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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot iOS devices
I have used this hint when setup up my iPhones in the past as I hate excess icons on my SpringBoard. That hint doesn't seem to work any more under iOS4.x.

To be sure the addition of Folders in iOS4.x has helped reduce clutter, but I never use Compass, Stocks, or Voice Memos and other apps that need to be present on the SpringBoard for their other functions to operate (e.g. Tomtom Carkit tool).

I stumbled across this method while editing plists trying to make a 5 icon Dock on my non-jailbroken 4.0 iPhone 3GS.

Note that this hint requires connecting your iPhone to a Windows machine, either directly or through a virtualization application such as Fusion or Parallels.

What you will need:
  • An iPhone with iOS4. It does NOT need to be jailbroken, or otherwise altered.
  • iBackupBot.
  • 5 minutes of your time.
You may need to disable auto syncing of Apps in iTunes as it may or may not keep your synced 3rd-party apps in the hidden area of the Dock.

Run a backup of your iPhone and then proceed to open it in iBackupBot.

Look for the file iconstate.plist and search for the following area of code:
<key>buttonBar</key>
 <array>
   <string>com.apple.mobilephone</string>
   <string>com.apple.MobileSMS</string>
   <string>com.apple.mobilesafari</string>
   <string>com.apple.mobilemail</string>
 </array>
After that array of entries you will find other sections that make up your SpringBoard on your phone these will be listed like this:
<key>iconLists</key>
 <array>
   <array>
   <string>com.apple.MobileAddressBook</string>
   <string>com.apple.mobiletimer</string>
   <string>com.apple.mobilecal</string>
   <string>com.apple.calculator</string>
   </array>
   <array>
      <string>com.apple.VoiceMemos</string>
      <string>com.apple.stocks</string>
      <string>com.apple.compass</string>
      <string>com.spiceloop.iemoji</string>
   </array>
 </array>
Now the four applications on my SpringBoard are the last four in the above code; so I cut and paste them after the fourth app that is listed to appear in the dock, like so:
<key>buttonBar</key>
 <array>
  <string>com.apple.mobilephone</string>
  <string>com.apple.MobileSMS</string>
  <string>com.apple.mobilesafari</string>
  <string>com.apple.mobilemail</string>
  <string>com.apple.VoiceMemos</string>  <-- See From Here Down 
  <string>com.apple.stocks</string>
  <string>com.apple.compass</string>
  <string>com.spiceloop.iemoji</string>
 </array>
Ensure you have not left any of the tags untidy from where you have cut and pasted the app locations from the .plist. Click save and restore the update to your iPhone using iBackupBot. After about 1 minute of restore (depending on your computer/phone) it will auto reboot and you will no longer have those icons pestering you. And if you ever need them again just search for them in iOS Spotlight; they still show up there.

As mentioned earlier disable Auto App Syncing in iTunes as it may rearrange downloaded apps, but as far as permanent fixtures like Stocks/Voice Recording, etc. they should be gone for good from the SpringBoard.

One note -- unless you have four icons in your Dock when you reset your iPhone, the next one along in the list will find its way back on to the SpringBoard and replace the others.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: roeiboot on Sep 22, '10 09:57:38AM

Sweet... now we need to find a way to hide labels w/o Jailbreak.



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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: Fabrice.W on Sep 22, '10 12:39:47PM
Thats cool. You can also get the Percentage of the Battery on the iPod Touch by adding:
<key>SBShowBatteryPercentage</key>
<true/>
<key>SBShowBatteryLevel</key>
<true/>
to the file com.apple.springboard.plist

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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: digitol on Sep 22, '10 04:02:04PM

Bummer no OS X version of Backupbot. Guess I'm at hints.pcworld.com? lol



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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: mactmaster on Sep 22, '10 07:22:38PM

Cool, I submitted the original hint you reference here. Was bummed when it no longer worked under iOS4. This is a good find! Thanks



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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: Geobunny on Sep 23, '10 01:14:30AM

I think the hint submitter is confusing the terms "springboard" and "button bar". The button bar is the area at the bottom of the screen, containing up to 4 icons, which stays the same regardless of which page of apps you're looking at. The springboard is the entire app-launching system including the pages of apps and the button bar. In Mac OS X terms, think of the springboard like the Finder and the button bar like the Dock.



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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: crarko on Sep 23, '10 06:31:59AM

Thanks for the clarification.



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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: prijker on Sep 23, '10 01:17:59AM

mm... Is iBackupBot Windows only?



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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: Mac Berry on Sep 23, '10 01:34:45AM

Just a note - iBackupBot is Windows only.

Anyone know an OS X equivalent?



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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: crarko on Sep 23, '10 06:58:23AM

I haven't seen anything that doesn't require jailbreaking. PhoneView (and similar software) lets you access the data areas but not the system area.

I believe there are high-end forensics tools for the iPhone which could do this, but they would have high-end pricetags to go along with that.

If anyone does have a Mac method it would make for a good hint.



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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: aschmidtm on Sep 23, '10 01:03:17PM

crarko...
Can it be noted when a hint is Windows only? This is Mac OS X Hints... Somewhere in the title/top of the hint or in the icon maybe?

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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: crarko on Sep 23, '10 02:22:50PM

I'll add some verbiage into the intro text.



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Hide any icon In iOS4 using iBackupBot
Authored by: mactmaster on Sep 23, '10 11:41:07PM

Bad news, I used this hint and it appeared to work. I hid the stocks application. The application came out of hiding and back onto my home screen after a reboot.



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