Friday, November 11, 2011

How to activate iPad 2 multitasking gestures on the iPad 1

Summary: Your iPad 1 can now do the same multitasking gestures the iPad 2 has had since iOS 5 … but you have to switch them on!

The iOS 5.0.1 update brings the multitasking gestures found on the iPad 2 to the first-generation iPad 1 … but only if you switch them on!

To turn on the multitasking gestures click Settings > General and scroll down to Multitasking Gestures and flick the switch.


There are three multitasking gestures, all making use of four of five fingers (is the thumb a finger?):

  • Pinch the screen when in an app to go to the Home screen
  • Swipe up to get to the multitasking bar (this one is the most awkward to get right in my opinion)
  • Swipe left or right to move between apps that are open

I am using these gestures on my first-gen iPad, and while they do take some getting used to, they workas advertised. Given that, I’m not sure why Apple decided to have them off by default.

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