How to Show Recent and Suggested Apps in the iPad Dock

You can customize the location of your favorite apps by tapping and holding on them, then dragging the app icons to either your first Home screen, or to the dock at the bottom of the screen. Putting the apps that you use most often in these locations makes sense, as you can open them faster.

But sometimes you may be using an app a lot in a short period of time, such as when you are traveling or performing a specific task. In these situations it can be beneficial to have those apps in a location where you can get to them quickly, but you don’t want to disrupt the Home screen or the dock. Fortunately your iPad lets you show suggested and most-recently used apps in the dock.

How to Enable Recent Apps in the Dock on an iPad

The steps in this article were performed on a 6th generation iPad using the iOS 12.2. operating system.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open settings

Step 2: Choose the General option at the left side of the screen.

open general

Step 3: Touch the Multitasking & Dock option at the right side of the screen.

open the multitasking and dock menu

Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Show Suggested and Recent Apps to enable it.

how to show recent and suggested apps in the ipad dock

Do you also have an iPhone that is running low on space? Check out our iPhone storage guide for some tips and places to look to help free up some space for new apps and files.

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