Multitasking Basics on the iPad

Multitasking on the iPad means that you can easily switch from one app to another without closing the first one and returning to the Home screen. With iOS 7, this is now accomplished by previewing all open apps and jumping from one to another, and quitting an app by simply swiping it upward. Follow these steps to multitask:

  1. Open an app.

  2. Double-tap the Home button.

  3. On the app preview that appears, flick to scroll to the left or right until you find the second open app you want to switch to.


  4. Tap an app to display it.

Tap the Home button to remove the scrollable multitasking display from the Home screen and return to the app you were working in.

Multitasking involves jumping from one app to another. Introduced in iOS 5 were some gestures you can tell the system to activate so you can use four or five fingers to multitask. You can turn on these gestures by tapping Settings on the Home screen, and then in the General Settings, tap the On/Off button for Multitasking Gestures.

Here are the three gestures you can then use:

  • Swipe up with four or five fingers on any Home screen to reveal the multitasking display.

  • Swipe down with four or five fingers to remove the multitasking display from the Home screen.

  • With an app open, swipe left or right using four or five fingers, and you move to another app.