How to Use Drag and Drop in iOS 11

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Sabine Posted on Sep 25, 2017 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

The feature called Drag and Drop should be familiar to every Mac user, iOS users will be able to use this feature for the first time for iPhone and iPad with the big update that has been released this autumn. Have you updated your iPhone to iOS 11? Here we'll show you how to use how to use drag and drop on iPad and iPhone. 

Drag and Drop is a new feature for iOS devices, which comes with iOS 11 for the first time on the iPhone and iPad. However, this feature has been around for decades for PC and Mac. The usage is typical for Apple - very easy and intuitive.

You simply touch a certain object with your finger and keep it pressed. From then on, the object is pinned to the finger. Now simply wipe the display with your other hand and place the object wherever you want.

On the iPhone, however, the new feature is slightly limited: On the Apple smartphone, for example, it is only possible to reposition an object within an app, while on the iPad, the drag and drop function is much more sophisticated. Here you can drag and drop items not only within apps but also between different apps - and much more.

How to use drag and drop in iOS 11

As already mentioned, the new feature is very easy to use. 

Step 1. Select the object.

Step 2. Touch the object with your finger.

Step 3. Push the object that is pinned to your finger to the destination. 

In addition, there are various options for what you can do with the marked items. 

Drag and Drop: Files

Of course, the main area of application is the storage of files within or between different apps.

The easiest way to do this is to open apps on the iPad in parallel by using the split screen function. This was already introduced with iOS 9, but its implementation differs in the new iOS 11 version. The apps "Photos" and "Notes" are intended as examples. 

Step 1. Tap and hold the Notes app until it is draggable (the movement is different from the rearranging or deleting apps).

Step 2. Tap the Photos app to open it. 

Step 3. Now the drop: Place the notes app on the left or right side of the app.

The notes app can remain open like an overlay, or - as you already know it since iOS 9 - be displayed on a split screen.

Once the two apps are arranged next to each other, the rest is child's play: select different items as you like, or group them together to swap between the two apps.

If you can't get used to the new side-by-side or split-screen display, you can also use the Drag and Drop function via the new Dock: simply wipe up, select App and drop the pinned objects.

Drag and drop: rearrange the home screen

With the new feature, long arrangement times for individual apps are a thing of the past. Do you want to move multiple apps from one side of the iPad to another? Drag and drop this in record time.

Step 1. Press and hold an app until it starts to shake. 

Step 2. Select more apps and move and rearrange them as a group, once an app has been selected.

Using this feature is so easy. It's almost not worth a how-to, but it is worth pointing out that you can use drag and drop in files. The best way to see files' drag and drop so far is to open Notes in Split View. Then, just tap and drag a file over to Notes. That's it! You could find more about iOS 11 features in other posts. Well, if you want to transfer or backup your files to another iPhone or iPad, the first totally free iPhone transfer software in the world - EaseUS MobiMover Free can do a good job with just several simple steps. 

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