iPad Basics ~ Multi-Tasking multi-task1.png

Handout in .pdf format outlining multitasking on your iPad: Multi-tasking.pdf

Multi-tasking and keeping more than one app “ready” is unique to the upgraded operating system (ios 4.2 or above) on the iPad. Applications are “suspended” rather than closed and will “take off” from where you left them—which makes for fewer touches in navigation.

Follow These Steps to View Suspended Apps In the Multitask Bar:

1. Turn on your iPad

2. Press the “Home Button” twice to reveal the multi-task bar—this allows the user to quickly view the most recently used apps without having to locate the apps from screen to screen—you may need to swipe from right to left on the multi-task bar to reveal the open apps.

3. Tap/touch the app to open it. The number of apps that are available (swipe left to right to view more) in the multi-task bar is limited by your devices memory. Once it reaches capacity it begins “letting go” of the least frequently used apps.

4. Click the “Home Button” once to exit the multi-task bar. multi-task2.png


Remove Apps From the Multitask Bar:01-ipad-multitask-bar.jpg


In most cases, users do not need to remove apps from the “multi-task bar” as the task bar will drop infrequently used apps. However, if apps begin to react slowly or your iPad seems to be slowing down it might be time to delete apps from the multitask bar and open it from the start point. (a good use of this feature is after an app has been updated).



1. Press the “Home Button” twice to view the “multi-task bar”

2. Tap and hold on one of the icons in the “multi-task bar” until the apps start to “jiggle”

3. A red circle with a “minus sign” will appear in the corner of the app—tap the minus sign to close the app. Don’t worry—this does not delete the app, it simply closes the app so that it will open from a “fresh state” the next time it is opened. (see the image above)




Other Features/Settings in the Multitask Bar:multi-task3.png

  • Volume Control/Screen Lock
  • Screen Brightness
  • iPad Music Playback, Volume, etc.