The Basics of Using iPadOS: Key Tips, Tricks, and Features to Know About

MakeUseOf | 9/24/2019 | Sandy Writtenhouse
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At the 2019 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) the company announced a whole new way to enjoy iPad with iPadOS. The revamped iPadOS is now its own entity for Apple’s tablets, providing the same features as iOS 13 for iPhone plus some awesome extras.

Whether you’re completely new to the iPad or are a longtime iPad user looking at iPadOS for the first time, here’s an introduction to the basics of what iPadOS has to offer.

Home - Screen - IPadOS - Options - Widgets

The Home screen on iPadOS gives you redesigned layout options and cool widgets that you can pin for easy access.

When you look at iPadOS, you’ll notice right away that you can fit more apps on your screen. The grid for your apps is tighter, allowing you to see more of them at once. However, if you’re not a fan of this condensed view, you can change it.

Settings - App - Display - Brightness

Open the Settings app and select Display & Brightness.

Under Home Screen Layout, mark the button for Bigger.

Bigger - Grid - Icons - Screen - Layout

Bigger will put the grid of 20 app icons back on your screen, whereas with the More layout, you get 30.

Another enhancement to the iPad Home screen is the Today View. Access this handy section by swiping from left to right. You then have a quick view of the date and time, along with widgets.

Today - View - Home - Screen - Access

You can choose to keep the Today View on the Home screen or access it only by swiping. To keep it on the Home screen, follow these steps:

Open the Settings app and select Display & Brightness.

Home - Screen - Layout - Turn - Toggle

Under Home Screen Layout, turn on the toggle for Keep Today View on Home Screen.

You might also see a message at the top of Today View for Add to Home Screen; just tap that to add it. Alternatively, you can swipe to the bottom of Today View, tap Edit, and turn on the toggle on...
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