Kill apps in a single swipe with Slide2Kill

By , May 12, 2013

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Like Sebastien, I uninstalled the popular jailbreak tweak Auxo earlier this year. Though beautifully designed, the app switcher replacement felt a little too bloated for me, and I was convinced that it made my iPhone slower.

I do miss a few of Auxo’s features though, like its revamped iPod controls and the ability to swipe down on an app icon to close it out of the switcher. But luckily, a new tweak just came out that takes care of the latter for me…

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I’m talking about Slide2Kill, by developer Suu. The new, aptly named jailbreak tweak allows you to remove apps from your app switcher by either swiping down on them, swiping up on them, or performing a long press hold.

Once installed, the tweak’s options can be configured from your Settings app. There’s an enable/disable toggle, sliders for swipe sensitivity (both up and down), and menus to set Slide Up, Slide Down and Long Press actions.

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Each menu gives you two options to choose from: Kill all or Kill single. So for instance, I have my Slide Up action set to ‘Kill all,’ and my Slide Down action set to ‘Kill single.’ I actually really like this setup, it’s very intuitive.

My only problem with Slide2Kill is that it feels like a beta version. Animations are slow at times, and there’s been a few occasions where the entire tweak just quit responding to my gestures. I had to respring my iPhone to fix it.

But other than that, it’s a solid idea. And I’m hoping the developer continues to improve upon it. If you’d like to check out Slide2Kill for yourself, you can find it in Cydia, in the BigBoss repo, for free.

Have you tried Slide2Kill yet? Thoughts?

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  • Kyle

    Where’s Jeff?

    • Zaidan Umar

      I hate it when people ask that. Jeff is great and all, but there are others out there like Cody Or Sebastien or others who are just as great. I dont get why people make a big deal of it. What difference would it make to the article if Jeff posted it? It would still be just as great!
      Everyone in iDB is just as great as the other!

      • Leoz

        Oh, people just want a VIDEO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    What’s that black bar on the side of your screen?

    • Triii

      It’s MiniPlayer.

    • http://twitter.com/checkyoulater checkyoulater

      that’s the miniplayer in it’s black theme

    • jose castro

      don’t you pay attention?

    • Ziro

      That’s the MiniPlayer but black theme just 2.1.1 version

    • Kurt

      I guess I’ll be like everyone else…”its the miniplayer with the black theme”

  • Triii

    Downloaded this last bit had to uninstall it since it doesn’t work with the multitasking bar in battery doctor pro in NC. When i try to slide up it drags the whole NC instead of killing the app so is basically worthless for me :(

  • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

    I recently switched from Auxo to Slide2Kill also. Auxo was a cool idea, but it didn’t feel it fit in smoothly with the rest of my tweaks. Slide2Kill is not as impressive but i do like the swipe down to kill single apps that Auxo had so this was a decent replacement. Hopefully, the developers continue to work on it and add on to give it a bit more WOW factor

    • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

      See that’s the main thing I like about jailbreaking. There are many tweaks some you like some you dislike. Something you like may be something that someone else dislikes but you are free to mix and match things up to find a formula which you like. It may not be what everyone else likes but it makes your device personal to you.

      • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

        ^^agreed. I like the “freedom” of having options.. I don’t need a million of them, but just enough to keep things interesting.

  • Dan

    Get me in safe mode… Doesn’t swipeaway do the same?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

      So here’s the difference between SwipeAway and this tweak- while SwipeAway allows you to -well- swipe icons away without the need to actually GRAB them to kill them, with Slide2Kill you have to actually grab them and throw them away. The problem with this is that when you are grabbing/sliding the app icon away, you may often find yourself sliding the whole bunch of multitasking bar which puts the app icon back there before you were even able to kill the app- at least this is what I have experienced when sliding UP (not down). If the developer can disable the multitask bar sliding when you are dragging an app, I would make the switch as I like the animation. But so far, I’m sticking to SwipeAway. Good job nonetheless.

      • http://twitter.com/enarth Bobdole

        i tried both, and ultimately, i like slide2kill better,, because of the customization of the sensitivty. With swipeaway, for some reasons i couldn t swipe down icons… (i guess it’s because i uncounsciously try to grab the icon, before swiping down…) nevertheless, slide2kill works great for me, even when i swipe down while grabbing the icon :D

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

        Well good to hear different tweaks serve different people better. :) Mind you, because of MultiCleaner’s old way of killing apps, I am more used to swiping UP instead of down, which may also accomplish for me sticking to swiping up instead of down. In fact, Auxo should implement swiping up for killing apps, if not already applicable (I don’t use Auxo).

  • Eric M

    Same as swipe away.

    • http://twitter.com/Grakiao Kevin

      As Diego Milano said “So here’s the difference between SwipeAway and this tweak- while SwipeAway allows you to -well- swipe icons away without the need to actually GRAB them to kill them, with Slide2Kill you have to actually grab them and throw them away. The problem with this is that when you are grabbing/sliding the app icon away, you may often find yourself sliding the whole bunch of multitasking bar which puts the app icon back there before you were even able to kill the app- at least this is what I have experienced when sliding UP (not down). If the developer can disable the multitask bar sliding when you are dragging an app, I would make the switch as I like the animation. But so far, I’m sticking to SwipeAway. Good job nonetheless.”

  • mantuciukas

    What is the difference between this and SwipeAway?

    I use SwipeAway for a long time now and experienced no bugs at all.

  • Le0N

    It doesnt do anything? How do I need to slide it down?

    • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

      do you have the tweak enabled..? I was having a hard time with the small multitasking bar when it came to swiping so to make my life a bit easier with that, i installed Switchy. Switchy and Slide2Kill are my replacement for now until Auxo is improved a bit or something else comes along

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    I’ve been using SwipeAway which does essentially the same thing with no problems. The animations are smooth, it works great with Zephyr and it’s also free!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

      Exactly. Why are they bringing stuff tha was already brought by other well known developers? It almost looks like a copy, no offense, but I am another one of those who’ve been using SwipeAway for a while as MultiCleaner was never upgraded to support the latest iOS. Although I kind of miss the ability to actually throw the app icons away from the multitask bar, SwipeAway serves my purpose for killing the app and it even added the customization feature to it. Any chance someone would come up with a good comparison? iDownloadBloggers?

  • Aber1Kanobee

    “But luckily, a new tweak just came out that takes care of…”

    You make this sound like this option never existed (outside of Auxo), I might be missing something, but Ive been using SwipeAway for quite a while now and have been really happy with its performance. Does it not offer the same functionality with more options for free?

  • jerson

    Meh, i’ll use auxo instead. still use it everday no problems.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649839720 Raul Henriquez

    Auxo works great

  • http://twitter.com/klopersss Maciek

    It doesn’t work with zephyr, Auxo does

    • bloodshed

      it does.

  • JoJo

    Cant get it to work on my ipad 4th gen ios 6.1

  • http://twitter.com/xKami786 Kamrul

    Hmm if this tweak was flawless might switch to it but atm im not having any problems with auxo and i dont feel like its slowing my phone or anything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattpet Matt Dowdy

    Cody wrote the article not jeff,

  • http://twitter.com/ExWoW MiKey

    Dude… read/think before you comment. The article was written by Cody not Jeff

  • bloodshed

    thaaanx, exactly what i needed.
    single kill-swipe gestures and hold to kill-all are the only reasons i still use Auxo..now i can scratch it off my list and enjoy my iphone again. pfff, what a headache!
    about Auxo, i would love if there’s an option to disable the screenshots but still be able to use its other features..i’m not sure about this, but i think screenshots make it buggy and run even slower..however, what i’m sure about is, they can be more confusing for some users and would prefer to get the old app icons back (i’m one)..afterall, Auxo isn’t all about screenshots!..so what’s the harm to add a darn option!
    i even tried contacting the dev about this issue, at least for users with older devices, i guess they would appreciate this..but no reply!

  • Joe Eytalis

    I’ve been using Killbackground. It’s free and works great for me.

  • https://twitter.com/N_2the_ATE Nate

    That’s blasphemy to use this over Auxo….just me two cents =P

  • Crowned_59

    great tweak finally made me delete Auxo for good

  • http://twitter.com/amad_ahmed01 Amad

    App killers thats boring. Is there nothing else?

  • Ziro

    not Jeff

  • http://www.facebook.com/barry.peeters.9 Barry Peeters

    Am I the only one who doesn’t need tweaks for the Multi-Tasking Bar? I think it’s already doing what it should. Indeed, these tweaks are efficient, but I don’t mind holding for 1,5 seconds and kill the apps.

  • deepdvd

    I still have yet to find any other app switcher tweak besides SwitcherMod that will show you what is actually running and what is not (it dims those that aren’t). This is a killer feature that nothing else seems to have. Oh, and it’s free.

    • http://twitter.com/dpbiscuit D1M

      +1 for SwitcherMod. The dimming is a wonderful small feature. I love how it also skips the whole “press and hold” part.

    • http://twitter.com/MrJemRoxas Jem Roxas

      Springtomize 2 has this feature.

  • Kurt

    “Like Sebastien, I uninstalled the popular jailbreak
    tweak Auxo earlier this year. Though beautifully designed, the app
    switcher replacement felt a little too bloated for me, and I was
    convinced that it made my iPhone slower.”

    This is why we need more ram.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Daangijzen Daan Gijzen

    I really would like this tweak if it works, and it would not crash!

    so i hope the developer fixes al the bugs soon!

    • http://twitter.com/IBLeeDSWaGGa Juan Herrera

      i haven’t had a single crash yet… 4 days in with slide2kill/ switch combo

  • wheebang

    My daughter’s ipod 4th gen only had 256 megs ram and cannot run anything even if just jailbroken, so no choice but to go vanilla on it. iOS 6 is just too memory hungry for older devices to run reliably.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

    I’m waiting for a tweak to come out that gives to option to close the app upon pressing the home button, and then only set the option to appear for certain apps, or for the ability to automatically take effect for other certain apps. another great option would be to automatically close an app from background processes after a certain amount of time, say 5, 10 m interval up to 1 hour or day. also looking forward to a tweak that removes nav bars (without freezing up the UI) to take advantage of the Tweak SwipeNav.

    • Eri

      With BatteryDoctorPro you set to close an app from background in a time interval you decide (0, 1, 5, 10, 30 min)

      • Justin Thurmond

        WAHHHTTT!! i have batterydoctorpro! where is this option?!

      • Eri

        Settings => Smart Saving Settings

  • Gorgonphone

    i have auxo already..

  • jaystrab

    Most jailbreak tweaks are so odd and don’t save hardly any time. This is one of them. It takes absolutely NO extra time to press the home button twice than it does to initiate this slide thing. And really, how often do you need to kill apps? Like maybe once a week? I expect if you are using a jailbroken device you might need to do it more often because of things breaking. People who write jailbreak apps seem like they are very pretentious.

    • bw00ds

      I disagree. I use many functional tweaks that make using my iPhone way more efficient than without. My jb tweaks either replace iOS functions that could have been better or supplement iOS functions that should but do not exist.

      How often do you need to kill apps? Well, how many pages of icons do you want to swipe through in multitasker because you have so many apps open, some you just used once some days ago? I kill apps all the time using WeeCloseApps.

  • Irfan Tarique

    It doesnt work on my phone :(

  • bloodshed

    nothing beats the smoothness of Auxo’s kill swipe gestures, + the ability to kill multiple apps at once or All (+ options to configure which apps not to kill)..i would appreciate something similar but with stock switcher icons!

  • http://twitter.com/SleetuiChan Sleetui Chan

    Doesn’t seem to work its already been resprung including the fact that its enabled…

    Anyone else having problems with this tweak?

    They should’ve done video on this, instead of images.

  • http://twitter.com/timholtom Tim Holtom

    had some compatibility issues with this and speed intensifier. disabled speed intensifier. then enabled it again. presto

  • http://twitter.com/dtourond Devon

    Doesn’t work if you have KillBackground enabled as well.