On 3D Touch-enabled devices, you can access your App Switcher with a 3D Touch gesture on the left side of the display. Once you observe the screen beginning to shrink down, simply follow through with a rightward swipe.

With a new free jailbreak tweak ForceTouchSwitcher by iOS developer CydiaGeek, you can further customize your App Switcher-based 3D Touch gestures.

The tweak has two primary functions built in:

  • Disable the 3D Touch gesture for the App Switcher entirely
  • Enable the 3D Touch gesture for the right side of your screen in addition to the left

With these features in mind, ForceTouchSwitcher appeals to two different groups: 1) those who don’t want to use 3D Touch gestures for the App Switcher at all; and 2) those who don’t want to be confined to just one side of the screen for gesture input.

Options can be configured from the ForceTouchSwitcher preferences pane, which you’ll find in the Settings app after installation:

A respring button is required to save your changes, so a respring button is included here for your convenience.

The way I see it, most people are attuned to using the Home button to access the App Switcher, so your 3D Touch access may or may not matter as much to you. On the other hand, if you like using 3D Touch to access your App Switcher or you find that the 3D Touch gesture is always getting in the way of something, then ForceTouchSwitcher might be the tweak for you.

ForceTouchSwitcher is a free download from Cydia’s BigBoss repository and works on all jailbroken iOS 9 and iOS 10 devices that support 3D Touch.

Do you ever use 3D Touch to open your App Switcher? Share in the comments section below.

  • techfreak23

    I used it all the time, but now I’m on the iOS 11 beta and they took the feature out. I’m really disappointed since it was such a handy feature. Maybe not to all, but definitely to those of us who used it constantly. Hopefully they bring it back in a future beta release.

  • Iskren Donev

    I like the right-sided gesture idea. It is very hard to invoke the app switcher if you have a Plus-sized phone and you hold it in your right hand.

    • Sebastián Junca 

      Yeah thats true! I’ve been waiting for this since 3d touch came available. Too bad my 7 plus is on iOS 10.3.3