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Here are quick 11 tips for using iOS 11 on iPad


iOS 11 is here and it introduces all kinds of goodies. It’s particularly good on iPad, for which it blurs the lines between mobile and macOS. These are quick iOS 11 tips and tricks for iPad that we think you need to know about.

1.  How to shut down your iPad without using the power button

Until now, Apple’s shutdown and reset methods relied on mechanical buttons, but iOS 11 brings a new software option into play. This can be especially useful if an iPhone or iPad’s sleep/wake, home or volume button is broken or otherwise inoperable. Additionally, the function might serve as an accessibility feature for users who are unable to grasp their device or operate physical buttons.

With iOS 11, however, there is a software based method that will shut down your iOS device. Go to Settings > General > Shut Down (in blue font on bottom) > Slide power button to the right.

2. How to customize Control Center in iOS 11


The Control Center in iOS 11 has been completely redesigned and is now more customizable. To customize the Control Center, go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. Tap the plus signs in the “More Controls” section to add the items you’d like to include. You can also reorganize the order they appear by holding down the symbol on the right and dragging the controls to your preferred spot. You can use 3D touch to adjust controls like sound, brightness, and the flashlight.

From here you’ll have the option to add links to alarms, your Apple TV remote and screen recording mode.

3. How to use files app of iOS 11


With the Files app, you have one location to browse, organize, and search files stored in iCloud Drive, your iPad, Mac, and third-party cloud services such as Google Drive. The interface resembles Finder on the Mac, and lets you arrange your files in different folders and subfolders for easy access across your Apple devices. On the app, you’ll have the option to create a folder, name it, and then add anything you’d like from documents to photos. You can also sort them by name, date, size, and tags for extra organization. Other features include marking up and sharing PDFs or images stored within the folders.

4. How to tap and drag to open apps

The new Dock makes it easy to multitask. If you’re in an app and quickly want to check your messages, swip up from the bottom of the screen to display the dock, press and hold the Messages icon and drag it to the side of the screen.
It will then open in a narrow window so that you can send or read messages without exiting the app you’re already using.

You can put apps side by side as before, and you can replace an open app by dragging the new app’s icon over it.

5. How to use Slide Over in iOS 11


Slide Over allows you to have a second app on the left or right side of the screen in an iPad. When using an app in Slide Over you can move it to either side of the screen by dragging it using the handle icon at the top of the panel.

However, to hide a Slide Over panel you’ll need to move it to the right side of the screen and then swipe it off the display. The app will remain available with a swipe to the left from the right edge of the screen.

6. How to use the screenshot annotation tool in iOS 11

While it’s not as fully-featured as Annotable, the built-in screenshot annotation tool in iOS 11 is great for quick markups. To access, just take a screenshot by pressing the sleep/wake button and the home button at the same time (iPad and iPhone). Once you do that, you’ll see the screenshot appear in a small window in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Once you are done, you can tap the share icon in the top right to share it with another app. If you press Done, you’ll have the option to Save to Photos or Delete.

7. How to use Split View in iOS 11


Split View lets you have two persistent apps sitting side by side on your iPad.

On certain iPads, you can also resize Split View panes for a 50-50, 25-75 or 75-25 split in a horizontal orientation; when holding the tablet vertically, you’ll only have the 25-75 or 75-25 options.

8. How to add another app from dock and from home screen

If an app you want to add and view in Slide Over isn’t in your app dock, there’s still a way to add it. Press the home button and find the app’s icon on the home screen. Long-press on the app icon until it begins to float (not wiggle), then tap a different app’s icon to launch it.

If an app you want to add and view in Slide Over isn’t in your app dock, there’s still a way to add it. Press the home button and find the app’s icon on the home screen. Long-press on the app icon until it begins to float (not wiggle), then tap a different app’s icon to launch it.

The floating app will then switch to Slide Over mode for use.

9. Multitasking in iOS 11 for iPads

Multitasking is notably different on iOS 11 for the iPad. To access multitasking, swipe up from the dock or press Option+Command+D. Once the dock is visible, you can drag items into the multitasking view.

10. How to change tracks using AirPods

With iOS 11, you can skip to the next track by double tapping on the AirPod earpiece and double tap on the other one to go back to the previous track. You can even customize which earpiece applies to the next or previous tracks. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, tap on your AirPods from the list of devices, and toggle on “Automatic Ear Detection.”

11. Track a flight


Picking family, friends or colleagues up from the airport? Type the flight number into Safari’s address bar and you’ll see details of the flight pop up.

Tap on that and you’ll see not just the flight times and status, but a real-time map of where the plane actually is.