Theme your lockscreen with LockInfo

Updated: August 18, 2010

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There is a theme for your lockscreen called LockInfo. This theme presents information like time, date, weather conditions for your area, email subjects and senders, calendar events, SMS notifications, missed calls and voicemail notification, and push notifications all without sliding to unlock the iPhone. The sections are collapsible, and highly configurable. You can even use WinterBoard to customize it further, keep in mind some WinterBoard settings will override functions in LockInfo. I'll walk you through a basic setup to go from the plain lockscreen on the left, to something far more useful. The thing I like most about this weather theme is that even if you are in an area that does not offer Wi-Fi or data reception, the weather forecast will still be there.





This theme is configured by an application installed in the Settings program on your iPhone. There is a myriad of submenus and settings. Because of this, I am only touching on the very basics of this program and how to set it up. This program is updated frequently, so my screen shots may not match future releases. I'll only update this tutorial when the program has beeen significantly rewritten to reflect those changes.

Stock lockscreen on the left, LockInfo on the right with the Lock Weather Plugin for LockInfo (Native) installed. Not all optional dislay menus appear in this example.

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There are two styles of clock and date formats. This second style of clock has you tap the time to make a calendar appear. It is called Clock Plugin for LockInfo (Native). I have also installed the Weather Plugin for Lockinfo (Native), but you don't have to if all you are after is a clock and a calendar.

The fourth image is from a theme called Eskapism, which is not fully iOS 4 compatible. I'm showing it just to demonstrate the visual variety you could obtain with this kind of a modification.

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Step 1.

Launch Cydia and install LockInfo. It has a free two week trial, after that it's $4.99 (which is a very fair price, considering all the plugins and add ons (like dim delay control) are all free). After a reboot you'll have a different looking lockscreen. Note: the black bar you see on the image on the right below the slider is there because my photograph isn't large enough to stretch. Your image will be visible there.

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Launch Settings and scroll down to Lockinfo. Press it and you'll receive the trial message screen.

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You are in the main menu for the program. Press the Plugins button. Then press Get More Plugins.

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There are many plugins you can install from this page. I'm installing Clock (Native). Cydia will launch. Install the program that appears. Press the Home button when it has finished installing.

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Launch Settings and go into LockInfo again. I'm now installing the WeatherIcon (Native). Cydia will again launch. Install the program that appears. You'll be prompted to restart the springboard.

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Once it is done you should see some more information on your lockscreen. You may or may not see a weather forecast depending on if you have used the native Weather application before. Launch Settings and then press LockInfo. At the Plugins menu press Plugin Order.

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Select the order you'd like the information displayed. Then back up one level. You can now configure the Calendar, Clock, Mail, Notifications, Phone, SMS, and Weather settings by pressing their menu buttons.

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I don't use the calendar feature (the one that displays iCal events, not the drop down monthly calendar attached to the clock) so I have set the Enabled switch to off. If you turn it on, don't forget to go into the Visibility menu and turn it on there for the lockscreen.

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