[Whoops – it looks like I really only published one half of this tip. I didn’t realize it until I had seen a few other articles, but you can actually set individual settings shortcuts – like the one for WiFi – to show up right on the home screen. To accomplish this, use the URL […]
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[Updated] Enjoy Quick Settings Shortcuts With This Awesome Web App

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[Whoops – it looks like I really only published one half of this tip. I didn’t realize it until I had seen a few other articles, but you can actually set individual settings shortcuts – like the one for WiFi – to show up right on the home screen. To accomplish this, use the URL I mentioned below, but add “/<Settings Name Goes Here>” to the end. In other words, installing the WiFi shortcut to your homescreen requires you to visit http://brdrck.me/settings/Wifi.]

One of the reasons that I used to love jailbreaking was the excellent SBsettings extension that was available on Cydia. After a quick swipe on the status bar, I could toggle airplane mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or most any radio from one of the switches in the pop-up dashboard.

The settings web app from Jeff Broderick isn’t quite as fast as SBsettings was for me, but it does have the major advantage of not requiring a jailbreak. All you have to do is visit http://brdrck.me/settings/ and then bookmark the site, or ideally, add it to your iPhone home screen. The app works on the iPad too, of course, but I don’t really think it’s needed there.

This web app doesn’t actually seem to require an Internet connection since it loads up just fine when my iPhone is an airplane mode, but like all web apps, it does seem to require a refresh every time you start it up. However, that’s a very small price to pay for the awesomeness of having direct shortcuts to useful menus within the settings app. Certain menus, like the cellular usage menu, are as many as three levels deep, and Jeff Broderick helps makes this menu accessible in just one tap.

The only thing that this web app cannot do is provide access to third-party app settings, but that’s another minor trade-off for the convenience.

Thanks, Jeff!

[via Beautiful Pixels]

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