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  • Replace iOS 5 Camera Button on Lock Screen with AnyLockApp

    Launch another application instead of the camera from the lock screen.

    Out of over 200 features that iOS 5 added to the iDevice experience, one of the minor yet significant features was the advent of the camera button on the lock screen. If you double tap from the lock screen, a camera button shows up and is available to use. Tapping on the camera button brings you right to the camera for quick and easy shooting. For those of us who may use the camera frequently, having this type of accessibility is a plus. Otherwise, most people would agree that the button is seemingly useless to them. A recently released tweak from Cydia called AnyLockApp, by Nick Frey (@TheNickF) allows you to utilize that button space for more than just the camera.



    AnyLock App allows you to change the button on your lock screen to open any application you want from your iDevice. Since there's only one button to choose from, you can only choose one alternative application to use that button. Setting this application is simple and can be done through the Settings tab for AnyLockApp. What's cool is that you can set user/stock applications as well as jailbreak applications such as Activator, Cydia, or theoretically any jailbreak application that has a SpringBoard button.

    Other than just setting an application, you even have an option to hide the application icon. This means that if you set Tweetbot (as an example) to that shortcut, you can still show the camera icon instead of the Tweetbot icon. Another words, trick your friends! Even if you have a passcode set, you're able to use AnyLockApp just fine, except you'll need to type in your password before using the shortcut.

    From a pros and cons standpoint, I didn't find any particular flaws or areas where there could be improvement. With only one button on the lock screen, this tweak did a good job of making it useful for others who may not use the camera. Having the ability to select which application you want is great, and if someone finds this useful, I think its a viable option.

    AnyLockApp is free in Cydia so I recommend you give it a go! It's compatible on iPhone and iPod touch devices running 5.0+. Not to mention, it's free!

    Name: AnyLockApp
    Author: Nick Frey
    Version: 1.0
    Price: Free



    Note: Two things:
    • AnyLockApp runs really well with another cool tweak called CameraLocker. What CameraLocker does is sets the lock screen to always so the camera button without having to double tap. Combine these two tweaks together and you can always have your shortcut shown on the lock screen without double tapping
    • AnyLockApp installs a dependency called "AppList." If you wish to remove AnyLockApp at a later point, I'd recommend uninstalling both. The easiest way to go about it is to try to uninstall AppList first. By doing that, it will automatically queue AnyAppLock in the queue field so you don't have to go searching for it. And than from there, uninstall

    So, how does this tweak score on your usefulness meter? Worthless, somewhat worth it, or totally worth it? Post your thoughts and comments below!

    Source(s): Nick Frey
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Replace iOS 5 Camera Button on Lock Screen with AnyLockApp started by Joshua Tucker View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This is cool but I am not sure how useful it would be (for me). I can't think of anything (other than camera) that I couldn't wait that extra second to load. Maybe phone?
    1. Joshua Tucker's Avatar
      Joshua Tucker -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      This is cool but I am not sure how useful it would be (for me). I can't think of anything (other than camera) that I couldn't wait that extra second to load. Maybe phone?
      The phone is a viable option, yeah. It's just nice that you can set that button to any application. I don't use my camera often I'm sure many people don't either. Why not use "useless space" in this case with something that pertains to the user.
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      This is cool but I am not sure how useful it would be (for me). I can't think of anything (other than camera) that I couldn't wait that extra second to load. Maybe phone?
      Yea that's what I'm using.. phone app. Very useful tweak
    1. Boots13's Avatar
      Boots13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      This is cool but I am not sure how useful it would be (for me). I can't think of anything (other than camera) that I couldn't wait that extra second to load. Maybe phone?
      Maybe a button to turn on a flashlight?
    1. Joshua Tucker's Avatar
      Joshua Tucker -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boots13 View Post
      Maybe a button to turn on a flashlight?
      There's a tweak called FlashLock by Filippo Bigarella that does that.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      While reading this, I was thinking how nice it would be to set the camera button to always be on. Apparently this is not native... why? So CameraLocker is exactly what I want!Like sziklassy said - camera is the only thing other than phone that I would immediately need to usetim
    1. smoothcreak's Avatar
      smoothcreak -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Tucker View Post
      There's a tweak called FlashLock by Filippo Bigarella that does that.
      Just so anyone that is wondering Flashlock and Cameralocker cannot be used at the same time. That would be nice for I like both of those.
    1. xNEOxGENESISx's Avatar
      xNEOxGENESISx -
      I would probably put some kind of social media related app on that spot. something that I use most often, maybe facebook,twitter, txting app. but yeah that is nice that we have the ability to just put any app there.
    1. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      Nice tweaks, especially camera locker. I just wish you could have two buttons that way you could keep the camera and pick for the other.
    1. soooyq's Avatar
      soooyq -
      it doesnt come up when i double tap screen!tried all over, nothing, and yes i am on ios 5
    1. blinden76's Avatar
      blinden76 -
      Quote Originally Posted by soooyq View Post
      it doesnt come up when i double tap screen!tried all over, nothing, and yes i am on ios 5
      Double click the home button.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      I know you guys won't believe me but I actually thought of that idea (tweak) when it first got introduced on Cydia, before iOS 5 was made public. Should've submitted this tweak sooner -____-
    1. Bobotastic's Avatar
      Bobotastic -
      Wish my iphone 3g could get ios5
    1. sirbebe's Avatar
      sirbebe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Boots13 View Post
      Maybe a button to turn on a flashlight?
      I have an app I download from ********** that give me an awesome flashlight by double tapping the power button.

      Mod edit....
    1. Tucnepo's Avatar
      Tucnepo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sirbebe View Post
      I have an app I download from ********** that give me an awesome flashlight by double tapping the power button.

      Mod edit....
      It's called springflash. Set up activation method through activator

      And this tweak I thought was not of lots of use to me, i prefer unlocking my phone which takes less than one sec and go from there.
    1. Aehmlo's Avatar
      Aehmlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bobotastic View Post
      Wish my iphone 3g could get ios5
      I feel for you. It's not fun being outdated...
    1. sirbebe's Avatar
      sirbebe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tucnepo View Post
      It's called springflash. Set up activation method through activator

      And this tweak I thought was not of lots of use to me, i prefer unlocking my phone which takes less than one sec and go from there.
      Then I would imagine that you have never been in a dark situation, in need of a quick light to shine the way.Sometimes Having to type in the password and then having to get to the app and then spring it just takes to long but that's my opinion...
    1. fine12's Avatar
      fine12 -
      With iOS5 on your iPhone4, you will get an camera icon on your locked screen. You can access your camera app with this icon. However, if you don't find the icon on your lock screen, you can use the up volume button to snap photo from your handset with locked screen..
    1. ziger's Avatar
      ziger -
      More importantly, that camera button bypasses the lock. If you press the home button from within the camera, it goes to your app home like you had entered your code.