The App Switcher is an interface on the iPhone and iPad that houses all recently used apps in a suspended state. Those apps are frozen in your device’s memory such that you can return to what you were doing both quickly and efficiently.
It’s not uncommon, however, to see iPhone and iPad users force quit all the apps in their App Switcher when they’re finished multitasking. While Apple doesn’t recommend this, it’s a habit that continues to circulate even to this day.
Given the popularity of this practice, especially for freeing up some memory in a pinch, iOS developer 0ldGold is making it even easier with a new and free jailbreak tweak called Eraser that lets users clear their App Switcher with a tap.
Eraser users will find a new Erase button at the top-right of the App Switcher interface, as depicted in the screenshot example above. Tapping on it force-quits every app in the App Switcher, minus a few user-defined exceptions as we’ll show you in a bit.
After you’ve installed Eraser, you’ll find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app for configuring it however you like:
Options here include:
- Toggling Eraser on or off on demand
- Customizing Eraser’s appearance
- Customizing Eraser’s prevent list:
- Media applications
- Navigation applications
- Both Media and Navigation applications
- Customizing Eraser’s “Other Features”
- Choosing an animation:
- Adjusting the animation speed via a slider
- Configuring the Eraser button positioning
- Blacklisting apps that you don’t want forcefully closed by Eraser
Digging deeper, we’ll show you some of the things you can do in the tweak’s somewhat cavernous preference panes:
In Eraser’s Appearance preference pane, users can:
- Choose a preferred button style:
- Enter a custom text string
- Choose between automatic, dark, or light appearance
- Show the confirm button
- Use the system language
In Eraser’s Other Features preference pane, users can:
- Enable haptic feedback
- Enable a swipe down gesture for force quitting all apps
- Choose between a slow, medium, or fast swipe
In Eraser’s Positioning preference pane, users can:
- Adjust the X positioning via a slider
- Place the button at the bottom
- Adjust the Y positioning via a slider
In the excluded applications preference pane, you can individually turn on apps that you don’t want forcefully quit from the App Switcher under any circumstance. This might include call blocking apps or something else that needs to run in the background at all times.
We especially enjoy all the flexibility that Eraser brings the table, from being able to choose what does or doesn’t get forcefully quit to getting to configure aesthetics and behaviorisms. You can save any changes you make to the settings via the convenient Apple Changes buttons provided throughout the preference panes.
Those interested in giving Eraser a try for the sake of satisfyingly clearing all App Switcher apps with a single tap as opposed to several swipes can download the tweak for free from 0ldGold’s personal repository via their favorite package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 14 devices.
If you aren’t already using 0ldGold’s repository, then you can add it to your package manager of choice vis the following URL:
Do you plan to download Eraser on your pwned handset? Let us know why or why not in the comments section down below.