Cydia’s recent update made the jailbroken app store faster and brought about some other nice improvements. One of those new features was the ability to resume your place in Cydia after exiting the app, so you weren’t forced to start over each time you closed it.

Though it was a major step up from the previous version, it’s not real multitasking. Downloading something in Cydia typically renders the rest of your iPhone helpless, but what if I told you there was an easy way to enable true multitasking?

FSM has just posted a simple little hack to enable true multitasking for Cydia. While the idea is very enticing, the posting does warn that this solution can cause conflicts. You could even end up having to restore your device if something goes wrong.

That being said, who wouldn’t want to be able to bounce in and out of Cydia without having to worry about the app reloading data every time? If you’re up for it, make sure you have iFile and the ability to follow simple directions. Here we go!

Step 1. Load iFile and navigate to /Applications and look for the folder that’s labeled

Step 2. Tap on it and locate the file Info.plist

Step 3. Choose to open the file with the Text Viewer option, and scroll all the way down to the bottom.

Step 4. Find where the text says “<key> UIApplicationExistsOnSuspend </key> <true/>, and change <true/> to <false/> using the edit function.

That’s all there is to it. You’re now just a save and a restart away from enjoying full multitasking in Cydia.

I must say fast-switching in and out of Cydia is awesome, but I doubt I’ll keep it. I’ve noticed some screen flickers and other unstable characteristics. I’m also sure Saurik made the command <true/> for a reason, and I’d rather not bet against that guy.

What do you think? Have you tried this hack out yet?

  • Luke

    Your last line say’s it all. Toooo risky.

    • QuarterSwede

      That’s not a bad idea actually.

  • Burge

    Saurik ( Jay freeman ) didn’t turn this on for a reason …good luck if you do…

  • JoBerlin

    I used Backgrounder for that. You can decide if you want to keep Cydia running in the background to do something really quick. Otherwise Cydia runs as intended.

    • The Messiah

      Yeah backgrounder sounds like the better option.

  • One aspect of Cydia not multitasking is really annoying.
    When I pay for apps, Cydia requires me to log into my Google account.

    Since I use Google apps with two step authentication, I need to jump out to the Google Authenticator app to read the token, then switch back in, and hopefully have time to get to the authentication page again to enter the token.

  • to turn that off is much easier though propertylist-viewer 😉

  • Aaronieru

    “I’m also sure Saurik made the command for a reason, and I’d rather not bet against that guy.”

    No, Saurik is well known for being at odds with the wishes of his users, and making completely arbitrary, and unreasonable decissions when it comes to Cydia. Saurik, Chpwn seem hell bent on making Cydia retard-proof at the expence of user friendlyness and customisability (options). And making jailbreaking completely fool-proof is something that will never happen. If a user wants it, that is enough reason for it to be enabled. As long as you don’t do something stupid, you should be fine. Saurik might be a programmer, but his choices are simply based on opinion, and nothing else.

  • Backgrounder is also what I use and its great for all the extra repos I have installed. I just launch Cydia, then come back 5 minutes later and bam! Everything is updated. 🙂

  • B

    This person found saurik’s explanation for why, in the info.plist for Cydia: – basically that backgrounding Cydia makes your phone really slow.

    • Aaronieru

      Weak. That’s a Steve Jobs-level excuse.

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  • yaron

    hi, can someone upload the file? or send it to me please?

    i messed the file.

  • in cydia search for ‘multitasking enabler’
    easy going small installer. and no need to restart device