How To Remove Or Change iOS 11 App Icon Label On Home Screen Without Jailbreak

The discovery and release of Ian Beer’s iOS 11.1.2 exploit has opened up a seemingly endless list of possibilities that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible without a full jailbreak. One of the latest, as outlined in our step-by-step process below, shows how you can remove the Home screen icon labels from your installed apps on an iOS 11.1.2 device.

In fact, this process isn’t just about removing the app icon labels and will also let you rename the icons to whatever you want them to say if that is what you wish for. The News app can become Messages. The iTunes app can become Podcasts, or any other confusing variation that you can think of. Let’s jump right in and take a look at the process.

Requirements: You are going to need to be running an iPhone or iPad device with iOS 11.0-11.1.2 installed and have something which allows you to have access to the file system. We recently walked you through the installation of an app named FilzaJailed which offers root file access, so that would work in this instance.

Before proceeding, it is important to note that this is for advanced users only and could result in you messing up something which will require you to restore to iOS 11.2.1, losing the opportunity to jailbreak on iOS 11.1.2 with an upcoming jailbreak. Proceed at your own risk only.

Step 1: Using the FilzaJailed, navigate to the following directory: /var/containers/Bundle/Application

Step 2: This will give you access to your installed apps. Find an app that you want to remove the icon label for and tap into it. Inside you will find three folders. Tap into the [app_name].app folder where [app_name] denotes the name of the app.

Step 3: Locate the en.lproj folder inside of the app bundle and then launch the info.plist file. This is a file containing a list of properties and information which govern certain aspects of the app. You may need to change the view of the file depending on how you are viewing it to see all properties.

Step 4: Locate and select the CFBundleDisplayName property. Edit the value assigned to it to read whatever you want to be displayed under the icon label on your Home screen. If you want this to be empty and have entirely empty icons, then simply enter a blank space as the text string.

You will need to repeat the above process for every app that you want the change to be in place for.

Step 5: Save the file, exit the plist file, and simply reboot the device.

Voila! When the device reboots you should see that the changes you have made are now in place and represented visually on the device.

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