Enable Multitasking Gestures on iPad

There’s been a lot of talk about the new multitouch gestures in iOS 4.3 but enabling them isn’t all that obvious. The steps below will explain how to enable the new gestures.

  • Ensure that your iPad is running the latest version of iOS (4.3). You can check this by opening Settings > General > About and looking for the version number.
  • If your not running 4.3 connect your iPad to your computer and click “Update” in iTunes.
  • Once your iPad finishes updating you’ll need to download Xcode to enable the multitouch gestures.
  • If you don’t have an Apple Developer account sign up for one on Apple’s website.
  • With your Apple Developer account, login and download Xcode 3. The download link is on the right-hand side, towards the bottom of the page.
  • Once downloaded, open the disk image and install Xcode. This will take several minutes to finish.
  • When Xcode finishes installing just click “Close” and open Xcode from /Developer/Applications/.
  • Click “Cancel” in the Welcome to Xcode window.
  • Connect your iPad to your Mac using the USB cable.
  • Choose your iPad from the devices list on the left side of the window.
  • Click the button that says “Use for Development.”
  • You’ll be prompted for your Apple Developer Account username and password, but unless you’ve paid for the account just click cancel.

And, that’s all there is to it. You should be able to enable the multitasking gestures on your iPad under Settings > General. Enjoy even faster application switching.

If you only installed Apple’s developers tools to enable these multitouch gestures you probably want to uninstall them from your computer. They take up a hefty 10GB or so of space that you likely would like to have back.

  • Open Terminal from /Applications/Utilities/
  • Copy and paste the following command into Terminal and hit enter.
    sudo /Developer/Libarary/uninstall-devtools --mode=xcodedir
  • Type in your password, hit enter, and let it work.
  • Once the process finishes all of Apple’s developer tools should be removed from your system. But, if the Developer folder still exists at the root of your hard drive you should be able to delete it.
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