iPadOS is the operating system that is running on the iPad today. It hasn’t been around very long, so you might not have had time to see everything this OS has to offer.
iPadOS offers things such as support for external drives, improved multitasking, better Home screen, and more. But where do you go to find all the tips and tricks it has to offer? That is what you’ll learn in this tutorial.
How to Enable iPadOS Dark Mode
There is a new and useful dark mode that you can easily toggle on. To enable it go to:
- Display and Brightness
- Choose between dark and light mode
There’s an automatic option right below the light and dark mode option. What this option does is that when it’s day time, the theme will always be light. When it’s night time, the theme will switch to dark mode automatically.
To keep dark mode on permanently, make sure that the automatic option is toggled off.
How to Add a Widget to iPadOS Home Screen
Widgets and app icons can now live in peace. To permanently add a widget to the home screen, swipe right from the left edge of the display to make the widgets appear and swipe all the way down in Today View.
Tap on the Edit option and toggle on the option that says Keep on Home Screen.
How to Enable Floating Keyboard
When using your iPad in landscape mode, typing can get a little tricky when typing with one hand. That can easily be fixed by shrinking the keyboard. Just pinch the keyboard, moving your fingers in an outward-inward movement.
To make the keyboard go back to full size, place your fingers together on the keyboard and spread them. Make sure this is done quickly for it to work.
Quick Ways to Copy, Undo and Redo Pasting
To copy in iPadOS, all you have to do is tap on the word you want to copy to select it and do a three-finder pinch in an outward-inward way. To paste the text, you’ll need to do the three-finger movement again, but this time do it by spreading your fingers (inward-outward).
How to Use Different Apps Side by Side
When you’re shopping for a new phone, you obviously want to compare specs between your top two choices. Comparing specs can get a little confusing when you always have to switch from one tab to another.
To have two different app windows on your display, open one of the apps. For example, let’s say you want Chrome and Google Docs open. First, open Chrome and then slowly swipe up from the bottom of your display and long-press on the Google Docs icon and drag it to the right or left. The pages should adjust like in the image below.
You’ll also see a divider between the two windows. To make one side more prominent than the other, simply touch this divider and love it to the right or left. You can also make the apps switch sides.
If you want Chrome to be on the right instead of the left, swipe left or right at the top of the window, and the windows will switch automatically.
To see al instance apps together, swipe up from the bottom of your display up until you see all the instance apps you have open.
View App Menus With One Touch
To see app options, long-press on the app, and the menu will appear with various apps for you to choose from.
How to Change the Download Path on iPadOS
Changing the download path on your iPad is quick. Go to:
- On my iPad
Turn On WiFi and Bluetooth From the Control Center
Turning on Bluetooth and WiFi is easier than ever. Swipe down from the top-right of your iPad to reveal the Control Center. The WiFi and Bluetooth icons will be side by side.
How to Access the New Update Section in the App Store
Things have changed when it comes to updating apps in iPadOS. When you open the app store, you won’t find the Updates section where it used to be. To update your apps, you need to:
- Tap on your profile icon
- Swipe down to Upcoming Automatic Updates
- Choose to update all or specific apps
You’ll have the option of either updating all of your updates. Or specific apps by tapping on the updates button to the right of each app.
iPadOS is aimed to make your experience better than before. Sure, you have to get used to things not being where they used to be, but you’ll get used to it in no time. What feature are you most happy about? Let me know in the comments below.