A lot of people are iOS fans due to its interface and design. The iPhone operating system does have a really refined and polished look, but that doesn’t imply that users can’t get bored of its uniformity. Consider the lockscreen as an example. Although you can set as many new wallpapers as you want, they have got to be static images, and there is no way of using animations on your device’s lockscreen. Fortunately, if you own a jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch, you can now set animations to appear on the lockscreen, thanks to the newly-released Cydia tweak ‘AnimateLockscreen’. The best thing about the tweak is the fact that it is compatible with all the boot animations available in the Cydia store, so you can have a new animation on your lockscreen every day!
AnimateLockscreen has to be configured via the menu it adds to the stock Settings app. To get a feel of the tweak’s working, users can select an animation from among the two that come with the tweak (Apple logo and Dev Team logo). To set everything up, toggle on the Animation button and go to the menu marked Choose Animation, which lists both stock and custom (downloaded from Cydia) animations, and you can choose any of them with a single tap. The tweak also offers the option to preview custom animations before using them. To apply the changes to your device, hit the Respring button available on the main screen of the AnimateLockscreen menu. Users can also manually adjust the Animation Time via the slider provided in the menu.
By default, AnimateLockscreen overlays the battery icon over all lockscreen animations, and that takes away the whole thing’s finesse a little bit. Luckily, you can easily remove the battery animation by toggling off the Show Battery option. It is also possible to relocate or resize the battery icon if you don’t want to remove it. You can choose to use AnimateLockscreen only when your phone is on charging, and the usual wallpaper will be visible the rest of the time. Another option offered by the tweak is the setting up of custom backgrounds. If you don’t like the plain black backdrop for the AnimateLockscreen animations, you can set any image as its background simply by following the tips provided under the HowToChangeBG section (requires iFile).
AnimateLockscreen does cost a dollar, but that price is more than justified when you take a look at your jailbroken iPhone’s lockscreen after installing the tweak. So, if you want to make your iOS device livelier, head over to the BigBoss repo in the Cydia store and give AnimateLockscreen a shot.