How to Drag and Drop on an iPad in iOS 11

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Dragging and dropping items between apps finally made it to the iPad in iOS 11. Not only can you employ this feature to move blocks of text, images and files, but you can make it even more powerful by using your second hand.sam 3164

With that second hand, you can select additional items (called a drag group) as well as change the app that you're dragging items to. The biggest piece of advice we have is that you take some time getting used to steps 1 and 2, as it's not exactly simple.

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Here's how to start dragging and dropping like a pro. Steps 2, 3 and 4 are optional, but can prove helpful if you need them.

1. Press down on an item and move it slightly, as if you're wiggling it a little. Without moving the object a small amount, you won't be able to make a drag group.

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2. Using your second hand, tap other items to add them to the drag group.

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3. If you want, you can switch the second app, and you'll need to swipe the Dock up first, using your other hand.
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4. Then drag an app icon (where you want to drop the drag group) into the other part of the screen, and release the app.

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5. Move the drag group into the target app.drag5

6. Drop the drag group.drag6

You've used both hands to drag and drop like an expert!drag7

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Carl Sagan Jobshare Says:

    Another nice write-up!

    Had to laugh, though, at Step #3!

    At that point, you were up to the third hand!

    And, a user would still need another to hold the iPad.

    That means this will work well-- if you have a willing friend of are a cephalopod! 🐙 😎

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