The iPad allows you to install and move app icons around the various home screens on the device. A simple swipe to the left or to the right will allow you to view the icons that you cannot see on the current home screen.
But there are certain apps that you use more often than others, and you might decide that you want to add an app icon to the dock at the bottom of your iPad’s screen so that you can view it on any Home screen.
Add Another App to the Bottom of the iPad Screen
The steps below were performed in iOS 7 on an iPad 2. If your screen looks different, then you may be using an older version of iOS. Learn how to update to iOS 7 here.
The tutorial below will assume that you have the default selection of four icons in your iPad dock. However, you can have anywhere between 0 and 6 icons in the dock at the bottom of your iPad screen.
Step 1: Locate the app that you want to add to the dock at the bottom of your screen. In this example I am going to be adding the Settings icon to the iPad dock.
Step 2: Tap and hold the icon until all of the app icons on the screen start to shake.
Step 3: Drag the app icon to the dock at the bottom of the screen. You will need to wait a second or so for the current dock icons to adjust when hovering over the dock.
Step 4: Press the Home button under your iPad screen to lock the apps into their new locations.
Now that you know how to add an icon to the iPad dock, you can include some other apps there that you use regularly and want to access more easily.
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