Access iOS 9’s Multitasking features without using the home button?
Today I’m going to show you something I discovered while reviewing the Thule Atmos X5. I was a little surprised by this discovery but it may prove to be useful to some of you when it comes to app switching and Multi-Tasking.
Most people know how to get to MultiTasking by double clicking the home button. I do have to say that Multi-Tasking went through a big upgrade in iOS 9 as you now swipe apps from the left instead of the right. Go Apple.
Now this other method, which I discovered by accident, is another way to access MultiTasking that doesn’t require double clicking which makes app switching little quicker if you can master it. And you have an iPhone 6s version.
This new method only requires you to press and swipe left, starting at the edge of the screen. There are two actions here as swiping all the way to the left and up will bring you to the Multi-Tasking while a full swipe will bring you to the last app you used.
With all the being said, how useful is the super fast app switching without pressing the home button twice? There are limits and to get the most use out of this trick, you need to practice the movements.
Reasons why its not great include:
1. Its Finicky – You need to put enough pressure on the screen so that Force Touch doesn’t get activated. You need to figure out how long to hold your finger on the screen.
2. Doesn’t work for all apps – As you can see here, trying to bounce between instagram and this Walking Dead game doesn’t work.
3. It only works on the newest iPhones which seems silly so I’m guess that this is part of the Force Touch functionality.
4. It’s not quicker – Sure, its only 1 action compared to the three with the double tap method but the swipe method is finicky. Double tapping your home buttons is a sure bet. Double tapping ensures that you get to multitasking whereas this swipe menu may not work all the time.
So as a tip & trick, its really not but more of a “huh, I can do that”. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve really only used this when I’ve needed to quickly copy information between apps.
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