Reminisce: the best way to switch between recently used apps

By , Aug 23, 2013

Reminisce Hero

It’s one of the best jailbreak tweaks that we’ve seen this month, and it’s now available for you to download on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. I’m talking about Reminisce, the jailbreak tweak that lets users quickly switch between their most recently used apps, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re fully aware of what tweak I’m referring to.

We previewed Reminisce last week, lending a glimpse of what you can expect once the tweak went live on Cydia. Now that it’s officially live and available to purchase, let’s step through a few of the other features found in this big time Cydia release.

At its most basic level, Reminisce is an app switcher that allows you to access your five most recently used apps by means of a swipe gesture. By default, gestures are performed from the right edge of the screen, and they reveal a bar containing app icons representing the five most recent apps.

Reminisce’s hallmark is its speed. It allows you to switch between apps in record-like fashion, because it is extremely responsive and features brisk animation.

Although it’s a tweak that feels very lightweight, Reminisce is quite heavy on the features, and this is readily apparent once you dive into the tweak’s preferences. There, you’ll find three different sections: animations, behavior, and appearance. Each of the mentioned sections contain quite a few settings to tinker with.

Animations

Inside the animations section, you’ll find two different animation styles to select from — push, a basic animation with no configuration options, and flat, an animation style that can be customized. Each of these animations refer to the look of the animation that happens when you perform the slide gesture to invoke Reminisce.

Reminisce Animations

While I personally prefer the look of the push animation, the flat animation lets you choose from four additional animation styles — side, up, down, and split. Just don’t go into it expect animations that are wildly different, the effects are subtle at best.

You can also choose to animate the “mouseover” effects associated with sliding over each of the icons on the Reminisce bar. There’s a grow and highlight effect, along with a highlight effect that pertains to the app label names only.

Behavior

The real meat of the tweak, from a functionality standpoint at least, can be configured via the behavior section. Here, you can change the orientation of the swipe gesture to the left side of the screen from the default right side. This allows users who are left-handed to operate Reminisce with only one hand.

Reminisce Apperance

Another handy feature — disabled apps — can be found in the behavior section is well. This feature, as its name alludes to, allows you to disable the Reminisce gesture while within certain apps. This will apply mainly to apps that feature gestures that are similar to the ones found in Reminisce.

If you’re really about making sure that there are absolutely no conflicts with your apps, you can force Reminisce to only work with an Activator gesture of your choice. Personally, though, I’d try to avoid using this option, as it adds a lot of friction to an otherwise fluid tweak.

Appearance

The last section that you’ll find in the tweak’s preferences is the appearance section. As you’ve certainly figured out by now, this section lets you adjust the way the tweak looks. The appearance section allows you to adjust blurring options, dimming options, and hide or reposition the app labels for the icons found in the switcher.

Reminisce Color

One of the best features to be found in this section is the custom color section. By default, Reminisce uses the typical linen style that’s pervasive in iOS 6, but you can decide to use your own custom gradient combination by choosing the custom color option. I should mention, however, that although the tweak performed well from a stability perspective, the custom color option caused my device to crash once or twice during testing.

Verdict

Reminisce is a wonderful tweak that has sincere practical value. The developer could have honestly just stopped there, but he went the extra mile and added a ton of customization features to the package. I could have already recommended Reminisce based on the merits of its basic functionality, but it’s even easier to recommend when you consider all of the extra options. Make no mistake, if you’re looking for a better way to switch between recently used apps, this one is a no brainer. Go get it for $1.99 on Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

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  • Royce Otero

    It is a sweat tweak I must say. But it did get me upset while playing candy crush lol, kept making me leave the game.

    • Brian Cooper

      You can disable it for certain apps ;)

      • Royce Otero

        Cool thanks for the tip.

  • Huntz

    I honestly think LastApp is where it’s at.

    • Yen-Ting Chen

      LastApp is also my choice! Have been using it since ios 3. For recent apps, Multistorey can give you 8 recently used apps excluding the one currently using. Both FREE!

      • Huntz

        Yeah I use multistorey as well. Awesome tweaks.

  • jocastro

    umm kinda still don’t see a point for it but its pretty sweet

  • Damian W

    I miss you my dear iPad support! It was so nice knowing you.

  • Jeff Ramirez

    Does it work in landscape mode?

    • Jeff Ramirez

      It took me $1.99 to confirm that this tweak does not work in landscape mode whatsoever. In case anyone else had that question.

      • Damian Lillard

        Lmfao. Thanks, Jeff.

  • Shahzad Malik

    Very nice tweak !

  • stf007

    Why, why this when there is Zephyr? With tons more options and it works great in combination with KillBackground. Now that is multitasking at ti’s finest

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Have got teh agree with ya there. Without question. +1

  • Dave Newcomb

    It also works from the lock screen, provided that the device is not pass code locked.

  • mkOS

    I just tried it. I think it’s very useful; but I started tweaking it around it’s settings, and it started crashing and rebooting my phone into Safe Mode each time I activated the tweak.

    I restored to default settings but it keeps crashing.

    I use an iPhone 4 with iOS 6.1

    • Jeff Ramirez

      I was getting the same results. Every time I change the settings it crashes resulting in safe mode. Hope they fix this soon.

      I use iPhone 5 with 6.1.2

      • mkOS

        It wouldn’t be so bad if it crashed only when I changed the settings and then returned to normal.

        But it doesn’t. Once it crashes, it keeps crashing every time.

        I just removed it and set an Activator Switch for Auxo instead.

      • Brian Cooper

        Really sorry about that, I am looking at what could cause that. You are the first to report such an issue, so maybe you have a tweak in common that could cause it.

      • mkOS

        Hi. Nice to hear from a developer, thanks.
        I don’t know What could cause this crash. I don’t have many Tweaks…auxo, altKeyboard, Abstergo, Velox…just The usual ones.

      • Alan

        I’m getting exactly the same problem. If it is conflicting with another tweak, I’m not sure what it is.

        Also, the tweak always causes a crash when using it directly from the springboard when not already in an app. I’ve also noticed that when using the tweak from within an app, the app you’re using is one of the 5 icons on the panel. It would be better if the panel showed your five most recent apps EXCLUDING the one you’re already in, if any.

  • Gameboy213

    I really like this tweak, but I removed it already as the activator switch makes it run kinda slow. The real reason is my auxo and zephyr workflow doesn’t leave any room for this tweak really. Maybe I will change that soon.

    • Brian Cooper

      I have fixed activator support in the version I’m working on, the next release should be brilliant :)

      • Gameboy213

        Fantastic!

  • Damian Lillard

    Man El Jeffe, I am usually a tad bit skeptical of forking over $2.00 for an tweak, but you sold me on this. Besides, it really does appear that the dev went above and beyond. Thanks for the tweak tip!