If you cast your mind back to last week, you may remember we highlighted Icon Project – a new app available on the App Store which provided you with the ability to create custom shortcuts to various parts of iOS’s ‘Settings’ panel by using URL schemes such as ‘prefs:root=General&path=About’, (which loads Settings > About).
In an attempt to further simplify this, RazorianFly reader and designer Jeff Broderick (@brdrck) has this weekend built a completely web-based ‘Settings’ panel which uses these same URL schemes.
Offering one-tap shortcuts to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Brightness, Airplane Mode, Notifications, Location, VPN, Equalizer, iCloud and Network settings panels, Broderick’s replacement Settings panel can be added directly to your homescreen from Mobile Safari, just as you would any other website – (Middle Icon > “Add To Homescreen” > Add).
As you can see, each icon on Broderick’s wood-backed Settings panel features a direct URL scheme to point to the relevant iOS settings screen. In this case, prefs:root=NOTIFICATIONS_ID. So now, instead of you having to input these rather complex commands yourself, you can just head over to brdrck.me/settings and start enjoying jailbreak-esque access to your iOS Settings.
It’s worth noting that this point that Broderick’s settings re-design won’t serve you for all your iOS settings needs. However, the web-based offering is a good-looking alternative and provides one-tap access to the most major setting panels you’ll probably need access to on a daily basis.
Try it out for yourself now, at brdrck.me/settings.