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Send direct links to iOS pref panes via email iOS devices
Here's how to add links to iPhone/iPad preference panes within an email, that'll work even on non-jailbroken iOS devices. This way you can help newbie users quickly go straight to a setting -- ideal if using iOS devices in a corporate setting.

I'm the author of Mac Kung Fu, and recently stumbled on the following iPhone tip. Create a new email and then, in the body of the mail, click the create link button. In the address field, type any of the links at the bottom of this page. For example, to create a link that'll instantly switch the user to the VPN configuration page of Settings, type:

prefs:root=General&path=Network/VPN

The catch is that you'll need to use a mail client that doesn't check for the 'http' component in a link. Mail on OS X does this, so can't be used, but Gmail's website works fine.

Send the mail to the friend/colleague you're trying to help, then when they open it on their iPhone/iPad, all they need do is tap the link to switch to that preferences pane.

This technique is adapted from a tip describing how to use the IconProject app to add pref pane links to a user's home screen. However, Apple will likely remove the app when they learn it has this secret power.

It's not possible to create a webclip file and email it to the phone. When an attached webclip file is tapped, Mail simply says 'Mail cannot open this attachment.' Presumably this is for security reasons.

It's possible to edit an iPhone backup file using iBackupBot to swap-out the URL of an existing home screen web link for a preference pane link, but this is complicated and a little risky. However, doing so would allow home screen shortcuts to preference pane links even on locked iOS devices.

[crarko adds: I haven't tried this, although I can certainly see the utility of the hint. Obviously it's smart to verify the source of an e-mail before clicking on some arbitrary link contained within.]

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Send direct links to iOS pref panes via email
Authored by: mikedinter on Nov 16, '11 08:40:27AM

As shown here http://iphoneza.co.za/IconSettings/ one can also create homescreen icons on a locked iDevice.



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Send direct links to iOS pref panes via email
Authored by: harddrive911 on Nov 16, '11 11:04:31AM

Simpler method:

http://iphoneza.co.za/IconSettings/



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Send direct links to iOS pref panes via email
Authored by: pongidae on Nov 16, '11 11:09:41AM

I just tried several on an unjailbroke 4S ...they work as described.



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Authored by: ADent on Nov 16, '11 11:14:57AM

You can do it with a web browswer (ie Safari built into the phone) here: http://iphoneza.co.za/IconSettings/ .



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Send direct links to iOS pref panes via email
Authored by: SuperOwner on Nov 16, '11 11:36:03AM

Another way to do it, not that it isn't clumsy but it is an alternative....

On the desktop version of Safari create a new bookmark. Then edit the bookmark to both rename it and change the link it points to, pasting in whichever preference you like, e.g. prefs:root=General&path=Network/VPN

When Safari syncs via iCloud/Mobileme that bookmark will be on your iOS device(s) in mobile Safari.

You could create a prefs folder for the bookmarks toolbar for easy access.

I've not found a way to subsequently create a home-screen shortcut, anyone?



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Send direct links to iOS pref panes via email
Authored by: awado on Nov 17, '11 10:41:34AM

Try http://www.quickprefs.com on your mobile Safari. Basically it's the same as mentioned above, but enables you to create a direct bookmark on the home screen that includes some javascript code to open the prefs without leaving an blank web page. There are very well done icons, too. Thanks to the developer of the site!



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Authored by: Keir-thomas on Nov 18, '11 08:45:32AM

Excellent. This should be part of the tip.

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Authored by: AmplifiedLife on Nov 18, '11 10:50:33AM

I liked this method best.
http://www.quickprefs.com
Thanks.
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Authored by: afb on Nov 18, '11 05:22:57PM

Am I the only one who does not see an add link button in the mail app ... ?



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