How to use multitasking gestures on the iPad

It’s almost as if field management systems and the iPad were meant for each other. Job-site documentation calls for multitasking, and the iPad, well, it was built for it. When you’re switching between apps to stay on top of everything that comes across your “desk”, iPad multitasking gestures make it easier to move between screens without pressing any buttons.

The basic multitasking features are rooted in four/five finger mechanics, which, depending on direction and function, can land you on other apps, the home screen or reveal the multitasking bar.

• Five finger pinch to return to Home Screen
• Four finger swipe up to reveal multitasking bar
• Four finger swipe left or right to switch between open apps

If the above controls don’t appear to be working for you, you might need to go to Settings > General and make sure that “Multitasking Gestures” is turned on.

These simple shortcuts cut the need to go back to the Home Screen to start working on another task. It could be switching between TruQC and an email to confirm specs or switching between the ESPN app and Facebook to rub in a victory. Multitasking gestures make multitasking even easier, no matter what the task is at hand.

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