Icon Project Creates Quick iOS Home Screen Shortcuts

iOS: If you're tired of navigating through the Contacts, Settings or the Browser to perform common actions — like calling someone or turning down the brighness — IconProject will let you create one-tap shortcuts for those things on your home screen.

If you have a particular contact you call often, it would be really useful to have a shortcut on your home screen that calls them as soon as you tap it. Similarly, if you turn Wi-Fi on and off all the time, a one-tap shortcut to access that preference would be much easier than going through the Settings app all the time. Icon Project is an app for iOS that will lets you create customisable home screen shortcuts that perform actions just like these. Just open it up, hit the "Select Type" button above the text box, and you'll be able to choose between shortcuts for texting somone, calling them, FaceTiming them, opening a URL in Safari, or viewing a contact card. You can then type in their phone number, email address, or the homepage's URL and hit "Create". It'll take you to a web page where you can then hit the Share button, tap "Add to Home Screen", and put your new shortcut anywhere you want. You can even customise the icon's look for a truly snazzy home screen.

Creating a shortcut to a setting, like Wi-Fi or Brightness, is a bit trickier. From Icon Project's main screen, hit the Select Type button and choose URL(Homepage). Then, type in one of the following preferences (as seen in the screenshot to the right), and hit Create. Note that the following preferences are case sensitive, so make sure you type them in exactly as shown:

About - prefs:root=General&path=About Accessibility - prefs:root=General&path=ACCESSIBILITY Airplane Mode On - prefs:root=AIRPLANE_MODE Auto-Lock - prefs:root=General&path=AUTOLOCK Brightness - prefs:root=Brightness Bluetooth - prefs:root=General&path=Bluetooth Date & Time - prefs:root=General&path=DATE_AND_TIME FaceTime - prefs:root=FACETIME General - prefs:root=General Keyboard - prefs:root=General&path=Keyboard iCloud - prefs:root=CASTLE iCloud Storage & Backup - prefs:root=CASTLE&path=STORAGE_AND_BACKUP International - prefs:root=General&path=INTERNATIONAL Location Services - prefs:root=LOCATION_SERVICES Music - prefs:root=MUSIC Music Equalizer - prefs:root=MUSIC&path=EQ Music Volume Limit - prefs:root=MUSIC&path=VolumeLimit Network - prefs:root=General&path=Network Nike + iPod - prefs:root=NIKE_PLUS_IPOD Notes - prefs:root=NOTES Notification - prefs:root=NOTIFICATIONS_ID Phone - prefs:root=Phone Photos - prefs:root=Photos Profile - prefs:root=General&path=ManagedConfigurationList Reset - prefs:root=General&path=Reset Safari - prefs:root=Safari Siri - prefs:root=General&path=Assistant Sounds - prefs:root=Sounds Software Update - prefs:root=General&path=SOFTWARE_UPDATE_LINK Store - prefs:root=STORE Twitter - prefs:root=TWITTER Usage - prefs:root=General&path=USAGE VPN - prefs:root=General&path=Network/VPN Wallpaper - prefs:root=Wallpaper Wi-Fi - prefs:root=WIFI

It isn't quite as effective as, say, SBSettings on a jailbroken phone, but since we're still waiting for an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak, it's a pretty good way to get quick shortcuts to those settings pages. Check out iDownloadBlog's post on the subject to read more, and to see a video on how to customise the look of your shortcuts' icons.

Icon Project [iTunes App Store via Cult of Mac]


    Orrrr... Just jailbreak and install SBSettings.

      You're an idiot, please leave.

    All I want is a wifi sync button on my homepage!

    If you could go direct to call forwarding I'd appreciate it. I do that twice every weekday.

      Found it. Lifehacker you can add prefs:root=Phone&path=CallForwarding to the list. And a hint to search Google for "prefs:root" with the quotes - there are some more on pastebin and it seems that they are guessable US English names in most cases.

      Best. Tip. Ever.

      Note also that if other apps add their own url schemes like many third party browsers or SIP clients do, you should be able to navigate into them too with the same approach.

    This might be the most ugly interface and icons I've ever seen. It makes me want to spew.

    I have added more tips related to this including removing the unnecessary dependency on Icon Project once the icon has been created to my blog http://techtransit.blogspot.com the procedure is easy but too involved for a comment :)

    it doesn't work for wifi and other url iphone 4 4.3.3


    For the wifi toggle - prefs:root=Wifi
    How do you turn it on like the airplane mode.
    E.g prefs:root=Wifi_On (but this doesnt work)

    I bought this as soon as I heard about it, and it works OK but is annoying to set up, and the icons looks pretty ordinary at the end of it.

    I found an easier (and cheaper, free) alternative called Iconsettings http://iphoneza.co.za/IconSettings/
    It does the same thing from a website you load in Mobile safari, and gives nice icons to match.

    I had made a icon for bluetooth following your url preferences and it worked very until my iphone 4s received it's latest update today and now it does not work telling me to enter a valid url. I have tried to create it again following the preference sequence to the letter and at the point of hitting create and it gives me the same response of enter a balid url. Do u have any ideas as to how to tectify the problem?

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