Figma on iPad Pro: A Survival Guide

Nelson Taruc
9 min readDec 30, 2019
Figurative 1.2 for iPadOS

12/25/23 Update! A new version of Figurative just got released, updated for iPadOS 17. I’ll need a little time to test it out but so far, this update is working great! I will update this article accordingly.

Last article update: April 10, 2022. This article has been updated to reflect my new way of using Figma for iPad on iPadOS 15.4.1. If you plan to use Figurative with Apple Pencil, read my companion article.

I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since I originally wrote this article. It’s an understatement to say that the world has changed so much.

Originally, I wrote this to highlight being able to travel anywhere with Figma—a plane, a coffee shop, a bus—with a tablet. Ironically, most of those use cases were made irrelevant due to COVID-19. Instead, I’ve been working more with Figma on a laptop, relegating my iPad Pro to secondary duty.

A third-party app has set the standard for Figma on iPad Pro: Figurative for iOS. Created by Matías Martínez, this app comes closest to delivering a production-capable experience. (Check out my interview with Matías Martínez here).

I’ve been testing Figma on iPad since the release of iPadOS, and wanted to share what I’ve learned. I update this article to reflect the latest info and testing on my device.

Test Configuration

  1. A 64 GB 10.5" iPad Pro (2018)
  2. Using fingers, an Apple Pencil 2 and/or a USB mouse and keyboard
  3. Connecting to Figma over various Wi-Fi networks
  4. A free personal Figma account
  5. Figurative (v1.2.2)
  6. The latest version of iPadOS (15.4.1)
There is no greater joy than seeing SF Pro in Figma on iOS.

Figurative + Figma + Figma (Web)?

In August 2021, Figma released an update that made Figma usable again on iPadOS versions of Safari. Earlier in the year, Chrome for iPad also made Figma usable starting with iPadOS 14.5 and higher.

Since multiple options exist for using Figma, I regularly jump between three different apps…

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Nelson Taruc

Design Lead at Lextech. Focus. Boost signal, kill noise. Solve the first problem. Embrace uncertainty.