With a supported Multi-Touch trackpad like Apple’s own Magic Trackpad connected to your iPad or iPhone, you’ll notice the onscreen pointer continues moving for a fraction of a second after you lift the finger from the trackpad, before gradually coming to a stop. This is called trackpad inertia, but not everyone is a fan of it. If you belong to that camp, be sure to follow our step-by-step tutorial explaining how to disable iPad trackpad inertia with just a few taps.
About iPad trackpad inertia
Trackpad inertia is not the same feature as inertial scrolling.
Inertial scrolling was popularized and mainstreamed by the iPhone when ex Apple designer Bas Ording came up with the rubber band effect which made a touchscreen seem plausible.
When you scroll something like a webpage or a document outside screen boundaries, that content snaps back to its correct position immediately after letting go of the finger. They’re calling this the rubber band effect for a reason — it makes scrolling feel elastic and responsive.
Robust mouse and trackpad support in the iOS and iPadOS 13.4 software updates that released publicly on March 24, 2020 also enabled trackpad inertia on the iPhone and iPad devices. Not to be confused with inertial scrolling, this makes the pointer continue moving briefly after the user lifts their finger from the trackpad before coming to a gradual stop.
Unlike rubber band scrolling which cannot be disabled at will, trackpad inertia can be toggled off at any time in your pointer control settings. Be sure to read out step-by-step tutorial included ahead for a quick explanation on how to disable iPad trackpad inertia with just a few taps.
How to disable iPad trackpad inertia
Follow the steps below to disable iPad trackpad inertia:
- Open Settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
- Choose Accessibility from the main list.
- Tap Pointer Control underneath the heading Physical and Motor.
- Toggle off Trackpad Inertia in order to disable iPad inertial scrolling.
You won’t see the option without a supported Multi-Touch trackpad connected to your device.
With iPad inertial scrolling off, the pointer immediately stops moving when you lift the finger from the trackpad rather than coming to a gradual stop (which, again, is the default setting).
To re-enable inertial scrolling, simply toggle on the option.
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