Customise your iPhone 4 and 4S Homescreen and Icons without Jailbreaking – 2 Apps: 1 Free and 1 Less Than a Quid

You want funky custom icons and shortcuts on your iPhone but don’t want to jailbreak your Apple device – what can you do? Well, gadgety faithful – you have a couple of options. One is free and the other only costs 69p!

69 Dude!

The paid option, albeit only 69p, is to slide over to Icon Project on iTunes. This new app is available on the App Store and will give you the power 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) – all without the need for jailbreaking!

You can create icons on both your homescreen and your folders using your own pictures or by using the supplied icons, badges and frames. You can even send your icon to a friend!

For me the coolest thing is that you can create an icon of your partner or best buddy using their picture and from that icon you can link their personal info page and call, text, Skype, Facetime them all from that muli-functional icon sat on your homescreen 🙂

Screenshots in the gallery below.


If you don’t want to jailbreak and don’t want to pay anything then there’s even an option for you hard-to-please types.

There’s a free web-based alternative to the natty Icon Project developed by Jeff Broderick.

Jeff’s app lets you create shortcut icons so you can easily access settings such as Siri, iCloud, Backup, VPN, Brightness, Airplane mode, EQ, etc.

It’s not an exhaustive list but the software is handy for getting you to the more complex, in-depth areas of the settings panel such as the notification area and the Bluetooth Screen.

The main picture above shows the EQ, Location and iCloud shortcuts on my iPhone 4.

Here’s how to install it:

  • Step 1: Open Safari on your iDevice and head to:
  • Step 2: Once the page loads, click on the Bookmark icon (it’s the one with the arrow leaving a box)
  • Step 3: Select ‘Add to Home Screen’.
  • Step 4: Name the shortcut as you wish, and then click on ‘Add’

Thanks to Andy for the tip!

Let me know what you think 🙂

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