Customize your iOS 11 – 11.1.2 with Filesystem Modification and Hacks

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Here’s an in-depth tutorial on how you can tweak the stock iOS operating system yourself without any tweaks.

How iOS Filesystem Hack works

The iOS filesystem contains a lot of files containing code that governs how various components of iOS behave. Under normal circumstances, access to the filesystem is forbidden and hidden from the user.

However, many things gets change when you jailbreak your device or get root access using an exploit. You can then perform slight modifications to the filesystem, such as changing font, icon shape, etc just like you do with Cydia tweaks.


Risks involved in editing the filesystem

Filesystem hacks allow you to do some pretty cool stuff. However, there is are plenty of risks associated with them since you can’t disable them once something goes wrong.


There’s no No-Substrate mode that you can use to reverse all the changes.

All edits you make in Filza, correspond to a direct change in iOS code. As far as tweaks go, they only ever “hook” into the stock code and don’t perform intrinsic modifications.


This is the major difference between jailbreak tweaks and filesystem hacks.



If you still want to go ahead with the modifications and hacks, at least make a backup copy of system files.

Requirements

  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on iOS 11 firmware
  • FilzaJailed or FilzaEscaped app
  • Basic knowledge of the iOS filesystem

User interface hack

1. CHANGE SYSTEM FONT

Step1- Open Safari web browser.
Step2- Download the font of your choice from this download link.
Step3- Open the font using the “Open with Filza” option.
Step4- Move the appropriate font files to these directories one by one –

  • Move SFUI*.ttf Files to /System/Library/Fonts/CoreUI
  • Move Georgia*.ttf Files, Keycaps.ttc, KeycapsPad.ttc, PhoneKeyCaps.ttf to /System/Library/Fonts/CoreAddition
  • Move all remaining Helvetica*.ttc Files – /System/Library/Fonts/Core
  • Step5-  Reboot your device.

    2. CHANGE BOOT LOGO

    Step1- Download any boot logo (image). Here’s the download link for the retro Apple logo.
    Step2- Download any file present in that folder.
    Step3- Copy that file to System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ProgressUI.framework.
    Step4- Reboot to check out your new boot logo.

    3. CHANGE THE “SLIDE TO UNLOCK” TEXT (IPHONE X)

    Step1- Navigate to this location – /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/en_GB.lproj/Late_Fall_2017_iOS_Strings.strings
    Step2- Change this value <key>SWIPE_UP_TO_UNLOCK</key> to whatever you like.

    4. REMOVE ICON LABELS

    Step1- Go to – /var/containers/Bundle/Application.
    Step2- Search for the app you for which you want to remove the icon label. The apps are present in this format – com.apple.[app name].
    Step3- Open it and tap on the [app name].app file.
    Step4- Open the en.iproj folder and then tap on info.plist.
    Step5- Edit the CFBundleDisplayName string with the inbuilt text editor.
    Step6- Change this to whatever you want and just enter a space if you want to completely remove the icon label.
    Step7- Save the plist file.
    Step8- Reboot.



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