It’s no secret that drag-and-drop gestures have performed very well on iPadOS. Unsurprisingly, Apple decided to test this feature on large tablet screens first. But with the release of iOS 15, you can drag and drop content to the iPhone as well.
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What types of content can be dragged from app to app on iOS?
The operating system allows you to drag and drop almost any kind of content between applications. All programs are required to work with this data in principle. Starting with iOS 15, iPhones and iPads allow drag and drop for the following:
- files of different types;
- Photo and video;
- the selected text;
- browser links and tabs;
- content of iMessage correspondence.
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How to drag and drop data between apps on iPhone and iPad?
1. Hold your finger on the item to highlight the type of data you want. This allows you to select a photo in the Photos application, the contents of an email or note, data from Files, or a tab in your browser.
2. After the item is highlighted, do not rush to lift your finger from the screen.
3. Now you need another finger – use it to minimize the working application and start the recipient program.
4. In it, release the first finger to transfer the selected data.
This method seems to be more convenient and faster than using the clipboard. In this case, you can use both hands, and use the fingers of one hand.
The video below shows an example of dragging and dropping text selected on the site into the Notes app, as well as a text file from the Files app to the Message app (iMessage):
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How to drag and drop multiple files or photos in iOS?
This method is also good in that it allows you to drag and drop multiple items, the same photos or files. To do this, first select the first element in the indicated way, and then click on the subsequent ones, forming a group or stack for subsequent transfer. Then it remains the same way to transfer the data to the desired application.
The video below shows an example of dragging and dropping a group of images from Google Images to the Message app (iMessage):
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How can I drag a screenshot on iOS?
First you need to take a screenshot yourself. This can be done by simultaneously pressing the side button and the volume up button.
Now hold down the thumbnail that appears in the lower left corner until the white frame disappears. After that, you can already drag the screenshot into the application you need using the method mentioned above (in detail).