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Settings URLs Supported by iOS and iPadOS 13.1

Federico Viticci (tweet):

A few weeks ago, I came across a post on Reddit claiming that Apple had restored the ability to launch specific sections of the Settings app via Shortcuts in iOS and iPadOS 13.1. I was inspired by that discovery to finish working on a project I had long been putting off: documenting all the URLs supported by the Settings app in iOS and iPadOS.

After some a lot of trial and error, I’ve collected 120+ URLs that can open individual pages and sub-sections of the Settings app. In this post, I’m going to share the complete list of URLs that are supported as of iOS and iPadOS 13.1 (specifically, iOS 13.1.2), as well as a custom shortcut to launch them.

For example, you can open the iCloud Backup settings using prefs:root=CASTLE&path=BACKUP.

The equivalent Mac System Preferences URLs start with x-apple.systempreferences.

Matthias Gansrigler:

So, using @viticci’s iOS Settings URLs (prefs:root) will get your app rejected. Figures.

Now, I’m not sure if it’s the prefs: url scheme itself, or if it’s prefs:root= that they’re having an issue with.

I’m guessing the latter, because before, I used prefs: to launch, and that wasn’t rejected.

I’d even argue using public APIs to open a URL constructed from a string doesn’t really constitute using “private API”, but what do I know..


Update (2020-02-26): Craig Hockenberry:

PSA: If you’re using a URL that begins with “prefs:” or “App-Prefs:” you will be rejected.

It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to help a customer navigate a byzantine maze of switches and knobs to do the thing they want. You will be rejected.

Craig Hockenberry:

In this specific case, I want someone to know that Dynamic Type settings can be adjusted to make the app work better for them.

In a way, Apple is preventing me from making things more accessible for a customer.

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"The equivalent Mac System Preferences URLs start with x-apple.systempreferences."

And, AFAIK, at least one of the Security & Privacy Pref Pane URLs is now broken in Catalina.

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