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The app switcher in iOS 7 allows you to swipe up on the pages listed there to kill the apps using a simple gesture. Swiping down on the app pages results in a simple rubber banding animation that has no effect on the application associated with the page.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could garner some extra functionality from swiping down on pages within the app switcher? That’s the basic premise behind SlideForUsage; it allows you to view basic usage statistics for the apps listed in the app switcher. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside.

After installing SlideForUsage, a fairly bare bones preference pane will be placed in the stock Settings app. Inside the tweak’s preferences, you can change the color of the text that resides underneath each app in the app switcher.

Sliding down on an app in the app switcher reveals the app’s last opened time, how long the app has been used, and total duration of usage. Swiping down on the first page of the app switcher, the SpringBoard page, showcases text that displays the last time since reboot.

I should mention that SlideForUsage was a little laggy while running on my 5th generation iPod touch. It ran a lot smoother on the A7 powered iPhone 5s, but the tweak’s preference bundle doesn’t work on 64bit devices as of yet.

SlideForUsage is a good way to monitor usage time, and a fairly ingenious method of getting more functionality out of the stock app switcher. You can find the tweak for free on Cydia’s ModMyi repo. Let me know what you think about it down below.

  • jgr627

    Cool tweak but still not enough to connive me to jailbrake #TeamStockiOS

    • La Cucaracha

      #teamboringiOS

      • jgr627

        Boring is your opinion. But it’s a fact that stock iOS Is the most stable that’s not my opinion that’s a fact

      • rockdude094

        Also amazing for tweaking.

    • Nate McKelvie

      What?

  • Raul M

    Don’t get it and if u get it u will forget about it and not use it lol. I had this since it came out and I just remembered about it right now lol

  • iOops

    I really like the Slide2Kill 7 tweak to kill all tasks (done by swiping down). This tweak seems to work well with it without too many issues. Outside of not being able to load the preference bundle (text color – no biggie for most wallpapers as the text is white), it seems to work fine on my 5s.

    • ianb821

      The preference bundle should load fine after the update you should get sometime tomorrow. Let me know if you have any issues though!

    • mav3rick

      How does this not interfere with Slide2Kill? When swiping down on an app are not all the tasks closed?

      • iOops

        No, the slide down to close requires a sharp down snap to the icon, if you pull down and hold the image to see the stats, then release – nothing will happen. Works perfectly together with no mistaken closures.

  • deepdvd

    You shouldn’t have to use two consecutive swipes to see all the information. It needs to be more sensitive. Then again, if there already exists a setting in preferences for this, I can’t see it because I have an iPhone 5s.

    • ianb821

      There is a setting for this in the update that should be out sometime tomorrow on Cydia. Please let me know if you have any other issues!

      • iOops

        Sad to say the 0.0.2 update is quite bad on the 5s causing severe jitter when you pull an app to see the stats. The prefs bundle loads now but the sensitivity option seems non functional.

      • ianb821

        Yeah, that was a mistake on my part, the update tomorrow will take care of that, sorry!

      • iOops

        Good to know, thank you. The tweak is pretty sweet.

      • deepdvd

        It’s so much better now. Thanks!

      • ianb821

        Great! Glad to hear it, thanks for using it!

      • iOops

        Works great with the latest update 🙂

  • Andrew von Pikrt

    Come on, 64bit !
    Very cool tweak!

  • la55iter

    It works-ish on my 5s… Shows info, but flashes between jitters of the preview card. I thought maybe Sacarius was interfering, but disabling that did nothing to fix it… Suggestions?

    • iOops

      Found the same thing with the 0.0.2 update. That and the sensitivity option seemingly non functional.

      • la55iter

        I emailed the dev last night and he said he was aware of the issue and that another upgrade should hit cydia today sometime to resolve it.

      • ianb821

        Update is live now. Please let me know if this doesn’t solve the issue for you!