How to switch between recently opened apps and games using PRIV


Switching apps and screens using PRIV be couldn’t easier. All you need to do is tap the priv_recents Recents key on your home screen navigation bar and you’ll be shown the recent apps screen.

Within this screen you can tap on a specific app or game to switch to it, close a specific app or game by swiping left or right on it, or close all of your recently accessed apps or games.

To help you get familiar with how to use the Recents view for switching between/managing apps and games, as well as how to change the appearance of the Recents view, here’s a quick overview of everything you’ll want know.

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By default, this screen will show recently opened apps and games in a Masonry view but you can also select a Rolodex or Tile view, as per the screenshots below.


To change your Recents view:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen once using two fingers
  2. Tap priv_settings followed by Display
  3. Tap Recents
  4. Select Rolodex, Tiles, or Masonry

After selecting your desired Recents view, tap priv_recents on the navigation bar and you’ll be shown recently opened apps and games.

Within this view you can switch to a previously opened app or game by tapping on their icon, or close the app or game by tapping X, or swiping the tile to the left, or right. You can also close all of your recently accessed apps or games by tapping Clear All along the top of your screen.

Which of the Recent views is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know!

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About Ty Williams

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