How to Edit the Slider Text on an iPhone

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How to Edit the Slider Text on an iPhone
To edit the slider text on your iPhone, you will need to have a jailbroken iPhone. (lock image by Dwight Davis from

The iPhone's slider text has a simple design to it---highlighted text that states, "Slide to Unlock." This simplicity has prompted many users to want to change and customise the text of the slider; however, only jailbroken iPhone users can change the slider text on their phone. Jailbreaking an iPhone is legal, and according to Time, "Jailbreakers are the customers who refuse to fall in line." More importantly, changing your slider text can be done entirely on your phone, without the need of a computer.

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  1. 1

    Back up your iPhone. Before you can Jailbreak your iPhone, a backup copy of all your files and contacts should be saved.

  2. 2

    Jailbreak your iPhone. Using your iPhone web browser, visit "" From the website, a slider text will appear asking users to "Slide to Jailbreak." Simply slide the bar to start the jailbreak. Jailbreaking an iPhone will not remove any software or information found on the phone; Jailbreaking only adds a third-party application called Cydia that allows users to install applications.

  3. 3

    Open Cydia. Select "Search" and type "Winterboard." Then select "Install" and select "Confirm." Winterboard is an application that allows users to change the themes on their iPhones, such as slider text, slider colour, text themes and even keyboard themes.

  4. 4

    Select "Search" from the Cydia menu and type "iFile." Select "Install" and select "Confirm." The installed iFile allows users to navigate through their phone's system files to manage and edit information, such as slider text.

  5. 5

    Select "Search" from the Cydia menu and type "Slide To Unlock Killer." Select "Install" and select "Confirm." This application will allow users to change the slider text by using iFile.

  6. 6

    Open iFile. Select "Var" and scroll down and select "Stash." From the "Stash" menu, select "Themes." Then select "EntrigelKiller," which is the "Slide to Unlock Killer" application. Select "Folders," and then select "Springboard." Select "English," and then select "Springboard.Springs."

  7. 7

    Select "Edit" and scroll to the "Away lock" label. Change the words within the quotation marks to change your slider text. Then select "Save." Open "Winterboard," and select "EntrigelKiller." Close Winterboard, and allow your phone to restart. Upon restarting, your phone will now have the entered text on the slider.

Tips and warnings

  • Jailbreaking your iPhone will void your warranty.
  • Also, be aware of the firmware your iPhone is currently operating. Any iPhone using a firmware above 4.0.2 will not work with a jailbreak.

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