But excess of everything is bad, and this convenience can turn into a nuisance when you keep tapping icons you didn’t mean to. If you leave your device unlocked for a relatively long period of time, you are sure to launch apps inadvertently by just brushing your hand against the screen. Fortunately, if you own a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, then bid farewell to all such touchy problems. DoubleTapToOpen is a free Cydia tweak that, as is clear from its name, requires you to tap twice to launch an app, hence putting an end to launching apps accidentally. Sure, everyone will take some time to get used to double-tapping icons to launch apps, but that’s the whole point of the app.
Often, you launch an icon on your iDevice mistakenly while swiping across to move from one home screen to another. This is specially a major problem with the iPad that, having a larger contact area, is more vulnerable to this inconvenience.
So what do you need to do to apply this tweak? First of all, you should have a jailbroken device. If you don’t, read our guide to jailbreaking your iOS device. Access the Cydia store after that. Now you can search for “DoubleTapToOpen” and once you have it installed, you will have the tweak working. To check the tweak’s working, tap any icon once and it shouldn’t launch. Tap it twice and you should have the app running.
Admittedly, there were a few moments where I forgot to double tap and kept waiting for the app to launch, but this is a small price to pay for getting rid of a permanent nuisance. So you might ask, what if you want to revert back to the default single tap? Simply go back to Cydia and uninstall the tweak! Things would have been a lot more convenient if the tweak came with a Settings menu, so that users could have disabled or enabled DoubleTapToOpen at will. We have to admit that DoubleTapToOpen is the kind of tweak that not everyone is going to find useful, but still there are people out there who have thick fingers, and they are sure to appreciate the nifty, little functionality brought to the table by this tweak.