How To Enable Multitasking Gestures In The iPad 2

iOS 4.3 has the ability to do multitasking gestures. These 4 or 5 finger gestures allow you to exit an app, reveal the multitasking toolbar and move between apps. It’s a really cool feature that could eventually replace the iPad home button. However, when iOS 4.3 finally shipped, the gestures were removed.

My guess is Apple will introduce the multitasking gestures with the next update of iOS and use it to create another big wave of iPad sales. However, there is no need to wait. You can get multitasking gestures now if have a Mac and you’re willing to spend $4.99. Here are the steps.

  1. Purchase Xcode 4 from the Mac App Store. Be patient, the app is 3GB in size and will take a while to download. The program cost $4.99.
  2. Launch Xcode and connect your iPad 2 (or iPad 1) to your computer.
  3. Click the β€œUse for Development” button.
  4. Ignore the Xcode request for developer credentials and disregard the resulting error message.
  5. Once your iPad has been turned into a development iPad, multitasking gestures will be enabled. You can turn the feature on and off from within the iPad’s General Settings

Here’s a video of the multitasking gestures in action. Who ever wins the iPad that I’m giving away definitely needs to turn this feature on!

78 thoughts on “How To Enable Multitasking Gestures In The iPad 2”

  1. …. for those who already have it lol

    Fav it, so will do it when I get mine.

    Thanks John.

    1. I don’t even have an iPad 1 yet. Maybe Ill wait till iPad 3 comes out.

      1. Will you queue for 30 hours to? I bet you won’t hehe

      2. what do you like about ipad or ipad 2.

        1. Hey John,

          That’s as cool stuff you are sharing here. Where do you learn all this so quickly?

          Do you multitask as lot? A lot of experts seem to be saying that multitasking is not such a good idea as it robs you of focus.

          I wonder what you think about that.

    2. When Apple introduces this on the next OS update, there goes the money making app Xcode.

  2. I’m still waiting for iPad2, but right now i’m in love with Blackberry Playbook,lol

    1. when did they launched playbook ?

      1. Abhik says:

        As long as I know, it’s scheduled to lunch on April..

  3. Fazal Mayar says:

    Oh wow, this makes me really want to get an ipad 2. I still want the iphone though because i only have the ipod touch for now.

    1. iphone 4 or ipad 2 is suitable for those country which have full support of it, like local applications, local magazines and all.

      If your country do not have such than you wont be able to use it at full.

      1. Design Flyer says:

        Yes we much check out it. Support should be available

      2. Abhik says:

        Exactly.. And, that’s why I am less interested in the iPad 2 competition.

      3. ah good point. That’s why I’m waiting for blackbarry Playbook.

      4. Fazal Mayar says:

        thx for the heads up… since its a new release, i guess its not fully supported everywhere yet.

    2. That’s all I have too, the iPod Touch and it’s even a version 1. I need to at least upgrade to the iPod 2 or 3. What the heck version are we on already with the iPad Touch?

  4. LOL you’re so fast!!! I hope I become a winner of this Ipad2.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Me too! πŸ™‚ I think John’s last post about the iPad 2 giveaway will be his most commented post ever!

      1. Yes. It’s almost reach 300 comments..

        1. And I bet many more will come.. winner will feel like a lotto winner seeing how much competition is in..

          1. design flyer says:

            Look like everybody is into giveaway

        2. PPC Ian says:

          Yeah, almost 350 now. Odds are still really good, but could diminish over time. πŸ™‚

      2. you should also check that go daddy issue post.

        That one was also well commented posts.

      3. Wow, yea, it’s already up to 353 comments, just wait for another week.

    2. You can’t in the IPad 2, it’s reserved for me dude.

  5. PPC Ian says:

    Wow! Cool stuff, John. Now all I need is to win an iPad 2. πŸ™‚

    1. Abhik says:

      Wish you all the luck πŸ™‚

      1. Whoever wins it, it will be the result of luck. No amount of arguing for your case to win it will help you. The winner is determined by the draw.

  6. Bala2898 says:

    I am waiting to buy it Now I can get it through you

    1. PPC Ian says:

      That is a good idea! Why buy an iPad 2, when you can win one from John Chow!

  7. christina says:

    Its great to win ipad 2

  8. one thing which I really like about is we can get latest updates about those things in which John is interested.

    1. Design Flyer says:

      Thats why we don’t forget to visit this site each day..

    2. Abhik says:

      Well, he is interested in things what most people are interested in.. πŸ™‚

      1. I simply love John’s food post. That is simply great.

        Still remember John’s post on Burger competition.

    3. latest updates in form of reviews, that’s even better! πŸ˜€

  9. Design Flyer says:

    I will do it when I get mine.

  10. Abhik says:

    Pretty nifty feature..!!
    That’s what iPad 1 was missing.

    1. John Chow says:

      The iPad 2 is missing the feature as well. I just showed how to turn it on for both the iPa 1 and 2.

      1. yes that software will help to get multitasking for both version of ipad.

        I am surprised to see how a third party software can do it and apple still did not added that.

        Simply marketing trick.

        1. John Chow says:

          That is not 3rd party software. Xcode is made by Apple.

  11. fas says:

    Awesome awesome awesome, the 5 fingure gesture will be the USP of iOS 5.

  12. werbung says:

    Damn, the new ipad2 has not yet arrived in germany. IΒ΄m wondering how the selling is going to start. I guess we can only order on the official apple website and not in the stores.

    1. Have patience my friend … Ipad 2 soon will come to everywhere ….

      If you are in hurry than every country have grey market.

  13. Soares says:

    Hi John,
    thats nice indeed, but it is paid right?Even if it is 4.99 its quite cheap for a 3GB app.
    And avoids waiting for the Apple release.


    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, the entire program cost only $4.99.

      1. That is really good value for money, lol, if you have an Ipad πŸ™‚

        1. design flyer says:

          $5 is nothing as compared to benefits of multitasking gestures

  14. Tilen says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’ll share this with my friends πŸ™‚

  15. Kirk Taylor says:

    Never used Apple products, but I feel like I’m being cornered into an iPad2. All my buddies have them, I don’t. They aren’t web guys, and I am. What’s wrong with that picture?

    1. Never used Apple products? Wow.. hehe

      I was like you some time ago, but once I tried them, I knew I wouldn’t be able to work without them anymore.

      1. Design Flyer says:

        you must give a try to apple products

  16. Love the advice especially if I win your one John πŸ™‚


  17. I hope that I will get the iPad 2 from JC Contest and then I will try this tutorial in it. BTW Thanks for the advice.


    1. PPC Ian says:

      Its a perfect tutorial for those that win the iPad 2! I hope to come back here, with an iPad 2 in my hands!

  18. christina says:

    I would like to try it out multi tasking on my ipad

  19. Chris says:

    ipad 2 looks good

    1. PPC Ian says:

      It sure does. πŸ™‚ John’s coverage of the iPad 2 has been absolutely top notch! I’m really excited about John’s contest!

      1. I’m excited about winning the iPad. I like free stuff.

        1. PPC Ian says:

          Agreed! The “free” element adds a new level of excitement.

  20. A 3GB app? That’s crazy huge! That’s almost as much code as the entire Windows operating system.

    1. John Chow says:

      The app is used by iOS developers to make iPhone and iPad apps!

  21. I am waiting for ipad 2 to release in Canada …should be fun visiting the Apple Store once it launches here

    1. PPC Ian says:

      ZK, are you going to buy one? I guess even if you plan on buying one, you’ll probably want to wait for John’s contest to end because you may win one for free!

  22. Allen Walker says:

    How does the iPad 2 compare to the original iPad?

    1. anitha says:

      i think its features are different when comparing both

  23. Coo! I have only the first iPad..and i feel old now πŸ™

    1. Fazal Mayar says:

      i have the first version of ipod touch so you are no different then me

  24. Lakhyajyoti says:

    I don’t have a ipad till now.Planning to buy ipad 2 very soon.

  25. mike says:

    sweet. i’m still with iPad 1 and waiting for lady luck to call my name for John’s iPad 2. in the meantime, i will try this on my iPad 1.

  26. anitha says:

    i would like to buy an ipad my old one got problem

  27. jasmine says:

    i would say my first i ipad, it is really good,

  28. mike says:

    i only found XCODE in Mac App Store. is that it? there’s no XCODE 4. or did i miss something?

  29. I don’t have an iPad but it’s really overwhelming to learn about how fast Apple develops their products in such short periods of time. I would want to get my hands on an iPad but I’m still settling for my iTouch. Maybe in the future. LOL.

  30. i wish to buy an ipad its features are superb

  31. Bear says:

    For Windows user, look at this:
    Enable iPad multi touch gestures on Windows, free, no jailbreak request!

  32. anitha says:

    i pad has become more famous in world

  33. i m also interested to buy a new ipad, to get a multitasking gestures.

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