How to Edit General.plist on iPhone

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How to Edit General.plist on iPhone
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The General.plist file on the iPhone is a root file that controls many of the basic functions on the iPhone. By editing the General.plist file, you can fix many screen-related issues with your iPhone, including screen sensitivity issues and dead zones on the screen. You can also edit the General.plist file on older 2G and 3G iPhones to give you access to features typically available on newer 3GS iPhones only.

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Things you need

  • Jailbroken iPhone
  • iPhone data cable
  • Computer
  • Internet connection

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  1. 1

    Click on the link in References for DiskAid. Download the DiskAid program for your PC or Mac. DiskAid offers both a paid version and a free trial version of its product. Follow the self-prompting instructions to install the DiskAid program onto your computer. Once the DiskAid product has been installed, click on the DiskAid icon and open the program.

  2. 2

    Connect your jailbroken iPhone to the USB port on your computer using the iPhone data cable. Find the selection box in the lower left-hand corner of the DiskAid program box you opened in Step 1. Select "Root Folder." A warning box will appear. Select "Go Ahead." On the left-hand side of the DiskAid program box you will see a list of folders. These folders are the root folders used by the iPhone to perform tasks. Select "Applications." Another set of folders will appear to the right. Select "Preferences." A final list of files and folders will appear to the right. Select "General.Plist." The program will normally open automatically with Notepad. However, if prompted, select Notepad to open the file.

  3. 3

    Make the desired changes to the General.plist file and select "File" from the toolbar on the top of the screen. Save the file to your desktop. Do not change the name of the file. The file should be saved as "General.plist." Drag the file from your desktop to the third column of files in the DiskAid program box. DiskAid will ask you if you want to replace the existing file. Replace the existing file. The DiskAid program will now automatically update the General.plist file on your iPhone.

Tips and warnings

  • A jailbroken iPhone is required to edit any root file on the iPhone.

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