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Question: ? on turning off “peak time of use” icon docking (the little clock)

(iPad Air 2, iOS 11.2)

I’ve looked around on the web and this forum for an answer to this, but nothing’s worked.

PROBLEM: From what I’ve learned so far, icons for apps that are frequently used at a certain time of the day appear on the right hand side of the Dock at that time of day. This is indicated by a clock icon at the upper right of the app icon. Siri is supposed to have something to do with this. I would like to turn this “helpfulness” off. The two reasonable suggested solutions I’ve found online are (1) turn off Show Recent and Suggested Apps under the Mulitasking & Dock Settings and (2) in the Siri & Search Settings turn the option for the app off. However neither of these work for me. In fact these were already my settings before this annoyance started occurring a couple of days ago. In my case, it’s the Chrome app that’s getting docked. (There’s nothing in the Chrome settings that will affect this.)

Note: I use Chrome all day long. I’m skeptical that there’s a “peak” time of day I use it that this Apple function can accurately pinpoint.)

Thank you.


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iPad 2, iOS 7.0.3

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Thank, you jameso.h. I’ll mark this as solved because I now know the recently used function can’t currently be turned off.

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Dec 16, 2017 10:08 AM in response to rprescot In response to rprescot

Hello rprescot,

Thank you for using Apple Support Communities!

I understand from your post that you would like to turn off the recently used feature that displays the apps on the right side of the dock on your iPad. While the recently used feature does not currently have the ability to be turned off, some of the apps on the right side of the dock you may be seeing could be apps that are being used on your iPhone or Mac. This feature is called Handoff. This feature allows you to use an app on one device and switch to another device and keeping using it. To turn this feature off, go to Settings > General > Handoff, then turn off Handoff.

This article has some additional information you mind find useful about Handoff: Use Continuity to connect your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch - Apple Support


Also, this article has information about how the Dock works and how you can customize it to you liking: Use Multitasking on your iPad - Apple Support

Best Regards.

Dec 16, 2017 10:08 AM

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Question: ? on turning off “peak time of use” icon docking (the little clock)