How to use stage manager on iPad

Make way for the new feature of multitasking and keeping things organized on the iPad. With the release of iPad OS 16.1, Apple has released a new feature called stage manager. The stage manager is considered one of the most important features of iPad OS 16.1. Stagemanager makes your work life on iPad easier than ever. It brings all the apps you need to the center of your screen and removes other apps that aren’t in use, placing them on the side of the screen so they don’t interfere. The apps that are removed from the center of the screen are still visible, but in a very small size and are in a stack. The tiles in Stage Manager can even update in real time, so you can see when something changes, such as when you get a new text message in Messages or an email in Mail.

Using a stage manager is quite simple and does not require much work to enable and organize. Follow the steps below to get a full overview of how the Stage Manager feature works.

How to use stage manager on iPad

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPad.
  2. Go to the home screen and the multitasking tab.
  3. Tap stage manager.
  4. Enable the Use stage manager option on the iPad.

Stage Manager on iPadOS 16 organizes your running apps into a strip on the left side of the screen for easy access. When you hide Recent Apps or the Dock, your apps take up more space on the tablet’s screen. You can easily enable and disable these options.

  • Check the box for recent apps as per your choice.
  • Check the dock option if you wish.

How to use stage manager on iPad: Using the control center

  1. Swipe down from the top right corner of your screen to open the control center.
  2. Tap the stage manager icon to enable it. Clicking the icon again will disable the stage manager.
  3. You can check or uncheck the recent apps and docks box of your choice by long-pressing the Stage Manager icon.

When you enable Stage Manager, the app you choose moves to the center, while the most recently used app moves to the left.

You can even resize the application on the screen as you see fit.

To resize an app:

  1. Press and hold the indicator, visible at the bottom right of the currently running app.
  2. Use your fingers or the mouse pointer to resize a window.

Use more than 1 app on screen:

  1. Launch the first app you want to group.
  2. Then, from the Recent apps area or the Dock, drag the second app onto the main screen.

Group apps:

  1. Click the app you want to ungroup.
  2. Select the three horizontal dots in the top center of the app.
  3. Tap Minimize to remove an app from a group.

Which iPads are compatible with Stage Manager?

The stage manager is not available on every iPad model. It is limited to iPad devices consisting of Apple’s M1 chip processor.

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro (1st generation and later)
  • iPad Air (5th generation)

until next time, with another topic. Until then, Toodles.

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