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12 hidden features of the iPad that will make its use more convenient and efficient

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun30,2024

12 hidden features of the iPad that will make its use more convenient and efficient

Do you think that you have already fully mastered your iPad? This amazing gadget hides a lot of functions that you might not have even guessed about.

RBK-Ukraine (Styler project) writes about this with a link to the PCMag website about computers, the latest technologies and gadgets.< /p>

Customize your lock screen

In iPadOS 17, attention was paid to widgets. Now they can be placed on the iPad's lock screen, just like on the iPhone (where this feature already existed).

It is now possible to configure “Live Activities” thanks to which notifications on the lock screen are updated in real time. So you can follow, for example, a delivery or sports results, just by glancing at the screen without having to unlock it.

Use the Dock

The Dock on the iPad is a toolbar with applications at the bottom of the screen, which is different from the Dock on the iPhone. You can access it even when you're in other apps by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

What's more, the Dock offers permanent slots for your favorite apps (up to 13), and always has two -three slots on the right for recently used apps as well as apps open on your iPhone or Mac (for use via Handoff).

Share Safari tabs between devices

Another way to share between devices is to display open Safari tabs, for example, on your iPhone, also on your iPad or Mac. This is done through the iCloud tabs.

On your iPad (or iPhone), go to Settings [your name], then iCloud, and make sure Safari is turned on. Do the same on a Mac in System Preferences.

Now, when you go to Safari on iPad and click the Tabs button (it looks like a square overlapping another square) in the navigation bar on the left, you'll see an entry for iCloud Tabs. Click to see a list of tabs open on other devices.

Split the keyboard for thumb convenience

If you're used to typing with just your thumb on iPhone, you can split the iPad keyboard in half , to try again with iOS.

With the keyboard open at the bottom of the screen, press and hold the keyboard key in the lower right corner. Menu options include Unpin (the keyboard floats), Floating (you get a mini iPhone-sized keyboard that can be placed anywhere on the screen), and Split.

On with either of these keyboards, you can still hold down the spacebar to turn the entire keyboard into a trackpad and place the cursor anywhere to type.

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Note that each letter on the iPadOS keyboard also has a corresponding gray symbol above the letter. These are the characters, punctuation, or numbers you get when you press the Shift key on either side of a space.

You don't have to switch: just swipe down with a separate button. For example, tap the “E” key to get “E”, but swipe down on it to get 3.

Open multiple apps for multitasking

One of the important differences between iPadOS and iOS is its ability to multitask – the ability to open several applications at the same time (although Picture-in-Picture mode also works on iPhone).

You can do this using Slide Over mode , when one app is placed on top of another, or with “Split View” when two apps are next to each other, allowing you to easily copy data between them.

Starting with iOS 16, you can have up to four apps open at the same time – provided you have the latest iPad Air and iPad Pro models, which feature Stage Manager to make multitasking easier. Other iPads can have a maximum of three active apps.

Enable it through Settings, then Home & Multitasking.

To open the Slide Over app, open the Dock, slowly by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Hold your finger on the app you want to launch and drag it to the left or right. To switch between Slide Over windows, swipe up from the bottom of the Slide Over window.

For a side-by-side Split View, follow the same steps as above, then hold the top of the Slide Over window and drag it slightly down to the right (or left, depending on where you want it placed). You can even open two instances of the same app, such as the Safari browser.

Drag and drop between apps

The biggest thing about multitasking is the ability to drag and drop text or other information between apps.


Open Split View windows from Safari alongside Notes, for example, and you can copy text (click on a word to select it, then drag to select more) and URLs.

This also works with images For example, opening the Photos app next to Mail, Messages, or Notes lets you drag and drop memorable digital images to share or save in a whole new context.

You're not limited to drag and drop inside the Split View or Slide Over app, but it really makes things easier. Hold your finger on an item to copy and drag, for example, a phone number from the Contacts app.

With your other hand, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock. Then drag the copied/drag-and-drop item over an icon in the Dock (for example, the Mail app icon). Hold your finger on it until the app opens, then release your finger to reset.

Access to one app only

Got a kid who wants to play with one app on your phone but always ends up emailing your boss somehow? Block it from this app with Guided Access.

Turn it on in Settings, then Accessibility, then Guided Access. Then open the baby app, triple-click the Sleep/Wake button (or the Home button if there is one). Next, either Guided Access will launch, or the Access Shortcuts menu will appear if you have multiple features enabled.

In this case, the only available app will be the one that was launched – no action with swipe up or down to access messages, Control Center, or other apps. To turn off, tap again three times.

Please note: you will need to set a password that will be specific to this session.

How to find a lost iPad

Finding your lost iPad is easy with the Find My app if you have another Apple device.

Sign in to the app with the same Apple ID used on your iPad. It will try to find your friends first, but click the Devices icon at the bottom to find your Apple tablet. Click on the lost iPad to narrow down the search to its last known location.

Other features are available: you can play a sound on the iPad to find it if it's nearby. You can also click “Mark as missing” to lock the device. Then whoever finds it won't be able to access your personal data – all they'll see is a lock screen asking you to return it.

The best option is to click “Erase this device” so that no data your device won't fall into the wrong hands, even if the iPad itself isn't returned to you.

Note that for this to work, the iPad must be connected to an Apple ID before it's lost or stolen .

Turn your iPad into a second monitor

Connecting the iPad to a computer (Mac or Windows PC) is incredible, as it turns into a second (third or even fourth) monitor.

On Macs running macOS Catalina or later, this feature is called SideCar, and it can be used over USB or wirelessly, as long as both devices are connected to the same Apple ID using AirPlay.

Windows and Android users will need a third-party app, but it's easy to set up.< /p>

Remove duplicate photos

Are duplicate photos and videos taking up a lot of space on your iPad? Open the Photos app, then Albums, and scroll down to Duplicate. This displays matching photos that can be combined.

You can also select individual photos to delete before clicking the trash can icon. If you don't see the Duplicates section at the bottom, there are no duplicates on your iPad that iPadOS can find.

Find your focus

Focus modes on iPad allow you to disable everything else that happening on your device, including notifications, so you can focus on one app.

Go to Settings, then Focus, and choose Personal, Sleep, or Work. Then, for each category, specify which apps and people from your contacts can access during that focus.

Once you've created the perfect focus mode, go back to Settings and use Share across devices so you can was to use this mode on all Mac devices.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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