Handle the iPad like an expert: this is how it is used with touch gestures — 2022

Using an iPad with gestures is really simple and useful, however it is a good idea to be familiar with all of them, how they are performed and the function they have. If you are also a newcomer to the iPad, it will be very good for you to know how your tablet is handled regardless of whether it has buttons or not. That is why in this article we tell you everything about this form of interaction in iPadOS.

Are the gestures the same on all iPads?

Two types of iPad currently coexist in the Apple catalog: those with a Home button and those that are all screen, since they have smaller edges and do not have that button. Although the management of iPadOS by gestures was introduced for devices that did not have that mentioned button, the truth is that they ended up being enabled for any iPad. Of course, those who already had that button multiply their possibilities if we take into account that there are certain actions that can be carried out in different ways.

Actions performed with the buttons

Although we cannot consider them gestures as such, there are actions that are carried out with the iPad buttons and that must be known because many of the actions that they allow are basic to be able to use the device.



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Turn on the iPad

The upper right button (if you look at the iPad vertically) is the one used to turn on the tablet when it is off, having to hold it down for several seconds until the Apple logo appears.

turn off the device

On iPads with a Home button, you have to hold down the top button until the Slide to turn off option appears on the screen.

In those without a button there are several combinations:

  • Press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button and hold the top button until the power off option appears.
  • Press and hold the volume up and down buttons together with the top button at the same time until the power off option appears.

Put iPad in DFU

Once the iPad has been connected by cable to a computer, a series of combinations must be made for this DFU mode to be activated. If it is an iPad with a Home button, you must keep this button pressed together with the upper one until an image of an iPad connected to a computer appears on the screen.

If it is an iPad without a Home button, you must press and release the volume up button, press and release the volume down button and keep the upper button pressed until the aforementioned image of an iPad with a computer appears.

Lock or unlock the screen

The top button will work on any iPad to lock or unlock the terminal, although those with a Home button can also unlock it by pressing it.

take a screenshot

To make a screenshot on an iPad with the Home button, you must press this button at the same time as the upper one and then release them. For iPads that do not have said button, the same procedure must be done, but with the volume up button and the upper one.

Activate Siri

To invoke Siri through the button, you have to keep the Home button pressed for several seconds on iPads that have it, while on those that do not have it, you must keep the upper button pressed.

Access to accessibility features

To access the Accessibility functions of iPadOS, these must first be activated from the settings and if so, the Home button must be pressed three times in a row to quickly activate them. If you have an iPad without this button, it must be the upper one that is pressed three times for activation.

Actions that enable iPad gestures

Now yes, we come to the movement gestures and access to iPad functions that are performed from the device's own touch screen and that, as you can see, are extremely interesting.

Back to main screen

On an iPad that has a Home button, it is possible to press it to return to the main screen, however, there is another gesture to do it that is also the native one for all-screen iPads. It consists of sliding your finger from the center of the bottom to the top.

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Open control center

Certain quick settings in the iPadOS control panel are accessed by swiping down from the top right of the screen.

iPad control center

See the notifications

If you want to access the notification panel you will have to slide down from the top of the screen. Of course, try to make the gesture from a part that is more centered or to the right, since otherwise you will not open the control center as we explained before.

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See the apps you have open

What is known as multitasking, which is the apps you have open, can be opened by pressing the Home button twice. If you do not have an iPad with said element or you want to know another way, you should know that the gesture to do it is sliding from the bottom of the screen towards the central part, leaving the finger held for seconds in the central part before lifting it.

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Close the apps

After having carried out the previous step, the way to close windows and applications is extremely simple, since you only have to place your finger on one of them and slide up.

Switch from one application to another

If you have more than one app open on your device, you can quickly switch from one to another without having to leave the place where you are. To do this, you must slide your finger to the left or right from the bottom center of the screen. You can slide as many times as apps you have open.

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take out the dock

The application dock that we see on the main screen of the iPad does not remain on the screen when applications are opened, but it can be accessed from any of them. To do this you must place your finger anywhere at the bottom of the screen and slide a few centimeters up to make it appear, then you can press on any application to open it.

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Put two apps on screen

The well-known iPad Split View mode allows you to have up to two applications on the screen. To put two apps in this format you must have at least one of the applications in the dock and open the one that is not located there (if you have both in this space, it will not matter which one you open first). Once that app is open, remove the dock following the steps mentioned in the previous section, keep your finger pressing the icon of the other app and drag it to the side of the screen where you want to place the application. You will already have both applications in your sight and you will be able to give each one a greater or lesser size by sliding your finger to the left or right from the central part.

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If you want to have a third application open, you must follow the same steps, but this time instead of dragging the icon to the side, it must be in the center. Although, yes, this app will remain in a smaller format and overlapping the information of the others.

3D Touch submenus

The functionality of 3D Touch consists of keeping your finger pressed for several seconds on the icon of any application to find submenus with quick access to some of its functionalities. It also serves to preview links, messages or emails.

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