How To Enable Multitasking Gestures and Side Switch for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS on iOS 4.3

Last week Apple released iOS 4.3 beta for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch 4G and iPod Touch 3G. This beta version brings a new feature called “Multitouch/Multitasking Gestures” for iPad.

According to a BGR report, Apple is also testing Multitasking Gestures for iPhone. On the other side Apple has already made it clear during the release of iOS 4.3 beta 2 that this new feature will not be enabled for customers in final build.

If you have already updated your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS to any iOS 4.3 beta version and want to enable Multitasking Gestures feature on your device, you will have to edit some iOS 4.3 beta .plist files.

Here are the instructions and files you will have to edit to get this feature. This will also enable the side switch settings (Mute or Lock Rotation).

You’re going to need a jailbroken iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.3 beta 1 OR 2 (as they’re both jailbroken). Here are the 5 files you’re going to need to edit:

  1. N90AP.plist in /System/Library/CoreServices/
  2. General.plist in /Applications/
  3. Settings.plist in /Applications/
  4. in /var/mobile/Library/Preferences

  1. Add “SBUseSystemGestures” as a key.
  2. Set it to “true”.

You can use the other entries in that .plist file as an example.


  1. Add “multitasking-gestures” as a compatibility.
  2. Set it to “true”.

You can use the other entries in that .plist file as an example.


  1. Download this modified General.plist (thanks to @k0mpresd).
  2. Replace “General.plist” in /Applications/ with the one you’ve just downloaded.


  1. Download this modified Settings.plist (thanks to @k0mpresd).
  2. Replace “Settings.plist” in /Applications/ with the one you’ve just downloaded.

Do a respring or a tethered-boot, and you should see “Multitasking_Gestures” at the top of the list in Settings. Turn it on (should be on already), and use the gestures. The side switch toggle is also in the General section.

Disclaimer: This guide is posted for educatinal and informational purposes only. We don’t recommend/suggest you to download or edit .plist files and we won’t be responsible for any type of damage to your device. [via jailbreakzone]

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Updated 12 years agoCategorized as Tutorials

By A. Usman

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3 Replies

  1. Anonymoussays:

    Works fine on iPhone 3GS on 4.3.1, however make sure you reboot your phone, respringing is not enough!

  2. Alejandrosays:

    I have a question is there a way to get these gestures on the iPhone 3G? or will some one come out with a cydia hack that will provide similar gestures to the iphone 3G?

    1. Not now. But once iOS 4.3 is out and if they introduce this feature in final version, developers might like to get their hands dirty by developing a hack.

      PS: Officially iOS 4.3 won’t be available for iPhone 3G.

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