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  • 'Virtual Home' Lets iPhone 5s Users Touch Touch ID in Place of Pressing the Home Button


    For those of you that have a jailbroken iPhone 5s, you can now grab a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Virtual Home by iOS developer moeseth.

    Virtual Home is made specifically for the iPhone 5s. It takes advantage of the device's Touch ID feature to make it easier to close applications, access the App Switcher, and unlock your iOS device.

    Rather than pressing the home button to do these things, you can just tap on the Touch ID sensor instead. This puts less wear and tear on the home button over time, and makes better use of the Touch ID sensor. Notably, the Touch ID sensor won't try and pick up your fingerprint it will just detect if you've touched the Touch ID sensor or not.

    To close out of an application, you will tap on the Touch ID sensor once. To open the App Switcher, you will tap and hold on the Touch ID sensor.

    In addition, the tweak also makes it so you don't have to press the home button or the sleep button while the device is locked to unlock the device. Rather, you can just tap on the Touch ID sensor to wake the device up.

    This tweak makes good use of the device's Touch ID sensor to reduce wear and tear on the device, and not only that, it's a great idea too. If you want to give Virtual Home a try, it's available for free in Cydia's BigBoss repository. It doesn't have any options to configure.

    Name: Virtual Home
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0-1
    Requirements: iOS 7.0-7.0.4, iPhone 5s
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: moeseth
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'Virtual Home' Lets iPhone 5s Users Touch Touch ID in Place of the Home Button started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I absolutely LOVE this little tweak!!!

      I didn't realize how much I pressed Home until now. I don't even have to press it to turn on my phone anymore!
    1. PuertoRoc's Avatar
      PuertoRoc -
      Installed It & I Love It Great Tweak !!!
    1. ggonxhi's Avatar
      ggonxhi -
      Very good. However I'm a little concern about battery life since the touch sensor will be active wile the phone is in sleep mode.
    1. jacf182's Avatar
      jacf182 -
      Just the thing I was waiting for. It is simple and works as stated.

      It does however have a slight lag when the ID sensor is tapped. I'd love it if it could have no lag, but still it is what I'll use from now on.

      Perhaps the lag is due to the system first recognizing that the sensor is being touched and thus nothing can be done about it.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by jacf182 View Post
      Just the thing I was waiting for. It is simple and works as stated.

      It does however have a slight lag when the ID sensor is tapped. I'd love it if it could have no lag, but still it is what I'll use from now on.

      Perhaps the lag is due to the system first recognizing that the sensor is being touched and thus nothing can be done about it.
      Agreed! I've asked the dev if he/she could include a sensitivity/speed adjustment in the next update
    1. 8lias's Avatar
      8lias -
      I wonder how often you'll "accidentally" close an app if you "accidentally" touch the sensor.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by 8lias View Post
      I wonder how often you'll "accidentally" close an app if you "accidentally" touch the sensor.
      I've already done that a few times cuz I'm so used to putting my thumb on the Home Button, knowing that I'm about to press it. It won't initiate if you just rubbed against the button, either. I assume the Ring has to feel the presence of your finger for activation to occur.

      Pressing the Home Button is still faster by a couple milliseconds but I just need to retrain myself on how I use my phone. Other than that, this tweak ROX!!!
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      That moment when ppl don't even want to PRESS buttons anymore
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2jaze View Post
      that moment when ppl don't even want to press buttons anymore
      hahahaha!
    1. seyyedrezae's Avatar
      seyyedrezae -
      Its nice... but it has another problem ...
      it interferes with siri launch on homescreen (lockscreen is okey)
      Tnx
    1. kosher1's Avatar
      kosher1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I've already done that a few times cuz I'm so used to putting my thumb on the Home Button, knowing that I'm about to press it. It won't initiate if you just rubbed against the button, either. I assume the Ring has to feel the presence of your finger for activation to occur.

      Pressing the Home Button is still faster by a couple milliseconds but I just need to retrain myself on how I use my phone. Other than that, this tweak ROX!!!
      You said "RUBBED AGAINST THE BOTTOM"

      Yah baby !!!
    1. tihomirbg's Avatar
      tihomirbg -
      What's the chance of the touch id sensor going bad because of constant use with this tweak? Otherwise, I like it a lot. Giving some brake the the home button.
    1. patoons's Avatar
      patoons -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2Jaze View Post
      That moment when ppl don't even want to PRESS buttons anymore
      the iPhone home buttons are notorious for going bad. less press is less wear
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by kosher1 View Post
      You said "RUBBED AGAINST THE BOTTOM"

      Yah baby !!!
      That's never a bad thing! ;-)

      In other news...
      I updated 'Cydia Ads SUCK!!!' last night because I FINALLY figured out how to block the ads from BigBoss' repo! I've been after those for over a year... This also helps to block ads in other apps and in Safari!!!
    1. alex-xx's Avatar
      alex-xx -
      Very clever!!
      Many developers are bright minded!
      I am over the moon with this tweak.
    1. spectrum's Avatar
      spectrum -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      That's never a bad thing! ;-)

      In other news...
      I updated 'Cydia Ads SUCK!!!' last night because I FINALLY figured out how to block the ads from BigBoss' repo! I've been after those for over a year... This also helps to block ads in other apps and in Safari!!!
      I've been trying to figure this out for a while. Which tweak from which repo did you use??
    1. patoons's Avatar
      patoons -
      doesn't seem to work all the time when my phone is locked
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by seyyedrezae View Post
      Its nice... but it has another problem ...
      it interferes with siri launch on homescreen (lockscreen is okey)
      Tnx
      Also noticed it interferes with a manual hard reboot... Otherwise this is the dopest tweak! With no slow animations installed as well I can wake up and unlock my phone without pressing a button and it's practically instantaneous... So fast so smooth so easy... I always used activator to avoid using the home button, now I have this tweak... Speaking of which, Ryan added touch I'd options to activator yesterday... Interested to see what tweaks people are gonna come up with that work with the touch I'd...

      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      That's never a bad thing! ;-)

      In other news...
      I updated 'Cydia Ads SUCK!!!' last night because I FINALLY figured out how to block the ads from BigBoss' repo! I've been after those for over a year... This also helps to block ads in other apps and in Safari!!!
      Did you use the NoCyAds from xsellize repo? I installed that last night... So much easier than changing host files manually like I used to do...
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      Quote Originally Posted by patoons View Post
      doesn't seem to work all the time when my phone is locked
      Ye me to
      Interferes with screen capture also
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      I found a way to get screen shots with this tweak installed, finesse and quickness...