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How to Split Screen on iPad & How to Get Rid of It?

How to split screen on iPad? Apple provides several multitasking options in iPadOS that let you work with more than one app at the same time. Apps that support multitasking can then be used in a few different ways. The article examines Split View, a feature that displays two apps side by side in a split-screen arrangement.

The latest additions to iPadOS make multitasking easier than ever. This is in part due to a new Multitasking menu that appears as three dots positioned centrally at the top of the screen when an app is open. A tap on the three dots reveals the following options: Fullscreen, Split View, and Slide Over.

Fullscreen is the default viewing mode for one app. Split View, by contrast, is when two apps are displayed side by side on the screen. By dragging the divider that appears between the apps, you can resize them. Then there’s Slide Over, where one app appears over another in a floating window that you can drag to the left or right side of the screen. Now let’s take a closer look at Split View.

  • Using the Multitasking feature Split View, you can use two apps at once on your iPad.
  • On your iPad, you can split a screen by opening one app and dragging another app from the Dock to the side.
  • By swiping an app off the screen, you can get rid of split-screen, or turn it off completely.

How to Use Split View on iPad

  • Open an app on your iPad.
  • Click the Multitasking button (three dots) centered at the top of the screen to reveal three options.
  • Tap the Split View button (the second option) indicated by a frame split into two.
  • The current app will be pushed aside to reveal the Home screen. You can view another app on the other half of the screen by tapping another app on the Home screen or in the Dock. The second app will appear alongside the current app.

Using the Dock to invoke Split View

  • Open an app on your iPad.
  • Slide your finger up from the bottom edge of the screen until the Dock appears, then release your finger.
  • Touch and hold another app in the Dock, and drag it up to the left or right edge of the screen. This will make the second app appear alongside the current one.

How to Adjust Split View

Drag the app divider to the left or right to change the amount of screen real estate given over to each app in Split View.

Tap the Multitasking button (three dots) at the top of the app, then tap Slide Over (the partially filled frame). You can also touch and hold the Multitasking button and drag the app to the other app.

In order to close Split View, tap the Multitasking button (three dots) centered at the top of the app that you want to keep, and then tap the Full-Screen button (the fully filled frame). You can also drag the app divider over the app you wish to close.

In Split View, how to replace an app

If you have two apps open in Split View, you can replace one of them with another. Here’s how.

  • Swipe down from the Multitasking button (three dots) at the top of the app you want to replace. As soon as the app drops down, the other open app will move to the side to reveal the Home screen.
  • By tapping the replacement app on the Home screen or in the Dock, it will appear side-by-side with the existing open app in Split View.

How to Return to Fullscreen

Split View lets you remove one app and expand the other to make it fullscreen. There are three ways to do this.

  • Move the center divider to the left or right edge of the screen.
  • Tap the Multitasking button (three dots) at the top of the app you want to use in fullscreen, then tap the filled frame button (first from the left).
  • Hold the Multitasking button (three dots) at the top of the app you wish to use in fullscreen. Keep its top edge at the top of the screen, drag it to the center of the screen until its name and icon appear, then release.
split screen on iPad
split screen on iPad

How to Remove Split Screen on iPad

On the iPad, Split View is enabled by default, and many users end up with a split screen by mistake, particularly in Safari. While there are many useful ways to use split-screen on iPad, some users simply don’t like iPad split-screen (the name of the feature is actually Split View), and that’s okay. We’ll show you how to get rid of split screens on your iPad in Safari and any other app!

For starters, it’s good to know that you used to have two options to stop split screen on an iPad: disable split screen in iPad Settings, or simply close the split-screen feature on your iPad for the app or apps you’re currently using. However, as of iPadOS 15, you can no longer turn off the split screen on iPad by disabling it altogether. We can only assume that Apple’s developers thought it would be harder to accidentally enter Split View following the recent Multitasking redesign. The fact that you’re here would suggest otherwise, though, wouldn’t it?

In Safari, how to exit split screen on iPad

Split View in Safari on the iPad was a multi-tasking feature for iOS 10 that continues in iPadOS 15. You can open two separate Safari web pages simultaneously on your iPad with Split View, which has many benefits! On iPad, you can return to full screen from the split screen in Safari by tapping and dragging the black divider bar to one side or the other.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this short trip down iPad split-screen lane! The next time Split View accidentally squishes two apps together inconveniently or makes your iPad Safari window small, you’ll be ready to deal with it.

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