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The Ultimate Guide to Multitasking on iPadOS


The Ultimate Guide to Multitasking on iPadOS

Every couple of years, Apple introduces a new feature to the iPad to bring it inches closer to a fully functional computer. However, 2019’s iPadOS may be the most significant step in that direction. 

Along with a usable file manager, external storage such as hard disk and flash drives now work on the iPad. Perhaps the most significant improvement of all may be the multitasking capabilities. 

The new iPadOS enable users to work with tow apps at the same time. For example, you can watch a YouTube video while replying to emails and switch between these apps using gestures at the same time. 

There’s no denying that multitasking on iPadOS is an excellent experience. But it could be a bit confusing to figure out the right gestures. Well, that’s why you have this post. 

Here’s your ultimate guide to multitasking on your iPad. 

1. Turn On the Multitasking Feature On Your iPad

The first thing you want to do is turn the Multitasking features on. Follow the steps outlined below to do that. 

  1. Tap Settings on your iPad’s home screen
  2. Select Home Screen & Dock
  3. Tap Multitasking
  4. Toggle Allow Multiple Apps, Picture in Picture, and Gestures on 

Have you done that? Good. You’re ready for the next step. 

2. Using the Dock to Work With Multiple Apps

Multitasking on the iPad begins with the Dock at the bottom of your home screen. Aside from providing instant access to your favorite apps, the Dock also enables users to switch between apps. 

On the right side of your iPad’s Dock is your recently used apps, while the right side contains your favorite apps. As you may have guessed, the left side is customizable.

To customize the Dock, tap and hold an app on the Home Screen, then drag it to the left side of the Dock. Conversely, tap, hold, and drag an app to remove it from the Dock. 

Finally, to see the Dock while using an app, slide a finger up from the bottom edge of the screen until the Dock pops up. Then, select any app you want. 

3. Using Two Apps At The Same Time on iPadOS

Depending on your preference, you can either use two apps at the same time in Slide Over or Split View.

Opening an App With Split View 

Here’s how to use Split View on iPadOS. 

  1. Launch an app
  2. Swipe up the Dock within that app
  3. Tap and hold the second app you want to open
  4. Drag the app to the left or right edge of the screen

To allocate equal space to each app, drag the app divider to the center of the screen. You could also drag the divider over an app to close it. 

Although you can swipe down from the top of an app to turn a Split View into a Slide over, there’s a quicker way to do it. 

Opening an app with Slide Over

Here’s how to use Slide Over on iPadOS

  1. Launch an app
  2. Swipe up the Dock within that app
  3. Tap and hold the second app you want to open
  4. Drag the app to the screen

While using two apps in Split View, you can open a third app in Slide Over. Just bring up the Dock and drag the third app on top of the app divider. 

You can work with as many supported apps as your Dock can hold in the Slide Over. Also, you can drag and drop files such as photos, documents, and videos between apps in Split View and Slide Over. 

Note: Split View and Slide Over only works on iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation and later), iPad Air 2 and later, or iPad mini 4 and later.

4. Using Gestures with iPadOS

Use gestures on your iPad to switch between apps, see the app switcher or return to the Home Screen. Here’s how to do it. 

See the App Switcher

To see the app switcher on your iPad, swipe a finger from the bottom edge of the screen and hold in the middle of the screen until the app switcher pops up. Afterward, you can swipe left or right to select between any open app. 

Switch Apps

To quickly switch between open apps, swipe four or five fingers across the screen. However, if you’re using an iPad Pro with Face ID, swiping along the bottom edge of the screen should do the trick. 

Return to the Home Screen

If your iPad doesn’t have a Home button, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to return to the Home Screen. Alternatively, you can pinch five fingers together on the screen to restore your iPad to the Home Screen. 

These are some of the best ways to multitask on iPad and save your time. If you have any other tips to share with us, let us know in the comments below.

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