PreferenceTag3 lets you organize the iOS Settings app your own way

By , Mar 4, 2016

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If you’re like me, then you don’t use every single setting that your iPhone comes with, and it would make life easier in the organization department if you could move around your Settings app’s preference cells and hide the ones you don’t use.

If this functionality sounds useful to you, then PreferenceTag3, which is a jailbreak tweak you can grab from Cydia for $1.99, is going to be your new best friend because it’ll let your organize your Settings app exactly how you like it.

In this review, we’ll show you what PreferenceTag3 is all about and how it works.

Organizing the Settings app for your own needs

The Settings app is something we’re all familiar with. It’s the place we go to for setting up our device(s) with our preferred configurations, but with all of these settings there can be a great deal of clutter with some options we’ll never take advantage of.

For example, I’m not much of a Flickr or Vimeo user, but Apple has preference cells in the Settings app for these services so you can sign in with them to experience more out of iOS. Since I don’t use them, I’d much rather hide them than have to scroll past them all the time, and PreferenceTag3 is going to let me do that.

Hiding cells isn’t the only thing PreferenceTag3 lets you do; you’ll also be able to relocate preference cells, which means you can organize them in any order you choose. In addition, you can create folders to organize clutter, which is useful for organizing the large accumulation of app preference cells at the bottom of your settings app into a single cell to clean up the Settings app a bit.

Another useful feature of PreferenceTag3 is that you can passcode-protect individual preference cells. When you do, tapping on the passcode-protected cell will prompt you to enter your passcode. If you don’t know it, you won’t be able to make changes, and this is useful for keeping people out of personal settings you don’t want changed if you have other people using your device(s) often.

Are you liking the sound of the tweak so far? – If so, check out the examples below.

Using PreferenceTag3

To use PreferenceTag3, you can use a 3D Touch gesture, or just tap and drag to the left from anywhere in the Settings app. To access settings for an individual preferences cell, you’ll tap on the cell and drag to the left.

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When you open the main interface by tapping anywhere there’s blank space in the Settings app and swiping to the left, you’ll see the “PreferenceTag” header at the top. From here, you can access your main sections and configure them. These sections include shortcuts to the following:

  • Hiding preference cells you don’t want
  • Setting a passcode to protect preference cells
  • Using tags to make finding settings easier
  • Configuring preference cell folders
  • Choosing the position of preference cells

To configure a single preference cell under one of these sections, tap on a preferences cell and drag it to the left. This reveals a narrower interface that lacks the “PreferenceTag” header, but shows all your options so you can apply any of them to the section in question.

Hiding preference cells

Hiding preference cells is easy. Just tap on one, drag to the left, and from the options you’ll pick “Remove” from the list. This will hide it from the Settings app. In the example below, we’ve hidden the “Cellular” settings from the Settings app because this iPhone doesn’t even have a SIM card in it, and these options are pointless on this iPhone.

You’ll notice I’ve also hidden some other preference cells I don’t use to further simplify the Settings app.

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Passcode-protecting preference cells

PreferenceTag3 also provides you with a way to passcode-protect any of your preference cells. You’ll simply configure a passcode you want from the main PreferenceTag3 interface, and then to apply it to a preference cell, you’ll tap on a preference cell and drag it to the left and tap on “Passcode” from the list.

Now when you try to launch that pane, you’ll have to enter your passcode to gain access.

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Assigning tags to preference cells

Similarly to OS X, you can use tags to better organize your preference cells with PreferenceTag3. These tags are color-based or category-based and you can pick from:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Violet
  • Home
  • Important
  • Work

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Organizing preference cells into folders

If you want to organize all the individual preference cells in the Settings app, then this feature will appeal to you.

You can easily move all this clutter into individual folders you create so that the preference cells are nice and organized. You can create and name your own folders, or pick from any of the presets. I find this feature particularly useful for organizing all the preference cells for the individual apps installed on your device that appear at the bottom of the Settings app.

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Moving preference cells around

Another useful feature of PreferenceTag3 is that you can re-organize your preference cells to your liking, which is great if you want to put your favorite preference cells first and your less-important ones closer to the bottom of the Settings app.

Using a tap and drag gesture, just like widgets in Notification Center, you can re-position any preference cell. In our example below, we’ve moved the Do Not Disturb cell under the VPN cell; it normally appears under the Control Center cell.

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Wrapping up

PreferenceTag3, which is a $1.99 download from Cydia‘s BigBoss repository, is a well thought out tweak for any jailbroken iOS 9 device. Everything works how you would expect it to, and what you end up with is a cleaner Settings app that so it’s easier to get to the Settings that matter to you.

The tweak really impresses me with quality and features, and among my favorite features are the ability to passcode-protect certain settings, hide preference cells I don’t use, and re-organize my favorite preference cells to appear first. Although these are my favorites, the other features are also useful and other users may find them more useful than me.

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  • Dave Newcomb

    Unfortunately when you put things in folders they are completely unsorted, and there is no option to sort alphabetically. I’m not going to spend hours dragging items up and down just to get them in the proper order