App Basics

Adding Apps to the Dock

The Dock will not move when you change to a different home screen pages. It is useful to have your most frequently used apps on the Dock so you don't need to locate them on another screen or in an obscure folder.  The Dock holds 6 apps.

To add an app to the dock:

  • hold an app until it wiggles - all the apps will be wiggling
  • Hold the app you want to move and drag it to the dock.
  • To remove an app from the dock:

  • hold an app until it wiggles - all the apps will be wiggling
  • Hold the app you want to remove and drag it from the dock

    You can have 6 apps in the iPad dock

    You can have 6 apps in the iPad dock

    How to Switch between Open Apps

    When running an app, you can minimize it by simply clicking the Home button. 

    1. Double-click your iPad's Home button to reveal the open apps on the multitasking bar at the bottom of the screen.
    2. Flick left to see more running apps.
    3. Tap an icon to instantly switch to an open app.

    If you have enabled multitasking gestures, you can use four or five fingers to swipe left or right to switch between open apps, or swipe up to reveal the open apps on the multitasking bar.



    How to Close a Running App

    The iPad doesn't need you to close a running app for every instance. But in some cases like playing a game, you may need to actually close the app in order to start a new level rather than continuing the last. Here are the steps to follow:

    1. Click your iPad's Home button to minimize the app if it's running.
    2. Double-click the Home button to see a row of running apps at the bottom of the screen.
    3. Touch and hold any icon until the icons start wiggling, then tap the minus sign on the icon of the running app to close it.
    4. Double-click the Home button again to hide the row.



    How to Remove an App

    Installing apps from the App Store to your iPad is convenient, likewise removing them is pretty straightforward.

    1. Touch and hold an icon on your screen until the icons start wiggling.
    2. Tap the X sign on the icon of the app you want to remove.
    3. Select the Delete button to confirm.
    4. Repeat the same for others and click the Home button to finish.

    Note: If you have synced your apps with the iTunes on your computer, uncheck this app in the iTunes or else it will be restored to your iPad when syncing.



    How to Pause an App Install

    If you're downloading or updating more than one app at a time from the App Store, it shows the first one as "Loading...", and the rest "Waiting..." But some apps can be very big and take time to download, and you need to get the one waiting to download first. That's easy:

    1. Tap the one which is loading, it will then be paused and the next one waiting in line starts loading.
    2. Repeat the same to the rest until the one you need to start loading.
    3. You can also tap the one which has been paused to start waiting, or loading when no others are loading or the rest are paused.


    How to Re-arrange Icons

    When you install new apps to your iPad, the system stacks up the icons automatically without asking you to select a home screen. But you can subsequently re-arrange the icons on the home screens and on the Dock.

    1. Touch and hold any icon on your screen until the icons start wiggling.
    2. Drag an icon to a different spot on the screen, or even to or from the Dock, which allows for six icons.
    3. You can also drag an icon to the left or right edge of the screen until it starts sliding, then drop the icon to another screen.
    4. Click the Home button to finish.



    How to Create, Rename and Remove Folders

    Other than the apps on the dock, sometimes it's difficult to quickly look for an app to open if you have many icons spreading across a few screens. Why not create a folder to group similar apps together? It's much easier than you might think.

    1. Touch and hold any icon until the icons start wiggling.
    2. Drag an icon over the top of another. The system then automatically makes a named folder, with the two icons put under it. Drag more similar apps to the folder when needed.
    3. Click the Home button to finish.

    You can rename a folder at any time—touch and hold the folder icon to make it wiggle, tap it to expand, then edit the folder name after selecting it.

    While the system auto creates a folder for you, it does the same to removing a folder automatically—make the folder icon wiggling, tap it to expand, then clear all items inside the folder either by dragging them out or deleting them one by one, and the empty folder clears by itself. Smart?

    Video: Create a folder

    Updating your Apps Automatically


    In earlier versions of iOS, the system would notify users of available App Store updates with a badge on the icon (seen above).

    You had to open up the App Store, press the Update button, then press Update All. It was rather annoying to keep up with all the apps that needed updating. Sometimes by the time you finished updating, more apps would need updating.

    Now with iOS 7, the apps will now automatically update. To make sure that the apps are set to automatically update, go into Settings and scroll until you see iTunes and App Store.

    To turn on automatic app updates, tap in the white oval next to Updates. The apps will now update automatically. Apple even asks you how often you want the apps to automatically update, whether to occur only when you’re on Wi-fi or if it can occur when you’re on a Mobile network. 

    If you have automatic app updates turned on, and want to know which apps were updated, you have two places to find the information. If you go to the App Store and tap Updates, it will show you when apps last updated. Also, Notification Centre can  show you (in the “All” tab) which apps were automatically updated.

    Updating your Apps Manually

    If you would rather have more control in updating your apps, then turn off Automatic Updates. (Settings, iTunes and App Store). 

    1. Open the App Store, then tap Updates in the bottom-right.
    2. A list of available updates will appear. To update an app, tap Update. You can also tap Update All to install all available updates.
    updating an app on the ipad

    Searching for Apps on your iPad

    Search for apps by swiping down from the middle of the Home screen. A search box will appear at the top of the screen. Start typing the name of the desired app—any apps matching your search will appear (along with other files and settings on your iPad).

    search for apps on ipad