How to Enable Multitasking Gestures on iPad 1 iOS 5 without Jailbreak

iOS 5 brings a host of new features, not all of which are available for older devices. For instance, 1st Gen iPad has been kept out of some enhancements, though it has good hardware capabilities. Newly added iOS 5 features such as multitasking gestures and video mirroring have not been enabled on iPad 1.

Don’t worry. There is always a way to get around such restrictions put up by Apple, in an effort to sell their newer devices. Normally, jailbreaking is the only solution to tweak iOS and make it work the way you want it to. But this time, even non-jailbreakers can tweak their iPad to make multitasking gestures work like they are meant to.

Multitasking gestures, available on iPad 2, allow you to use 4 or 5 fingers to easily pinch to the home screen, swipe up to reveal the multi tasking bar instead of pressing the Home button every time, and also swipe left  or right to switch between running apps.


Video mirroring is a feature which allows connect your iPad to a HD screen using a HDMI cable and share your iPad screen with your audience. Unfortunately, this one too is not available on 1st gen iPad.

Thanks to a ModMyi user, we now have a modified version of Redsn0w that can enable both multitasking gestures and video mirroring in one go. And, even though a jailbreak tool such as Redsn0w is involved, this tweak is pretty much a non-jailbreak one.

Follow the steps below, and you will NOT jailbreak your iPad. You will only enable the restricted features.

How to enable multitasking gestures, video mirroring on iPad 1

1. Download modified version of Redsn0w to perform the hack. You can download Windows version here, and Mac OS X version of Redsn0w here.


2. Power OFF your iPad and connect it to your Computer.

3. Launch Redsn0w and click on ‘Jailbreak’.

4. Follow the onscreen instructions to put your iPad into DFU mode.

5. On the following screen, make sure you uncheck ‘Install Cydia’ and only check ‘Enable Multitask Gestures’.

6. Click ‘Next’.

7. Let Redsn0w perform its routine stuff.

Once your iPad restarts, you should be able to find ‘Multitasking Gestures’ under the ‘Genera’ settings. Turn it ON, and now you too can enjoy all the multitasking goodness on your first gen iPad.

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