Enable Multi-touch Gestures on iPad without jailbreaking

Notice: this not works for iPad 1 with iOS 5.x, if you like multi-touch gestures feature, I recommend you don’t upgrade your iPad 1 to iOS 5.
We can find some guide on the Internet that show how to enable multi-touch gestures on iPad, but all of them request your iPad is jailbreaked, or need you own a Mac computer with XCode installed.
Now with iBackupBot, we can easily enable multi-touch gestures on iPad without jailbreaking:

What you need:

  • 1. A PC computer with Windows XP/Vista/7 system, iTunes 10.2.1 installed.
  • 2. An iPad or iPad 2 with iOS 4.3 or 4.3.1.
  • 3. iBackupBot iTunes Backup Manager.

Then follow these steps:

  • 1. Run iTunes, connect your iPad to computer, right click your iPad name in left window of iTunes and select Back Up.
  • 2. After the backup process done, exit iTunes, run iBackupBot, select the newest backup of your iPad in left window of iBackupBot.
  • 3. Double click Library/Preferences/com.apple.springboard.plist in right window of iBackupBot, it will pop up a plist editor window.

  • 4. Add below two line under <dict> line:
    <key>SBUseSystemGestures</key>
    <true/>

  • 5. Click the Disk button to save changes then close the plist editor window.

    Notice: When saving changes, the program will re-sort the contents of plist file by key, so the 2 lines you just added may been moved to other place, you can press CTRL+F and enter SBUseSystemGestures to find it.

  • 6. Press CTRL+T, the program will prompt “Do you really want restore this backup to your device?”, just click Yes button.
  • 7. After the restore process done, your iPad will restart automatically, then you can enjoy the multi-touch gestures feature.

BTW: this method will not show the multi-touch gestures switch in option window of iPad, so if you want disable multi-touch gestures feature, you can find and delete the two line that you added in Library/Preferences/com.apple.springboard.plist then restore to iPad using iBackupBot.

A video on YouTube about this:
Enable iPad Multi-touch Gestures on Windows, no jailbreak request

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54 Responses to “Enable Multi-touch Gestures on iPad without jailbreaking”

  1. prodo 123 says:

    anyone want battery percentage?

    i got a way here

    sbshowbatterypercentage lol i got no idea

  2. prodo 123 says:

    I have seen many people get confused by why redsn0w has no support for out-of-the-box multitouch gestures, and why the package Magic Fingers does not work.

    Simple. Redsn0w does not mod the files necessary to enable it, and Magic Fingers isn’t supported on iOS 4.3.1.

    If you want to enable multitouch gestures, there are two choices:
    1. sn0wbreeze 2.5
    2. Mod plist files

    Since most of you would rather choose the second option, this is how to do it.

    1. SSH into this directory: “Root > var > mobile > Library > Preferences > com.apple.springboard.plist” and open the specified plist.
    2. Add this value:
    Quote:
    SBUseSystemGestures

    3. Go to “Root > System > Library > CoreServices > SpringBoard.app > N90AP.plist” and open the plist. Depending on your device, this may be a different number. N90AP specifies the GSM iPhone 4. Look for a plist that starts with N, followed by 2 numbers.
    4. Add this value:
    Quote:
    multitasking-gestures

    5. Go to “Root > Applications > Preferences.app > General.plist” and open the plist.
    6. Find this section.
    Quote:

    cell
    PSGroupCell
    footerCellClass
    MultitaskingGestureExplanationView
    id
    Mutltitasking_Gesture_Group
    requiredCapabilities

    multitasking-gestures

    cell
    PSSwitchCell
    default

    defaults
    com.apple.springboard
    id
    Mutltitasking_Gesture_Switch
    key
    SBUseSystemGestures
    label
    Multitasking_Gestures
    requiredCapabilities

    multitasking-gestures

    7. Replace that section with:
    Quote:

    cell
    PSGroupCell
    footerCellClass
    MultitaskingGestureExplanationView
    requiredCapabilities

    multitasking-gestures

    cell
    PSSwitchCell
    default

    defaults
    com.apple.springboard
    key
    SBUseSystemGestures
    label
    Multitasking Gestures
    requiredCapabilities

    multitasking-gestures

    Save everything and respring. If you didn’t screw up, then under Settings > General, you should see the toggle.

    Have fun! -Prodo123

  3. BC says:

    doesn’t seem to work in iOS5

  4. Doxey says:

    I’ve tryed this. Doesn’t work. I’m assuming it is because I’m running ios 5. Has anyone had success running ios 5

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