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“Drag and Drop” feature of iOS 11 is a boon for iPad. It has not just simplified the process of moving contents but also made the tablet more functional. For instance, you can use Drag and Drop on your iPad running iOS 11 to quickly move contents like images, URLs, documents and more from one app to the other or from one folder to the other with optimal convenience.

What's more, you can even move multiple files using Drag and Drop functionality on your iPad. It has been integrated throughout iOS. You can use it at the following places such as Home screen, Dock, Reminders, Calendar, Messages, Spotlight, Files, Safari, Contacts, iBooks, News, Notes, Photos, Maps, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

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How to Use Drag and Drop in iOS 11 on iPad

How to Drag and Drop Files/Apps on iPad Pro Running iOS 11

How to Move Content from One App to Another on iPad

Step #1. Open any app which content you want to move to another app. In this test, I'm going to open Photos app.

Step #2. Next, you need to touch and hold the image you wish to move.

Step #3. Now, you have to drag the content towards the Home button.

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Select Image and Drag Towards Home Button in iOS 11

Now, you have three options:

  • Press the Home button to quickly go to the Home screen.
  • Double-press the Home button to quickly access all the recently opened apps in the App Switcher. Alternately, you can use your other hand to swipe up using four or five fingers to access App Switcher.
  • Use your other finger to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access Dock.

I'm going to use all these three options separately to move contents.

#1. Press the Home button using your other finger while still holding on the image. Next, locate the app in which you want to drop the content. You can also pull down from the top of the screen to bring up Spotlight using your other finger to access the recently used apps. Besides, swipe up from the bottom to access the Dock. Next up, you need to hover over to the app → Respective folder (or particular conversation if you are using Messages) and drop the file.

Note: The moment you begin to head into the app, a “+” sign will appear at the top of the content.

Drag and Drop File in iOS 11 on iPad

#2. Assuming you are holding onto the content you want to move, double press on the Home button. Next, App Switcher will open → head into the app in question and drop the content to the desired folder/place.

Drag and Drop File by Double-pressing Home Button on iPad

#3. When holding on the content, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Dock → now hover over into the app and then drop the content.

Drag and Drop File in iOS 11 By Accessing Dock

How to Drag and Drop Multiple Files from One App to Another on iPad Pro

You can also move multiple contents from one app to the other using the drag and drop functionality.

Step #1. Open any app which content you wish to move. I'm going to open Files app.

Step #2. Tap on Browse → Select location i.e. iCloud Drive.

Browse Location in iOS 11 Files App on iPad

Step #3. Open the folderTap and hold files/docs → Then bring up Dock/App Switcher or go to the Home screen to drop the content following the above-mentioned method.

Drag and Drop Multiple Files in iOS 11 on iPad Pro

How to Move Documents from One Folder to the Other in Files App Using Drag and Drop

Step #1. Open Files app on your iPad.

Step #2. Tap on Browse → Select the location where you have kept the docs. I'm going to select iCloud DrivePagesTap and hold on the docs/files you wish to move.

Select Files and Keep Holding in iOS 11

Step #3. While still holding the content → Tap on the back button at the top right corner.

Tap on Back Button While Holding Files in iOS 11

Step #4. Next up, head on to the folder you wish to drop your content in.

Drag and Drop Files from One Folder to Another in iOS 11

How to Share Location from Maps App Using Drag and Drop in iOS 11 on iPad

You can also share location or address from Maps app with the use of Drag and Drop on your iPad.

Step #1. Open Maps app on your iPad.

Step #2. Head over to the location you wish to share. Either search it or find it on the Map and tap on.

Step #3. Next, you need to touch and hold the location address on the left panel.

Tap and Drag Address in iOS 11 Maps App on iPad

Step #4. Next up, bring up Dock by swiping up from the bottom or double press the Home button to access App Switcher. Then, head into the Mail app or Messages to share it. I'm going to open Gmail.

Use Drag and Drop in iOS 11 Maps App on iPad

Similarly, you can move contents both within an app and between apps. As DAD functions systemwide, you will be able to easily transfer them.

Video: How to Use Drag and Drop in iOS 11 on iPad Pro [Complete Guide]

Your Take?

Thanks to the improved multitasking, iPad Pro has become immensely user-friendly. Though I'm still very much fond of MacBook Pro, the portability and versatility of the iPad have impressed me a lot. That's why; I prefer to carry it with me whenever I'm on the drive. What is your thought about the latest tablet from Apple?

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