iPhone Speed Dial: How to Add Speed Dial Icons to Home Screen

Jan 23, 200855112Views27Comments

iPhone Speed Dial

iPhone developer Nate True worked out a clever way to add iPhone speed dial functionality using the Web Clips feature introduced in firmware update 1.1.3.

This method for adding speed dial to iPhone is 100% legit — that is, Jailbreaking your iPhone is NOT required.

Read on for the very simple step-by-step instructions:

Adding iPhone Speed Dial

1. Open Safari on your iPhone and, in the URL field, type:

http://(the phone number)

iPhone Speed Dial

2. You’ll get a “Call” popup. Touch Cancel.

3. Finally, tap “+” at the bottom of the screen and touch “Add to Home Screen”. Name your Web Clip and you’re done.

Now return to the home screen and you’ll see the new iPhone speed dial icon. Tap it and it requests a page on the developer’s server, which prompts the call.

For those concerned about privacy, the developer promises:

I assure you I will not use this data AT ALL FOR ANY REASON. It is entirely possible to put a similar script on your own web server, which will do the same thing without sending me any information; that course of action is recommended if you are at all concerned about your privacy.

How to Add a Photo to the Speed Dial Icon

If instead of the phone icon, you’d like to use a photo instead, add ?picurl= to the above-mentioned URL, like so:

http://(the phone number)

I uploaded a 40 x 40 pixel headshot of my contact to PhotoBucket and used the direct link to the image.

iPhone Speed Dial

iPhone Speed Dial Cool, But Not Exactly Speedy

Nate True’s method is not exactly speed dial since you have to touch twice to call — once on the icon and again to hit the Call button.

Double-tapping your Home button to access your Favorite contacts is just as fast. Nevertheless, it’s a neat trick I thought I’d share. Thanks, Nate!


  1. Works fine until I cancel the call. Then I see text about adding a web clip to my home screen but no + sign.

  2. Very nice trick but unfortunately, this does not appear to work for a digit string starting with *82. This means you are not able to unblock your number

  3. I see that trick it’s very cool but I have restricted my safari & I see that it’s only working with safari so I wanna know if its possible to do that without having safari open

  4. Great tip! Thanks!

    I am having difficulties with the image. I am using a 40×40 photobucket image as well with the direct link. It isn’t working. Is there something I am missing?

  5. “Double-tapping your Home button to access your Favorite contacts is just as fast.” – I don’t agree. Maybe I’m missing something. Nate’s speed dial is 2 clicks directly from the home screen. Double tap on home brings me no closer to this at all and only shows open apps. In a best case scenario home – contacts – click contact is just as quick but if you last had recents or the full contacts open in contacts you need extra clicks. And if you have more than 6 or 7 favorites then some scrolling will be required too.

    1. This is an older article and applies to earlier versions of the iPhone. In those, double-tapping the home button did bring up favorites. While it wasn’t much faster to click, it was easier to add to favorites. I was actually frustrated when I got the iPhone 4 and could no longer double-tap to see favorites. That option did work well as does this.

  6. This is PERFECT! My 85-year-old mother wants an iPhone (believe it or not) and an individual icon for each of us four kids for one-touch dialing. This is as close as I could have hoped for. PERFECT!

  7. There are times (many times) I need my phone to ring longer… before going to my voicemail! Is there anyway to let it ring longer than 30 seconds?, come on!
    My phone stays in the room with me when I’m cooking, watching TV or sleeping, but you go into another room and there is no way to get back in time to get it! I am not a phone geek with it stuck up my butt all the time, but I would like to answer my calls instead of always “returning” my calls! Surely I am not the only one that feels this way?!! Or, maybe I am!! (I know what your going to say, use a pocket, but women don’t always have pockets!)

  8. I can’t add a photo to the speed dial. I am following your steps but it comes up with a photo of a couple but I don’t know how to add my own photo.


  9. Hi, I have the speed dial apps that are numbered 1-4 and have a picture of a phone receiver on them. I want to change the phone # on one of them but can’t figure out how to do it. When you click on the app it dials the person with no other choices.

    Any ideas?


  10. well, its great, but i have a doubt, where i should i repleace for placing my photo, in path or in the last “photo”?

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