How to Create iPhone Setting Home Screen Shortcuts (how to)

Toggling between the iPhone’s settings is a rather annoying process.  Sure, you could leave the Bluetooth turned on, but in light of the iPhone’s recent battery woes that’s probably not the best idea.  So chances are you’ve been navigating time and time again to the Bluetooth setting within the iPhone’s setting’s menu, which takes 3 steps.  Annoying?  You bet.  Same applies if you want to toggle the WiFi on/off, access your screen’s brightness setting, though that takes one less step, but still frustrating nonetheless.

However, there is a resolve.  Since the iPhone’s architecture is built upon URL strings you can create home screen shortcuts directly to the setting, meaning you can access it with one click.  There are a few ways you can accomplish this feat, but this is the slickest and coolest option we’ve seen to date.  So here’s how to add settings icon shortcuts to your iPhone’s home screen, which include but aren’t limited to WiFi, Sounds, Wallpaper, EQ, Bluetooth and a few more.

1. Head to http://brdrck.me/settings/ on your iOS device.  There the page will load with a variety of iPhone icons.  Each icon represents a shortcut to that setting. To create one, just click on it.


2. Next a page will load with the option to install that shortcut.  Some shortcuts have two icons, such as Airplane, where as others only have one.  Click “Install XXX Shortcut”


3. Your iOS device will ask you if you want to Install the Profile.  Click “install”, which will be followed by a pop up.  Click “install now.”


4. If you have a passcode set you’ll be asked to enter that next to complete installation.


5. Once completed you’ll be returned to Safari.  To see the new icon simply click your iOS device’s home button and scroll to the last screen.  There you should see the icon.

6. We suggest that you move whatever shortcuts that you need to toggle on and off with regularity to the first screen.  Bluetooth, WiFi and Airplane Mode are our big three.

7. To remove the icon shortcuts from your Home Screen you can delete them in the same way you’d delete an app.  However, if you want to remove the “profile” all together head to Settings>General>Profiles.  You’ll need to scroll down once in the General menu. Click on each profile and you’ll be presented with a “remove” button in red.

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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23 Comments

  1. Hello pls I use iPhones 5s …my phone just fell and my home key isn’t not working ….is there any shortcut to my home key

  2. I need ONE shortcut on my home screen. Perhaps someone can help.

    I use iphone 5 and I extensively use SHORTCUTS feature a lot. But to get to Shortcuts is painful: Settings>General>Keyboard>Shortcuts and then make auto-text entries.

    CAN THIS “SHORTCUT” BE PLACED ON HOMESCREEN?

    Thanks

  3. Coming from a brand new iPhone 4S with latest software, I’m getting the same error message as JFK on Verizon 3G. I’m very interested in getting this to work, so I’ll try restarting my phone and using wifi. I’ll report back with the results.

  4. This looks like the best app ever – but,,,,, Does it not work for the iphone 4 5.1 (9B179)?
    “Safari could not install a profile due to an unknown error” 
    Happy to donate if you guys have a fix for this error.

    Thanks

  5. Anyone know these clever shortcut guys have addressed the 5.1 block yet?  So annoying that Apple feel the need to block such things.

  6. I like the iphone, but sometimes wonder.  I mean you lose the nice Bluetooth app, but try and get rid of Newsstand.  Ah well I suppose you could blame Panasonic for not making their device pair automatically.  Motorola does.

  7. Hi same issue as JC – Version 4.3.3 (8J2).

    Icon fires up Safari which tries to resolve URL but returns “Cannot Open Page – Safari cannot open page because the address is invalid.”
    CT

  8. When I click the new icon, it launches Safari trying to open a web page, and then I get this error:
    Cannot Open Page
    Safari cannot open the page because the address is invalid.

    No idea which page is it trying to open…

    1. JC, that’s exactly what it is.  The iPhone’s iOS is based on URLs.  This is effectively a neatly packaged URL string that gets you to the setting.

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