You Can Finally Change Your iPhone’s Carrier Logo Without Jailbreaking

You Can Finally Change Your iPhone’s Carrier Logo Without Jailbreaking

Some carriers don’t appreciate the simplicity of the iPhone and iOS, and they slap big ugly carrier logos in the status bar that just look nasty. I use my iPhone 5 on Vodafone in the U.K., which is guilty of this very thing. Thankfully, there’s finally a way to change your iPhone’s carrier logo without jailbreaking.

The ability to customize a carrier logo has been one of the advantages to jailbreaking for as long as I can remember. Without jailbreaking, however, it hasn’t been possible. That is until now. Developers Kevin Lo and Daniel Levi have created a new Mac application called CarrierEditor that allows you to quickly and easily change the carrier logo on almost any iPhone.

Simply download the app, tell it which carrier version your iPhone is running (this is found in the About menu within general settings), and then feed it the image files that you’d like your new carrier logo to be. The app then puts together a new carrier settings file, which you can quickly send to your iPhone via iTunes — it takes seconds.

Dom over at AppAdvice has put together a handy demonstration video that explains how the process works:

You Can Finally Change Your iPhone’s Carrier Logo Without Jailbreaking

Simple, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, not all carriers are supported. Many are, but some — including Sprint in the U.S. — have been left out for unknown reasons. As long as your carrier is supported, however, you can use CarrierEditor — regardless of which iPhone you have. It even works on iPhone 5.

  • ricky_nguyen

    One downside to this is that if you erase your phone the custom carrier logo goes away

  • porrig

    Cool app – but the original file doesn’t seem to work, so I’m now unable to restore back to the O2-UK logo I started with. Any ideas on how to get this back?

  • bitormarques

    Here in Portugal, Vodafone logo is simply “VF P”. It’s simple and good.

  • JacksMacintosh

    Will it keep all of my files/music/apps etc?
    Or will they all get wiped?

  • Killian

    One downside to this is that if you erase your phone the custom carrier logo goes away

    But it’s easy to just repeat the process.

  • Killian

    Will it keep all of my files/music/apps etc?
    Or will they all get wiped?

    No, everything stays.

  • Killian

    Here in Portugal, Vodafone logo is simply “VF P”. It’s simple and good.

    In the U.K. it’s “vodafone UK.”

  • TextuallyActive

    Worked fine for me however it didn’t require a reboot, after the ipcc installation I just clicked sync/done and the icon appeared. Kinda cool! (iphone 5/att/usa)

  • macmixing

    Worked fine for me however it didn’t require a reboot, after the ipcc installation I just clicked sync/done and the icon appeared. Kinda cool! (iphone 5/att/usa)

    Your username wins the Internet.

  • bjjeong

    Does this work only for the iPhone 5? I have an iPhone 4s on Verizon 13.0 (USA) and it refuses to work. Every time I try to update my carrier settings to the new ipcc file (not original) that is created, nothing happens and the 13.0 remains even after reboot. I’ve tried updating all my software as well.

  • The786don

    Same issue,? the carrier version changes but the logo or picture doesn’t, when you try and add the logo to carrier editor, the image doesnt appear in carrier editor?? it just stays blank?? is that normal??

  • scottasavage

    Not sure if Baltimore’s LTE network is just slow right now or if the change to the ipcc changed the way my phone is accessing the network, but I’m not getting LTE speeds right now. Anyone else having a similar issue after doing the hack on the iPhone 5 w/AT&T?

  • miksand

    Does not work on iPhone 4 & Verizon 13.0 in the US; logo stays the same and carrier version (13.0) is unchanged as well.
    I’ve tried syncing with iTunes via wire (not wirelessly) and rebooting several times…

  • pritesh

    If you are not able to see the images from the zeppelin folder that comes with the package, try to get .png files off internet and use it.
    I was able to change the carrier logo. But m not able to revert the changes with the original .ipcc file. Could anyone pls help out??? TIA

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    Happy New Year!

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick

    Now my black Verizon iPhone 5 is officially referred to as “The Bat Phone!”

  • darlamack

    Doesn’t work with StraightTalk for some reason. Even though my iPhone 3GS is unlocked it still shows AT&T in the carrier as 13.0. Tried doing it and it did update to 13.1 but the carrier logo still said HOME.

  • garthbal

    Hi Guys – I did the above and it didnt work so i tried to go back to the orginal and it wont load the original carrier logo again? What can i do? Help! Thanks

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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