The current trend of finding ways to get icons on an iOS device’s Home screen with the intent of creating shortcuts for actions is nothing new. It was originally one of the big jailbreak advantages, and now it’s back. This time, you don’t need to jailbreak anything.

QuickContact is the latest in a long line of apps that offer the user a way to create shortcuts on the Home screen, and now sending SMS messages and making phone calls are the order of the day.

The best part about this is the fact it’s not actually an app at all, but rather a web app.

In order to get the ball rolling, you’ll need to point your iPhone at the QuickContact web site and enter a name and phone number. Here you can tell the web app whether you want to create a shortcut for sending a message or making a call and select a fancy little icon, too.

Once you’re set, you can tell the web app to create your new shortcut which will them prompt you to install a new profile for your device. You’ll need to give this the “OK” or it won’t work, so make sure you are comfortable with that. We see no reason not to trust the author of thi web app, Jeff Broderick, but as always it’s your choice.

Tapping your newly created icon will launch Safari and then your requested function will be activated, whether that be a phone call or a new SMS/iMessage.

All this is free, and if you’re the kind of person that likes things to be at the touch of a button, then QuickContact might well be for you.

  • Apple will block the site in 3…2..

  • cool! i can only seem to get it to do the call, but i think it’s a neat idea if i didnt like how my homescreen was setup already

  • Nice web app and easy to use just tap the phone or message to bookmark very simple!!!

  • Anonymous

    Yea, I would rather not trust some random company with my info, or someone else’s info for that matter. I’m sure there is a log somewhere that keeps track of this stuff on their site.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, and your iPhone’s front camera is watching you right now. And you’re the new star of The Truman Show.

      • Anonymous

        well since i dont have an iphone, i find that highly unlikely. Besides, my stock samsung galaxy s2 can do this without the help of another company. Oh, and i liked the Truman Show.

    • None of the information you send is saved. I can assure you everything is safe.

  • If you got icon project you can all ready do this..I’ve had this for awhile now..