How To Get iOS 5.1 Lock Screen Camera Shortcut On iOS 5.0.1 Right Now [Jailbreak]

How To Get iOS 5.1 Lock Screen Camera Shortcut On iOS 5.0.1 Right Now [Jailbreak]

Is that a camera shortcut on an iOS 5.0.1 lock screen?

Apple introduced a handy lock screen shortcut for the native Camera app in iOS 5.1. You can quickly tap the camera icon from your iPhone or iPad’s lock screen and snap a picture. Unfortunately, jailbreakers left stranded on iOS 5.0.1 haven’t been able to enjoy this great feature — until now.

A new jailbreak tweak brings the lock screen camera shortcut to jailbreakers on iOS 5.0.1. 

“Camera Grabber for iOS 5’ just went live in Cydia, and you can download and install it for free on a jailbroken device running 5.0.1. There are no settings to configure.

The tweak developers do note that devices without a passcode will give full access to the Camera Roll whenever the camera shortcut is invoked from the lock screen. Simply pull up from the icon to engage the Camera app and view the photos you’ve taken already.

While the look of this shortcut isn’t exactly identical to Apple’s, it’s pretty darn close. There have been other tweaks in the past that bring this type of feature to a jailbroken device’s lock screen, but Camera Grabber is the simplest we’ve seen so far. Until the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1 drops, you’ll have to download something like this tweak to enjoy the same lock screen shortcut 5.1 devices boast.

  • smitty97

    You know, you can double click the home on 5.0.1 for the camera button. Sounds easier than jailbreaking.

  • Rob Piercy

    I’ve had the camera on my lock screen using Springtomize for several months.

  • tinbert

    Is this feature really available on iPad?
    I’ve just got a new iPad with iOS 5.1 and neither double-tapping the home button nor the default lock screen brings me to the camera slider.

  • shannon_f

    I’d already jailbroken my phone and as soon as I saw this article I went and got the tweak. Has worked without error so far and adds nice functionality to the lock screen! Thanks for the post, Alex!

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