December 22, 2014

Download This: SwipePad

SwipePad is similar to other apps on the Market such as Power Strip and QuickDesk in that it gives you quick access to a set of custom shortcuts from wherever you are– in an app, in settings, etc.–but in using SwipePad over the past week, I’ve found it superior despite somewhat limited features.

I never took to either of those previous apps, as they have to be set as the default launcher application and be bound to the Home button on the phone. Having them set as the launcher seems to introduce a tiny bit of delay in actually returning to the your home screens, and being bound to the home key is a bit awkward, since it’s already used for two other functions– returning home and bringing up the running apps list. SwipePad works differently: simply swipe in toward the center of the screen from one of the edges or corners (you can set whichever you prefer) and a grid of twelve shortcuts appears. From there, let go on the one you want to open, or hover to assign it.

I prefer swiping in from either of the two bottom corners, and have set shortcuts for apps like Dialer, Browser and Maps as well as shortcuts to turn off the screen, reboot, and update Twitter.  But you can choose any shortcuts available on your phone: apps, contacts, browser bookmarks, etc. An add-on called Tasking adds contextual actions for the currently running app, such as uninstalling it, visiting its Market page, etc.

SwipePad does currently lack the ability to use desktop widgets, a feature both Power Strip and QuickDesk have, but for me, its advantages more than make up for this limitation. And as a new app that still has a “beta” label, it’s possible that feature will be added down the line.

SwipePad Beta is available for free in the Market. The Tasking add-on is about a dollar.

Download SwipePad Beta

Download Tasking



  • ThePhysician

    Nine? All the pictures, and mine, show twelve.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.. in case you didn’t know.

    • Chuck

      Ha, thanks, math is not my strong suit. Durrr…

      • Chuck

        Fixed…

  • neil

    Power Strip does not have to be set as your default launcher nor is it tied to your home button on a Nexus One. I use it with Launcher Pro and I can launch Power Strip by long-pressing my search button.

    • Chuck

      Thanks for that info, must have changed since I tried it, which admittedly was a while back. Though I’d personally not want to bind it to the Search button either–I use long press for voice search pretty often.

      Interestingly, in the developer’s description of Power Strip in the Market, they’re now recommending that Droid X and Droid 2 owners use SwipePad as a way to launch Power Strip…

  • JaylanPHNX

    Thanks for a great review. I’ll be checking this out. Only complaint: the QR code goes to AppBrain, not the Market. I don’t like AppBrain.

    • Chuck

      The QR codes are created via AppBrain, but if you scan them, you’ll be immediately redirected from the browser to the Market page for the app before the AppBrain page even loads. I love that (and several other things) about AppBrain.

  • jan

    How do you get ‘Lock Screen’ and ‘Reboot’ onto SwipePad? Are they separate apps/widgets?

  • Z

    No widgets. No go.

  • http://www.mynajs.org Mark Porter

    If you like this check out Smart Taskbar. It supports swipe features or a small persistent icon. It also can display widgets, categorize apps, and display running apps

  • Christian

    Where can i download the add’ons for free`?