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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Guide: how to use the iOS 11 Multitasking with your iPad

Apple introduced Multitasking in its mobile operating system after introducing iOS 9 . Since then, the way of interacting with several applications at the same time has changed considerably , and especially with the launch of iOS 11.

With the changes of iOS 11 , the Dock is the real protagonist of Multitasking . It is imperative to go through the Dock to use several applications at the same time, but we will go into depth with that topic later.

Among the extensive list of iOS 11 news that affect Multitasking, we find a great change in the design of its user interface, the activation of it from the Dock , new controls in Picture-in-Picture ... and much plus!

Below we will guide you step by step with all the necessary information on how to use the Multitasking of iOS 11 on your iPad . Unfortunately, Apple has not yet incorporated a Multitasking system for iPhone ... but maybe soon it will. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most expected features by users.

How to activate Multitasking with the iOS 11 Dock

Since the introduction of iOS 11, it is no longer possible to activate iOS 11 Multitasking by sliding your finger from the right side of the iPad . From now on, if you want to interact with two applications at the same time you must use the Dock.

Luckily, Apple offers the possibility of adding many more applications in the iOS 11 Dock , specifically up to a limit of 15 applications . So the most advisable thing is to add to the Dock all those apps that you are going to use in Multitasking such as: Safari, Messages, Notes, Twitter, Facebook, Settings ...

Now, activating Multitasking from the Dock is extremely simple. Once you have a main application open, you should keep your finger pressed on a secondary application in the Dock and drag it up . When you release the app, Multitasking will be activated.

How to use the Slide Over function of Multitasking with iOS 11 

The Multitasking of iOS 11 has two main modes: Slide Over and Split View.

The Slide Over functionality allows you to use a foreground application without closing the app you were using , as it is in the background executing operating system data. But Slide Over is used for sporadic situations, since applications open from the side in a minimized version.

Once activated the Slide Over function, sliding an application from the Dock as mentioned previously, you can keep your finger pressed on the top of the minimized app to move it to the left or to the right of the screen, according to your convenience.

How to use the Split View function of Multitasking in iOS 11 

Split View is a feature that offers the opportunity to use two applications at the same time with the iPad screen divided in two . It is really useful when surfing the web while playing a video, chat in iMessage while listening to music, read news while you know the latest trends in Twitter, etc.

Activating Split View is very simple, but to do it first you must enable the Split View functionality. Once done, keep your finger pressed on top of the app in Split View and slide it up .

The best thing about Split View is that it allows you to change the size of each application , simply by sliding your finger on the bar that divides both applications.


The Picture-in-Picture feature allows users to play a video in the foreground while performing other background actions with other applications. The video remains in miniature, but you can change its size and position in each of the corners of your iPad.

The functionality is available in Safari and many other applications such as FaceTime, Chrome or Netflix. Although unfortunately it is not yet available on YouTube. You can activate Picture-in-Picture using two very simple methods:

Method 1:

1. Open in full screen the video you want to play.

2. Press the start button on your iPad and the video will play in Picture-in-Picture.

Method 2:

1. Open in full screen the video you want to play.

2. Press the Picture-in-Picture button in the upper left corner.
Devices compatible with iOS 11 Multitasking

These are all tablets compatible with Multitasking:

  •     iPad mini 2
  •     iPad mini 3
  •     iPad mini 4
  •     iPad Air
  •     iPad Air 2
  •     9.7-inch iPad Pro
  •     iPad Pro 10.5 inches
  •     12.9-inch iPad Pro 

So far our guide to use the iOS 11 Multitasking on all compatible iPad models. If you have any questions about this tutorial, do not hesitate to participate in the comments section. We will be happy to help. 

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