When Apple introduced multitasking into their iOS platform, millions of iDevice users rejoiced. Although it was a bit of a struggle at first, as soon as developers started updating their apps to support multitasking, it became a really useful feature.

But as with most things Apple, what you see is what you get. There is no stock option to customize this multitasking bar. But luckily for us jailbroken folk, there’s an answer. MySwitcher from BigBoss is available in Cydia and is more than up to the task of customizing your multitask bar…

A quick search in Cydia for ‘MySwitcher’, will point you right to the application. Once downloaded and installed, you shouldn’t see a new icon on your home screen. As with a lot of tweaks, this application is accessed via your ‘Settings.app’.

But once located, MySwitcher is extremely powerful. It gives you the option to customize things like the number of icons in the multitask bar, as well as set custom colors and themes behind the iPod controls when you swipe to the left.

The feature I enjoy the most is the ability to have more than 4 icons to switch back and forth from. MySwitcher allows you to set up to 10 icons in your multitask bar, but I found that 5 seemed to be the perfect fit. It doesn’t seem too crowded, yet gives me one touch access to a 5th application.

There are other options, including the ability to set default apps in the multitask bar, that are pretty handy. It would basically turn MySwitcher into a nice little quick launcher for your most used icons.  Outside of that, I didn’t use many of the other features. When experimenting with them, for the purpose of this post, I was more often than not greeted by the lovely ‘mobile substrate’ safe mode warning, and had to restart.

But overall, MySwitcher delivers as promised. And if you have been looking for a way to customize your multitask bar, this is a great solution.

Has anyone used MySwitcher yet? Did you find it useful? Tell us about it below!

  • Goofygreek

    Looks like someone took switcherplus and five icon switcher and put them together. Or at least that’s how it feels to me.

  • Juan

    now, if this could just be masked with SwitcherMod, it would be grand. Not a bad tweak.

  • chico

    I still have 100% control of the apps I’ll leave running in the background.
    I used this combinations of tweaks with my iPhone 4:
    – Disable Multitasking iOS4 (The name says everything)
    – Backgrounder (To enable the apps to run into the background but only the apps I want to)
    – Multifl0w – (to manage the apps I left running into the background)

    And on the iPad I also have the tweak NoMute so I can lock the screen orientation with the volume switch button.

    Cheers

  • chico

    I don’t like the way Apple made their multitasking. I still prefer have 100% control of the apps I’ll leave running in the background.
    I used this combinations of tweaks with my iPhone 4:
    – Disable Multitasking iOS4 (The name says everything)
    – Backgrounder (To enable the apps to run into the background but only the apps I want to)
    – Multifl0w – (to manage the apps I left running into the background)

    And on the iPad I also have the tweak NoMute so I can lock the screen orientation with the volume switch button.

    Cheers

  • Mike G.

    I don’t think it’s just my phone, but this tweak seems to have one major limitation:

    The only default apps you can prioritize in the switcher are the phone’s default apps.

    I’m an omnifocus user. I need that in my switcher, front and center. Just tested this one, and while it’s nice, it’s back to using SwitcherPlus with 5 Icon switcher (my combination of choice).

    NOTE: If you enjoy aesthetics and 5 icons in your dock and switcher, you might enjoy “Shrink.” Shrinking your doc and switcher icons to about 95% percent looks a little less crowded.

  • Fred

    One of iDB posts wondered if there would be a tweek that would automatically launch certain apps after reboot. It’d allow apps such as skype to really log in (not just present at the multitasking bar) and our skype status would be seen as available. Have you folks found that tweek yet? Or does this one solve that problem?

  • lame…

  • Z

    I yet have not seen an app that offers more customization than MultiCleaner. If you need to make the best out of your switcher bar try MultiCleaner (there was also a detailed review of the app on iDB, but while back)

  • Yasin

    Multifl0w eats a lot of battery Plus it uses a lot of ram
    Wat i have done is i have downloaded backgrounder and using normal multitasking

  • Yasin

    Multiflow eats a lot of battery Plus it uses a lot of ram
    Wat i have done is i have downloaded backgrounder and using normal multitasking

  • Huey

    I’ve been trying to figure out what that multitasking taskbar is on the first image at the top is for quite some time now, if anyone can give me some details on it. I would be incredibly grateful.