If you want to adjust the screen brightness, disable WiFi, or access most other settings on an iOS device you usually have to open the settings app and then navigate through a series of menus to find the feature you’re looking for.

Folks that have jailbroken devices have long been able to use apps like SBSettings to toggle various settings with a single-click from the home screen or app tray. But now there’s a way to do that without jailbreaking your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

IconSettings uses the Safari web browser to create shortcuts to a number of frequently used iOS settings. All you have to do is add browser shortcuts to your home screen for the features you want.

For instance, here’s how to add a shortcut to your screen brightness settings:

  1. Open the Safari web browser on your mobile device.
  2. Navigate to the IconSettings page at iPhoneZA
  3. Scroll down until you see the list of Settings shortcuts and click the “Brightness” link.
  4. It will open in a new window and a box will pop up asking if you want to “Open this page in ‘Settings’?”
  5. Tap the Cancel button.
  6. Tap the sharing button in your web browser (it’s a box with an arrow pointing outward).
  7. Select the Add to Home Screen option.
  8. From the following screen either tap the “Add” button, or rename the icon first if you like.

That’s it. An icon with a pretty graphic should show up on your home screen. You can drag several of these icons together to create a Settings folder if you like.

Now whenever you click on one of those icons, the web browser will load and then quickly redirect you to the appropriate page in your iOS settings.

The process isn’t quite as elegant as SBSettings or other jailbreak apps — but it won’t void your warranty. Unfortunately IconSettings shortcuts only work with iOS 5.0 and up.

via Engadget

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...