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How to use the iPad dock in iOS 11

iOS 11 introduced some modifications, however, lots of the greatest new options had been unique to the iPad. Like the dock, a dynamic, rapidly accessible row of app icons that brings the iPad version of iOS nearer to macOS and makes multitasking simpler.

In this article, we’ll stroll you through the dock in iOS 11 and assist you to get more out of the feature. For more basic recommendation, read our iOS suggestions and How to use an iPad.

System necessities

The necessities for getting the dock are easy: you want iOS 11 or in a while an iPad. (The iPad Air 1 and above and the iPad mini 2 and above – and fairly clearly all iPad Pro fashions and the iPad 9.7in 2017) are appropriate with iOS 11.)

What has modified at the dock?

You will keep in mind that iOS has all the time had a dock, however, in iOS 10 and earlier (and even iOS 11, on an iPhone) it is a fairly simple affair.

The authentic dock is only a row of app icons at the backside of the dwelling display screen that can keep there even should you swipe to different pages, making it barely more handy to put regularly used apps there. (On iPad, you can too have up to 6 in the dock, in contrast to 4 in every row of the default dwelling grid.)

The iOS 11 iPad dock is far more attention-grabbing. First, it’s accessible from anyplace – not simply from (a number of pages of) the dwelling web page. You can open an app and nonetheless entry the dock with a single quick swipe from the backside of the display screen.

Secondly, the new dock can comprise many more than 6 apps: drag more apps to it and it retains shrinking the icons to match more. Most we have completed is 13 on a 9.7in iPad and 15 on the 12.9in – plus 3 more which were dynamically added.

That brings us to the final level. The new dock is split into 2 sections: on the left you’ve the apps that dwell there completely (or till you select to uninstall them), however, on the proper aspect of the divider, iOS places 3 apps that you just suppose you want would love to open – normally the 3 apps you final used. Useful!

Access to the dock

Provided your iPad is unlocked, you may entry the dock from anyplace. You simply want to make a brief swipe from the backside of the display screen – the identical approach you introduced up the Control Center in iOS 10.

If you carry out this quick swipe, you may see the dock seem and sit over all the things you checked out – so you may maintain the app behind it.

If you are questioning how we make the Control Center seem these days, attempt an extended swipe from the backside of the display screen. The dock will seem and should you swipe additional, the present app display screen will shrink again and show the Control Center web page (with not too long ago opened apps and the dock itself).

Change what seems in the dock

To add an app to the dock, faucet and maintain the icon (1 can find that you’ve to maintain it for about half a second earlier than dragging – the icon will get slightly greater when it is completed) after which drag it down to the dock, whereas nonetheless holding your finger. 2 icons separate to make room; now launch and the new app is added.

Use the dock to open 2 apps aspect by aspect

This is maybe the most helpful position of the new all the time accessible dock.

You can open 1 app, open the dock, and open 1 other app from the dock so it is subsequent to the first. (On the bigger iPads, it’s even attainable to open 3 apps at the identical time.) This is beneficial for all kinds of actions: analysis in Safari whereas writing an essay in Pages or Notes, check a route in Maps whereas getting into instructions Mail writes, and, better of all, drag and drop pictures and movies from 1 app to 1 other.

The approach this works in observe is admirably intuitive. With app 1 open, swipe up from the backside of the display screen to open the dock – only a quick swipe, as we would like to maintain the first app on the display screen. Now faucet and maintain app 2 in the dock and drag it to the main display screen space.

At this level it’ll change form. If it turns into a protracted skinny rectangle (like Twitter, pictured above), it implies that it’s considered 1 of the apps that may sit in a small micro window and occupies solely the proper third of the display screen – most apps will do that. But if it takes on a daring, sq. form, which means it ought to have a complete display screen to itself. We have seen that Camera and Settings each do that.

If it is a shrinkable app, it’ll open in this small proper window by dragging and dropping it into the main display screen space. If each apps presently open may be downsized, it is possible for you to to talk with each at the identical time, however, app 1 will not (should you first opened Settings after which dragged a micro-window with pictures on it) and solely the high app will probably be energetic. You can nonetheless view the older app, however, tapping it’ll shut the newer app.

Assuming each apps play nicely, you may change the ratio of the display screen given to every app. Do you see the small bar at the high of the proper window? From there, swipe down and the view will change in order that the 2 apps sit aspect by aspect, as an alternative of 1 being on high of the different.

And now there is a draggable bar between the 2, which you’ll be able to use to swap between 2/3 – 1/3, 50/50 and 1/3 – 2/3 view.

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