iOS 11 is considered as a real game changer for both the iPhone and iPad. Before iOS 11, there was too much monotony in all the previous iOS updates. Be it iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9 or iOS 10, there wasn’t any disruptive change that would make the users (especially iPad users) go WOW. Apple then introduced iOS 11 with the tagline, “A giant step for iPhone. A monumental leap for iPad.”

The tagline indeed walked the talk. There were whispers that Apple’ improvements and thought process is only directed towards the iPhone, and therefore iPads aren’t improving. Apple then decided to dedicate its effort and energy towards the iPad and provided the iPad users with excellent user experience. iOS 11+ has staggering features that are dedicated to iPad-only.

One of the standout features from these iPad-only updates is the new Dock. This feature has transformed the iPad into a different kettle of fish. The iPad has now become more productive with a great user-friendly experience. Much like the Mac’ Dock, iPad’ Dock also allows quick access to your favorite and frequent iPad applications. It’s available on your iPad from any screen, in both portrait and landscape mode. The Dock indeed is the best thing happened to iPads.

How to Use Dock

In order to reveal the Dock, iPad users simply need to quickly flip up from the bottom of the screen. If you further swipe it up from bottom to top then App Switcher will appear on the screen. You can also double tap on the home button to enable App Switcher. You can add your frequently used apps on your Dock by dragging them onto the Dock.

Instead of placing apps scattered on your screen, you can drag folders on the Dock. Put your apps in different folders, category wise. Doing this will not only give your Dock an attractive look, but it will also free up space on your screen. Once done, you can access a bunch of apps present within the folder by simply tapping the folder and then the apps in it.

You should always keep your Dock look presentable. If you think that there are too many folders or apps on the Dock then you can remove them from the Dock too. For that, tap on the app or folder you want to remove, then drag it into a new location or a different folder.

iCloud and Handoff

if you are using the same Apple ID across the different devices then Dock can show you the apps that have been last used on iPhone, Mac or any other device. For that, you need to enable iCloud and Handoff. It is also capable of showing your recently used apps on the iPad. You can view it on the right side of the Dock, just next to your favorite apps.

Dock gets Invisible

If you open an app and then go back to your screen only to see that the Dock has disappeared then all you need to do is to swipe up from the bottom of your screen. Even flicking the screen upwards also make the Dock reappear. However, some iPad users have reported that the usual method doesn’t make the Dock appear on their screen. This issue was reported after the latest iOS updates. to troubleshoot this issue, you can:

1. Go to the Settings of your iPad.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Scroll down, locate the option Multitasking & Dock and tap on it.

4. Locate the option Show Suggested and Recent Apps and toggle it off or disable it.

This method will sort out the issue of Dock’ invisibility. Unfortunately, disabling Show Suggested and Recent Apps will make you lose on an important functionality of the dock.

Hiding the Dock

Hiding the Dock while using an application is quite straightforward. Simply drag it down towards the bottom of your screen and it will disappear. There is no iPad app on which this method won’t work, so hiding the Dock permanently doesn’t make much sense. It is only if you’re playing a game on your iPad and you inadvertently bring up the dock by swiping up on your screen could distract you. Luckily, this happens quite rarely.

Surprisingly, there is still a large number of iPad users who do not enjoy this feature and hence want it to hide permanently. If you are also one of the users who abhor iPad Dock then you can try this method.

1. Clear the Dock screen by removing all the apps and folders from it. To do so, tap on the app/folder for a second or two and then drag them on some other location.

2. Now swipe right until the widgets screen appear.

3. Press your home button and as the screen starts to slide left to the home page, swipe with your finger right to left.

This method is quite tricky; especially the last step. Chances of you getting it right in the first attempt are slim. You may require at least 3-4 attempts to get it right. Once executed perfectly, the iPad Dock will no longer be visible on your screen.

Dock Positioning

Some iPad users have reported that their Dock’ positioning gets weird due to no apparent reason. The Dock starts appearing on either middle or top of the screen, and hence using the iPad gets difficult. This problem usually occurs when the users are either playing games or watching videos (in landscape mode) on their iPads. One of the reasons why this happens is that iPad’ screen resolution change when you play games or watch videos. Anyway, here are a few tips to address this issue.

1. Flip your iPad’ screen orientation.

2. Restart or force restart your device.

3. Check if your iPad has been updated to the latest iOS version.

4. Turn Gestures off for Multitasking & Dock Settings and restart your iPad. To do that; Go to the Settings and tap on the option General. Next, tap on the option Multitasking & Dock and disable Gestures.

5. Remove any apps from your Dock that play embedded videos. You can launch them from anywhere but the Dock.

6. Avoid using iPhone specific apps on your iPad.

7. Watch out for the apps placed on your Dock. Check if they are updated to their latest versions.

8. Reset All Settings of your iPad.

iPad Dock Multitasking

To enable Dock’s Multitasking, you must:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPad.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Then tap on the option Multitasking.

Once done, you need to do the following steps.

1. Allow Multiple Apps: You can disable/enable this feature depending on your preference. Enabling it will allow you to use Slide Over or Split View. Disabling will make sure that Split View or Slide Over will not happen.

2. Persistent Video Overlay: You can disable it if you don’t want to use Picture in Picture feature. Enable it if you prefer overlays.

3. Gestures: Disable this option if you don’t prefer using Multitasking gestures to see the app switcher, return to the Home screen, and more.

Using Multitask Feature

1. Swipe up or flick upwards from the bottom of your screen to launch the Dock.

2. Next, drag any app icon and drop it on the app which is already running. For example, drag Safari’ icon into your Photos application (which is already open).

3. Doing this will open Safari’ tab along with the Photos App as a split screen view.

4. Now you can use both the apps simultaneously.

This is a great feature to have. The only reason why some users avoid is the fact that multitasking isn’t for everyone. You can easily get confused as your concentration can get distracted due to the split screen. This feature, however, is only available for the iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation), iPad Air 2, or iPad Mini 4, and iPad Mini 3 users.

There is another method to use multitask function. You can press the home button to locate any app’ icon on your home screen. Tap-hold on the app icon until it starts to float. Now to open a float or split view, locate another app’ icon on your Dock or App Switcher and tap it to launch it. Once this app is launched, release the floating app and it will automatically enable Slide-Over or Split-Screen Mode.

App Switcher

Some users have complained that the arrival of Dock has made access to App Switcher difficult. Well, that’s certainly not the case. All you need to do is to swipe up past the Dock (swipe further upwards) and you can easily locate the App Switcher. The same method also allows you to access your iPad’s multitasking interface PLUS control center too. If that doesn’t work for you then tapping the home button twice is an easy alternative.

Conclusively, there is no doubt that most iPad users are enjoying this intelligent feature to its fullest. They have appreciated the idea of getting something different and new for the money they paid for their iPads. On the other hand, some users are not entirely happy with the Dock’ functionality and want Apple to address this issue.

It remains to be seen if the next iOS updates will bring any significant changes to the Dock. Until then, users need to get adjust with these same functionalities. Moreover, if your iPad’s Dock stop working completely and doesn’t show up even after you have troubleshot it through different ways, you may have to either restore your iPad or Erase All Content and Settings on your device. You can do that by:

1. Go to the Settings on your iPad.

2. Tap on the option General.

3. Scroll down to the bottom of your screen, locate the option Reset and tap on it.

4. Tap on the option Erase All Content and Settings.

5. Let your device finish the process. Once done, check if your Dock has started working properly or not.