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How to customize your Dock? [Newly iPad User]

Written by Hassan Abbas

Customize your Dock: If you purchase your first iPad, then you’ve probably been having some fun getting everything set up. From wallpaper selection to configuring your Mail app, there are lots to do. It includes customizing and personalizing your iPad Dock, that holds your apps is more flexible than you probably think.

For the new iPad users, we’ll show you how to customize your Dock the way it works best for you.

Customize your Dock

How to customize the Dock on iPad

  • Add, remove, and rearrange apps
  • Use folders
  • See and hide recent or suggested apps
  • Show the Dock
  • Enable Dark Mode

Add, remove, and rearrange apps

iPad Docks hangs onto your favorite apps so that you can open them with a tap. The apps you use regularly like Messages, Mail, or Calendar. So think about which apps you open every day that would be convenient to have in the Dock.

  • Add an app to the Dock: Just tap, hold, drag, and release it on the left side of the Dock.
  • Remove an app: Click, hold and drag it out of the Dock.
  • Rearrange apps in the Dock: Simply tap, hold, and drag them to their new spots.

But make sure, when you tap and hold an app, you’ll see a pop-up shortcut menu. To use an action above, just keep holding and that menu will disappear, and the app will squirm. That’s when you can move it.

If you want to use that shortcut menu, simply select Edit Home Screen and then move them in and out of the iPad Dock or to a different spot.

Use folders

Another amazing feature of the iPad Dock is that you can add folders to it. So if you have a folder that includes apps for the office, social media, or games, you can move all those to the Dock as well.

Simply use the methods above to add, remove, and rearrange folders in your Dock.

How to create a Folder?

If you’ve never created a folder before, it’s easy. Simply Tap, hold and drag one app on top of another. A small folder window appears containing both apps, release. Then give your folder a new name if you don’t like the default.

See and hide recent or suggested apps

The right side of the iPad Dock holds your recently used apps. If you don’t want those in your Dock, you can disable this feature. Here’s how.

Simply go to Settings > Home Screen & Dock and turn off the toggle for Show Suggested and Recent Apps in Dock.

If you do this, the Dock will only contain the apps that you put in it.

Show the Dock:

Once the app opens the Dock will hide giving you a full view of your app. But you can show the Dock by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

This is handy for putting apps into Split View or using Slide Over.

Enable Dark Mode

If you want to use Dark Mode on your iPad, then it will apply to your Dock by giving it a darker background. You can allow Dark Mode in a few taps using the Control Center.

Swipe down from the top right corner to open Control Center. Tap and hold the Brightness icon and select Dark Mode. You can disable Dark Mode this same, quick way.


If you select to customize your iPad Dock, you have flexible choices. Making some small adjustments lets you organize the Dock so that it works for you.

Those users who are new to the iPad and need help with other customization options or settings, let us know in the comments below.

Also Read: See Your Friends on Apple Music: what they are listening to?

About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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