5-finger pinching gesture on new ipad shows multi-tasking screen

Discussion in 'iPad' started by vmflapem, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. vmflapem macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    when i do the 5-finger pinching gesture, it sometimes shows multitasking screen and other times home screen.
    is there a way to change the setting so it always shows home screen?
  2. tekchic macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    It's really twitchy and I'm still getting used to it, but for me what seems to work is "fast pinch" goes to home screen, but "slow pinch" goes to the multitasking screen.

    So if you want to go to home screen, do the gesture fast. Want multitasking? Go slower.

    I kinda wish they'd had separate gestures for them though. I was pretty used to 5-finger pinch to home screen.
  3. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2018
    First off I have a gen 2 but I have no reason to believe things are currently any different on the new ones when it comes to these gestures at this time.

    That said as far as I know there is no setting to change them so all we can do for now is learn to be more purposeful in how we initiate the two gestures.

    What I do is pinch quickly and pull my hand away from the screen as i'm doing it to get to home screen. For multitasking I pinch just a little bit and then pause before pulling away. Takes just a little bit of practice but I'm consistent with it now.

    BTW the gesture's the same for both 4 and 5 finger AFAIK. Sure would be nice if they set it to distinguish between 4 and 5 wouldn't it?
  4. Dexterama, Nov 9, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2018

    Dexterama macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2017
    New England
    What I’ve been doing to get some consistency is to swipe down with five fingers and hold for sec for multitask, swipe four/five fingers up quickly to return to home screen, and swipe right four/five fingers to go to the previously used app.
  5. Proteinaceous macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2004
    It works just like the swipe up gesture. If you swipe up part way, you get the app switcher; if you swipe up further, you get the home screen. Likewise, if you 5/4-finger gesture partially, you get the app switcher; if you 4/5-finger gesture fully, you get the home screen. I don’t think speed matters (except for the fact that precision is more difficult).
  6. vmflapem thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    Thanks for the input everyone.

    Hmm that's weird because I've never had this issue on my old 2nd gen ipad pro. I dont get why 5-finger down gesture also triggers multitask screen. I think this might be messing it up.
  7. Marshall73 macrumors 65832


    Apr 20, 2015
    Make sure you have gestures enabled in settings.
  8. csurfr macrumors 68020

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    On my 11”, 4 fingers is multi-tasking, 5 is minimize to the dock. And if you’re in safari, 3 will show all open windows.

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