In iOS, you can set your iOS device to automatically lock itself after a certain period of time of sitting idle. This is handy for when you have your iOS device sitting on a desk, unlocked, and want to be able to walk away from it with the peace of mind that it'll automatically secure itself from nosy people that might pick it up with the intent of looking through all of your personal information.
Unfortunately, Apple only gives you a limited amount of options for how long your iOS device should be allowed to sit idle before locking itself. You can only choose between 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 minutes, or even never. If you want to be able to set a custom duration for how long your iOS device should be allowed to sit idle before locking itself, you'll want to head over to the department of a new jailbreak tweak called LongerAutoLock
by iOS developer Julian Weiss.
As shown above, LongerAutoLock adds a new editing button to the top right of the "Auto-Lock" preferences pane. Tapping on it will bring up a text box where you can input a number (in minutes) for how long your iOS device should be allowed to sit idle before locking itself. When you tap on the "Done" button, your custom duration is added to the list of durations and is 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.
LongerAutoLock appears to be a solid way to customize when your iOS device should be allowed to lock itself, and if you want to give the tweak a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository for 99¢. Notably, if you purchased PassTime
, LongerAutoLock is a free complimentary download for you.
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.4