How to add multitasking to your old iPhone without jailbreaking

So you've got an original iPhone and you're hanging on to it for sentimentality's sake. I get that. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice all the cool, new goodies that accompany the latest versions of iOS.

So you've got an original iPhone and you're hanging on to it for sentimentality's sake. I get that. But that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice all the cool, new goodies that accompany the latest versions of iOS.

Whited00r allows its users to multitask on older iOS devices. Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti

If you're hanging on to your little piece of Apple history (whether because you have to or just want to) TechCrunch lets us know that you can now use a custom firmware called Whited00r to add some sweet features such as multitasking, app folders, and device syncing.

The best part about Whited00r? No jailbreaking.

Instead, Whited00r is a variation of an old iOS firmware, version 3.1.3, which is the last version of iOS to which many users have upgraded their original iPhones and iPod Touches. Now, when dealing with a custom firmware, there are going to be trade-offs. Users installing Whited00r will not have the luxury of notifications, nor access to Apple's App Store.

Also tweaked in the Whited00r release is video recording, which is actually just a version of an old app, Cycorder, that has been added. You also won't have access to iCloud syncing, but Whited00r does offer sync options via Dropbox and Exchange.

Though Whited00r has been available in beta for some time, the latest version is the first considered stable enough for public use. To get and install Whited00r, simply visit its Web site and download Whited00r 5.1.

Next, read up on all the information provided by Whited00r. Be sure you know what you're getting yourself into before going on in the process.

Once you've downloaded the appropriate version of Whited00r, unzip the package files. Open iTunes on your computer and select your iPhone or iPod Touch from the devices section. Now, hold Option (on a Mac) or Shift (on Windows) and click the Restore button. Wait for your device to automatically reboot (this could take up to 15 minutes, so be patient).

Once it boots, select "Set up as new iPhone/iPod." At that point, you're all set. Just wait for the setup process to take place, add your music, videos, and photos, and get back to work on your device. To get a full list of features available in Whited00r 5.1, check out the change log here.

Once I dig my original iPhone out of storage I'm going to give this a shot. Is anyone still running iOS 3.1.3 on their old iDevice? Are you going to try out Whited00r? Let me know in the comments!

About the author

    Joe is a seasoned Mac veteran with years of experience on the platform. He reports on Macs, iPods, iPhones and anything else Apple sells. He even has worked in Apple retail stores. He's also a creative professional who knows how to use a Mac to get the job done.

     

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