LiveRinging is a new jailbreak tweak for iOS 9 jailbroken devices, by Cydia developer Rene Tejeda that replaces the background of the incoming call screen with a custom video of your choice. This tweak is inspired by Android’s video ringtone feature that starts playing a video as soon as there’s a phone call incoming.
One of the features Android supports that iOS does not is video ringtones. Essentially these are videos that play on the screen when an incoming call starts to ring. LiveRinging brings this feature to jailbroken iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and supports various calling methods, such as Phone, FaceTime Audio, and basic FaceTime.
With LiveRinging, you can choose any custom video of your own and assign it as the video ringtone. When you receive an incoming call, the tweak will automatically start playing the chosen video in the background. Video ringtones work with both the normal phone call for incoming and outgoing calls as well as FaceTime call.
Also, as far as sound goes, LiveRinging will display the video you choose, but it’ll still play the default audio ringtone you have set on your device, not the audio of the video itself. So this is something to keep in mind. This means that when there’s an incoming call, the custom video will be displayed in the background without any sound.
Once LiveRinging is installed, venture into its preferences pane in Settings where you’ll find the following options:
- Enable or disable the tweak
- Choose a video that will play for calls from and to unknown callers
- Choose a video that will play for calls from and to all contacts on your device
- Adjust the blur intensity of the background video
When choosing a video, you can select one from your Camera Roll or record one on the spot and use it.
To assign a custom video to a specific contact, you’ll have to do it from the Contacts app. Open the app and go to a specific contact for whom you’d like to add a video ringtone. When you choose to edit the contact, you’ll find a new button labelled ‘Add Video’ right below the ‘Add Photo’ button. Using the button, you can add videos individually to each of your contacts that will be displayed only when there is an outgoing or an incoming call from them.
LiveRinging can be downloaded from Cydia’s BigBoss repository right now for $1.99 and brings video ringtones to the iOS platform, a feature that Android users already get to enjoy. If you’re into the idea, I’d definitely vouch for this tweak.
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