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iPhone Tip: How to Change Slide To Unlock to Tap To Unlock

February 26, 2010 — by Simon Ng11

Change to Tap to UnlockThe “Slide to Unlock” feature of iPhone changes the way we answer calls or unlock the phone. Before the debut of iPhone, we used to click on the “Answer” button to pick up a call. With iPhone, you use the slider to answer a call.

The slider is fancy and works pretty great. But I have heard from some iPhone users that they are looking for tweak or hack to switch back to the old way – Tap to unlock.

So, is there any way to change the “Slide to Unlock” back to “Tap to Unlock”?

With cydia, there is always a hack for that! If you would like to switch back to “Tap to Unlock”, simply download a hack called “Padlock Tap to Unlock” from cydia. The hack requires to have Winterboard installed. If you are a new user of Winterboard, you can check out this post about how to install and use Winterboard. Online Trading Sites In Rwanda To Earn Money For Turbo Pascal And Turbo Delfi To enable the “Padlock” hack, launch Winterboard and select “Padlock Tap To Unlock”. Then click the Home button to activate it. Wait a few seconds. Once activated, you can just tap on the lock icon to Unlock your iPhone.

Winterboard - PadlockTap to Unlock

This hack does not only change the “Slide to unlock” slider. For other sliders such as “Slide to Power off”, they will also be switched to “Tap”.

Simon Ng

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  • Yiannis

    When I do this, at the lock-screen I see the small lock and next to it I get the “slide to unlock” shiny text. How do I remove that?

  • NO

    Hey, with the new update for cydia… meaning 3.0 firmware why does the padlock tap not work? I tried getting it from the sinful iphone tracker and it sent me an error message telling me that due to the mycinema repository it couldn’t complete the download. Please submit a post on how to get this fixed. Thnks

  • Omar Rifaat

    hi my touch seen is not working from the plac where i slide to unlok te iphone so i am stuck out there unabe to go to the menu , is there an outside way i could Install The Feature “Tap to Unlock” cuz i can’t go into the menu Option Fair Hailed As Binary Options Trading Leader World Wide thanks

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  • A C

    My iphone 3gs got locked the moment i installed “tap to unlock ” software. I calnnot get to unlock it or access menu. Please help.

  • Dimitris

    “Slide to unlock killer” in Cydia solves this problem! 😉

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  • buffy

    Question: is there any way you can change the settings from the lock screen to answer a phone call without sliding? Reason being is because there is some type of malfunction when I have a call, I have to miss it because I have to slide numerous times (yes, I’m staying in between the lines while doing so… 😉 It’s really a pain in the ass. Any help is appreciated. I suppose I could use earbuds and answer using the button that way but it really is just a pain in the butt. Any advice is appreciated! Thanks folks