With iPadOS 13, the iPad has at last developed to properly replace the desktop for many individuals. It is now possible to open several sessions of one App, use safari to download files, and use external hard drives. Use our best iPadOS 13 tips and hacks guide to learn these new features.
1. Add widgets to your home screen.
You can view or add widgets to your desktop. Swipe right on your home screen to display the widgets. For widget pinning, swipe at the end of the today view panel and click edit. Then, turn on the toggle to maintain on the desktop.
2. Run Many Apps in Slide Over
To run multiple apps in Slide Over, begin by bringing a floating over panel, activate the dock, then drag an app icon over the Slide over the currently open window. You can switch between open windows by swiping left/right on the little Home bar below the Slide Over panel.
3. Start different sessions of a single App
You can start many sessions or instances of a single app. It may be a new window or a split-screen. Simply click on a section of an app (e.g., a note or mail) if supported, pull it from the App, then to the right corner of the window. Then release to make a copy of the App. If you want a full window screen, drag and release the finger at the page top.
4. Concurrently view all the sessions of an App
Apple has equipped the iPad with the App Expose feature to allow you to view windows of an open app from the present App on a single screen, and you can exit any screen when necessary. When the App is running, start the dock and click on the app icon to simultaneously view open windows. Swipe up to exit a given app session.
5. Utilize your iPad to Extend Mac Display
The new Sidecar feature in Apple will allow you to utilize the iPad to extend a Mac running Catalina MacOs. It will function both wirelessly and wired connections. It’s relatively quick and does not buffer. You can use the affixed iPad as your Mac’s sketch pad if you have an apple pencil.
6. Use the Apple pencil to mark up any page
You can use the Apple pencil to swipe in from the bottom corner of the window to get a screenshot and begin its annotation. Besides, on the right side, you will see an alternative to taking a full-screen screenshot.
7. Activate Dark Appearance
The dark mode is among the new alluring features of iPadOS 13. Start the control center, click and hold on the brightness slider, then click on the appearance switch to activate the dark appearance. For easy access, you can directly include the dark mode switch to the control center. Start Settings-> Control Center -> Customize Controls and click the Key near Dark Appearance to add it to the Control center.
8. Schedule the Use of Dark Mode
Click Settings -> Display & Brightness and start the Automatic feature. You can customize dark mode from the bottom options, depending on sunrise/sunset or a particular period.
9. Minimize the desktop Icons Grid
The grid of iPadOS 13 is 5 by 6. However, you can revert to the previous 5 by 5 grid by Start Settings -> Display, then selecting the Bigger alternative from the list of App Icon Size.
10. Connect your iPad with a Mouse
The new iPadOS 13 accessibility feature will allow the mouse use on your iPad. Start the settings App, navigate to accessibility, then activate the AssistiveTouch. Then scroll to the Devices section and set your iPad in a mode of pairing. Attach the mouse to your iPad. Then a cursor will appear on your screen. You can move the cursor around. Left-clicking will mimic a finger tap while right-clicking will start the AssistiveTouch menu. This menu can be used to alter the tracking speed, cursor thickness, etc.
11. Share Audio Between Two AirPods
There is a new feature of iPadOS 13 that allows audio sharing from a single iPad between two Airpod or powerboat Pro pairs. With an existing connection between one AirPod and your iPad, place the case of the other Airpods near the iPad, open it, and then click on the circular key at the back. Then click Connect. After your iPad pairs with the other pair, the Airplay Screen will display it as an option. Click to select the second pair. The audio will synchronize in both the AirPods.
12. Utilize The New Photo Editor
The current and enhanced photo editor in the photos App excellently substitutes Snapseed or Darkroom for basic photo editing. It possesses a smooth, Instagram edit method interface. It contains additional editing features such as brilliance, vibrance, etc
12. Utilize the Current Video Editor
During iPad video editing, you will see the current editor. You can quickly crop the video, adjust the aspect ratio, angle, and add original photo editing features. All the adjustments are non-destructive. You can thus revert to the original video at your convenience.
14. Press Apps for long to display menus
Apple offers the Haptic Touch and Peek feature in all iPads. Therefore, to get a contextual menu, click and hold on an icon. Click and hold on a Safari link for previews and alternatives for starting in a new tab or screen etc.
15. Use Gesture typing on the Compact Keyboard
The current compact floating keyboard on iPadOS 13 allows minimizing and moving anywhere. Simply pinch in on the keyboard to attain this mode. You can utilize the gesture typing feature when you are in the pinched mode.
16. Use Safari for File Downloads
There’s a download manager on both the iPhone and iPad Safaris. When you visit a downloadable link, a notification will inquire whether you want the file to be downloaded. Then, the taskbar will have a new Download icon. Click on it to see all your downloads. After completing the download, you will get them in the folder containing Downloads in the apps file. This will be in the local storage.
17. Change the default location for storing files.
It is possible to change the default location for downloads in iPadOS 13. You can opt for the local storage. Click Settings -> Safari -> Downloads and switch to On my iPad. Alternatively, you can choose your favorite folder.
18. Utilize The Current Gestures for Editing Texts
Apple is additionally treating text selection with seriousness. Now, you can simply click and press the cursor to carry and instantly drop a text anywhere. Text selection is currently easier. Simply click on a word and swipe to an area you want to be selected, for instance, a paragraph end. iPadOS will highlight all the texts within the two regions. After choosing the texts, gestures can be used in copying them. Simply pinch using three fingers to copy, use three fingers for pinching out to paste, and use three fingers to swipe back to undo an action. Our previous guide contains more text editing gestures.
19. Test the Natural Language Input in New Reminders App
The current Reminders app in iPadOS 13 has a lot to be discussed. However, suggestions for text input are the best existing features. You can write a reminder and then append time and day in the end. You will notice keyboard field suggestions to attach to the reminders. Although third-party apps are better, these still serve the purpose.
20. Use the Control Center to Switch Between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
The small feature makes iPad use experience to be more comfortable. Start the Control Center, and Maximize the toggle panel. Then, simply click and press on the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You will see a menu from where you can select Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth connections to pair with. This is a god sent little feature for someone like me with three different home networks.
21. Utilize External Drive with Files App
Currently, the Files App natively allows external Drive on your iPad. This news is excellent for iPad Pro with USB-C users who have been yearning to attach a USB-C pen drives to their iPads. With the right cable, the Files app is also compatible with Kindle. If the storage drive can connect to the Files App, it will read the files. It will display on the Sidebar in the Files App after connecting. Simply click on the Drive to start the directory. You can click and press on files and folders to drop them in different locations, such as iCloud Drive or local storage.
22. Get the Updates Section in App Store
You will realize that the update section no longer exists in the App Store. Click at the top of your Profile icon from today’s section to get the section for updates. You will get the app updates at the screen’s bottom section on the profile page. You can decide to update all the apps. Swipe left on an app to display a delete key. You can use this to delete an app from your device.
23. Use the Mail App for Better Formatting Features
The iPad mail app is rapidly growing. Currently, it provides options for Mac-class formatting. Click on the Aa icon from the taskbar to show all the formatting choices while in the Compose box. You can adjust the font, font size, indentation, color, formatting, etc. besides, a new feature of iPadOS 13 allows font downloads from the app store in the form of apps. After downloading, they will appear directly in the formatting menu and compatible apps such as Mail, Notes, etc.
24. Zip and unzip Files App Files
Files app allows compressing and uncompressing files. Click and press on a compressed file; an uncompressing option will appear. Click and press on a file or many files, then select Zip from the menu to instantly zip all the chosen files. You can opt to mail the zipped file by clicking the share button.
25. Keep Files in Local Storage Folders
If you utilize your iPad in jobs that entail handling numerous documents and files, this current feature will simplify your life. You can directly arrange folders in the local storage. You could only do this in iCloud Drive or Dropbox in the past. Currently, you can make a new folder on the local storage and juggle the files. You will love the feature if your iPad is 256GB. Simply start the files App, navigate to the On my iPad section and click and press anywhere to get a notification for new folder creation.
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