How to Hold the iPad Correctly

Holding it right makes it easier to use

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While the iPad's display will rotate with the device, you can hold it incorrectly. More accurately, some ways of gripping it are better than others. Learning how to grasp the iPad correctly will make it easier to use.

These instructions apply to all iPad models.

How to Hold the iPad in Portrait Mode

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Portrait mode, which means holding the iPad with a shorter side on top, works well for browsing the web or checking Facebook. Apple designed the iPad to make websites display better in portrait mode, which is how you typically hold your phone when you're browsing the web. When you're holding it this way, keep the Home Button at the bottom, which puts it below the screen.

This orientation makes it easier to reach the Home button. It also puts the camera at the top, which makes placing video calls with FaceTime much easier. It's also the best orientation for taking selfies.

If the Home button is at the bottom, that puts the volume buttons at the top right and the suspend button on the top of the iPad. Holding the iPad upside down may seem to work fine because the iPad will flip the screen, but if the suspend button is at the bottom of the screen, it is easy to accidentally trigger it if you rest the iPad on a table or your lap.

How to Hold the iPad in Landscape Mode

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Landscape mode, which means holding the iPad with a longer side on top, is usually for games and watching videos. It can also make the text on the screen more prominent and comfortable to read without having to turn on Accessibility options.

When using Landscape, the Home Button should be to the right of the display. The volume buttons will be on top of the iPad, and the lock button will be in the upper-left corner. It also conveniently leaves nothing on the bottom. Just like when you're holding the device in portrait mode, keeping buttons off of that side of the iPad will stop you from accidentally triggering them.

The iPad will still operate no matter how you orient it. But these positions make the buttons more accessible and let you rest the tablet on a surface without accidentally changing volume or locking the device.

How to Hold the iPad While Taking Photos or Capturing Video

These rules of placing the Home Button either at the bottom of the display in Portrait mode or to the right of the screen in Landscape mode also apply when taking photos or video with the iPad. Having the Home Button at the bottom or to the right of the display aligns the back-facing camera to the top of the iPad. 

If the camera is at the bottom of the iPad, it is much easier to accidentally get your fingers in the way when you are holding the tablet. If you grip the iPad in the middle and hold it up near your chest or face, your hands and wrists might interfere with the rear-facing camera.

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