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Enable iPad Like iOS 4.3 Multitasking Gestures & Side Switch on iPhone 4 [How-To Guide]

After jailbreaking your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch 4G on iOS 4.3 using Sn0wbreeze 2.3b1 or PwnageTool bundles, you can easily enable multitasking gestures on iDevice just by editing some PLIST files. For those who don't know, Apple introduced multitasking gestures in iOS 4.3 (beta 1| beta 2 | beta 3 | GM) for iPad only but this feature was available to developers only. In order to activate iOS 4.3 multitouch gestures on iPad, connect it to your Mac with Xcode installed on it and hit the "Use for Development" button.

Multitasking_Gestures
The procedure to enable multitasking gestures on iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 4.3 is fairly simple. All you need is to edit the 4 files present at the following location:

  1. N90AP.plist in /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/
  2. General.plist in /Applications/Preferences.app/
  3. Settings.plist in /Applications/Preferences.app/
  4. com.apple.springboard.plist in /var/mobile/Library/Preferences

N90AP.plist:

Open N90AP.plist and add the following key to it:

<key>multitasking-gestures</key>
<true/>

Alternativetly, you can download the modified N90AP.plist from here and place it in to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/ directory.

Com.apple.springboard.plist

Open com.apple.springboard.plist and add the following key to it:

<key>SBUseSystemGestures</key>
<true/>

Alternativetly, you can download the modified com.apple.springboard.plist from here and place it in to /var/mobile/Library/Preferences directory.

General.plist

Download this modified General.plist and replace with with stock General.plist file present in /Applications/Preferences.app/. Do not forget to backup the stock file on your hard-drive.

Settings.plist

Download this modified Settings.plist and replace with with stock Settings.plist file present in /Applications/Preferences.app/. Do not forget to backup the stock file on your hard-drive.

iOS 4.3 Side Switch
If you are on Windows, use this free PLIST Editor to alter these files. [via JZ]
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    Grand4 years, 11 months ago

    is this works on ipod/iphone and ipad2 with iOS 5?

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      Pramod4 years, 11 months ago

      Nope. You cannot multitask anymore on the iPhone / iPT with iOS 5 anymore. They are avail ONLY on the iPad 1.

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    cal3star5 years, 1 month ago

    works on iPad 2 iOS 4.3 ? please respond

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      Nope, unless your an iOS developer.

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    outacontrol5 years, 1 month ago

    after i replaced the settings.plist and general.plist
    the settings app crashes when i open it ( 3GS 4.3.1 )
    it used to work fine before the restore.. ( actually i downgraded to 4.2.1 then updated back to 4.3.1 if it makes any difference )

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      Pramod5 years, 1 month ago

      Shouldn’t make any difference provided you have performed a fresh restore on top of 4.3.1.

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    revolvingfigure5 years, 3 months ago

    i dont have mac, i use windows can i use it?

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      Pramod5 years, 3 months ago

      You can now enable multitasking gestures on your iDevice by simply using the latest Redsn0wRC16. Just choose the Enable Multitasking Gestures option whilst running RS and continue with the jailbreak. Download the latest RS from here http://bit.ly/kOhAeX :)

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    zetta5 years, 3 months ago

    Works great onn 4g ipod touch

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    artactive5 years, 5 months ago

    ThankYou It’s Work On 4.3.2 JailBreak Too

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    IRUKA5 years, 5 months ago

    Does it work on non-jailbreak iPhone 4? I mean is that possible to do this step by step without jailbreak the iPhone 4?

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      Wolverine5 years, 5 months ago

      Nops! To use this method, you need to jailbreak your iDevice first. This method requires you to edit some of the core files of iOS filesystem.

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    Fil5 years, 5 months ago

    So I kind of have it working.
    iPhone 4, 4.3.1 jailbroken. The side switch is working but the multitasking gestures is not????

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      Fil5 years, 5 months ago

      The tab is not there. Don’t know why

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        Wolverine5 years, 5 months ago

        Which tab?

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          Fil5 years, 5 months ago

          The Multitasking Gesture tab is not in the settings

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            Wolverine5 years, 5 months ago

            You need to replace General.plist and Settings.plist in /Applications/Preferences.app/

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            Fil5 years, 5 months ago

            I did but didn’t work for some reason. I transfered the files using winscp, but no luck. Just copied them in and replaced the old ones

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            Wolverine5 years, 5 months ago

            Are you using iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS? Anyhow you can still try these multitasking gestures below:

            1. Close fingers to get back to Homescreen (with four or five fingers)
            2. Scroll up or down to show/hide multitasking tray (with four or five fingers)
            3. Scroll left or right to switch between apps (with four or five fingers)

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            Fil5 years, 5 months ago

            I have the side switch option in general but nothing for mulitasking gestures in settings

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            Fil5 years, 5 months ago

            No when I try to use the gestures it doesn’t work.

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            Wolverine5 years, 5 months ago

            Ah! You tried to install MT Gestures from Cydia right? If not then use this guide to *atleast* enable gestures without gestures tab in settings app.

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            Fil5 years, 5 months ago

            I did yeah but then deleted it. I did it the way you mentioned in the link believe it or not, and it still didn’t work. Maybe I can just re-jailbreak it and do it this way from start.

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            Wolverine5 years, 5 months ago

            Yep! Do a re-jailbreak and let me know it it works!

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            Fil5 years, 5 months ago

            Ok so now the tab shows up. And it is working. That is great man, it’s brilliant. Don’t see why apple didn’t leave it on, I suppose the screen is small but you can always turn it off. Thanks for that man, fixed that problem.

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    Riceboy5 years, 5 months ago

    Did everything as stated. Multitasking tab shows up, can turn off and on but can not swipe to different apps that are open.
    Running iOS 4.3.1 iP4

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      Wolverine5 years, 5 months ago

      To swipe between different apps you must use atleast 4 or 5 fingers!

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    Essan5 years, 5 months ago

    Hi!

    Can you please tell me where i can found those locations? lika “N90AP.plist in /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/”

    ??

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      Wolverine5 years, 5 months ago

      Navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/ and open N90AP.plist file

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    fabio5 years, 5 months ago

    best tutorial. tks a lot. wornking perfectely

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    jelos5 years, 5 months ago

    Thank you. Working fine in 4.3.1 iOS. The file “N90AP.plist” in 4.3.1 appears to dont exist, but I place the modified and wotks fine. Again, thanks. Good job.

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    kamlesh5 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks working fine on iPhone 4 iOS 4.3.1

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    Elmarcos5 years, 5 months ago

    Thank you so much, this works even en the official 4.3.1 on an iphone 4.

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      Don5 years, 5 months ago

      Where are the files located that you change? Is there anyway I can just install the side switch settings. I don’t want the multitouch gestures