Apple recently released a new floating Magic Keyboard case for the iPad Pro and it looks fantastic, but you don’t need to spend $299 to use a trackpad. You can simply connect a Magic Trackpad or any other third -party multi-touch trackpad and you will be able to access all the new trackpad gestures on your iPad.
Starting with iPadOS 13.4, Apple allows you to connect any Bluetooth mouse and trackpad to your iPad to activate the new cursor feature. It is easy to connect your iPad to Apple’s Magic Trackpad or any other third-party option as it is just like pairing any other Bluetooth accessory.
Once the trackpad is active and you have it paired, you will be able to use it just like you use the trackpad on a Mac. You can even use some of the same gestures that you might already be used to on your Mac.
With the trackpad, you can swipe around with one finger to move the pointer, which is displayed as a translucent gray circle. In the guide below, we will show you how to use trackpad gestures on your iPad.
How to Use Trackpad Gestures on Your iPad
The reason you connected a Magic Trackpad to your Mac is the gestures. Below is a list of all the trackpad gestures supported by the iPad:
- Right-Click: Tap or click using two fingers to right-click.
- Scroll: Swipe up or down using two fingers to scroll.
- Forward/Backward: Use two fingers to swipe left/right to go forward/backward and in apps with nested menus (like the Settings app).
- Zoom: Pinch in and out using two fingers to zoom.
- Spotlight: Use two fingers to swipe down on the Home screen to open the Spotlight search bar.
- Switch apps: Use three fingers to swipe left or right to switch apps (You can also use it in Slide Over panel).
- Home: Use three fingers to swipe up to open the Home screen.
- App Switcher: Swipe up with three fingers and hold to open the App Switcher.
- Quit Apps: Flick up with three fingers on an app in the multitasking view to force quit it.
If you are used to the tap-to-click gesture from your Mac, you can turn on this feature for the iPad. To do this, go to the Settings app and then tap on the “General” option and then tap on “Trackpad.” On this screen, tap on the toggle next to the “Tap to click” option.
You may also want to turn on the “Two-Finger Secondary Click” option from this screen as well.