Most of you are probably familiar with a free jailbreak tweak called Zeppelin in Cydia. It allows you to set your carrier icon to basically anything you want. It’s a very popular tweak because of this, however a new Mac OS X-only tool allows you to change your carrier icon on any cellular iOS device without a jailbreak. It even works on the iPhone 5!
The tool is called CarrierEditor, and it’s made available for free by iOS developers uhelios and Pix3lDemon.
To get started, you will need the following items:
- CarrierEditor application for Mac OS X (version 1.0.5)
- A cellular iOS device – iPad or iPhone – jailbroken or not jailbroken
Step 1: Open the application you downloaded. You will see the interface below. Click on the Let's Get Started button:
Step 2: The application will ask you about your device. Head over to Settings > General > About on your iOS device to find the carrier version of your device. Enter the number that you see into the application and then click the Next button:
Step 3: Now the application will ask you to input the type of device and the carrier of that device. Choose the options that fit your device and then click on the Next button:
Step 4: Now the application will ask you for the new carrier logo you want to use. You can use any Zeppelin icons, make an icon for yourself in Adobe Photoshop, or you can use any of the icons that are supplied to you in the .dmg file for CarrierEditor. The application comes with a healthy amount of logos to choose from. Just drag and drop the icons into their correct place, paying attention to what one goes in the black status bar box and what one goes in the etched status bar box. Then click on the Compile Carrier Update (.ipcc) button:
Step 5: The freshly-compiled .ipcc file will appear on your desktop and the application will tell you that it's finished. Now click on the How to Install the Custom Carrier Update button:
Step 6: The application explains what you need to do to apply the new .ipcc file to your iOS device:
Step 7: With your iOS device plugged into your Mac, launch iTunes, then hold down the Option key and click on the Restore iPhone button. Once the window below appears, select the .ipcc file that you just made and then click on the Open button:
Step 8: When iTunes finishes loading the carrier update, reboot your iOS device and enjoy the custom carrier logo that you picked:
Performing this action does not restore your iOS device, even though you use the restore feature in iTunes to apply the carrier settings. The application is provided as is with no warranty implied, just like jailbreaking your device: Use the tool at your own risk!
The developer has no plans to create a Windows version of the application at this point in time. It is possible for Apple to patch this, so enjoy it while it lasts!
Note: CarrierEditor will place the original .ipcc file for your device’s carrier on your desktop along with the new one you create that contains the new logo. If you ever want to revert the changes so that your iOS device shows the carrier name instead of a logo, just follow Step 7 and Step 8 again, only this time pointing iTunes to the original .ipcc file instead of the new one.