Stage Manager Not Showing Up On iPad In iPadOS 16.1? (Fix?)
Is Stage Manager not showing up on iPad after iPadOS 16.1 update? You’ve installed the most recent public release but this new multitasking feature is not available? It won’t show up in Control Center or within the Settings app. Here is what to do!
Stage Manager Not Showing On iPad?
This problem has been reported by Levi:
“I don’t see stage manager option”
We’ve found similar reports on Reddit:
“Stage manager stopped working on my m1 iPad Pro”
Stage Manager Not Available On Older iPads
First of all, you should be aware that this feature isn’t working with all iPad models that are compatible with iPadOS 16.
According to Apple, Stage Manager is showing up only on:
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen. and later)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st gen. and later)
- iPad Air (5th gen.)
Fact: Stage Manager not working with iPad Air (3rd and 4th gen.), iPad mini 5 and 6, iPad 5th to 8th gen.
How To Fix Stage Manager Not Showing Up
If your iPad is updated to iPadOS 16.1 or later and is a compatible model, make sure that the feature is turned ON in Settings:
- 1. Open Home Screen & Multitasking menu.
- 2. Tap Stage Manager.
- 3. Enable ‘Use Stage Manager on iPad’.
Stage Manager In Control Center
You can quickly toggle this feature On or Off from the Control Center. Add it there by following these steps:
Settings -> Control Center -> Stage Manager (tap the green ‘+’ icon next to it and drag & drop to position the toggle in the desired order).
Tip: If Stage Manager isn’t working or stopped working we recommend you to reboot iPad and the functionality should return!
Stage Manager Not Showing For External Display?
Although this new multitasking feature worked in the iPadOS 16.1 beta testing stages with external displays, Apple has decided to pull the functionality in the public release.
Apparently, it was to glitch and it requires more fine tuning. We expect it to roll out in iPadOS 16.2
Have you managed to fix Stage Manager not working on iPad? Do you have a batter solution or other problems to report? Share your feedback in the comments.
Related: For more iPadOS 16 issues and their available workarounds please check our extended review.
The iPad Mini 4 is stuck at iPadOS 15 so it looks like you made a typo: it’s the iPad Mini 5 and Mini 6 that won’t get Stage Manager.
That’s true. Thanks for correcting. Updated.
I want stage manager for more ipads than ipad pros. I want them in normal ipads like ipad 7,8,9,10 and mini
We all do. Let’s hope that they will dripfeed it.
So.. there’s no fuvking point in updating any older models, none of the good iOS 16 features are even fuvking available? *Censored*.
While some your frustration can be justified, you should take the full half of the glass. Your older iPad model gets software support, several new features and security updates for longer than the competitors.
I have a 9th gen iPad and have installed iOS 16.1. My control center does not show the symbol for stage manager. Home Screen & Multitasking in Settings does not show a Stage Manage click button.
Unfortunately, Stage Manager isn’t supported on iPad 9th gen.
Bring stage manager to ipad 9th gen
Amen to that!
I have iPad mini 6th generation and I don’t have stage manager. Help?
Thanks for reporting. Quote from the article:
“Fact: Stage Manager not working with iPad Air (3rd and 4th gen.), iPad mini 5 and 6, iPad 5th to 8th gen.”
Sorry but this functionality is currently not available for your iPad model.
This seals the lid on the kool aid for me. My 4 isn’t even that old and it’s being treated like it’s a ‘vintage’ device….. no thanks
They might add it in a subsequent iPadOS 16.1 update as they did with the battery percentage in the status bar for the iPhone mini series.