IPad: how to use multiple applications simultaneously?

With iPadOS, you can use multitasking mode to work with multiple apps at the same time. Find out how to use the new multitasking menu, Dock and Spotlight to work with multiple apps.

Types of multitasking operations

Apps that support multitasking mode can be used in different ways.

Split View: In Split View, two apps appear side by side. You can resize the apps by dragging the cursor between them.

Slide Over: With Slide Over, an app appears in a smaller floating window, which you can drag on the left or right side of your screen.

Central window: In some apps, you can open a central window that allows you to focus on a particular item, such as email or note.

Start using multitasking mode

You can switch to multitasking mode using the Multitasking, Dock or Spotlight menu.

 

How to use the Multitasking menu to open multiple apps on iPad

  1. Open an app.
  2. Click the Multitasking button at the top of the screen.
  3. Touch the Split View button or the Slide Over button . The current app moves to the side, and your home screen is displayed.
  4. Touch a second app on your home screen. (Slide the screen to the left or right to see the apps on the other pages of your home screen. You can also touch an app from your Dock.)
    • If you choose Split View, the second app appears next to the current app.
    • If you choose Slide Over, the second app opens in full screen, and the current app goes through a smaller window that you can move to the right or left part of your screen.

How to use the Dock to open multiple apps on iPad

  1. Open an app.
  2. Drag a finger up from the bottom edge of the screen until the Dock appears, then lift your finger.
  3. Hold your finger on a second app in the Dock, then immediately drag it outside the Dock.
    • If you drag the app to the left or right edge of the screen, it is displayed in Split View with the current app.
    • If you release the app in the middle of the screen, it opens in a Slide Over window.

How to use the app library to open multiple apps on iPad

  1. Touch the Apps Library icon completely to the right of the Dock.
  2. Hold your finger on one of the large app icons, then drag it to Split View or Slide Over. To see your other apps by category, touch one of the groups of small app icons. You can also touch the search bar of the app library, then drag one of the apps into a multitasking display.

Use Spotlight to open multiple apps

To use Spotlight in multitasking mode, you must have a keyboard, like Apple’s Magic Keyboard, connected to your iPad.

 

  1. Open an app.
  2. Press Command ( ⁇ ) – space bar on your keyboard to open Spotlight.
  3. Start typing the name of the second app you want to open.
  4. Hold your finger on the icon of the second app when it appears in Spotlight’s results, then immediately drag it outside Spotlight.
    • If you drag the app to the left or right edge of the screen, it is displayed in Split View with the current app.
    • If you release the app in the middle of the screen, it opens in a Slide Over window.

How to open a central window on your iPad

  1. Open an app that supports the central window, such as Mail or Notes.
  2. Keep your finger on an email, note or other item in the app list.
  3. Touch Open in a new window in the menu that opens.

To close the central window, touch Finished or Close. You can also touch the Multitasking button, then touch one of the buttons to pass the central window in full screen, Split View or Slide Over.

 

Make adjustments to multitasking windows

When several apps are open, you can make adjustments to personalize your multitasking experience.

 

Adjust Split View

  • To adjust the size of the apps, drag the app separator to the left or right. Drag the app separator to the center of the screen to distribute the space evenly between the apps.
  • To pass an app from Split View to Slide Over, touch the Multitasking button, then touch the Slide Over button. You can also hold your finger on the Multitasking button, then drag the app to the other app.
  • To close Split View, touch the Multitasking button in the app you want to keep, then touch the Full Screen button . You can also drag the app separator onto the app you want to close.
  • To replace an app, drag the screen down from the top of the app, then choose another app from your home screen or Dock.

Adjust Slide Over

  • To move the Slide Over app, use the Multitasking button to drag it to the left or right.
  • To pass an app from Split Over to Slide View, touch the Multitasking button, then touch the Slide View button. You can also hold your finger on the Multitasking button, then drag the app to the left or right edge of the screen.
  • To hide a Slide Over app, hold your finger on the Multitasking button, then drag the app out of the screen to the left or right.
  • To see the other apps that are in Split View, hold your finger on the lower edge of the app, then drag it up. The other Split View apps are displayed, and you can touch an app to switch to it or drag it up to close it.

Use the tray of your iPad

When switching to an app that has multiple open windows, the bottom of your iPad screen displays a tray containing thumbnails from all app windows.

 

Touch one of the thumbnails to open the window. You can also drag a sticker up the tray to close this window. In some apps, you can also open a new window by touching New window in the tray.

 

Transfer the contents from one app to another by drag and drop

With the drag and drop function, you can move text, photos and files from one app to another. You can, for example, drag a text recovered in Safari to integrate it into a note, an image taken in Photos to attach it to an email or a calendar event to add it to an SMS

 

  1. Use Split View or Slide Over to open the two apps between which you want to move information.
  2. Hold your finger on a photo or file until it appears to rise slightly from the screen. To drag and drop text, select the text first, then hold your finger on it. To select multiple photos or files, hold your finger on one item, drag it slightly, then touch the other items with another finger while keeping the first press. The number of selected items is displayed in a tablet.
  3. Drag the photo, file or text to the other app.

Use gestures to navigate your iPad

You can display the app selector, switch from one app to another or return to the home screen in the blink of an eye thanks to the gestures of multitasking mode on your iPad:

 

  • To display the app selector, scan upwards from the bottom edge of the screen and hold your finger pressed on the middle of the screen until the app selector is displayed, then release. Then drag the screen to the left or right to find another app or combination of apps that you used together in Split View. Drag the screen completely to the left to see all the apps you have opened in Slide Over.
  • To switch from one app to another, in the app in use, scan to the left or to the right throughout your screen with four or five fingers to switch to an app. On an iPad Pro with Face ID, an 11 inch iPad Pro or a 12.9 inch (3rd generation) iPad Pro, scan along the lower edge of the screen to switch to another app.
  • To return to the home screen, when using an app, scan upwards from the bottom edge of the screen. You can also place five fingers on the screen, then make a pinch gesture.

Use apps while watching a video with Image in the picture

Thanks to the Image feature in the image, you can for example respond to an email while watching a TV show. If you are using FaceTime or watching a movie, touch the Image button in the image . The video is then reduced in a corner of the screen. Then open a second app while the video continues to play.

 

To move the video, drag it to another corner. To view the video in full screen, touch the full screen button in the left corner of the video. You can also hide the video by dragging it to the left or right of your screen. Touch the arrow button to display the video again.

 

You can use the Image feature in the image on the iPad Pro, the iPad (5th generation and subsequent models), the iPad Air 2 and subsequent models as well as the iPad mini 4 and subsequent models.

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