How To: Get Photo Speed Dial on the iPhone

My favorite innovation on the Treo 700w was touchscreen photo speed dial. Instead of a list of names, you have a grid of faces you can tap to call. The iPhone, mysteriously, doesn't take advantage of its gigantic and gorgeous screen to do the same. That's a pity, too, because I can recognize the face of the person I want to call much more quickly than I can their name.

No More!

Step 1: Make a bunch of thumbnails of the faces of your favorite contacts. Upload them to a server (or Flickr, or wherever) and copy their image addresses.

Step 2: Go grab use the little hack here to add speed dial links to your home screen, but as the "Advanced" instructions suggest, paste the URL of your favorites' face thumbnails (from step one) onto the end. (No Jailbreak required)

Step 3: Move all your cute photo speed dial faces onto their very own Home Screen page. Voila, you can now hit the home button, swipe over to your speed dial screen, and there are up to 16 faces per page you can dial by tapping.

(Thanks to rener for the inspiration!)

Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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There are 7 comments. Add yours.

Omg says:

Wait a thon?
every second headline says that.. explain please?

Jordan Dobson says:

I've put together a much more intuitive version of the photo diaper which doesn't require javascript and includes the callers name too.
http://madebysquad.com/iphone-photo-dial/

Jordan Dobson says:

Um photo "dialer" not diaper... Eww

Guest Poster says:

There is an App called Faces Visual Photo Dialer Lite which gives you 24 contacts with photo and speed dial/or text. There is also a pro version which gives you more. Great App and it's easy to use!