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Optional setting: double tap to open home screen

asked 2014-03-01 20:11:15 +0300

Neo gravatar image

updated 2014-03-02 23:49:36 +0300

I would like for this to be an option in Settings: to have the possibility to choose to open the home screen with double tap instead of the lock screen.

When I double tap the phone to open, almost always the next step is to go to the home screen. So why not have the possibility to double tap to home screen and then go to lock screen if you want to see notifications or something else.

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i agree. still have found no use for lock screen.

egs ( 2014-03-01 20:21:50 +0300 )edit

Well, the Lock screen exists to, well, lock the phone - that is, to prevent any accidental choices to be made.

With the update, a 30 second timeout was added, that is: if you're reading something, and the Jolla times out, if you double-tap within 30 seconds, you're immediately taken to whatever app/screen you were at. No going-via-Lock-screen.

If I want notifications, I swipe up for the Events screen.

Regarding your feature-request in general, though, I'd say it's a duplicate of already existing feature-requests, some of them being
"Suggestion: Merge the Lock-Screen with the Home-Screen" [closed] (but linking to
"notification icons in lock screen as buttons"
"Suggestion: No lock screen needed when the phone is open")
and maybe even
"Lock-screen feels underused".

Please close this "question" if you agree.

phle ( 2014-03-01 23:27:46 +0300 )edit

@phle I have read the questions you are reffering to and this one is not a duplicate of neither of those. I would like to have this simple option: when double tapping the locked phone (locked for more than 30 seconds), the home screen appears (and not the lock screen).

Neo ( 2014-03-01 23:52:30 +0300 )edit

i agree that this question is not a duplicate. i also still dont see the need for the lock screen, in the way i use the phone. i usually turn off the display to lock the phone. then double tap the screen to unlock it. now when i pick up where i left off i first need to exit the lock screen, then reenter the app i was using. the 30s rule helps me very little since in most cases its been more than 30s since i last used it. thats just how i use the phone, maybe ive missed something.

egs ( 2014-03-02 01:10:21 +0300 )edit

Often I just wanna see the time, so going to Home screen on double-tap would be very annoying. But if it's an optional setting I would have no beef with it.

Tanghus ( 2014-03-02 20:47:36 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-01-14 13:49:19 +0300

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by spiiroin on another of those requests

You can configure also double tap to go directly to home screen instead of lock screen via:

mcetool --set-doubletap-mode=unlock

Note: Does not bypass device unlock screen.

Caveat: Might still make pocket calls / similar issues more likely if proximity sensor etc are not working as expected.

Also, if the not yet officially available Sneak Peek (a.k.a "fake lpm" / "glance screen") is enabled:

mcetool --set-low-power-mode=enabled

You see time etc when taking the device from pocket and double tapping from there takes you directly to apps view.

However none of this changes what is shown in the lock screen, so getting to see battery / cellular info still requires peeking.

(mcetool can be installed via: pkcon install mce-tools)

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Hi, is there a way to see all possible options for mcetool? Or how can I get the default values? I enabled doubletab-mode=unlock and would like to revert back...


J4ZZ ( 2015-01-20 21:55:45 +0300 )edit

@J4ZZ: "mcetool --help" -> lists all options, "mcetool --long-help" gives more info, "mcetool doubletap-m" just for "--doubletap-mode" etc

But to reset everything back to built-in defaults it is easier to do (as root):

# systemctl stop mce.service
# rm /var/lib/mce/builtin-gconf.values 
# systemctl start mce.service
spiiroin ( 2015-01-21 15:36:47 +0300 )edit


Big thanks ;)

J4ZZ ( 2015-01-21 17:36:54 +0300 )edit
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