Thursday, January 24, 2008

Speed Dial on your home screen ( Firmware 1.1.3 )

Speed Dial on your home screen.

So the new iPhone 1.1.3 firmware allows you to put icons on your home screen for websites, but I know many of us want to put phone numbers on there for a Speed Dial screen. I've put a little hack together that lets you have a (somewhat) speedy speed dial icon. There's no jailbreaking required for this one - it can all be done using Apple-approved Web Clip creation.

Privacy warning: Due to the nature of this hack, your phone will request this page EVERY TIME you use a speed dial icon on your home screen. I assure you I will not use this data AT ALL FOR ANY REASON. It is entirely possible to put a similar script on your own web server, which will do the same thing without sending me any information; that course of action is recommended if you are at all concerned about your privacy.

  • Start by heading to (phone number) on your 1.1.3 iPhone. is owned by me and hosts a special page that will redirect your iPhone to call the phone number you specify.

  • Advanced: Set your own speed-dial picture by adding "?picurl=" to the end of the URL. You can use QLNK's URL shortening service to make it easier to type on the phone.

  • You will see a "Call" popup - for now, hit Cancel. Later when you are using the speed dial you will use the "Call" button.

  • Now hit the "+" button at the middle of the Safari bottom bar.

  • Hit "Add to Home Screen".

  • Enter a name for the speed dial entry, and hit Add.

Congratulations! You have a speed dial icon on your phone. Here I have added Google 411. When you want to dial, unfortunately, you have to tap twice - once on the icon and then once in Safari to hit Call. I'm hoping for more native support for icon speed dial later on from Apple.

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