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How to Add Settings Shortcuts to Your iPhone Without Jailbreaking



One of the biggest reasons I want to jailbreak the iPhone 4S is to have access to SBSettings, a small app that makes it easy to change the most accessed iPhone settings.

While I am still waiting for an iPhone 4S Jailbreak, I have found a cool trick that lets you create shortcuts to over twenty common iPhone settings in just a few seconds.

Even better. The icons are easy on the eyes and work on any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad — even without a jailbreak.

Warning: If you update to iOS 5.1 when it is released, you will lose this ability.

(Read: 18 Reasons to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S)

These icons are the closes thing to Android settings shortcuts I have seen.

How to Create Settings Shortcuts on the iPhone

1. Open up on your iPhone or iPad.

Add iPhone Settings Shortcuts No Jailbreak

2. Choose the setting shortcut you want to add to your homescreen.

Install iPhone Settings Shortcuts

3. Choose the iCon you want to use.

4. Tap the Install shortcut button at the bottom of the page.

Install iPhone Setting Shortcuts no Jailbreak

5. When prompted, Tap on Install on the Install Profile page.

Install Profile for iPhone settings shortcuts

6. Confirm that you want to install the profile when you get a popup.

7. You’ll be returned to the settings page to install other shortcuts.

Settings Shortcuts on iPhone 4S no Jailbreak needed

8. Press your Home button to see the shortcuts on your screen. I added them all to a folder called settings on my main home screen so that I have fast access to the settings.

You can add iPhone home screen shortcuts to the following settings pages:

  • Bluetooth
  • WiFi
  • Brightness
  • Airplane
  • Hotspot
  • Notifications
  • Location
  • VPN
  • Sync
  • EQ
  • iCloud
  • Network
  • Sounds
  • Backup
  • About
  • Safari (Settings)
  • Auto-Lock
  • Siri
  • Usage
  • Cellular
  • Wallpaper

While I still want an SBSettings app and Activator for faster access, this folder on my homescreen is still much faster than going into settings to look for each item, especially those that are inexplicably hidden 5 taps deep.

Now if only Apple would allow third-party apps in the notification center, or allow Jeff Broderick to add them instead of weather.

Via Tibp



  1. Kati

    12/02/2011 at 4:05 pm

    guys u can jailbreak with puppyra1n you do know that right?

    • Michael Carter

      12/02/2011 at 6:03 pm

      The prevous post is spam!!

  2. Michael Carter

    12/02/2011 at 6:03 pm

    These have been disabled in the latest version of IOS.


  3. Bkolb

    12/04/2011 at 6:53 pm

    Thx Josh. Worked great for me today.

  4. Annaliese Speers

    12/21/2011 at 4:07 pm

    It won’t work for me it says the address is invalid! Any help BTW I am on my iPod touch 4th generation that’s not updated recently :) I can download it and everything but then when I decide to go to my Brightness it comes to a Safari pageant says the address is invalid. I have WiFi at the time. Thanks!

  5. grantdoug

    02/29/2012 at 10:59 am

    Although the home screen apps that I added with Jeff Brodericks iPhone setting shortcuts are still on my iPhone, I am unable to add new ones in iOS 5.1. It will not allow an addition to the profile, but just launches the setting screen.

  6. Billylile

    03/07/2012 at 2:33 pm

    Just updated to ups 5.1 and now the shortcuts don’t work. Hopefully there can be a fix to this. Great work man!

  7. Iphone4guy

    03/09/2012 at 6:53 am

    I guess Im not upgrading to 5.1 until there is a fix. Please keep us posted on any updates I like my shortcuts.

  8. Pat

    03/09/2012 at 7:10 pm

    Just upgraded to 5.1 and the shortcuts are no longer working…..Please find a work around.  I miss my shortcuts…

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