Manually creating Settings launchers in app launching apps

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  1. CoolRick, Mar 16, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2017

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    UPDATE: These Settings URLs no longer work starting in iOS 11. Apple has removed that functionality from the Settings app. Your only choice to keep these functional would be to remain on iOS 10.

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    Apple is now apparently cracking down on app launching apps abilities to launch into the different screens within the Settings app (see latest release of Launcher from Cromulent Labs). The removal of this feature is very upsetting because the ability to go directly into the various screens of the Settings app is very handy. It seems that existing launchers still function, but evidently Apple won't allow these apps to let you create new ones going forward. So I thought I would share how one can manually create these themselves.

    Most app launching apps allow you to create launchers where you input your own URL. You can use this to create your own launchers for the Settings app by following these steps. They apply to the Launcher app by Cromulent Labs, but are generally applicable to all app launching apps.
    1. Create a new launcher (Custom Launcher in the Launcher app) that allows you to set the URL.
    2. In Launcher, you can tap on the icon, choose "Custom Icon" and then "Choose App Icon". Then you can search for "settings" to see all of the previous Settings icons and choose the one you want for the new launcher. Or search for "bluetooth" or "battery", etc.
    3. Input the name of the launcher in the name field.
    4. Now it's time to set the URL. Here is a list of the URLs that can be used to launch into the various screens of the Settings app. Copy and paste the corresponding line that starts with "Prefs" into the URL field. Then save and you're done. These work on iOS 10 currently. No guarantees for other versions of iOS.

    Settings
    App-Prefs:root
    Settings -> About
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=About
    Settings -> Accessibility
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=ACCESSIBILITY
    Settings -> Autolock
    App-Prefs:root=DISPLAY&path=AUTOLOCK
    Settings -> Background App Refresh
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=AUTO_CONTENT_DOWNLOAD
    Settings -> Battery Usage
    App-Prefs:root=BATTERY_USAGE
    Settings -> Bluetooth
    App-Prefs:root=Bluetooth
    Settings -> CallerID
    App-Prefs:root=Phone&path=CallerID
    Settings -> Cellular/Mobile
    App-Prefs:root=MOBILE_DATA_SETTINGS_ID
    Settings -> Compass
    App-Prefs:root=COMPASS
    Settings -> Control Center
    App-Prefs:root=ControlCenter
    Settings -> Date/Time
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=DATE_AND_TIME
    Settings -> Dictionary
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=DICTIONARY
    Settings -> Display/Brightness
    App-Prefs:root=DISPLAY
    Settings -> Do Not Disturb
    App-Prefs:root=DO_NOT_DISTURB
    Settings -> Facebook
    App-Prefs:root=FACEBOOK
    Settings -> Facetime
    App-Prefs:root=FACETIME
    Settings -> Flickr
    App-Prefs:root=FLICKR
    Settings -> Game Center
    App-Prefs:root=GAMECENTER
    Settings -> General
    App-Prefs:root=General
    Settings -> iCloud
    App-Prefs:root=CASTLE
    Settings -> iCloud Backup
    App-Prefs:root=CASTLE&path=BACKUP
    Settings -> iCloud Storage
    App-Prefs:root=CASTLE&path=STORAGE_AND_BACKUP
    Settings -> International
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=INTERNATIONAL
    Settings -> iTunes & App Store
    App-Prefs:root=STORE
    Settings -> Keyboard
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=Keyboard
    Settings -> Keyboard -> Keyboards
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=Keyboard/KEYBOARDS
    Settings -> Location Services
    App-Prefs:root=Privacy&path=LOCATION
    Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars
    App-Prefs:root=ACCOUNT_SETTINGS
    Settings -> Manage Storage
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=STORAGE_ICLOUD_USAGE/DEVICE_STORAGE
    Settings -> Maps
    App-Prefs:root=MAPS
    Settings -> Messages
    App-Prefs:root=MESSAGES
    Settings -> Multitasking
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=MULTITASKING
    Settings -> Music
    App-Prefs:root=MUSIC
    Settings -> Music EQ
    App-Prefs:root=MUSIC&path=com.apple.Music:EQ
    Settings -> Notes
    App-Prefs:root=NOTES
    Settings -> Notifications
    App-Prefs:root=NOTIFICATIONS_ID
    Settings -> Passcode
    App-Prefs:root=PASSCODE
    Settings -> Personal Hotspot
    App-Prefs:root=INTERNET_TETHERING
    Settings -> Phone
    App-Prefs:root=Phone
    Settings -> Photos
    App-Prefs:root=Photos
    Settings -> Privacy
    App-Prefs:root=Privacy
    Settings -> Profiles
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=ManagedConfigurationList
    Settings -> Reminders
    App-Prefs:root=REMINDERS
    Settings -> Reset
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=Reset
    Settings -> Ringtone
    App-Prefs:root=Sounds&path=Ringtone
    Settings -> Safari
    App-Prefs:root=SAFARI
    Settings -> SIM/PIN
    App-Prefs:root=Phone&path=SIM%20PIN
    Settings -> Siri
    App-Prefs:root=SIRI
    Settings -> Sounds
    App-Prefs:root=Sounds
    Settings -> Software Update
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=SOFTWARE_UPDATE_LINK
    Settings -> Storage & iCloud Usage
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=STORAGE_ICLOUD_USAGE
    Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode
    App-Prefs:root=TOUCHID_PASSCODE
    Settings -> Twitter
    App-Prefs:root=TWITTER
    Settings -> Usage
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=USAGE
    Settings -> Videos
    App-Prefs:root=VIDEO
    Settings -> Vimeo
    App-Prefs:root=VIMEO
    Settings -> Volume Limit
    App-Prefs:root=MUSIC&path=com.apple.Music:VolumeLimit
    Settings -> VPN
    App-Prefs:root=General&path=VPN
    Settings -> Wallet & Apple Pay
    App-Prefs:root=PASSBOOK
    Settings -> Wallpaper
    App-Prefs:root=Wallpaper
    Settings -> Weibo
    App-Prefs:root=WEIBO
    Settings -> Wi-Fi
    App-Prefs:root=WIFI

     
  2. gaanee macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for compiling this list. Creating custom launchers for Settings could still work.
    I wonder why Apple is changing its policies regarding Launcher apps, this is not the first time Apple has blocked launching Settings, though in the past it has allowed this functionality back again.

     
  3. RecentlyConverted macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the list - very helpful.

    I hate it when Apple takes away useful functionality. If there is a security reason they have done this then why don't they do their own launcher app!?!

    I was going to get a new iPad, but I am getting sick of having to have multiple apps and jumping through hoops to get things done.
     
  4. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the complete Settings URL scheme list. A part of that was also added by some of us in the Launcher topic as well.

    If it's indeed again the case that Apple is now blocking apps to have these links to quick Settings in their apps build-in I hate they do that. I sure hope that this won't be the case when iOS11 becomes available and that it isn't allowed anymore at all (also not when you create it manually). They should really keep this open to third parties and finally get their own quick settings via the Control Center opened up so you can easily add your own quick settings there.
     
  5. Ledsteplin, Mar 18, 2017
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    Ledsteplin macrumors 6502

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    #5
    Here's more not in the above list.

    Prefs:root=MUSIC&path=com.apple.Music:VolumeLimit

    Prefs:root=General&path=Keyboard/KEYBOARDS

    Prefs:root=Sounds&path=Ringtone

    Prefs:root=General&path=DICTIONARY
     
  6. CoolRick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I've updated my original post and added these.
     
  7. Ledsteplin, Mar 21, 2017
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    One more:
    Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay
    Prefs:root=PASSBOOK

    Apple Pay
    shoebox://
     
  8. CoolRick thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Added. Thanks.
     
  9. spacemnspiff macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks so much for creating this list. Maybe mods can make this a wiki so that other users can add to it.
     
  10. Ledsteplin macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for updating the schemes!
     
  11. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    @CoolRick thanks for the update. I also copied your post in the Launcher topic start post as well just now and mentioned you as the source ofcourse.

    I think it might also be good to keep the URL scheme names available somewhere for iOS9/10 users like with so therefore I kept those in the Launcher topic as well.

    Example: Location Services:
    Prefs:root=LOCATION_SERVICES (iOS8/9)
    Prefs:root=Privacy&path=LOCATION (iOS10)
    App-Prefs:root=Privacy&path=LOCATION (iOS11)
     
  12. Ledsteplin, Jun 14, 2017
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  13. Ledsteplin macrumors 6502

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    Did the url schemes in iOS 9 not begin with a lower case p? like prefs:.
     
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    From what I recall, in iOS 10, the 'case' of the path command doesn't seem to matter.
     
  15. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    Yes I think they did but I don't think with older iOS 8/9 both lower and capital case types were possible. I will check and update it in the topic start at Launcher topic then to lower case just to make sure.
    It was iOS10 that suddenly need to have capital case letter.
     
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    @CoolRick Thank you very much for putting this together! One of my go to apps however I wasn't using it to the fullest! Great stuff thank you!
     
  17. Ledsteplin macrumors 6502

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    Apple changed it for iOS 10, making the first letter (P) an upper case letter. Thus they didn't work until that was solved.
     
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    Quick question, is there a way to have launcher turn on "hotspot"?
     
  19. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    No unfortunately you can't do that with these third party Launcher widgets it's only a direct link to the Settings page and then you still need to change the switch manually there. Maybe with Apple's new iOS11 Control Center you can in the near future.
     
  20. RecentlyConverted macrumors regular

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    One I use regularly is clock - to set alarm. In ios11 this doesn’t work with Launcher. Is there a URL for clock?

    Thanks
     
  21. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    The below URL schemes worked in the previous versions (source), I don't have iOS11 so are you saying none of the below ones work anymore?

    Clock:
    Clock-worldclock://
    Clock-alarm://
    Clock-stopwatch://
    Clock-timer://
     
  22. RecentlyConverted macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that.

    I had setup clock before in Launcher so I could quickly set up new alarms.

    In ios11 a message comes up stating Apple have withdrawn this functionality, so I thought I would try and set it up this way, but it doesn’t work.
     
  23. pacorob macrumors 68000

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    That's new. Are you saying now that this only applies for clock that this doesn't work with Launcher widgets in iOS11 or any Apple Settings/Apple app URL schemes? Have you tried others?
     
  24. RecentlyConverted macrumors regular

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    Other settings I tried worked, the clock doesn’t - hence the message.
     
  25. Ledsteplin macrumors 6502

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    I'm on iOS 10.1.1. No matter which of these schemes for clock is used, it goes to whichever tab it was left on when closing the app.
     

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