How to fix slow multitasking on iPhone and iPad

If you've got an iPhone 8 or older or any iPad, you might sometimes notice a delay when you try to activate multitasking by double-pressing the Home button. This is likely due to the iOS Accessibility Shortcut, which lets you quickly access several accessibility features by triple-pressing the Home button. Because this feature uses the triple-press, iOS waits a moment for the third press before registering that it isn't coming and activating multitasking.

Interestingly, iPhone X owners don't face this particular problem, as the shortcut is activated by triple-clicking the side button on that device. However, they might notice a similar delay when trying to manually activate Apple Pay, which is done with two clicks of the side button.

The solution to slow multitasking activation is to turn off Accessibility Shortcut completely. The good news is that this is easy to do.

How to turn off Accessibility Shortcut to speed up multitasking

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Accessibility.

  1. Tap Accessibility Shortcut.
  2. Tap any of the shortcuts with a checkmark next to them to turn them off.

With all of the options unchecked, Accessibility Shortcut should now be turned off. You can now resume multitasking at the intended speed.


Let us know in the comments if you have any other questions about speeding up multitasking on your iPhone or iPad.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.