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Thanks to several well-timed features like Drag and Drop, Dock, App Switcher, Split View, iOS 11 is considered to be a significant step forward for iPad. Finally, you have got a tablet that cannot just look elegant but also work as a smart laptop. Using multitasking on your iPad in iOS 11, you can enormously boost your productivity.

Such a plethora of highly-functional features need a complete guide to being addressed neatly. So, if you wish to double down on multitasking on your iPad, this hands-on guide would be very helpful in letting make the most of those superior add-ons. Enough talk, let's dive across to explore them all!

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Multitasking in iOS 11 on iPad

Note: These 64-bit iPad models are compatible with multitasking. However, it's only 12.9-inch, and 10.5-inch iPad Pro can take the full advantage all the power-packed features like Split View.

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad, 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

Multitasking on iPad in iOS 11

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Use Split View and Slide Over in iOS 11 on iPad

Just like before, Split View allows you to place two apps side-by-side. However, it's become more smooth-sailing and functional. For instance, you can easily activate Split View and control apps more efficiently.

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To enable Split View, simply open the first app and then pull up the Dock by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Then you need to drag the app you wish to use on the left or right side of the screen. (Earlier you had to open the first app and then go on with the side of the screen swiping to enter Split View.)

Swipe Up iPad Screen to Access DockSplit View on iPad Pro in iOS 11

Now, you will see a Slide Over window with the new app placed on top of the already opened one. Unlike before, you can now interact with Slide Over app and active app at once. That means no longer need to constantly open and quit Slide Over app.

Move the Slide Over panel to either side of the screen to comfortably interact with apps. Just tap and hold in the top middle part of the secondary app and drag it to left or right.

Move Slide Over App to Left or Right in iOS 11 on iPad

You can also turn on the Slide Over panel into a main Split View screen.

To do so, simply drag down on the top edit handle to bring the app into Split View mode.

Turn On Slide Panel in iOS on iPad

Then, you need to adjust the vertical edit handle to change the ratio of either panel.

Make Slide Over Panel to Main Split View Screen in iPad

Swap apps in Split View

To swap out different apps, all you need to do is swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Dock and then drag the app you want to use on the already opened one.

Swap App in iOS 11 on iPadHow to Swap App in Spilt View in iOS 11 on iPad

Related: Check Out Complete Guide to use Split View on iPad in iOS 11

Remove Slide Over Panel

To remove Slide Over panel, simply swipe to the left or right on the screen. As it will remain on that side of the screen, you will be able to slide it back.

Hide App in Multitasking on iPad in iOS 11Unhide Secondary App in Multitasking on iPad

Remove Slide Over App

To remove slide over an app, just swipe right over it. That's as easy as it can ever get.

Remove Slide Over Panel from Split View on iPad in iOS 11

Multitasking Using Gesture in iOS 11 on iPad

Make sure that Gesture is enabled on your iPad. To do so;

Step #1. Open Settings on your iPad.

Tap on Settings in iOS 11 on iPad Pro

Step #2. Tap on GeneralMultitasking.

Tap on Settings Then Multitasking in iPad Pro

Step #3. Turn On Gesture.

With the use of four or five fingers:

  • You will pinch to quickly access Home screen.
  • Swipe up to the App Switcher.
  • Swipe left or right between apps.

Multitasking Using Gesture in iOS 11

Customize Dock in iOS 11 on iPad

iOS 11 Dock has been inspired by macOS’—both in terms of functionality and design. It not just makes app switch smooth-sailing but also bolsters multitasking. You can place up to 13 apps in the Dock. It shows three most recent apps you have used to let you quickly access them.

Here is the complete guide to customizing Dock. Also, check out the quick guide to prevent it from showing the most recently used apps.

Use App Switcher in iOS 11 on iPad

There are three ways you can access App Switcher on your iPad. Simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen or use a four-finger swipe upward to bring up App Switcher or double press the home button. It comprises of both App Spaces and Control Center to make your task of switching super easy.

The iOS's Multitasking View and vertical scrolling space no longer exist.

Now, you see the more functional interface in which all of the apps that you have opened are placed horizontally. Moreover, it also shows the last Split View configuration you used.

App Switcher in iOS 11 on iPad

Force Quit Apps in iOS 11 on iPad

Double press on the Home button to bring up App Switcher and Swipe up the app you want to quit.

Swipe up Apps to Force Quit on iPad

Use Drag and Drop in iOS 11 on iPad

With Drag and Drop functionality being a reality, you can easily drag any item like the app, text, photos, URLs, documents and a lot more between apps with the help of the Dock or Home button.

If you want to drag anything, just highlight it, then tap and hold on the item. Then bring up the Dock by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and drop the item in the app in question.

Use Drag and Drop Feature in iOS 11 on iPad

Let's take another example.

Use Drag and Drop Feature in iOS 11 Mail AppDrag and Drop Attachment in iOS 11 Mail App on iPadThere is another way you can bring more convenience into the way you use drag and drop functionality. When you have selected any item to drag, use other finger/s to access App Switcher while still holding on the original item and navigate using your secondary finger to locate the app you want to drop the item in and then jump over to carry out the task.

Note: You can use Spotlight to quickly find the app you want to drop the content in.

Drag and Drop Multiple Files in iOS 11 on iPad

When you tap the first item, your need to use your secondary fingers to tap any or all additional items you wish to move. You will also be able to combine items from other apps and then bring up Dock/App Switcher → tap the app you want to drop the item → hover over to get the task done.

Drag and Drop Multiple Files in iOS 11 on iPad

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

Use Drag and Drop in iOS 11 on iPhone 7/7 Plus

Interestingly, you can now use Drag and Drop to quickly move multiple apps on your iPhone 7/7 Plus as well.

Just press and hold on an app until to enter Edit mode. Next, you need to use multiple fingers to tap on any secondary apps and then move them to other screen or folder.

Drag and Drop Mulitple Apps in iOS 11 on iPhone

Turn off Multitasking Features in iOS 11 on iPad

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPad.

Tap on Settings in iOS 11 on iPad Pro

Step #2. Next, tap on General → Tap on Multitasking.

Tap on Settings Then Multitasking in iPad Pro

  • Allow Multiple Apps: If you no longer want to use Slide Over or Split View.
  • Persistent Video Overlay: If you don't wish to use Picture in Picture, turn it off.
  • Gestures: If you no longer wish to use Multitasking gestures, turn it off.

Disable Multitasking in iOS 11 on iPad

Watch these videos to find out more about how productive your iPad powered by iOS 11 can be.

 

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Bolster Your Productivity!

Frankly speaking, I'm really impressed with the remarkably improved multitasking feature on iPad. It's certainly going to bolster productivity and make the tablet more user-friendly. No wonder, a powerful tablet like 10.5-inch iPad Pro powered by iOS 11 has already beaten MacBook Pro in certain benchmark tests. What's your take on this lethal combo of iPad Pro and iOS 11?

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