AppSwiper Featured

AppSwiper is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to kill running apps with a simple swipe gesture. The gesture, which is performed on app icons situated on the Home screen, invokes a pop-up window displaying the amount of RAM that the application is currently using.

Along with the RAM readout, you’re greeted with two buttons — cancel, and kill. The cancel button takes you back to the Home screen without performing any actions, and the kill button stops the app from running.

AppSwiper is a great jailbreak tweak for those of you who like to micromanage running apps. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside for all of the details.

To make it easy to identify running apps on your Home screen, AppSwiper places a colored bar underneath all running apps on the Home screen. Only apps that have this colored bar are running, and hence; only these apps can be killed with a swipe gesture.

After installing AppSwiper, a new preference panel is added to the stock Settings app. In this panel you’ll find several settings that can be used to configure the way AppSwiper looks and feels.

The first option found in AppSwiper’s preferences is a toggle for the confirmation alert box. This is the box that pop’s up prompting you to kill the application in question after using the swipe up gesture. You can bypass this box and immediately kill the app by turning this option off. I don’t recommend this, because doing so alleviates the RAM readout that shows how much memory the app is using.

The next two settings found in the tweak’s preferences has to do with the looks of the colored bar that shows up underneath running apps. You can change this bar to a variety of different colors and also change its opacity settings.

Lastly, you’ll notice a toggle for “Swipe To Kill Apps”. This toggle is aimed solely at the apps ion the app switcher. This allows you to have Auxo like swipe gestures to kill running apps in the app switcher.

AppSwiper ReadMe

One of the things that I really appreciate about AppSwiper is the amount of documentation and handholding that the tweak provides. Not only in its description in Cydia insanely thorough, the developer includes a ReadMe file via pop up window that can be access by tapping the “More Info” button in the tweak’s preference panel. Generally speaking, if a developer is thorough in documentation, then it’s pretty good chance that they’re thorough in testing and development.

After testing out AppSwiper, I’m convinced that it’s a solid tweak that’s worth your time. That is, of course, if you’re looking for a way to micromanage your running applications. I think iOS does a pretty decent job of managing applications by itself without needing to go in an kill any running apps, but understandably, not everyone agree with these sentiments.

If you’d like to take AppSwiper for a spin, then you can venture over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo. once there, you’ll be able to download AppSwiper for a reasonable $0.99.

Have you tried AppSwiper yet? Either way, sound off with your thoughts about it in the comment section below.

  • abdullah575

    it sucks !!

  • David Gitman

    thats what I like in tweaks.
    Short and simple 🙂

  • n33l n4ni

    Auxo vs. Appswiper… What’s better???

    • David Gitman


      • iptmdeveloper

        Different purposes really. The main point of Auxo is about having a really nice looking way to view your backgrounded applications. While AppSwiper is really about having the simplest access to memory management.

      • David Gitman

        good point

    • Gorgonphone

      i have both

    • Hmmmm?

      Battery Doctor Pro kills Auxo, Appswiper, NCSettings, SBSettings, Memory Tap, Action Slider. Should I go on?

      • iptmdeveloper

        Sometimes you want a simple, elegant solution, instead of going for that ‘one size fits all’ approach

  • Gorgonphone

    the apps take a looooooooong time to die though.. thats odd

    • iptmdeveloper

      hmm that shouldn’t happen, mine always die instantly. As soon as I hit Kill the color bar fades away. Sounds like your device is having some issues, you should send me a bug report through AppSwipers’ page in Cydia.

      • Gorgonphone

        if i swipe up it takes 20 second to killl but if i kill in appswitcheerr its instant..

      • iptmdeveloper

        Very bizarre, haven’t heard of any bug like this. Please send me an email.

      • Gorgonphone

        cant send and email but i will tell you that the app quits instantly but the bar image take looong to disappear.. i do have livewallpaper installed

  • Gorgonphone

    it does not work on persistent apps like mail and phone..
    swipe up does not work in folders at all

    and they need to make the folder title illuminate so you know there is a running app in that folder

    • iptmdeveloper

      I am clear in the tweaks description that you cant kill them. I have no issue with swiping in an open folder, if you can’t do so that’s a bug ill have to fix. Yes I plan to add the bar to folders, and it is in my list for the next update (along with iPad support, different types of images instead of color bar, custom sizes, etc)

      • Gorgonphone

        thanks for the reply .. i am looking forward to updates and fixes..

        maybe ad an option to have a glowing pulsating effect around the app icon instead of the bar also.. that would be cool

      • iptmdeveloper

        Also on my list 🙂 theres about a dozen things I want to get done for the first update

  • Pawan

    Why did I read it as AssWiper :O

    • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

      I thought i was the only one

      • Gorgonphone

        cause thats where your minds are…lololol

      • Gorgonphone

        at least you didn’t read it as “AssPiper” as am sure many folks did..lolool