Pro-Tip: Add functionality to your mouse’s side buttons
If you have a mouse like mine with two side buttons that are traditionally used for going back and forward, you can give them a similar functionality on iPadOS. Here’s how.
3. Turn on AssistiveTouch
4. Under Custom Gestures, go to Create New Gesture…
5. Swipe right from the leftmost side of the screen as though you’re going back, then save (on the top right) the gesture as “Back”.
6. Repeat step 4
7. Now, swipe left from the rightmost side of the screen as though you’re going forward, then save the gesture as “Forward”.
8. Under Pointer Devices, go to Devices
9. Under Connected Devices, choose your mouse (mine is called “2.4G Input Device”)
10. Customize Additional Buttons…
11. Click the side button on your mouse that you use to go back, then choose your newly created “Back” gesture under Custom Gestures
12. Repeat step 10
13. Finally, click the side button on your mouse that you use to go forward, then choose your newly created “Forward” gesture under Custom Gestures
It took a while for me to discover this. I did try out volume up and volume down before but maybe I’m just old fashioned and I like using my side buttons for the good old forward and back. It works for the most part, there have been a few instances where my iPad will erroneously think I’m in portrait mode so the gestures will be rotated and swipe up and down (Notification Center and home screen, respectively) — but that issue hasn’t lingered fortunately. On top of that, the AssistiveTouch menu will be on the screen when your iPad isn’t connected so that could be a hindrance if you don’t normally use that. If there’s a way to keep that menu invisible at all times, I’d love to know. But yeah, I hope this helps someone else!