iOS7 tips, shortcuts and gestures for iPad users – visual guide

APPLE’S new iOS is a different beast for iPad users, so it’s worth finding out the nuances of the iPad experience.

To help, Gamer Thumb has compiled the following list of tips for iPad users who have made the upgrade.

If you want to read our early impressions of iOS7 on an iPad Mini, click here. Otherwise, see below for some helpful hints.

Oh, and if you have any tips to share, please leave a comment. We’d love to hear about it!

1) Search by swiping down on Home Screen


Remember how you’d swipe from the left until you hit the search bar? And now you can’t find it? Simply swipe downwards on the Home screen and the Search bar will appear at the top once more.

To dismiss it, swipe up.

2) Swipe from bezel in Safari to navigate ‘Forward’ and ‘Back’


Want to go back to the previous page you were viewing in Safari? Or have you already done so and wish to move forward again?

New gestures in iOS7 allow you to do this in order to compensate for the lack of a Back button on Apple’s hardware.

Simply swipe horizontally from the left to go back and you’ll see the page peel back.

Then swipe horizontally from the right to move forward once more.

3) Access the Control Centre on the Lock Screen


This one’s easy – but you could never do it in iOS6. Just swipe up from the bottom bezel on the Lock Screen to call up your Control Centre, from which you can control music, enable or disable wireless options, set a timer, alter brightness or take a photo – all without unlocking your iPad.

If you think this is a security issue, or you simply want to stop tinkering little fingers from changing options, you can disable the Control Centre on the Lock Screen from the Settings.

4) Modify your notifications


The new Notification area is almost too informative: you can spend a lot of time checking notifications.

To tailor them, and how they appear, go to Settings, Notification Center, and toggle away until you’re happy with the notifications you’re receiving.

5) Set a timer


Use your iPad as a recipe book? Simply need to set a timer? The new Control Center has a solution for you to quickly set one.

From anywhere, Swipe upwards from the bottom bezel to expand the Control Center. On the right, just to the left of the Camera button, you’ll see a Timer button that could easily be confused for an alarm icon.

Touch this, and set your timer.

6) Where’d my Lock Screen music controls go?


Lock Screen music controls used to be available in iOS6 by double-pressing the home button on the Lock Screen.

Things are now more consistent. Make sure your toggle is set to On in the ‘Access on Lock Screen’ setting under Control Center in Settings.

With your music playing, lock the screen. Turn it on, and swipe up from the bottom bezel to extract the Control Centre. And, tada, your music controls are available on the left!

3 thoughts on “iOS7 tips, shortcuts and gestures for iPad users – visual guide

  • October 1, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Do you have an iOS7 tip for other Gamer a Thumb readers? Leave it here!

  • October 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    One complaint I have about the new UI is that it seems to waste the extra screen room afforded by the iPad. For example, folders now only show 9 app icons, requiring flipping to see more within a folder. I can understand this limit on a phone with a smaller screen, but it should be adaptive to the device.

    • October 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      I just realised I don’t have a folder with more than six apps, so thanks for pointing that out! I’ve just added a whole wad of icons to a folder and I see what you mean. Definitely a missed opportunity on iPad.


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