Change iPhone App Icons Without Jailbreak!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HarryPot, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure if this has been brought up before, I couldn't find it. I just found a program called iPhone Explorer which lets you replace icons from your iPhone apps.

    Here is the link to the page that explain how it's done: Quick Tip: Change iPhone App Icons Without Jailbreak

    It is really easy, takes less than a minute to replace an icon.:)

    Now the only think I would like to do is change some App names, but I haven't been able to make this without JB. Any ideas?
     
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  3. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000

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    I don't understand people's insistence on mucking around with iphone system files in attempts to circumvent either using winterboard or jailbreaking altogether. Obviously you updated to 4.1 and can't, but really, just wait and do it the right way.
     
  4. HarryPot thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Why is this the wrong way?

    I had JB my iPod Touch before, (never my iPhone since it has always been with 4.1), and I really didn't liked it. I wasted much time trying to figure out how to JB, and then you can't update when Apple issues software updates.

    This way you can keep updating the instant Apple posts a new software version, and you don't loose time JB your iPhone.
     
  5. MasterTick macrumors 6502

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    What's wrong with having access to the file system? If people want to screw around with their file system let them.
     
  6. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000

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    I never said there was anything wrong with access to the file system, all I'm saying is that to me, it seems like a backwards way to do the same thing that a jailbreak allows you to do safely and seamlessly. Someone like the OP starts screwing around with files and inevitably deletes something and then starts a thread asking about how to get it back. Which I don't really care about, more power to them, but I'm just advocating an easier approach that generally yields the best results.

    @OP : I suppose if you're that concerned with iOS updates, you shouldn't JB. I personally think the ability to install any app/modification I desire outweighs whatever offerings Apple brings with their updates, but again, to each his own.

    Just stating my opinion, folks.
     
  7. HarryPot thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I understand your point.

    But now that you have brought the point of messing with the file system: does making what I posted risky?

    I'm not asking to prove my point, I really don't know much about how this can mess with the file system, and now I'm concerned.:eek:
     
  8. SirithX macrumors 6502

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    Accessing the file system or root is always risky if you're inexperienced and don't really know what you're doing, it's very easy to move something or delete something you shouldn't which can mess up your phone. Since you can always just restore in iTunes anyway though, doing this kind of stuff isn't too bad.

    I'd argue doing this is safer than jailbreaking actually, yes you're in the file system but only messing with the obvious image files. With jailbreak (and this is in my experience, not saying everyone is like this), I found every time I did it something went wrong with my phone. It would always get slower than usual, especially with Winterboard and themes and the like, and it also decreased my battery life and just made the OS more unstable on top of increasing signal issues (though that one could have just ben my imagination). JB just isn't worth it IMO although I'm sure not everyone has these issues.
     
  9. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040

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    Since you're only changing icons, you wouldn't be able to really screw up your phone. Obviously if you mess up, once you respring, you'll notice it right away. But since all people have to learn iPhone modding one way or another, it's best you take things slow and read up on here or other forums. Also, when changing icons or any file on your phone, it's best to make a backup in case you mess something up. Found this out the hard way :p
     

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