How to surf on iPad Pro (without Home button)

iPad Pro
iPad Pro

With the Home button pressed on the iPad Pro, you will need to learn some gestures. Here are all the tips and tricks you need to navigate Apple’s high-end tablet. The iPad Pro offers some interesting features and functionality but differs from other iPads in the Apple range for one feature- no home button. Apple has removed the Home button on its Pro tablets to make room on the screen, so how to unlock the device, run the screen, view the open apps and talk to Siri?

Just like on iPhone X and later, perform all these actions and more by scrolling, touching and showing your face in the right places. Let’s take a look at the different gestures and other ways to navigate on an iPad Pro.

How to wake up your iPad

Wake up other iPads by pressing the Home button. With the iPad Pro, just tap anywhere on the screen (or press the power button) to turn off the sleep mode.

How to unlock your iPad

With other iPads, unlock the device by entering the passcode or pressing the Home button for Touch ID. With Face ID on iPad Pro, just take a look at the screen to unlock it, then scroll up on the screen. But there’s a problem. If you are holding the iPad in landscape mode, do not block the TrueDepth camera with your hand. If you do, your iPad will tell you that the camera is covered.

Return to the main screen

To exit the current app and return to the main screen, scroll up from the bottom of the screen. This takes you back to the last home screen you have signed in to. Scroll once more and you will return to the main Home screen.

View open apps on iPad Pro

With other iPads, you can press the Home button twice for the app selector, which displays previews of all open apps. On the iPad Pro, you have to scroll up from the bottom of the screen and hold your finger for a fraction of a second until the App Switcher appears.

From there, scroll to the right to see your apps open. You can also reverse the direction by scrolling to the left. When you find the app you want, tap to open it. With iOS 12 or later, scroll up and up to view the open apps works on all iPads.

Close an open app on iPad Pro

It has long been believed that the forced closure of all open apps frees up memory and improves performance. Does that mean you should spend all your free time frantically closing one app after another? No, this is more myth than magic. iOS and iPadOS are smart enough to keep your open apps frozen so they take up little or no resources.

However, the forced closing of an app is a good tactic if the app crashes or stops abnormally or behaves incorrectly. To close an open app on an iPad Pro, swipe up from the bottom to view App Switcher. Then just scroll the app from the screen by scrolling up on it.

Return to a previous app

On an iPad Pro, you can return to a previous app without having to view all the previews or exit the current app to go home. To do this with your current app, slide your finger to the right at the bottom of the screen until you see the previous app. Keep scrolling this way to see all the apps you’ve used before. To move forward in time, swipe left. Release your finger when you see the app you want to use.

View the Dock

The Dock appears automatically when you are on the main screen. But it disappears when you open an app. To access the Dock within an app, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. But don’t scroll too high or close the current app; just enough to see the dock. Touch anywhere on the screen or swipe down on the dock to make it disappear.

How to activate Siri on iPad Pro

On other iPads, invite Siri by holding down the Home button. With the iPad Pro, instead, hold down the power button until Siri appears. Of course, you can also get Siri’s attention by simply saying “Hey Siri” if you set this option in the settings.

Use Apple Pay on your iPad

You can use Apple Pay on your iPad Pro to purchase items in person from retail merchants or online at mobile phone stores like the Apple App Store. In both cases, Apple Pay must be activated at the right time following the request to double-tap the power button. The Apple Pay screen appears. Make sure you look at your tablet so that Face ID authenticates your transaction.

Take a screenshot on the iPad Pro

With other iPads, take a screenshot by simultaneously pressing the power button and the Home button. Without the Home button on the new iPad Pro, the maneuver is different and a little more complicated. Press the power button and the volume up button at the same time.

You may need to fiddle with the positioning of your iPad to make this move with one hand, both in portrait and landscape mode. Try pressing down on both buttons at the same time. If you wish, you can then tap the resulting preview to edit the screenshot and then save or delete it.

Start Control Center

Here is an activity that has been activated in the same way on all iPads. To open Control Center, scroll down from the right corner of the screen and the familiar Control Center icons are displayed.

View notifications

And here’s another activity that works the same way on all iPads. To view your notifications, scroll down from the top or left of the screen and the latest notifications will be displayed.

Turn off your iPad

Finally, to turn off the iPad Pro, hold down the power and volume up or volume down buttons until the shutdown screen appears. Then, just slide the on-screen power button to the right to turn off the device.

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