The iOS Settings app provides an URL scheme (prefs:) which can be used to open the app directly on a particular page from other apps, in particular, shortcut apps such as Launch Center.

There are various pages on the web that have a list of some of the URLs, but these pages all seem to provide the same subset, and I know there is at least one shortcut that's not included. In fact, I'd imagine that every page in Settings will have it's own URL.

Can anyone provide the complete list of URLs for the Settings app?

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I stumbled upon this excellent repo with even more URLs than listed above. The URLs have changed over time since these answers were written but this repo is very comprehensive and up to date at the time of writing.


  • Nice! Looks like the MacStories page hasn't been updated since 2019, so switching my accepted answer over to this one, which includes way more recent updates. (Taking your word for it that it's also more comprehensive.)
    – Rich
    Oct 4, 2021 at 11:06
  • @Rich Thanks for updating, yes I did a quick count and it looks like MacStories article had about 130 URLs whereas the Github document has a whopping 370 URLs!
    – Graeme
    Oct 5, 2021 at 19:42
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    I did find another medium article that is also detailed. You may find it through this url. Jun 13, 2022 at 20:08

As of iOS 13.1, these URLs are back, and have been exhaustively documented on the MacStories website by Federico Viticci. Please note that the linked page is being actively updated, and contains other useful background and tips such as how to link to the settings for third party apps, so probably a good idea to follow the linke through to that site for the full info:

Settings URLs iCloud

iCloud: prefs:root=CASTLE
iCloud Backup: prefs:root=CASTLE&path=BACKUP

Wireless Radios

Wi-Fi: prefs:root=WIFI
Bluetooth: prefs:root=Bluetooth
Cellular: prefs:root=MOBILE_DATA_SETTINGS_ID

Personal Hotspot

Personal Hotspot: prefs:root=INTERNET_TETHERING
Personal Hotspot ⇾ Family Sharing: prefs:root=INTERNET_TETHERING&path=Family%20Sharing
Personal Hotspot ⇾ Wi-Fi Password: prefs:root=INTERNET_TETHERING&path=Wi-Fi%20Password


VPN: prefs:root=General&path=VPN


Notifications: prefs:root=NOTIFICATIONS_ID
Notifications ⇾ Siri Suggestions: prefs:root=NOTIFICATIONS_ID&path=Siri%20Suggestions


Sounds: prefs:root=Sounds
Ringtone: prefs:root=Sounds&path=Ringtone

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb: prefs:root=DO_NOT_DISTURB
Do Not Disturb ⇾ Allow Calls From: prefs:root=DO_NOT_DISTURB&path=Allow%20Calls%20From

Screen Time

Screen Time: prefs:root=SCREEN_TIME
Screen Time ⇾ Downtime: prefs:root=SCREEN_TIME&path=DOWNTIME
Screen Time ⇾ App Limits: prefs:root=SCREEN_TIME&path=APP_LIMITS
Screen Time ⇾ Always Allowed: prefs:root=SCREEN_TIME&path=ALWAYS_ALLOWED


General: prefs:root=General
General ⇾ About: prefs:root=General&path=About
General ⇾ Software Update: prefs:root=General&path=SOFTWARE_UPDATE_LINK
General ⇾ CarPlay: prefs:root=General&path=CARPLAY
General ⇾ Background App Refresh: prefs:root=General&path=AUTO_CONTENT_DOWNLOAD
General ⇾ Multitasking (iPad-only): prefs:root=General&path=MULTITASKING
General ⇾ Date & Time: prefs:root=General&path=DATE_AND_TIME
General ⇾ Keyboard: prefs:root=General&path=Keyboard
General ⇾ Keyboard ⇾ Keyboards: prefs:root=General&path=Keyboard/KEYBOARDS
General ⇾ Language & Region: prefs:root=General&path=INTERNATIONAL
General ⇾ Dictionary: prefs:root=General&path=DICTIONARY
General ⇾ Profiles: prefs:root=General&path=ManagedConfigurationList
General ⇾ Reset: prefs:root=General&path=Reset

Control Center

Control Center: prefs:root=ControlCenter
Control Center ⇾ Customize Controls: prefs:root=ControlCenter&path=CUSTOMIZE_CONTROLS


Display: prefs:root=DISPLAY
Display ⇾ Auto Lock: prefs:root=DISPLAY&path=AUTOLOCK
Display ⇾ Text Size: prefs:root=DISPLAY&path=TEXT_SIZE


Accessibility: prefs:root=ACCESSIBILITY


Wallpaper: prefs:root=Wallpaper


Siri: prefs:root=SIRI

Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil (iPad-only): prefs:root=Pencil

Face ID

Face ID: prefs:root=PASSCODE

Emergency SOS

Emergency SOS: prefs:root=EMERGENCY_SOS


Battery: prefs:root=BATTERY_USAGE
Battery ⇾ Battery Health (iPhone-only): prefs:root=BATTERY_USAGE&path=BATTERY_HEALTH


Privacy: prefs:root=Privacy
Privacy ⇾ Location Services: prefs:root=Privacy&path=LOCATION
Privacy ⇾ Contacts: prefs:root=Privacy&path=CONTACTS
Privacy ⇾ Calendars: prefs:root=Privacy&path=CALENDARS
Privacy ⇾ Reminders: prefs:root=Privacy&path=REMINDERS
Privacy ⇾ Photos: prefs:root=Privacy&path=PHOTOS
Privacy ⇾ Microphone: prefs:root=Privacy&path=MICROPHONE
Privacy ⇾ Speech Recognition: prefs:root=Privacy&path=SPEECH_RECOGNITION
Privacy ⇾ Camera: prefs:root=Privacy&path=CAMERA
Privacy ⇾ Motion: prefs:root=Privacy&path=MOTION\

App Store

App Store: prefs:root=STORE
App Store ⇾ App Downloads: prefs:root=STORE&path=App%20Downloads
App Store ⇾ Video Autoplay: prefs:root=STORE&path=Video%20Autoplay


Wallet: prefs:root=PASSBOOK

Passwords & Accounts

Passwords & Accounts: prefs:root=ACCOUNTS_AND_PASSWORDS
Passwords & Accounts ⇾ Fetch New Data: prefs:root=ACCOUNTS_AND_PASSWORDS&path=FETCH_NEW_DATA
Passwords & Accounts ⇾ Add Account: prefs:root=ACCOUNTS_AND_PASSWORDS&path=ADD_ACCOUNT


Mail: prefs:root=MAIL
Mail ⇾ Preview: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Preview
Mail ⇾ Swipe Options: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Swipe%20Options
Mail ⇾ Notifications: prefs:root=MAIL&path=NOTIFICATIONS
Mail ⇾ Blocked: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Blocked
Mail ⇾ Muted Thread Action: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Muted%20Thread%20Action
Mail ⇾ Blocked Sender Options: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Blocked%20Sender%20Options
Mail ⇾ Mark Addresses: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Mark%20Addresses
Mail ⇾ Increase Quote Level: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Increase%20Quote%20Level
Mail ⇾ Include Attachments with Replies: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Include%20Attachments%20with%20Replies
Mail ⇾ Signature: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Signature
Mail ⇾ Default Account: prefs:root=MAIL&path=Default%20Account


Contacts: prefs:root=CONTACTS


Calendar: prefs:root=CALENDAR
Calendar ⇾ Alternate Calendars: prefs:root=CALENDAR&path=Alternate%20Calendars
Calendar ⇾ Sync: prefs:root=CALENDAR&path=Sync
Calendar ⇾ Default Alert Times: prefs:root=CALENDAR&path=Default%20Alert%20Times
Calendar ⇾ Default Calendar: prefs:root=CALENDAR&path=Default%20Calendar


Notes: prefs:root=NOTES
Notes ⇾ Default Account: prefs:root=NOTES&path=Default%20Account
Notes ⇾ Password: prefs:root=NOTES&path=Password
Notes ⇾ Sort Notes By: prefs:root=NOTES&path=Sort%20Notes%20By
Notes ⇾ New Notes Start With: prefs:root=NOTES&path=New%20Notes%20Start%20With
Notes ⇾ Sort Checked Items: prefs:root=NOTES&path=Sort%20Checked%20Items
Notes ⇾ Lines & Grids: prefs:root=NOTES&path=Lines%20%26%20Grids
Notes ⇾ Access Notes from Lock Screen: prefs:root=NOTES&path=Access%20Notes%20from%20Lock%20Screen


Reminders: prefs:root=REMINDERS
Reminders ⇾ Default List: prefs:root=REMINDERS&path=DEFAULT_LIST

Voice Memos

Voice Memos: prefs:root=VOICE_MEMOS


Phone: prefs:root=Phone


Messages: prefs:root=MESSAGES


FaceTime: prefs:root=FACETIME


Maps: prefs:root=MAPS
Maps ⇾ Driving & Navigation: prefs:root=MAPS&path=Driving%20%26%20Navigation
Maps ⇾ Transit: prefs:root=MAPS&path=Transit


Compass: prefs:root=COMPASS


Measure: prefs:root=MEASURE


Safari: prefs:root=SAFARI
Safari ⇾ Content Blockers: prefs:root=SAFARI&path=Content%20Blockers
Safari ⇾ Downloads: prefs:root=SAFARI&path=DOWNLOADS
Safari ⇾ Close Tabs: prefs:root=SAFARI&path=Close%20Tabs
Safari ⇾ Page Zoom: prefs:root=SAFARI&path=Page%20Zoom
Safari ⇾ Request Desktop Website: prefs:root=SAFARI&path=Request%20Desktop%20Website
Safari ⇾ Reader: prefs:root=SAFARI&path=Reader
Safari ⇾ Camera: prefs:root=SAFARI&path=Camera
Safari ⇾ Microphone: prefs:root=SAFARI&path=Microphone
Safari ⇾ Location: prefs:root=SAFARI&path=Location


News: prefs:root=NEWS


Health: prefs:root=HEALTH


Shortcuts: prefs:root=SHORTCUTS


Music: prefs:root=MUSIC
Music ⇾ Cellular Data: prefs:root=MUSIC&path=com.apple.Music:CellularData
Music ⇾ Optimize Storage: prefs:root=MUSIC&path=com.apple.Music:OptimizeStorage
Music ⇾ EQ: prefs:root=MUSIC&path=com.apple.Music:EQ
Music ⇾ Volume Limit: prefs:root=MUSIC&path=com.apple.Music:VolumeLimit


Photos: prefs:root=Photos


Camera: prefs:root=CAMERA
Camera ⇾ Record Video: prefs:root=CAMERA&path=Record%20Video
Camera ⇾ Record Slo-mo: prefs:root=CAMERA&path=Record%20Slo-mo


Books: prefs:root=IBOOKS

Game Center

Game Center: prefs:root=GAMECENTER
    About – prefs:root=General&path=About
    Accessibility – prefs:root=General&path=ACCESSIBILITY
Airplane Mode On – prefs:root=AIRPLANE_MODE
Auto-Lock – prefs:root=General&path=AUTOLOCK
    Brightness – prefs:root=Brightness
    Bluetooth – prefs:root=General&path=Bluetooth
    Date & Time – prefs:root=General&path=DATE_AND_TIME
    FaceTime – prefs:root=FACETIME
    General – prefs:root=General
Keyboard – prefs:root=General&path=Keyboard
iCloud – prefs:root=CASTLE
iCloud Storage & Backup – prefs:root=CASTLE&path=STORAGE_AND_BACKUP
    International – prefs:root=General&path=INTERNATIONAL
    Location Services – prefs:root=LOCATION_SERVICES
    Music – prefs:root=MUSIC
    Music Equalizer – prefs:root=MUSIC&path=EQ
    Music Volume Limit – prefs:root=MUSIC&path=VolumeLimit
Network – prefs:root=General&path=Network
Nike + iPod – prefs:root=NIKE_PLUS_IPOD
Notes – prefs:root=NOTES
    Notification – prefs:root=NOTIFICATIONS_ID
Phone – prefs:root=Phone
    Photos – prefs:root=Photos
Profile – prefs:root=General&path=ManagedConfigurationList
Reset – prefs:root=General&path=Reset
    Safari – prefs:root=Safari
    Siri – prefs:root=General&path=Assistant
    Sounds – prefs:root=Sounds
    Software Update – prefs:root=General&path=SOFTWARE_UPDATE_LINK
    Store – prefs:root=STORE
Twitter – prefs:root=TWITTER
Usage – prefs:root=General&path=USAGE
    VPN – prefs:root=General&path=Network/VPN
Wallpaper – prefs:root=Wallpaper
    Wi-Fi – prefs:root=WIFI

BUT be warned, none of it works any more as of yesterday and the iOS5.1 update.

  • This is just the same incomplete list that I provided links to in my question. It doesn't include, for example prefs:root=INTERNET_TETHERING.
    – Rich
    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:27
  • Beg your pardon, I thought it was expanded, however the pertinent part of the answer still stands. This no longer works on current software levels.
    – stuffe
    Mar 12, 2012 at 11:56
  • Yup. That fact makes my whole question a bit pointless. Hopefully this will get reinstated at some point. It was a very useful feature!
    – Rich
    Mar 12, 2012 at 12:20
  • Works for me with iOS 9. I wanted to go directly to accessibility and it works great.
    – Mr Rogers
    May 4, 2016 at 21:07

A lot of the previous App URL structures seemed to have changed with the iOS 5.01 update, at least for the for the native settings.

For example,


now returns a "URL could not be opened".

  • Ahem... 5.0.1...
    – user22719
    May 12, 2012 at 6:12

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