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I’ve always wondered why it’s so important for our devices to have carrier logos. I certainly don’t need to be reminded of Verizon every time I look at my iPhone.
Luckily, there’s a new jailbreak-free method to get rid of your device’s carrier logo and replace it with something unique. The process uses a Mac application created by Kevin Ko (@uhelios) and Daniel Levi (@Pix3lDemon) called CarrierEditor.
If you’d like to learn how to change your iPhone’s carrier logo, watch the video or follow the steps below:
Note: I highly recommend checking out our video overview of this process. Also, this will only work on an iPhone or iPad with 3G/LTE service. CarrierEditor is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 or greater.
Step 1: Download CarrierEditor using this link.
Step 2: Once you’ve downloaded the file, open it up and copy CarrierEditor to your Applications folder. Also, make sure you copy the “Zeppelin Logos” folder to your desktop.
Step 3: Launch CarrierEditor, then click on “Let’s Get Started.” First, we need to find the device’s carrier version. Go into the Settings app on your device, tap on “General” and then tap on “About.”
Look for the row labeled “Carrier” and take note of the version number listed. Next, enter your carrier version number into the text box within CarrierEditor, then click on “Next.”
Step 4: On the next screen you’ll have the ability to select your device and carrier. Not all carriers are supported, but there’s quite a long list of them to choose from. Once you’ve selected the device and carrier, click on “Next.”
Step 5: Once you’ve made it to the “Customization” screen, you’ll have the ability to add a custom logo for your carrier replacement. The application includes a wide variety of custom logos that are located in the “Zeppelin Logos” folder.
When you’ve decided on your custom carrier logo, drag the image files into the appropriate boxes within CarrierEditor. Next, click on “Compile Carrier Update (.ipcc).”
Step 6: Open iTunes and connect your iOS device with its USB cable. Click on your device within iTunes and locate the “Restore iPhone…” button. While holding down the “alt / option” key, click on “Restore iPhone…” and navigate to your desktop within the dialog box. CarrierEditor has created two files on your desktop. The file names will depend on your carrier and version number. Select the “.ipcc” file that does not include the word “original” in its name. Don’t worry, this process won’t restore your iOS device, it simply updates the carrier settings to include a custom logo.
Once you’ve selected the carrier update file, iTunes may show you an “Updating carrier settings” box. After you’re finished, reboot your device. Within a minute or two you should see your new custom carrier logo appear at the top of the screen.
If you’d like to revert back to your original carrier logo, revisit step six above and load the “original.ipcc” file. After a quick reboot your carrier logo will revert back to normal. Check out our video overview above for a detailed look at the entire process.
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