Apple's iOS lets you choose a duration for how long your passcode entry should be good for until your iOS device prompts you to enter it again. This is a useful feature for when you lock and unlock your iOS device frequently and don't want to be bothered with entering your passcode over and over and over again.
The unfortunate part about Apple's ability to choose a time duration is that you're stuck with whatever Apple gives you to choose from. There's no way to set your own custom time that works for you. That's where a new jailbreak tweak called PassTime
by iOS developer Julian Weiss comes in.
As shown above, PassTime adds a new editing button to the top right of the "Require Passcode" preferences pane. Tapping on it will bring up a text box where you can input a number (in minutes) for how long your passcode entry should be good for before the iOS device prompts you for your passcode again. When you tap on the "Done" button, your custom duration is added to the list of durations and automatically selected for you.
If you enter a numeric amount that already exists into the text box, and then tap on the "Done" button, it will remove that duration from the list.
Notably, while Apple's durations include both minutes and hours, PassTime forces you to enter your duration in minutes. If you want to set a value for longer than 1 hour, just convert your time to minutes, and enter that. For example, if you want your duration to be 2 hours, just enter 120 minutes.
For those looking for more customization over when your iOS device asks you for your passcode, PassTime is a great way to achieve this. If you want to give PassTime a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for 99¢. Notably, if you purchased LongerAutoLock
, PassTime is a free complimentary download for you.
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4