Isn’t it funny that Cydia rarely stumbles into the conversation when someone asks what your favorite jailbreak app is? When you think about it, Cydia is far and away the most important, and well put together jailbreak app of them all. It just so happens that it’s also the main source of other jailbreak tweaks and apps.

Saurik’s brainchild is the reason that most of us are able to thoroughly enjoy jailbreaking today. We also appreciate how hard he has worked over the years to improve the performance and features of Cydia. The 1.1 update still brings a smile to my face, after all.

That all being said, one of the main complaints about Cydia stem from its lack of true multitasking. Saurik graciously included a nice resume feature in his previous update, but that still isn’t the same as having true multitasking. Thankfully, enabling multitasking is about as easy as it gets. Check inside for a video tutorial that shows you how to enable multitasking in Cydia

Just a word of warning, this method isn’t endorsed by anyone as far as I know, and in fact, in a previous written tutorial on the subject, it was stated that it could induce problems. With that in mind, proceed at your own risk, and be sure to backup anything of importance before proceeding.

For the record I never experienced any problems, and my iPhone is running smooth, but you just never know when you start tinkering with property list settings.

Have you tried it out? If so, let me know how it’s working for you.

  • Bruno

    Great feature! But is there any reason this option is not on by default?

    • QuarterSwede

      It can hose your system. Yeah, I leave that one off.

      • I’ve used this off an on for months and never experienced one problem, not one. But again, that’s not saying you 100% will not either.

    • ihu

      Saurik mentioned the reasons when announcing Cydia 1.1, but I guess nobody cares.

  • Fojam

    You already wrote this article

    • I linked the original article. It’s similar but not the same, and of course no video.

  • loopguy

    @Jeff
    was that an iDB app at the end?

    • A bookmark for iDB.

      • loopguy

        it showed up a splash screen. is that on ios 5 only?

      • Cameron

        How did you give it a boot logo?

  • QuarterSwede

    I don’t recommend doing this at all as it can severely mess up iOS. The resume feature is good enough until Saurik is able to rewrite the app to account for changes being made while it’s writing (he may never). If Apple can allow you to sync while using the device then it’s theoretically possible for Cydia to make changes while using the system.

    • That’s cool. I understand a lot of folks will not want to do this. i’m just stating that I’ve never had any problems, and if I ever did, restoring is always an option.

  • What App Switcher cleaner did you used in the video?

    • SwitcherPlus.

  • Asad

    Is this in any way dangerous..?

    • I’ve not had any issues whatsoever, but as I stated in the video, use at your own discretion.

  • Tobi

    Works like a charm. Thanks. I read about it a couple a of months ago but was cautious at the time.

  • Eldaria

    This will be handy.

    I use 2-Step Authentication for my Google Account, so have to switch to the Google Authenticator to get the code when logging into Google Checkout, and when I went back into Cydia, I would have to start over, sometime not beeing fast enough to use the code. Really annoying.

  • Multitasking in Cydia is disabled for a reason… Same reason it’s disabled for the app store. Backgrounding Cydia can seriously mess up your phone. I would strongly advise not doing this.

    • I think “might seriously mess up your installation of iOS, but highly unlikely” would be more appropriate. It won’t damage your phone irreversibly in any way. At the /very/ worst, you may need to restore the device. but chances are if you’re interested in this plist tweak, you’ve done that a million and one times anyway. I know I have, and it hasn’t been caused by this either. *shrugs*

  • David

    I know this has been sai many times above but I feel a direct quote from saurik is needed. Also sorry for the very long post.
    to ye who is reading this, I know what you are thinking: “saurik is an idiot, why did he turn this off?” –>
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        <!– will get fixed at the same time, and one of those wonderous new features will be "working multitasking".

    • David

      Wow messed up or what? ^^^

    • Yeah, in the end, jail breaking is about doing what you want to your device. So, if you’re up to the risk, then feel free, if not, hold off until an official implementation gets released.

      • David

        True, I was just trying to give a direct quote because everybody was flinging about the fact that it drains memory so I thought people should hear it from “the horses mouth” – god I hate that figure of speech. Nice article but I’m sure a lot of people were not aware of this before hand.

  • JasonPWalker

    I’m not seeing an Applications folder in /stash, did I miss something?

    • Are you sure you’re in the var folder?

    • ihu

      its actually Applications.________ The ________ is a random string of letters and numbers. So if you are going to /stach/Applications, you won’t find it

      • David

        Actually if you go into iFile there is an option in the settings (the little gear) the show application names, hopefully it helps people navigate iFile easier.

  • IT CAN BLOE UP UR PHONE !

  • Puppy Dude

    every time you do this to your phone a puppy dies. please don’t

  • It s good for dowload

  • Aaron

    I’m sick of all these Saurik fanboys that repeats his every word without question. “It is disabled by default for a reason” yeah, it’s the same reason why Cydia sucks. Saurik has terrible taste and poor decision making skills, not to mention he’s unbelieveably slow (just like Cydia).

    Jailbreaking has gone full circle, to the point where devs spout the same BS Apple and Steve Jobs do for the reasons they do things/restrict certain features. Jailbreaking is about choice, and now I feel like I have less choice than ever. I use Cydia not by choice, but because I HAVE to. It’s where all the devs put their stuff. Devs now also try to make everything idiot proof, at a cost to the average jailbreaks, who understands the risks, but wants options.

    Now when I say “devs” I mostly mean Saurik, chpwn and a couple others, but the fact that every one of them worships the ground he walks on an stands by his every dumb a** decision without question that is aggravating.

    Saurik has made something that is useful to most people, and everybody agrees with whatever he does even though he makes many dumb a** design choices. Face it, he has become the Steve Jobs of jailbreaking.

    If we continue this trend of idiot proofing jailbreaking, we will approach a point where we might as well not even jailbreak. There will always be a risk when being jailbroken, that’s what users accepted when they jailbroke their device. Soon, jb devs will come up with a “jailbreak-lite” by default that reduces options, but “protects users from messing up their device”, creating even more of a hassle for regular, intellegent jailbreakers by adding more work to get to get to the full set of options available in a full jailbreak.

  • is there any reason this option is not on by default?

  • Aaron

    I’m sick of all these Saurik fanboys that repeats his every word without question. “It is disabled by default for a reason” yeah, it’s the same reason why Cydia sucks. Saurik has terrible taste and poor decision making skills, not to mention he’s unbelieveably slow (just like Cydia).

    Jailbreaking has gone full circle, to the point where devs spout the same BS Apple and Steve Jobs do for the reasons they do things/restrict certain features. Jailbreaking is about choice, and now I feel like I have less choice than ever. I use Cydia not by choice, but because I HAVE to. It’s where all the devs put their stuff. Devs now also try to make everything idiot proof, at a cost to the average jailbreaks, who understands the risks, but wants options.

    Now when I say “devs” I mostly mean Saurik, chpwn and a couple others, but the fact that every one of them worships the ground he walks on an stands by his every dumb a** decision without question that is aggravating.

    Saurik has made something that is useful to most people, and everybody agrees with whatever he does even though he makes many dumb a** design choices. Face it, he has become the Steve Jobs of jailbreaking.

    If we continue this trend of idiot proofing jailbreaking, we will approach a point where we might as well not even jailbreak. There will always be a risk when being jailbroken, that’s what users accepted when they jailbroke their device. Soon, jb devs will come up with a “jailbreak-lite” by default that reduces options, but “protects users from messing up their device”, creating even more of a hassle for regular, intellegent jailbreakers by adding more work to get to get to the full set of options available in a full jailbreak.

    • David

      You could always install the .deb files manually or make your own installer. THANK YOU HAVE A NICE DAY.

  • Neel

    Heyy can sum1 help me?

    In my ifile i opened var/stash and than in stash folder there is no folder like application. So i cudnt go further.

    • David

      the directory goes like this. “/Applications/Cydia.app” turn application names on in the settings for iFile to see Cydia.app instead of random letters & numbers, it’s the little gear in the bottom left of iFile.

      • Neel

        Thanx. It workd

    • MALdito

      Go all the way back until you just see ” / “, and at the very top you’ll see the Applications folder. from there on its all the same as the vid.

      • Neel

        Thanx

  • MALdito

    Hey Jeff…. ummm… How come when you opened the iDB bookmark it show the website logo?

  • HyShai

    Quick tip: on some firmwares you may have to “killall cydia” (terminal command) to properly close it.

  • Neel

    Jeff thanx a lot. Reloading cydia was realy annoying. Thanx heaps

  • Painman

    I’ve not done a rigorous test of this but on first use it appears to work ok.

    I found that I had 2 Application folders and had to make the changes to the info file in both Cydia.app folders to make it work.

    After an hour or so my screen brightness turned down and my battery percentage info disappeared from the status bar. Other than that things appear quite good.

    Thanks for the info

  • Dane

    Worth the risk. The loading and loading and loading gets annoying. I think the chances of something happening are very remote.

    Saurik is very slow. The cydia home page is almost never updated. The featured apps never change and there’s still a warning about 4.0.2 on the homepage

    • Painman

      +1

  • I cant find the folders in ifile

  • Does this work for ios5.01?

    It would be great if it works

    • multitasking cydia right now on 5.0.1! I am not going to multitask while actually downloading/installing because that could get sketchy but for just searching apps and checking updates this works great. I can search for apps go back to scrabble then immediately go back to looking at apps. saurik says that multitasking cydia can severely drain battery and hog CPU so it’s important to close cydia from switcherbar when u are done.