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How to Install and Use Apps on Your iPad

A guide to working with apps, including multitasking, on an iPad running iPadOS 15.
This chapter is from the book

In this chapter, you learn how to find, purchase, install, and use apps on your iPad.

arrow.jpg Working with Apps

arrow.jpg Finding New Apps in the App Store

arrow.jpg Managing Installed Apps

arrow.jpg Multitasking on Your iPad

Most of what you do on your iPad you do via applications, or apps. An app is a self-contained program designed to perform a particular task or serve a specific purpose. There are apps for news and weather, apps for email and text messaging, apps for Facebook and Pinterest, even apps for listening to music and watching videos. Whatever you want to do on your iPad, there’s probably an app for it.

Your new iPad came with more than a dozen apps preinstalled, but these aren’t the only apps you can use. There are tens of thousands of additional apps available, most for free or low cost, in Apple’s online App Store. It’s easy to find new apps and install them on your iPad—and then use them every day.

Working with Apps

To do just about anything on your iPad, you have to learn how to work with apps. All the apps currently installed on your iPad are displayed on the various Home screens. Each icon on the screen represents a different app. When you install a new app, an icon for that app appears on the Home screen.

Launch an App from the Home Screen

You open apps from the iPad’s Home screen.

circle-01.jpg Swipe up from the bottom of the screen or press the Home button (if your iPad has one) to return to the main Home screen.

circle-02.jpg Navigate to the Home screen that displays the icon for the app you want to open, and then tap that icon to open the app.

Launch an App from the Dock

You can launch apps from the Dock, which floats at the bottom of every screen on your iPad. The left side of the Dock hosts icons for apps you’ve placed there. The right side of the Dock displays icons for your most recently used apps. (Chapter 3, “Personalizing the Way Your iPad Looks and Works,” explains how to customize the apps on the Dock.)

circle-01.jpg The Dock floats over the bottom of every Home screen and many apps. If the Dock is hidden, display it by swiping up slightly from the bottom of the screen.

circle-02.jpg Tap an icon on the Dock to open that app.

circle-03.jpg If you’ve recently opened files or documents with a given productivity app, long-press the app’s icon on the Dock to view those files. Tap a file open it.

Launch an App from the App Library

Not all installed apps have to appear on a Home screen, but they do all appear in the App Library, organized by type. You can launch any app from there.

circle-01.jpg Tap the App Library icon on the Dock or swipe to the last Home screen to display the App Library.

circle-02.jpg All apps are grouped into folders by type. If there are four or fewer apps in a folder, simply tap the icon for an app to launch it.

circle-03.jpg If there are more than four apps of a given type, you have to open the folder to display all of those apps. Tap the name of a folder to open it.

circle-04.jpg Tap an app icon to open that app.

Search for an App

If you have a ton of apps installed on your iPad, it may be challenging to find a specific app you want. (Which Home screen did you put it on?) If this is the case, you can search the App Library for a specific app by name.

circle-01.jpg Tap the App Library icon on the Dock or swipe to the last Home screen to open the App Library.

circle-02.jpg Tap within the Search box at the top of the page and type the name of the app.

circle-03.jpg As you type, your iPad suggests matching apps. Tap the name of an app to open it.

Switch Between Apps

You can have multiple apps open at the same time and easily switch between them.

circle-01.jpg On any iPad with a Home button, press the Home button twice. Or...

circle-02.jpg Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen all the way to the top edge.

circle-03.jpg You see the App Switcher, which displays all your open apps. Swipe left or right to focus on other apps.

circle-04.jpg Tap an app to switch to that app.

Close an App

Apps remain open until you manually close them. When you’re not using an app, it remains paused in the background, but it doesn’t slow down your iPad or drain your battery. Because of this, you don’t have to close an app when you’re done with it—although you can if you want.

circle-01.jpg Press the Home button twice or swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen all the way to the top.

circle-02.jpg You see the App Switcher, with all open apps displayed. Tap and drag the app up and off the screen until it disappears.

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