It’s going on a month since the iPhone 4S made its initial debut, and we’re still without a jailbreak. Not that we’re complaining; we never expected a jailbreak for the 4S to be released this soon anyway.

Still, it’s hard giving up some of the luxuries that jailbreaking brings to the for β€” namely SBSettings toggles to quickly enable and disable certain low-level functions like WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode, etc.

Fortunately, there is a compromise. We’ve briefly touched on it before, but in this article and video walkthrough we’ll show you how to create custom shortcuts to your favorite settings; no jailbreak required…


In this video tutorial, I used IconProject to create the custom icons with specific URL links to certain Settings app sections. IconProject is $0.99 on the App Store, but it’s super easy to use, and far and away the best app I’ve seen of this nature.

Admittedly, this is not a replacement for SBSettings, because SBSettings allows for direct toggles. This is more of a shortcut to specific sections of the Settings app. Again, it’s not a replacement, but it is a decent compromise until a jailbreak is released.

If you want to know all of the shortcut addresses to the various panels in the Settings app, you can use the following preference shortcut addresses:

Preference Shortcuts

About β€” prefs:root=General&path=About
Accessibility β€” prefs:root=General&path=ACCESSIBILITY
Airplane Mode On β€” prefs:root=AIRPLANE_MODE
Auto-Lock β€” prefs:root=General&path=AUTOLOCK
Brightness β€” prefs:root=Brightness
Bluetooth β€” prefs:root=General&path=Bluetooth
Date & Time β€” prefs:root=General&path=DATE_AND_TIME
FaceTime β€” prefs:root=FACETIME
General β€” prefs:root=General
Keyboard β€” prefs:root=General&path=Keyboard
iCloud β€” prefs:root=CASTLE
iCloud Storage & Backup β€” prefs:root=CASTLE&path=STORAGE_AND_BACKUP
International β€” prefs:root=General&path=INTERNATIONAL
Location Services β€” prefs:root=LOCATION_SERVICES
Music β€” prefs:root=MUSIC
Music Β Equalizer β€” prefs:root=MUSIC&path=EQ
Music Volume Limit β€” prefs:root=MUSIC&path=VolumeLimit
Network β€” prefs:root=General&path=Network
Nike + iPod β€” prefs:root=NIKE_PLUS_IPOD
Notes β€” prefs:root=NOTES
Notification β€” prefs:root=NOTIFICATIONS_ID
Phone β€” prefs:root=Phone
Photos β€” prefs:root=Photos
Profile β€” prefs:root=General&path=ManagedConfigurationList
Reset β€” prefs:root=General&path=Reset
Safari β€” prefs:root=Safari
Siri β€” prefs:root=General&path=Assistant
Sounds β€” prefs:root=Sounds
Software Update β€” prefs:root=General&path=SOFTWARE_UPDATE_LINK
Store β€” prefs:root=STORE
Twitter β€” prefs:root=TWITTER
Usage β€” prefs:root=General&path=USAGE
VPN β€” prefs:root=General&path=Network/VPN
Wallpaper β€” prefs:root=Wallpaper
Wi-Fi β€” prefs:root=WIFI

Special thanks to Clay Russell at The iPhonaddict for the tip.

What do you think? Is this enough to hold you over until a jailbreak hits the 4S, or an untethered jailbreak hits iOS 5? Share your thoughts with us below.