The number of apps available in the Android market is exponentially increasing. The more apps you install on your Android device, the more difficult it becomes to switch between various applications. The Recent Apps screen is a good way to switch between applications, but it is not really the most efficient way.
Not all apps are equally important and some applications need to be accessed more frequently than others. SwipePad does this job effectively by allowing you to configure a number of slots to your liking and access them from anywhere.
SwipePad can be accesses from anywhere – may it be a game or an app and provides a quick access to your desired app, taking multi-tasking to a whole new level and gives your productivity a big boost.
How to setup and use SwipePad on your Android:
Let us first take a look at SwipePad in action. When launched, the app interface shows 12 configurable slots. You can add your most regularly used apps and shortcuts to these slots for quick access.
The circle at the bottom indicates the location of your finger at the edge of the screen. Hold the edge and drag it onto your screen to trigger SwipePad, as shown in the screenshots below.
Now suppose that you want to access Cloudskipper app. Just drag your finger to the specific slot and hover for a moment till it turns blue. Release the finger to launch the specific app.
To configure an empty slot, just launch the SwipePad application and drag your finger to the empty slot. Hover over a slot that is already configured for about 2 seconds and it turns orange.
When you release the finger, the app pops up an options to configure the slot, as shown below.
Here, in the “Setup Slot” screen you can choose the applications or shortcut of your choice and configure it for a specific slot. The other options in this screen, namely Widgets, AppLauncher and Tasking are paid add-ons to add more functionality to SwipePad. I have explained their working in short below.
The last option – ‘Hide’ allows you to hide the slots that you do not require. If you think that 12 slots are too much, keep the number of slots that you need and hide the rest!
Setting up SwipePad is extremely simple and the main action required on your part is to define the edge of the screen that triggers SwipePad.
Once you enable the SwipePad, the main thing to do is to setup the Swipe Regions. The red strips that you see in the above screenshots are the areas that I have defined to trigger SwipePad. You can setup any two regions to trigger the SwipePad in the free version.
Besides that, you can un-hide any slots that you earlier chose to hide. Manage the add-ons that you may have purchased for the app from the preferences or visit the market to get the other add-ons.
- MoreSpace – Adds more pads and slots to your screen. Multiple swipe regions can be used to launch different pads for apps, shortcuts, contacts or bookmarks.
- AppLauncher – Removes the limitation of defining 12 slots and gets you the full list of application entries from within any app.
- Tasking – Tasking is a task manager overlay in SwipePad. It helps you manage your currently running applications right on them.
SwipePad is an awesome way to increase your productivity. The ease of access of your desired app from anywhere is unparalleled and the best part is that the app is Free! No adverts or limitations are imposed on the free version and it is perfectly usable. The add-ons are good for enhanced features that make SwipePad a better app. Check out the add-ons and if you like them, buy them to show support to the developer for developing such a useful app.
One cool thing about SwipePad is that, over time, you get used to the apps and their locations. This helps you trigger the apps without even looking at the screen. This is pretty much the fastest way of launching your desired app and is definitely much faster than Android’s default option.
Download SwipePad From Android Market:
Start a barcode (QR code) scanner on your phone and scan the QR code below. This will take you directly to the Android market to download the app. If you do not have a QR Code scanner app, choose one from the Top Scanner Apps for Android.