How to turn off Show Recents in iOS 11 Dock on your iPad

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At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple officially announced iOS 11, the next version of iOS operating system. iOS 11 is a refinement software update with some small and welcome additions. With iOS 11, Apple poured a lot of love into the iPad, which was completely ignored in iOS 10.

In iOS 11, Apple has introduced a maOS-like Dock, which sits at the bottom of your screen. Basically, the new Dock allows you to easily launch and switch between apps on your iPad. You can access the Dock by swiping your finger from the bottom edge of your screen. Here, you can add a dozen of apps to the Dock.

By default, the Dock shows three apps you have recently used on your iPad, and you can change that. Specifically, you can set up the Dock, so it will only show the apps you have added to it, instead of your most recently used apps on your iPad.

In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the steps to prevent the Dock from showing your most recently used apps on your iPad. Before proceeding, keep in mind that the Dock is exclusive to iOS 11, so make sure that you are now running iOS 11 beta on your iPad.

How to disable Show Recents in Dock in iOS 11 on your iPad

Step one: First off, you need to launch the Settings app from your home screen and then hit General to proceed

Step two: Once you are in, scroll down a little bit and tap on Multitasking

Step three: Navigate to the bottom of the multitasking page and turn off the switch for Show Recents to turn it off.

How to turn on Show Recents in Dock in iOS 11 on your iPad

If you change your mind and you want to go back to the default settings, you can easily enable Show Recents in Dock on your iPad. Here is how.

Step one: Launch the Settings app from your home screen and then tap on General

Step two: Scroll down a little bit and hit Multitasking. After that, all you need to do is to turn on the switch for Show Recents.

That’s it! The Dock is a great addition to the iPad, as it makes multi-tasking experience less painful. iOS 11 is still in beta stages, so the Dock may not function properly on your iPad. Apple still has a lot of work to do ahead of the final release this fall.

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