How to activate iPad 2 multitasking gestures on the iPad 1

How to activate iPad 2 multitasking gestures on the iPad 1

Summary: Get the multitasking gestures your iPad 2-owning friends have on your old iPad ... but you have to switch them on!

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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've experimented with these gestures on my first-gen iPad, and while they do take some getting used to, they seem to work just as advertised. Given that, I'm not sure why Apple decided to have them off by default.

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Topics: iPad, Apple, Mobile OS, Mobility

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  • RE: How to activate iPad 2 multitasking gestures on the iPad 1

    Hi Adrian,
    You are in the tech world, many iPad users are not as sophisticated, I expect Apple decided enabling the multitasking gesture might confuse the technically challenged while the technically able would know to look for it and turn it on. Just my guess.
    geoff.schardein@...
  • RE: How to activate iPad 2 multitasking gestures on the iPad 1

    I kind of feel as if apple is in a downward spiral, too much of their attention is focused towards fighting off the jailbreak issue and they are neglecting other important factors regarding the updates
    Mr.guzman
    • Huh?

      @Mr.guzman
      That would be relevant to this article how exactly?
      rahbm
    • RE: How to activate iPad 2 multitasking gestures on the iPad 1

      @Mr.guzman And what factors are those?
      non-biased