How To Access The Hidden iOS 7 SpringBoard Settings Menu

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As is the case with any other major update, there are several lesser-known features in iOS 7, features that you could easily miss, but very few that can be categorized as truly ‘hidden’. There was one particular bundle of hidden interface customization features that was discovered while iOS 7 was still in beta. Simply labeled ‘SpringBoard’, this hidden menu contained a plethora of options to tweak animations, events and interface elements all over the OS. The comprehensiveness of these settings is a testament to the assumption that the this menu was created only to be used internally by Apple’s own team of testers. Apparently, the menu hasn’t been removed from the final, public builds of iOS 7, and now that the current iteration has been jailbroken through evasi0n 7, it is possible for users to access it once again. In what follows, we’re going to explain how to enable the internal SpringBoard settings menu on your device.

In case it wasn’t clear from the mention of jailbreak in the intro, your device needs to be jailbroken for this. Now, there are currently two separate ways to go about this depending upon the device you own (we’ll explain why in the second section of this post). For devices that aren’t powered by the new A7 chip (the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, 5th gen iPod or older), all you need to do is install HiddenSettings7 package from Cydia.

Update: Substrate has been updated for A7 devices. You can now install HiddenSettings7 on your iPhone 5s or iPad Air.

Open Cydia, wait for it to update its database, then switch to the ‘Search’ tab, enter “HiddenSettings7”, open the package and tap ‘Install’. Once it’s done installing, hit the ‘Restart SpringBoard’ button that appears at the bottom. When your device returns to the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom edge to open the Control Center; you’ll find a new ‘SpringBoard Settings’ option right above the shortcuts at the bottom.

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The SpringBoard menu has more options than most casual users would care to browse in a single sitting. Needless to say, we won’t be showing the purpose of every sub menu and the effects of every option here.

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The menu clearly wasn’t designed keeping end-users in mind. Still, most of the options are self-explanatory. Feel free to experiment with the ones that you don’t completely understand; if something goes wrong, you can always tap the ‘Restore Defaults’ option at the bottom of the sub menu that you believe caused the problem, or simply restore all settings to their defaults from the main menu.

How To Enable Hidden SpringBoard Settings On iPhone 5s & Other A7 64-Bit Devices

HiddenSettings7 relies on the MobileSubstrate code insertion platform, which is yet to be updated for the current generation of A7-powered 64-bit iDevices (the iPhone 5s or iPad Air), so you won’t be able to install the tweak until an update rolls out.  Now, if you’re new to the whole jailbreak thing, we’d advise waiting for the update.

Update: Substrate has been updated for A7 devices. You can now install HiddenSettings7 on your iPhone 5s or iPad Air.

If you just can’t wait, and you know your way around editing the file system, check out this hack to enable the hidden SpringBoard settings menu shared by Reddit user michaelrcarroll. Again, this method is not for novice users. Be sure to read the warnings by the OP himself before you go through with it.

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  • Rondog

    I tried a couple on my ipad mini, but 90% of the stuff there I have no idea what so ever what they mean. It would be nice if someone made a full tutorial on this subject, but maybe it’s too much work, I don’t know.