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MultitaskingGestures is a just released jailbreak tweak that brings Zephyr-like functionality to iPhones running iOS 7. Since it doesn’t look like we will see an iOS 7 updated version of Zephyr, developer Hamza Sood has taken the initiative to bring us something similar.

To be clear, MultitaskingGestures is not a 1:1 copy of Zephyr; it brings its own ideas and features to the table, but it’s a flattering impersonation of Chpwn’s groundbreaking tweak of old. Have a look at our video walkthrough inside to see MultitaskingGestures in action.

Using MultitaskingGestures is as simple as swiping up from the bottom of the screen while in an app to dismiss that app, or swiping from the left or right side of the screen to switch to the nearest app in the app switcher. Since the tweak incorporates swipe-from-the-bottom gestures, then Control Center, the feature normally designated for the swipe-from-bottom gesture, had to be relocated. You’ll now find Control Center in the Notification Center panel that appears when swiping down from the top of the screen.

Control Center’s new digs definitely takes a bit of getting used to. It would have been nice if we could designate a swipe from the left side of the Home button to be assigned to dismissing apps, and a swipe from the right side of the Home button for Control Center, but alas, no such option exists thus yet.

It should be noted that once MultitaskingGestures is installed, there are no options or settings to configure. For Zephyr users, this is a bit of a bummer since there’s no way to adjust how the tweak works, adjust sensitivity settings, disabled the functionality in certain apps, etc. If there’s one thing you can say about Chpwn, it’s that he was extremely iterative and paid a lot of attention to detail. That’s not to say that MultitaskingGestures won’t get to that point, but it’s definitely not there as of now.

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Control Center has a new home in Notification Center

Another thing that should be mentioned is that MultitaskingGestures features a few hidden items not advertised in the tweak’s page on Cydia. First, you’ll find that iPad-style multitasking gestures exist using three fingers. This means that you can pinch on an app with three fingers to close the app and go back to the Home screen, or swipe up from the bottom of the screen with three fingers to invoke the app switcher.

MultitaskingGestures also keeps iOS 7’s swipe back feature around, but this time it requires a tap+hold+swipe gesture to prevent it from invoking the app switching gesture instead. It takes a bit of getting used to, and it’s still an experimental feature, but it does work. Be sure to check out our full video walkthrough above for a demonstration of how both this, and the iPad style gestures work.

In what is perhaps the closest thing you’ll see to Zephyr on iOS 7, MultitaskingGestures is worth your time and attention. You might not feel like it’s worth of a purchase in its current state, but you should definitely keep your eyes peeled on it for future updates. There’s a lot of promise here, but it’s still got a ways to go before it reaching the same plateau as Zephyr.

For those of you who aren’t convinced and are looking for another alternative, I recommend that you read Sebastien’s post on using Activator to replace Zephyr. It’s a good read, and it’s pretty eye opening as to the things that can be accomplished with Activator.

You can find MultitaskingGestures on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $1.50. Let me know what you think about it in the comments below.

  • Nono Bustamante

    You can do that with activator!

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      • Jonathan

        I wish you could kill a fake person.
        Nailed it.

      • Quang

        I use activator to activate switcher.
        I use Swipe from bottom right to activate Switcher,
        Swipe from bottom left to activate Control Center (you may also leave swipe from bottom left and center as default).

      • Damian W

        it still is not a fluent experience like zephyr or this new tweak. Activaor is a great addition, but it is only an addition, whereas zephyr and MultitaskingGestures feels like a part of the system.

      • Quang

        but you can still do that, although its not as great as zephyr.

  • Soleros

    My God, jailbreak setup is complete now!

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    This + ClassicSwitcher = perfection!

    • Raúl Díez Martín

      how that works? feels smooth as iOS 6?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        It doesn’t work. Hopefully the dev will update the tweak to bring support…

        If it were added then this tweak would be perfect…

      • RarestName

        So… it’s working with ClassicSwitcher?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Buggy but yes…

  • Nono Bustamante

    You can do that with activator

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      How? I’ve used Activator since forever and never seen options to swipe from the left and right to the last used applications…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Thanks for the link. I’ve read that article before and while it might work I think this tweak looks more elegant than the LastApp extension for Activator. Just my two cents although Activator is great for doing this on the cheap (free) I guess…

      • Nono Bustamante

        There are the options of swapping from bottom left (which I have linked to Go to first page in the springboard) and swapping from bottom right (which I have linked to Multitask) and it works perfectly (and I have the middle area still working with the NC).

        Hope you can do it now after this message

  • Maybe if I try earlier someone could help with this off topic issue. My Settings app crashes a whole bunch of times generally when I tap to open it. I’ve disabled tweaks one by one until none were running and no dice. I almost feel like it is a transition screen issue causing the problem? I know it’s off topic and generally get annoyed when troubleshooting problems not related to the article but thought someone might have read this with the same issue.
    Maybe a Settings cache I don’t know to clear because after updates some tweaks on Cydiq it will randomly work perfectly a few times before the same issue starts up again?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If it’s a cache problem downloading iCleaner from Cydia and using it will likely solve your problem(s)…

    • Svs

      Try running into safe mode if it doesn’t crash in there then uninstall cydia substrate. if it crash in safe mode then it is not related to JB so try restoring? (What device are you using?)

  • MrShutEmDown

    Something is not compatible with this tweak. I’ve uninstalled CCloader and it wasnt that. As well as CCquickPro.. however I get persistent SAFE MODE when installing this.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Yep crashing for me too. Guess I’ll have to wip out Terminal and uninstall things to find the culprit 🙁

      It’s ashamed it crashes really since it looks a great clone of Zephyr. It looks so identical I bet Chpwn could perhaps get annoyed by it. Hopefully he won’t though. If ever I find out what’s causing these crashes I’ll be sure to write back here…

      • Damian W

        Who cares if chpwn gets annoyed. He better does. And get zephyr finally working. He clearly ditched the customers who paid twice for his tweak.

      • mickey

        If it’s a complete re-write (like the last version) then I don’t think he ditched anyone.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        but he’s not working on it.. so..

      • mickey

        No he’s not but he doesn’t owe us anything in the first place. It’s nice when devs give free upgrades even with major/complete rewrites but silly to expect all of them to.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        idc if its free… i just want the update… its just crazy to me because a paid update is going to make him money…

      • mickey

        Maybe not enough for his time to update and maintain it? Obviously there is a huge demand for it.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Uninstall CCNowPlaying this was the cause of the crashes for me…

  • Perfect. I was using activator, and was getting some trouble to make it working good.. that’s perfect!

  • mickey

    Thanks for showing us the hidden settings Jeff. Tap+hold+swipe works for now but definitely too slow to be a permanent replacement (might as well tap the back button). Screen area options for edges and bottom would be perfect! Retain CC & swipe back/forward gestures.

  • Activator can do that…. said everyone who rushed to the comments without bothering to read passed the headline

  • to86

    Not really feeling it. Zephyr was great because it integrated well with ios 6. This doesn’t work well with ios 7, and doesn’t appear like the dev has thought I through well.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      Agreed. Notification Center was ruined in iOS7 and now this ruins it even beyond by moving CC inside NC in the form of… another tab?, seriously? The rest looks acceptable but moving CC to NC is an awful move. Developers should work side by side with a designer, otherwise it just doesn’t work. 🙂

  • waR

    finally!!! i been waiting for this!

  • Nice tweak; there is even room up top on the control center for a nice little digital clock plugin; or anything else desired;

  • florencio

    HI, Does anyone has tested on a iphone 4? Certainly would resurrect my phone…i dont understand why are not you all happy and jumping with this wonderful creation.

    • Ethan Buccelli

      i have a iphone 4 do u get control center in notification center bc i dont

      • florencio

        Hi, with new version i have CC in NC but still not optimized for iphone 4/4s. I think that beacause toggles dont have the correct position in NC…

      • Ethan Buccelli


  • luis gonzalez

    I rather pay 1.50 for an update for Zephyr

    • 鬼木容

      will Zephyr update for ios7?

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        supposedly Grant Paul (chpwn) said he isn’t really looking to update it…


    Anyone know how to get that animation when opening apps? (At the 0:45 second mark in the video).


    • Diego Gastón Milano

      Sure thing, install iOS7. 😛

    • Ray V

      DisplayCandy does this on iOS 6.

  • Zower

    I hope chpwn after seeing this reconsider updating zephyr to ios 7.

    • Damian W

      Lol he better update

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      Yep, he’s missing some bucks out of this.

  • Milan

    Everytime when I swipe from bottom to close app, I’m not able to start anything with first touch on the screen, I need to press twice to get response? Anyone?

    • mickey

      Yep, happens to me too. Did not even notice this until I read your comment.

      • Milan

        Yeah..buggy..update will fix that i hope, till then remove

      • mickey

        Fixed in the 0.2 update

  • Khis Ariasaif

    CC still looks awful in horizontal mode. I want IOS 7’s swipe back feature and to disable the app switching gesture. Once the developer addresses these issues I will reinstall.

  • Joe Honse

    I have to say, another method feels more natural to me. With CCQuick Pro’s gesture feature, and using QuickActivator to get quick access to switcher, I think it is a better alternative. I also use swipe right on status bar to invoke LastApp for quickly switching apps. Only issue I had was sometimes the swipe up would freeze and fixed that with adjusting sensitivity in Activator. See my amateur video here.

  • Jaleon

    I would get it if I could eliminate NC and replace with the normal CC, I don’t really like that dark CC as a NC tab. (I don’t use NC)
    Is there a way to to put control center up top instead of bottom? Thanks!

  • Thinking213

    Left swipe on status bar in any app to bring up springboard. right swipe on status bar in any app to bring up the switcher. and left swipe on the status bar to sleep if on the springboard.
    I find these to be my favorite actions as I ditched zephyr for them. I’m using an iphone 4 btw.

  • The developer decided to put the CC back on the bottom…..

    • Xin Chan

      I found no way to assess CC in apps…
      No change log nor the dev is active on twitter…

      • mickey

        Yeah that was odd move. Is there any changelog anywhere?

      • Xin Chan

        I couldn’t find any

      • yeah; just access CC normally after quitting the app- from the home screen.

  • Franco Leon

    YES!! im gonna get this just for the fact that it can move control center to notification center, i freaking hate the swipe up gesture for CC, it always lags and its a pain when you’re in an app.

    • mickey

      Sorry to say but the latest version took this out

      • Franco Leon

        ahh damn… someone should come out with a tweak that moves CC to the NC, i miss having NCsettings in the NC on IOS6.

      • mickey

        I definitely grew to prefer CC. But I am surprised there is no NC settings tweak. I guess not enough demand for it?

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        is the CC up or down?? 🙂

      • mickey

        Not sure what you mean?

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        you said that he took it out in the latest version right? In the video CC is moved to the notification centre. Is it still there? or is gone down.. where you swipe from bottom to bring it up…(original)

      • Mohammad Afzal

        It is on the bottom for me on my 5S, I like it here as well!
        I’ve CCQuick Pro.

      • mickey

        Yeah back down like stock ios. Except it doesn’t work in apps. Only the homescreen.

      • Mohammad Afzal

        On my MG 0.2 version, it’s down, works pretty nice. I got CCQuick Pro.

    • yeah I thought control center was nice in NC too. Much better than the useless “missed” tab. We should get an option

  • Skyshoot85

    CCQuick Pro!!!

  • iOSUsser

    ” Since the tweak incorporates swipe-from-the-bottom gestures, then Control Center, the feature normally designated for the swipe-from-bottom gesture, had to be relocated.”
    I see no problem to add a some kind of delay like Zephyr does to make CC available when using swipe and hold. No need to place CC to NC area etc…

  • Tan Zhi Kai

    Anyone experiencing crashes/freezes on an iPhone 5 with the iPad pinch thing?

    • Mohammad Afzal

      I’m having on iPhone 5S.

      • Tan Zhi Kai

        I found out ClassicDock was the culprit.

      • Mohammad Afzal

        No , I think version 2 was issue, dev issued v3 few hours ago. If u reinstalled then issue was fixed automatically because u have v3 installed now. Probably !!!!

  • Mohammad Afzal

    I like it, works really smooth. I did use activator and it was a struggle. MultitaskingGestures on the other hand feels as though it’s part of ios7. Good job !

  • Mohamed Zidane

    My CC is can be still accessed from the ”swipe up from the bottom of the screen gesture” after installing this tweak??? Could a tweak I installed have overridden the relocation of Control Center??? (P.S all the other functions of the tweak seem to work)

    • Mohammad Afzal

      I have same issue, but I’m happy this way too. Works flawlessly swiping up to close running app. I’ve CCQuick Pro installed!

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        if the control centre is swipe up from the bottom then does this interfere when i swipe up for the zephyr like action. In the video when you swipe from bottom it closes the app(not really) and goes to the homescreen

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      if you read below it says in 0.2 version he has shifted it down to below..

      • Jonathan Ross

        Put it back in NC
        I never use NC and this was a big plus for me.
        Needs an option menu too

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        are you saying he put it back in NC?

      • Jonathan Ross

        I wish he would

      • Mohamed Zidane

        oh thanks for telling me !!!

  • justinjanitzek

    Mine has an issue, CC didn’t replace the ‘Missed’ tab at all; still missed and the CC is still at the bottom, only accessible whenever Im on the homescreen

    • Tan Zhi Kai

      CC is only at Missed in version 0.1. You are running a version above 0.1.

  • dan

    I dont like it so far.. I got used to the control center plus I’ve installed virtual home its an amazing tweak for 5s users

  • Antony Andreev

    It’s useless at least for me. More convenient to tap the home button and that is my opinion

  • Chetan

    Well that pinch to close gesture will be cool with my next big screen iPhone (daydreaming till october) 😀

  • Saria Hajjar

    Please don’t forget to mention that it supports iPhone 5S (I know you said “…. functionality to iPhones running iOS 7….” but sometimes you forget to include iPhone 5S) Thanks.

  • jmh2002

    I installed the tweak however the control centre won’t move to the NC (iPhone4 iOS 7.0.4)

    I tried uninstalling the following tweaks to see if there was a conflict however it didn’t make any difference: Apptray, NCAllOnly, FlipControlCentre, Cloaky, QuickActivator.

    The gestures part of the tweak seem to be working.

    I emailed the developer with this info.

  • Tony Karam

    Alright so I bought this tweak and I have to say I quiet like it. However the CC is not moved to NC but rather you have to swipe up from the springboard to access it and I like it the way it is. Is this a bug or an updated version? Cause I have not seen anything about this in the tweak’s change log. If anybody knows about this, please share it.

    Thank you.

  • Antzboogie

    My control center did not move to the top I am not sure this tweak works with infinidock.

  • Vitor

    0.3 its a great update
    but now if the dev update this great tweak with swipe from bottom with delay to open app switcher, i just never talk about zephyr anymore

    • Vitor

      just swipe and hold for app switcher
      and put a icon on settings
      it’s strange without it

  • David Woje

    Any issues with the torch not working within nc?

    • carguy0625

      I’m having that same issue

  • Martin Guldborg Jørgensen

    My iPhone 5s springboard just crashed after updating MultitaskingGestures today, and my girlfriends iphone 5S did the same.. I dont know what caused it, but I think it dont work together with FlipControlCenter.. After deleting FlipControlCenter, the springboard crash stopped.. Can anyone confirm this?

  • Abumeshal

    Its wonderful , working perfect Iphone 5 ios 7.0.6


  • chady

    not work on ios 7.1.2

  • fattyz

    Not working on 7.1.1 or 2 springboard crashes when you pull down notification center