Add Favorite Contacts To Your iPhone Home Screen Without Jailbreaking

Posted on Feb 17 2013 - 6:59am by Muhammad Umer

Ever you face the situation when you want to call any of your contacts in a hurry, but you are unable to find the number from contact list? It may happen. To overcome this, there is an app in your iPhone that enables you to add the contacts that you call most in a separate list. Through this list you can call them without wasting time in searching. But you have to tap the screen for almost three times before you can reach the calling screen. Today we will tell you an awesome trick that would allow you to add your favorite contacts on your home screen, so they are easily accessible. The interesting thing is no jailbreaking is involved in it.

To add your contacts on home screen, you have to download iPhone Configuration Utility on your PC. If you are using Windows, download this Apple software from here, and if you would use Mac, click here to download it. Once you are done with the downloading, follow the simple steps to perform the trick.

We have performed the trick on Mac, but you can follow the exact steps if you are using Windows. Follow the steps below on how to add favorite contacts to your iPhone home screen:

Step 1: Open the iPhone Configuration Utility app, and click on “Configuration Profiles”. You’ll find it on the left side of the Utility.

Step 2: Create a new profile by clicking on “New” present at the top. This new profile would have all the default values.

Step 3: Now a window will appear, on which you have to fill the required fields. Name your profile as what you want, and enter an identifier as “com.yourname.profile”. You can also add a description about the purpose of creating the profile.

Step 4: In this step, scroll you window down. You’ll see an option “Web Clips”, click on it, and then click on “Configure”. A set of field would appear that you have to fill.

Step 5: Fill the required fields accordingly. Fill the name of the contact in the field of name. In url section, fill tel:// followed by the phone number. You can add an image or icon that will appear on the home screen as the shortcut of that contact. Check the box, labeled with “Full Screen”.

Step 6: At this point you have to connect your iPhone to the computer with the help of a USB. Wait for some seconds till your iPhone appear on the left side of the Utility. Now click on the “Configuration Profiles” which would appear on the right. If you were able to perform everything correctly, you will see the configuration profile you created on the right, along with the install button.

Step 7: Now click on the install button. Your iPhone would unlock itself, and ask you permission to install the profile. When you are done with it, you’ll see the icon along with the contact name on your home screen.

Step 8: When you would tap on the contact icon, a message will appear asking you if you want to make the call. After the confirmation, you would be connected.

The process may be more fats, if Apple had not put a confirmation message every time you tap the contact. Still, it is much faster than the built-in app of Apple. You can use the same trick to message people quickly in the same way. Enter “sms://” in the url section, where you have put tel:// in this trick. When you perform this trick to send message quickly, iOS will not even confirm you, and redirect you to the text editor.

You can export the same profile to a number of iPhones (if you have multiple) from “iPhone Configuration Utility”.

We hope that you would find this trick useful, as you can call your contacts directly from your home screen. Please do share this article with your friends and family. Of course jailbreaking your iOS device would make it more productive, with tweak like these.

Via | iPhoneHacks

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My name is Umer from Pakistan, I love anything to do with iPhone and iPad or iOS related so I built this blog.

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