Add New Multi-Touch Gestures To Any iPad For Only $4.99



If you have an iPad (any model) running iOS 4.3 then you can easily add additional four or five-finger multi-touch gestures to your iPad. It will take only a few minutes and you don’t have to jailbreak your iPad to get them.

The only requirement is that you’ll need a copy of Xcode 4 and if you don’t already have a copy you can purchase it for $4.99 in the Mac OS X App Store. Registered Mac OS X or iOS developers in the paid development programs for either operating system can download a copy of Xcode 4 at after logging in with their developer credentials.

However, you don’t need a developer account to activate these gestures either — at least for the time being. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple changes this later.

If you are using Windows you are out of luck that is unless you can find a friend with a Mac to help you out. Xcode doesn’t run on Windows.

Here are the steps.

1. If you haven’t already purchase a copy of Xcode 4 and install it.

2. After installing Xcode 4 launch it and connect your iPad (any model) to your computer. The iPad should appear in the Organizer window under Devices.

3. Select the attached iPad in Organizer and click on the “Use for Development” button.

4. If you are prompted to enter your iOS developer credentials go ahead and enter them if you have that information otherwise click Cancel on the dialog box. If you select Cancel and get an error just ignore it.

5. Xcode will activate developer features on your iPad. This might take a few minutes or less.

6. Launch the Settings app on your iPad, tap General, turn Multitasking Gestures On.

You’re all done!

Now you can enjoy four or five-finger multi-touch gestures on your iPad. It’s well worth the $4.99 entry fee and although it isn’t clear why Apple did not include these in the iOS 4.3 release they work perfectly fine on both the first and second generation iPad.


  • Nlcardfan1

    I assume this doesn’t work on PC’s

  • metawops

    Thx, I included that into my blog article about the iOS 4.3 gestures:

  • metawops

    Nope, I’m afraid not. It’s a deveoper’s feature and (serious) iOS development is possible on Macs only.

  • Maddin

    Correct. Xcode only runs on Macs.

  • Marek Valasik

    It works also with previous Xcode version (mine is 3.2.5) which is still downloadable for free :)

  • AustinNewdick

    Only complaint I have is having to wait for the 4.23GB Xcode app to install :(

  • Ykyang1981

    Could you give an instruction using Xcode 3.2.5 to enable multi-touch? Thank you.
    My ipad 2 doesn’t show up in the Organizer window, using Xcode 3.2.5. :(

  • Rich

    Works perfectly. I had no use for Xcode after that and noting that it takes up 10+GB of space I uninstalled it by typing this command in terminal:

    sudo /Developer/Library/uninstall-devtools –mode=all (type “exit” and hit Return after the process is done)

    BTW, after installing the multitasking gestures program I found the slide lock to be totally unresponsive. After a quick sync with iTunes all was good again.

    After using them for a while now, I’m hooked!

  • Barton Lynch

    Your done? You’re a journalist. Learn the difference between your and you’re, please.

  • guest

    So here is a question…can I do this with a Mac that is not running os 10.6 or higher? Is there a way around it?

  • guest

    Hey Marek…do you know where I can download a copy of 3.2.5?

  • Matthew Goff

    I enabled the setting with Xcode 3 just the same way, no need to get Xcode 4 and pay the $5. I’m running OS X Lion so that might affect whether 3 con do it, but I don’t know.

  • FutureMedia

    No need to spend $4.95. I did this with my Free iOS Developer Account – anyone can get one – from and the Free 4.14 GB download of Xcode 3.2.6. Also, a friend of mine upgraded his iPad to 4.3 Wednesday night and found the Multitasking Gestures already on in his General Settings! Go figure.

  • Faizul Suhail

    Thanks for sharing it with us. But after using it do you guys think its worth it (practical usability)? I mean 4.5 GB…….its a long wait. Let me know before I take the plunge. Thanks.

  • stringerace

    I love the multi touch gesture app switching. It is so much faster. I can’t wait until this becomes a mainstream feature.

  • Pquinter00

    I’ve just tried with XCode 3 (The one that came with Snow Leopard) but I can’t see the devices panel on the organizer. Any help on how to find it?

  • billypuntove

    The free dev account at Apple lets you download 3.2.6
    I know because I just registered for one and had access to downloading it. Not xcode 4 though. For that that you have to have the paid one.

  • bgkarma

    I too do not see “devices” in XCode 3 via Snow Leopard… Hmmm…

  • bgkarma

    Pquinter, find a solution yet? I think I’m going to grab a copy of Xcode 4 and see…

  • Buddyro7

    if you decide down the road that you want to no longer have your iOS device “Use for Development” how do you remove it???

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  • EZE

    Checking to see if anyone has had success with Xcode 3.2, which came with my Snow Leopard DVD. Downloading 3.2.6 now, but it comes with iOS, and it’s a huge 4.2GB mother. Used Software Update to try to get my 3.2 updated, but no such luck…

  • Cody

    Awesome mod for my new iPad 2. I only played with it for a couple seconds before shutting down to install and invisishield, but I can tell this is gonna be awesome. I’m guessing this will be standard in the next iOS update to coincide with the similar commands in Lion.

  • Cody

    Oh, by the way, I found after installing, my itunes no longer automatically opens when i plug in my ipad. Any similar issues, or a correction???

  • bgkarma

    “Devices” doesn’t show for me. :( Any advice?

  • markhunte

    I found that after doing this the slide to unlock button did not always respond. Sleeping and re trying worked. I suspect this maybe why it was not in the release.

    Also I found that it became cumbersome where I had lots of apps open and had to flick through all of them to get to the one I wanted. Not a time saver. Its fine for a small number of apps open.
    The one thing I did like was the pinch. But What happens a app has this gesture already.?

  • Tom

    xCode 3.x.x with 4.3 will work fine. save your $5

  • Tom

    Xcode 3.2.6*

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  • MattSTKC

    YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY XCODE!!!! GO HERE-… register as a “free” Developer with Apple (links your Apple ID/iTunes account with Apple as a Dev but does NOTHING else) and get XCODE 3 as a free download. Works just the same for activating multitouch gestures. Don’t waste your money

  • MattSTKC

    SO worth it. reaching over for the home button doesn’t seem like much of a hassle (even though in landscape it can be since you can one-hand the iPad 2 cause it’s so light) but when you enable these gestures it completes the fluidity of the iPad’s touchscreen functionality. They always should have been there. You’ll never go back. Plus you can uninstall/delete when you’re done :-)

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  • MacGoo

    Your a jerk. Your going to figure that out someday. And your going to cry into you’re pillow like a little baby. Your welcome.

  • bgkarma

    Installing Xcode 4 did the trick for me! I’m in “gestures heaven” now.

  • EZE


    My iPad doesn’t show up with either 3.2 or 3.2.6. I only get Projects & Sources and Archived Applications in my left sidebar. Devices is supposed to show up there, right? I’ve restarted everything several times, but no go. Will prob just buy Xcode 4; the $5 isn’t a big deal, but the download time is. Would like to avoid it.



  • Matthew Goff

    Organizer is in the Window menu item.

  • Felix

    Does that mean I can uninstall Xcode after activating this?

  • EZE


    My problem is that Devices doesn’t show up in the Organizer window. Had 3.2 and downloaded 3.2.6, but no difference. (Running SL, not Lion, for what it’s worth.) Got Xcode4 from Mac App Store, Installer file downloaded, but won’t install (I get a cryptic “/var/log…” message). Have done multiple restarts of everything. So, now my best hope is to get 3.2.6 to work. For you, was it as simple as launching 3.2.x, plugging in your iPad, and turning it on. Boom…iPad in a Devices window?



  • Chinmay

    The only reason for me to jailbreak my devices was activator, to avoid using home button.
    And now !!! the problem is solved. Thanks a lot.

  • Darth Vader

    Wow…what a cunt.

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    Hey everyone, it’s the 2nd Grade English Lecture Troll. -Better drink my own piss.

  • BlinQue

    i had the /var/log problem as well. you need to uninstall or move previous versions of Xcode to your trash can and empty it. I saved a couple projects from previous Xcode versions and Xcode 4 worked perfectly after that. The multitasking gestures are incredible too, i have no idea how i used the iPad without them.

    I am also running SL, once you have xcode 4 open, plug in ipad and it will see it almost immediately. good luck.


    For PC user, try this:

  • Karim_Temple

    Flicking through a lot of apps may not be a time saver, but this also enables an upward swipe that brings up the tasks list (i.e. double-press Home).

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  • Arnold

    Why didn’t you consider people who already have Xcode installed like Xcode 3? I was lead to believe, by your article, that I can only activate multitouch gestures through Xcode 4. Thanks for make me waste 5 bucks…

  • Applefan

    I have an iPhone 4 Verizon that has the “Slide to Unlock” issue as well. Maybe its not the gestures with the bug, maybe its iOS.

  • PaperclipRobot

    From everything I have tried so far, I’ve had no luck with Leopard.

  • Kyleo17

     Can you turn on the gestures on multiple iPads? There’s some people here at my work that might want it but they don’t have Macs.

  • Gqsmooth1981

    I’m sure people have figured out that you can enable the gestures for free… If not look up jailbreak and he’ll show you how it’s done.

  • Gqsmooth1981

    Yeah pig fucker it’s called a typo. Asshole.