Earlier in the month we warned you that updating to iOS 5 on your original iPad would remove the device’s multi-touch gestures. These gestures were never an official iOS feature, but they were baked into previous versions of the mobile software.

The feature allows users to swipe between apps, reveal the multitask bar, and access the home screen — all with on-screen gestures. Needless to say, some folks were upset when this option disappeared. But don’t worry, we know how to get it back…

RedmondPie points to an interesting LifeHacker article that shows you how to re-enable multi-touch gestures on an original iPad with iOS 5. The method is quite simple really, and best of all, it doesn’t require a jailbreak.

Step 1: Download the latest version of RedSn0w from our downloads page.

Step 2: After launching the utility, select the jailbreak option and follow the instructions to put your iPad into DFU mode.

Step 3: Once it recognizes your device is in DFU mode, you will get a list of options. Make sure to uncheck Cydia and select “Enable Multitasking Gestures.”

Step 4: The process takes a few minutes and a couple of restarts. Once it’s finished, open up the Settings app and select the General tab. You should now see the “Enable Multitasking” option.

Any questions?

  • power

    any video tutorial and is this method for windows or mac or both?

    • Go to their downloads section on your pc or Mac and scroll down to where it says redsn0w and download the latest version that works on mac and thats it just follow what the blog says

  • forgot

    The way RedSn0w works, this WOULD jailbreak your iPad. It just wouldn’t install the Cydia app, which effectively neuters the jailbreak. Even if tour using the modified RAM disk. It would be hard to tell, but it’s jailbroken. Remember that jailbreaking iOS 5 kills over the air iOS updates among other things, such as iBooks, and can cause issues with Safari and wifi connections. These should clue you in that it’s actually jailbroken, as users with jailbroken iDevices (myself included) have these known issues. If you don’t want to jailbreak, but still want multitouch gestures, your out of luck for now…..

  • demonsky

    did it work for iphone too? XD

  • Al

    I love iDB!!!!
    What if my iPad is already jailbroken on iOS 5? Simply follow the steps anyways?

    • Goofygreek

      Download winterboard and then download multitasking gestures for it.

      • Foarce

        I’m trying to avoid installing mobile substrate and other code that may compromise the iOS… I just followed the steps above, the iPad froze while restarting after RedSnow finished, so I did a tethered boot, and voila, everything’s running smoothly…

  • Ryan

    is it only for ipad 1? or can it be used on iphone 4?

    • Will


  • Manu

    How to enable this MT gest….. on iphone 3gs having ios 5?

  • Thiago

    this could be used to enble siri dont you think? mybe it’s possible

  • rjlorenzo

    does this works in iphone 4 ios 5.0.1

  • rjlorenzo

    does this work also on iphone 4 ios 5.0.1