Patch: Sneak Peek option

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Adds an option for Sneak Peek in Display settings whithout any need to mce-tools. In fact, there is a built-in option for it disabled by default; this patch re-enables it.

It also shows status bar in Sneak Peek due to default description saying "show time and status information".


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Will conflict with Show statusbar on Sneak Peek screen
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Application versions: 

2.1.4-3 - added Chinese (China) translation **Happy New Year**

2.1.4-2 - added Slovenian translation


  • Update for SFOS 2.1.4 however the old version still works – magic of Patchmanager!
  • Updated translations + added Danish and Dutch (Belgium)

0.4 - Updated for SFOS 2.1.1
0.3 - Updated for SFOS 2.1.0


  • Updated for SailfishOS 2.0.2
  • Added Polish translation

0.1-7 - Added Italian transaltion
0.1-6 - Added/Updated translations: German, Russian
0.1-5 - Fixed Spanish translation + Added French, Russian
0.1-4 - Added Dutch translation
0.1-3 - Added Finnish translation
0.1-2 - Added Swedish and Spanish translations


Morc's picture

Hi, I see that this patch enables Sneak Peek by modifiying system files. But is it somehow possible to disable the turning off after some time and to enable it right away as you turn off screen? Pretty much like the always-on display feature on Android.

mixmax's picture

Hi ! No more sneak peek in sfos 3.1 ?

Historyscholar's picture


Auvo's picture

Today I tried this (v0.2) on Oneplus X community port (SFOS Worked nicely, except the battery drain. So the phone was connected to charger overnight, and at the mornig it didn't wake up. I mean, both double tap and power key press did wake the phone, but the lockscreen was weird. There were no ambience, just white time and date on black screen. Almost like in sneak peek, but in sneak peek time and date are colored by the ambience. Also, I couldn't unlock the phone at all. Ended up rebooting, and after that everything worked fine. Nevertheless I decided to switch the sneak peek off.

All this is propably well known, and I'm not blaming anyone. Just wanted to inform other OPX users about my experiences.

smatkovi's picture

thanks  for this information :)

alina's picture

Thanks for sharing! But please consider that this patch has nothing to do with the Sneak Peek under the hood. It just unhides the option in settings.

giskard's picture

if you are interested, there's also an italian translation

johnnydvc's picture


how do I remove the patch? Deactivating and deinstalling has no effect, sneak peek still active.

Any ideas?


alina's picture

Disable it from Settings before uninstalling the patch.

Or if you have developer mode enabled, you can disable it from Terminal:

mcetool --set-low-power-mode=disabled
eson's picture

Again there's an error trying to install from repo. Anyway, thanks for status info on sneak peek. Very helpfull!

Ancelad's picture

Huh, my patch was merged AGAIN without my agreement...

alina's picture

Lipstick is open for everyone to share ideas. Does it work like "who made it first, will own the rest"? One day I shared my idea in a comment with you because I couldn't make an rpm package. What's wrong if I can and I do it now?

And what do you mean of AGAIN, by the way?

Ancelad's picture

As I remember it wasn't your idea - I've just accepted your comments as patch improvements. And I think that CONTRIBUTION is right way, not DUPLICATING - "many patches with same features could turn a mess". You're totally free in your ideas and deeds. I don't want to conflict with you anyway - you're making useful stuff, but let's be more respectful to other authors and their works - I mean we can coordinate our efforts to make SailfishOS better.

AGAIN = your sound's patch. Nevermind.

alina's picture

I truly appreciate your work and to show my respect I can remove the conflicting part. You did the same for me.

But about sound patch, I designed and created my own icons and wrote the patch from the scratch. It's not even conflicting with your patch, meaning that one can have them both. I'm not gonna make silly duplicates.

ari_jarvio's picture

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alina's picture

Thanks for your support. Of course this is not a duplicate patch and I didn't even copy or see the code. This patch also shows status bar in Sneak Peek and support translations. I've written about these special offerings on first lines of description.

However, I have no idea why coderus’s patch didn't work for you. Both of these work the same.

danfin's picture

agree. Having many patches with same features could turn a mess..

alina's picture

Oh my gosh! I have comments on your patch, but don't remember it. :o

I just re-invented the wheel! :/

Mitlovan's picture

you steal the ideas of others

coderus's picture

steal or not steal is not a question. problem is a mess of uncompatible or same patches with 1-2 different features :D

alina's picture

There are many patches with little differences or more features for different tastes, what's wrong with it? For example, you have two kinds of Power menu with and without ambience switcher. Users have freedom of choice and it's great.

coderus's picture

Doesn't really matter because there is just 10-20 peoples using patches :D