Cyanogenmod nightly builds introduce ‘double-tap to sleep’ feature

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 5, 2014

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Recently, the CyanogenMod team introduced a brand new feature to its CM nightlies: the ability to double-tap your status bar in order to put your handset to sleep. Previously the only way to get this Knock On/Off inspired functionality from CyanogenMod was through the Oppo N1’s ROM, but no longer.

How it works is pretty simple, all you have to do is double-tap anywhere on the status bar to put your phone to sleep. The feature works regardless of whether you’re on the homescreen, playing a game or browsing the web. It is turned off by default however, so you’ll need to enable it by going to Settings> Interface> Status Bar.

You must be running a nightly build of CyanogenMod that was released on January 3rd or later to try this feature. For those wondering, the feature is not present in the recently released CM11 Milestone 2.

To grab a nightly build and try out double-tap to sleep, you’ll want to head on over to CyanogenMod’s website. Keep in mind that CyanogenMod Nightly builds are meant for those that don’t mind dealing with a few bugs and other issues, and that they are not necessarily appropriate for use as daily drivers.

Have you tried double-tap to sleep yet? If so, what do you think of the feature, useful or more of a gimmick than anything?

  • Francois-Xavier Launois

    In my humble opinion, this is an useless feature. My power button is more than enough. There was also a tile “Go to sleep” in the quick settings, which I never found useful.

    • Azeem

      Saves the wear on the power button. Just use Gravity Box to make it turn on when you flip it face up and no more need for the power button (unless you reboot to recovery, but then you can use an app).

      • Slosh

        saves wear on the power button really? that’s your reason for justifying this useless feature? :| gg

        • Jules

          When you surf forums such as xda you will notice how often hardware buttons are among the weakest links of devices. I would also rather use them as little as possible.

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  • Vitaly Gurevich

    How about making the camera better instead of stuppid crap like that.

    • icyrock1

      If only they didn’t have that fight with the creator of Focal, there camera software would probably be sooooooooo much better.

      • Shark Bait

        I didn’t like them adding focal any way, I’m glad they went back

  • MasterMuffin

    Simple mods allow this and much more, not a big or useful thing in my opinion

  • Doan

    Am I missing something? What is the appeal of this feature?

    • Azeem

      Easier than pressing the power button.

      • Doan

        But it isn’t.

        • TjaldidTjaldid

          not if it is located on the top or on the edge of the sides of the device

  • A lot of ROM already have this not just CM. Reading this article it seems like it’s something unique and exclusive but it’s not

    • Niral Ramesh

      Damir, I watched your video on gravityscreen and I use it on my nexus 5. No need for double tapping.

      • yes still absolutely satisfied with that. Not sure when I even used the power button the last time :)

        • Niral Ramesh

          Lol me neither

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Nothing new. Well, it is on CM, but not in the Android world (well..XDA world :) )

  • Azeem

    If my phone HAD CM11 nightlies available, I would do this, but I don’t blame them. Some phones have a lot of troubles than others.

  • Roddisq

    Should not be the double tap to wake-up?

  • John Francis Gamao

    If you want that function, just install the nova launcher and this
    then Assign it to double tap gesture.

  • Chris Peacock

    Would rather double tap the home icon, then it could be done anytime not from the homescreen