Upon tapping the play button for a video in Safari or the Photos app, iOS automatically loads the video in its native media player interface. This media player doesn’t apply to all apps, such as those with proprietary alternatives like the official YouTube app, but it applies almost everywhere else.
Jailbreakers who have an interest in customizing iOS’ default media player are likely to show an interest in a new and free jailbreak tweak dubbed CustoMedia by iOS developer gamehacker080, as it permits the end user to not only colorize the native media player, but also to adjust its behavior in several different ways.
The screenshot example below serves to demonstrate how CustoMedia can be used to colorize iOS’ native media player:
You’ll notice that the HUD, as well as the individual buttons and sliders have been changed to a yellow/orange color scheme. The colors you choose are obviously up to you. Color settings, as well as behavior settings can be adjusted via the dedicated preference pane that gets added to the Settings app post-installation:
Here, you can:
- Toggle and choose a custom media player HUD background color
- Toggle and choose a custom media player buttons color
- Toggle and choose a custom media player slider color
- Toggle media player blur effects on or off on a per-app basis
- Toggle forced AirPlay for unsupported apps
- Toggle forced display of subtitles, Picture in Picture, skip, etc. for specific apps
- Force all browsers to use iOS’ default media player
- Toggle automatic full-screen for videos in browsers on a per-app basis
- Toggle and choose a custom media player background color
- Toggle AirPlay on a per-app basis
- Toggle and configure media player tolerance buttons on a per-app basis
- Toggle forced Picture in Picture support for unsupported apps
- Toggle auto-exiting the media player after finishing a video on a per-app basis
- Apply macOS-esque features to your iOS media player (choose between one of two styles)
- Toggle auto-hide or auto-show Status Bar when the media player is showing on a per-app basis
- Toggle automatic mute for the media player on a per-app basis
- Toggle AVLock for the media player
- And much more…
CustoMedia is much more than just a colorization tweak for iOS’ default media player; it also provides a number of ways to change its default behavior to better suit your needs. This has its uses if you’re a chronic user of iOS’ default media player, and allows the end user to make it more comfortable to use for their own niche(s).
Those who’d like to try CustoMedia out for themselves can download the tweak for free from the BigBoss repository via their favorite package manager. CustoMedia supports jailbroken iOS 13 and 14 devices.
How will you customize your pwned handset’s media player with the new CustoMedia tweak? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section down below.
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