The default iOS lockscreen is little more than a glorified wristwatch; functional, but not very useful for much else than checking the date. Having a jailbroken iOS device opens up a Pandora’s box of possibilities, allowing you to add more info and a personal touch to the most basic of your phone’s functions: the lockscreen.
There are a lot of one-click themes already available on Cydia (the jailbreaker’s App Store), but they’re not always perfect. Today we’ll be loading up a sleek, easily customisable lockscreen that gives you the date, the time, and the weather in a stylish format. When you’ve finished, you’ll have a lockscreen like in the image above (which you can also customise if you wish).
Before You Start, You’ll Need…
- A jailbroken iPhone
- iPhone Explorer or some variantion
- Cydia (should install when you jailbreak your phone)
From Cydia, you’ll also need to install:
- Lockscreen Clock Hide
Download the theme appropriate for your current version of iOS.
Unzip the download and locate LockBackground.html. Open this with your plain-text editor of choice (Notepad/TextEdit will do), find “var locale: Los Angeles, California,” and input your own location. This will give you the weather for your area. Save and close.
Open up iPhoneExplorer and navigate to Root/Library/Themes.
Copy the entire unzipped theme folder into your “Themes” folder.
Sources & Other Starter Themes
This is a basic starting point, but you can continue customising beyond this to fit your needs. For more resources, check out:
If you’re a veteran iOS customizer, let’s hear what apps and hacks you turn to when you want to bend iOS to your whim in the comments.