How To Multitask in iOS4 on iPhone, iPod Touch
By on June 21st, 2010

The free update for 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch is out, you can upgrade to the latest version by using the iTunes upgrade option. If you do not know how to upgrade to iOS4, read our earlier article on How To Upgrade to iOS4 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch.

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One of the new features in iOS4 includes multi-tasking, this feature is available only for iPhone 3GS and certain iPod Touch devices.

iOS4 Multitasking

To multitask with iOS4 on an iPhone or iPod Touch, just double-tap on the home button when an app is open, this will bring up new apps for you to choose from at the bottom of the screen.

You can scroll through all the open apps by shifting it to the right or left of the screen. Once you click on the app it will seamlessly switch between the current one and the one you chose to multitask with.

iOS4 Multitasking Close App

To close an open app, just press and hold the icon and click on the "-" symbol at the left corner, this will close the app altogether. Have fun multi-tasking on your new iOS4 on an iPhone or iPod Touch.

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  • Matt.c

    Doesn't work on my 3G iPod touch

  • ShadowChaos

    i have the 8g ipod touch I jus downloaded ios4 and multitasking is only available for 32 and 64g ipod touchs only sorry to say. I put all that effort into downloading it and this is what I get!

  • Jay

    I got the multitasking for my iPod touch and it is jaibrocken so I got it on cydia. So when I went to winterboard to turn it on the pressed the home button it wouldn't let me use the multitasking. Will someone help me out.

  • arlind

    i have a ipod 3rd generation and i upgrated to 4.0 but nether multitasking or seting a home screen backround work help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • clark eilers

    Multitasking does not work on my 3rd gen ITouch after updating OS to 4.0. Double-clicking the home button simply returns me to the home screen as does a single-click, and my music shuts off. ANNOYING!!!
    Any help appreciated!

  • Juan C

    When I double tap the home button while using any app, the app closes and the music menu comes up…is that normal?

    • hagamaster

      YOU DON HAVE IT…. Jailbreak if you want it so bad… go to jailbreakme.com on ipod browser follow instructions.. when finished open cydia, download winterboard… (the ipod will reboot) go back into cydia and go to categories/tweaks and search for ipod2g features… or download rockapp from cydia and get z toggle

      for you "techy poeple" you can install open ssh and edit the plists.. this is how i did it..

      go tino your ipod touch via ssh look in root/system/library/coreservices/springboard.app open N74AP.plist in a plist editor look for

      homescreen-wallpaper

      change false to true..
      then find

      multitasking

      again change false to true.. (make sure to back up originals)

      restart ipod and enjoy having multitasking at the expense of 15-20 percent of you battery life

  • Me

    what do you have to set your home button mode on

    • hagamaster

      nothing follow the steps I posted and it works as apple describes

  • dnkds

    ipod touch 8 gb??
    does multitasking work???

    • http://keithdsouza.com Keith Dsouza

      @dnkds – Multitasking is not supported in iPod Touch 8GB

  • Alyk

    I have a 3rd gen ipod with 4.0 and 8gb mine is not working for multi-tasking help?!! What should i do?

    • hagamaster

      YOU DON HAVE IT…. Jailbreak if you want it so bad… go to jailbreakme.com on ipod browser follow instructions.. when finished open cydia, download winterboard… (the ipod will reboot) go back into cydia and go to categories/tweaks and search for ipod2g features… or download rockapp from cydia and get z toggle

      for you “techy poeple” you can install open ssh and edit the plists.. this is how i did it..

      go tino your ipod touch via ssh look in root/system/library/coreservices/springboard.app open N74AP.plist in a plist editor look for

      homescreen-wallpaper

      change false to true..
      then find

      multitasking

      again change false to true.. (make sure to back up originals)

      restart ipod and enjoy having multitasking at the expense of 15-20 percent of you battery life

  • zea

    i cant double wallpaper

    • whatdoesitmean

      can you double rainbow?

  • iPod touch 2g user

    i have updated my iTouch to iOS4 but i dont seem to have the multitask function at all. someone help me out?

  • Aidon

    When I double tap my home button my iPod Touch 2g, it brings me to Music?

  • Sam Oliver

    When I double tap my updated iPhone 3GS it just goes to phone favourites?

  • John

    I have a iPod touch 4g with 8 gb but multitasking does not work on it! Please HELP!

  • Noukie

    well i’m doing that but nothing happend.
    The only thing that happend is that i return to the home screen.

    what am I doing wrong ?

    xoxo Noukie

  • Caitlynne

    OKay. I updated to iOS4 but i dont have multitasking? PLEASE HELP!!

    • garry

      you need to jailbreak it first , because it not available as standard on ipod touch 2nd gen or lower

  • Alex

    i updated my 3g ipod modle to 4.0 but i cant multi task mine is 8gb please tell me what did i do wrong

    • http://keithdsouza.com Keith Dsouza

      @Alex – 8GB iPod Touch is not a 3G model, it is a 2G model which does not support multi-tasking

      • ROLAND PED

        I just want to help you guys! Ipod touch 2g iOS 4 can be multitasking ,
        edit the N72AP.plist. Use iFile fron cydia ang go to
        library/system/coreservises/springboard.app/N72AP.plist
        edit and
        Just add:

        multitasking

        and

        homescreen-wallpaper

        this is the same with N82AP.plist on iPhone
        Insert where you can find strings somthing like that on N72AP.plist

        just like this:

        h264-encoder

        telephony-maximum-generation

        magnetometer

        encrypted-data-partition

        armv7

        accessibility

        (INSERT HERE)

    • http://keithdsouza.com Keith Dsouza

      @Alex – 8GB iPod Touch is 2G and not 3G

  • GT

    I have a 8gb itouch which suppose does not have muli tasking the version is upgraded to 4.0.2, double tapping the home button does not bring out a new menu either! but I have a problem with this … I charge my touch to it’s full 100% battery even if I do nothing the battery dies out in just a few hours!! I suspect there is multi tasking but I can’t check and I don’t know how to close the apps permanently…  can anyone help?

  • simonli2575

    Is multitasking and folders the only new thing in IOS 4?

  • john

    Why doesn’t this work for me? I have an iPod Touch 2nd Gen.

    • http://keithdsouza.com Keith Dsouza

      @john – Multitasking only works in iPod Touch 3G and higher.

  • Everyone who commented on here

    Like OMG MY APPLE, MY FRICKEN iPOD WONT MULTITASK. :,(

  • S Brady

    You know, I scrolled through the entire Ipad IOs4.2 manual, even did a search, found zero on multitasking…thank you for being on top of things!

  • John

    If you have downloaded 4.2.1 can you multitask on ipod touch 3g 8gb?

  • vernice

    So my 3rd generation 32G iPod touch will multitask like this?

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