You check the weather. Click. You check your email. Click. You play a turn of Words with Friends. Click. You read a blog, update your Facebook, look at a map … click click click click. All this activity, and your home button on your iPad gets quite a workout.
While a home button is a sturdy little fellow, it can get sticky over time and extended use. I know of several people who developed significant issues with their home button, and this severely impacts the iPad experience. How can you get lost in your device if you have trouble switching between apps? You are “interrupted”, delayed, and, well, you are sad.
Happily, the iPad has a gesturing function that you can use to protect that home button by using it less frequently.
Here is how:
Open an app. Enjoy it. Now, when you are ready to close that app, instead of going to the home button, open your fingers wide and gently place all of your fingers on the screen. Quickly bring them together, dragging them across the screen. POOF! App closed!