Posted: March 23, 2013
Oh boy do I love lockscreens! It's the first thing you see on the iPhone and the stock
one is pretty boring looking. Here's what I'm talking about over to the right.
There is nothing you can do from this screen except slide to unlock. You'll receive
little pop up bubbles for things like missed calls and voicemails and what not which is
nice. But wouldn't you like to be able to customize more than just the wallpaper?
Wouldn't you like to put some more useful information on there?
I'm going to show you a few different lockscreens and provide a little information on how
to customize them.
My goal isn't to create an exhaustive in-depth tutorial for several lockscreens. I'm
going to write a summary on a few that I like and then give you enough information to make
you dangerous. This is just to whet your appetite.
The grand daddy of lockscreen customization. This program has been around for a few
years now. I can't even do it justice by just writing about all its features. You really
should just watch the video below to get an idea of what is possible.
I just love it for the new clock and weather integration. Swipe the clock to reveal a
forecast. There's a pull down section (controlled by those two buttons) where you can
place all your widgets. The list goes on and on. This is a paid application and worth
every penny! There is also a trial version.
This lockscreen came out awhile after LockInfo and also puts a ton of information on your
lockscreen, however they do it a little bit differently. They give your lockscreen
several pages that you can scroll left to right just like the home screen on the iPhone.
Sorry they don't have a snazzy video, so I just stitched the series of screenshots they
display on their web site here. This is also a paid program, but it has a free trial.
You can check out their web site
miLock Pro i5
This picture is just an example of what you can do. There's a lot of changes you can make
to this to suit your tastes.
This is an amazingly configurable lockscreen. You don't need to mess with the file
system (but you can of course), it's all configured right from the lockscreen! I haven't
found any good documentation for setup so there's a frustration factor built in, but you
may like trying to figure things out. You can change fonts and font sizes and colors,
widgets, and you can position things where you want them. You just drag and drop.
The first thing you need to do is install Lockscreen Clock Hide to hide the stock display
for time and date. When installed you'll find it in your Settings application. It's
called Clock Hide. Set the Enabled slider to on.
To read about this theme over at ModMyi click
This is something I put together very quickly, the HTC clock and a weather forecast with
a cool slider. This is a paid program.
This is a lockscreen with more than meets the eye. The main page shows you the time
and date. Here it is in "default" mode. You can also have a digital clock, a large round
analog clock or have words display instead of numbers. On the second page you have
the weather for one city. This lockscreen is called Peekly because you can peek at a
half page behind these two main pages.
From the page with the time and date on it simply pull the screen to the right and by
default a three month calendar will display. You can also have it display your Google
Calendar or Twitter stream or an RSS feed here. From the weather page pull the screen to
the left and a four day forecast will appear. Pretty cool.
You'll need to install a couple other programs to use this theme. They are all free.
- Lockscreen Clock Hide is used to hide the stock display for time and date. When
installed you'll find it in your Settings application. It's called Clock Hide. Set the
Enabled slider to on.
- 20 Second Lockscreen. This will provide you extra time to look at the lockscreen's
various pages. There is no control panel for this tweak.
- iFile. This program allows you to edit the settings.js file in the theme that
controls various things like setting your ZIP code, choosing between Celsius and
Fahrenheit, 12 or 24 hour clock, clock style and adding your Google Calendar, Twitter
feed or an RSS feed. You could also use SSH to do this. Just go to
After installing Peekly go into WinterBoard and enable the theme and you are ready to go.
You can change the pictures by going to /Library/Themes/peekly.theme/images/ and
replacing the bg.jpg and bg2.jpg graphics.
I recommend reading the developer's page
They have comments
from users that might help you out if you want to customize this theme.
This lockscreen was designed to work with a paid theme called exxOS (which I wrote an
elaborate installation tutorial for
You can use the lockscreen without purchasing the theme, you'll just have to install it
via SSH. The direct download link is
You'll need to install Lockscreen Clock Hide to hide the stock display for time and date.
When installed you'll find it in your Settings application. It's called Clock Hide. Set
the Enabled slider to on.
The cool thing about this theme is pressing the weather icon will reveal a five day
forecast that slowly fades in and back out when you press the icon again.
You can change the wallpaper (this isn't the default image, it's hideous), it just takes a
little work. The exOS5_Final_LS.theme/LockBackground.html file is what controls the
background and other aspects of the theme, however you can just drop your own image which
you must call Wall.png into the exOS5_Final_LS.theme/image folder.
Sarif is a paid theme but the lockscreen is nice in that it is one of only a few themes
that lets you use words in place of digits for the time of day. If you are into that
kind of thing.
Check out the developer's site
here to learn more
about this theme.
I just love the carrier and Wi-Fi bars in this theme and that slider!
Various lockscreen themes
Here are a few different looks that you may like. If you want to find more just launch
Cydia and type LS in the search bar and you'll see tons more to choose from. They pretty
much all require tweaking of a settings file to enter your location and configure things
like the clock and temperature display.
Here's LS Climacon and LS Jelly Bean.
LS Vignetti v1 (i5) Theme and my heavily modified version. Edit the Style.css and
LockBackground.html files to achieve this look with the much larger clock. Stretch the
heck out of that Overlay0.png while you're at it... I actually had to learn some CSS to
do this as I didn't like the all capital letters which are harder to read.
LS Cliffs IP5 and LS Round for i5.
Here's LS Anime for i5. And a modified version of
Don't think you're stuck using the same old sliders either. You can change the text,
completely remove the text and totally change the look of the slide to unlock, slide
to answer and slide to power down sliders. If you see one thing you like in one theme and
another thing you like in another theme then just put theme together. The sky is the
limit when creating a theme. Here's a small sampling of just some of the slider themes