A countless number of jailbreak tweaks have been released over the years that allow the carrier logo to be changed on an iPhone or iPad. In fact, I used to take custom carrier logo requests within the discussion forums nearly five years ago. At this point, Cydia tweak Zeppelin is one of the more popular options for those with devices running iOS 5 or later. Winterboard has been another method of choice in past years.
With the absence of an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 devices, however, there has emerged a new method of changing your carrier logo without jailbreaking. It’s called CarrierEditor, an application developed by Kevin Ko and Daniel Levi that creates a carrier settings update file containing customized carrier logos. The file can then be applied to your iOS device easily by using iTunes. Step-by-step instructions follow.
What You’ll Need
- CarrierEditor (Download)
- Mac OS X
- A carrier-locked iPhone or iPad
- Step 1: Open CarrierEditor and click Let’s Get Started.
- Step 2: Enter your Carrier Version Number, which can be found by tapping Settings > General > About and looking under Carrier on your iPhone or iPad.
- Step 3: Click Next and choose your Device and Carrier from the drop down menus.
- Step 4: Click Next and drag and drop the new carrier logos that you would like to use into the two boxes on CarrierEditor. There is one carrier logo for the black and white status bar and a second logo — it’s called “etched” — for the white and blue status bar.
- Quick Tip: The download folder for CarrierEditor contains a pack of Zeppelin custom carrier logos to choose from. We’ll post some extra custom logos in the iFans discussion forums soon, too.
- Step 5: Click on Compile Carrier Update and CarrierEditor will place a custom carrier update (.ipcc file) on your desktop. The original file will also be placed on your desktop if you ever watch to switch back to default settings.
- Step 6: With your iPhone or iPad plugged in to your Mac, open iTunes, click on the tab for your device and click Restore while holding down the Alt / Option key. Navigate to your desktop, select the custom carrier update (.ipcc file) you created and click Open.
- Step 7: After the carrier settings update is applied, you should see the new custom carrier logo in your status bar. I saw the new logo instantly, but you may have to respring or reboot your device for the changes to take effect.
If you are running Windows, iFans user chickenmatt5 has posted instructions for that operating system within the forums. A number of iFans users are also willing to create custom carrier setting update files (.ipcc) upon request, so check within the forums for that as well. Feel free to share your own screenshots and custom carrier logo .ipcc files for others to use.