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How to split screen on iPad

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When you work on your computer, you probably use more than one application at a time. If you also use an iPad, you can do the same. We will show you how to do split screen on iPad with two functions.

By using Split View and Slide Over on your iPad, you can use more than one app at a time. There is no opening and minimizing to see what you need at that moment. Place apps side by side and multitask like a pro.

Note: These instructions are for iPads running iPadOS 15. If you have an older iPad that doesn’t support that version, check out our article on using Split View and Slide Over on iPad, as the feature has evolved over time.

Enable multitasking on iPad

If you have used Multitasking on your iPad before, know that the old setting is no more. I used to be able to enable or disable the Multitasking option in Settings > Home Screen and Dock. This allowed you to disable features like Split View and Slide Over. If you have an earlier version of iPadOS, you’ll still see the settings.

However, with iPadOS 15 and later, the setting has vanished. Now, simply use the Multitasking icon and menu when you want to use one of these features. This icon appears as three dots at the top of the app and expands with options.

Open apps in split view

With your iPad in landscape view and an app open, tap the Multitasking icon at the top. If you don’t see the three dots, the app doesn’t support multitasking.

Select the icon in the center to activate Split View.

Split view in the Multitasking menu

You’ll then see the app move to the side of the screen with the rest of the Home screen and Dock in view. This allows you to choose the second app that you would like to display on the other half of the screen.

Split view enabled to add an app

When you open the next app, each one is displayed equally in a split screen view. You can drag the divider across the center of the screen to the right or left to increase the view of one app and decrease the view of another.

Splitter to resize split view apps

With both apps on your screen at once, you can use them at the same time. Scroll through Safari on the left while reading a text message on the right. Or, view the calendar on one side while browsing the app store on the other.

Split View on iPad

You can also drag items between the two apps, which is one of Split View’s most useful features. For example, you might see an image in the Photos app that you want to add to your email. Simply drag the photo from your side of the screen to the email on the other.

Drag a photo into an email in Split View

Replace an app in split view

As you use split view, you may want to swap the apps you’re using. You can replace one of the apps in this view with another.

Swipe down from the top of the app you want to remove.

Drag down to remove an app from split view

You’ll then see the app drop out of view and the other app shrink to the other side of the screen, just like when you initially invoked Split View. Simply locate and open the app you want to take the place of the app you deleted.

Disable split view

When you want one of the two apps back in view, you can easily get rid of split screen view. Tap the Multitasking icon for the app you want to keep open and select the solid box icon on the far left for Full Screen.

Full screen in the Multitasking menu

Alternatively, drag the divider in the center to cover one of the apps you want to remove. This puts the other app in full screen mode.

You can then return to your home screen as you normally would.

Open apps in Slide Over

Slide Over is similar to Split View in that you can split your iPad screen between a couple of apps. The difference is that Slide Over keeps the second app on top of the other and off to the side, as shown below.

RELATED: How to Use Floating Apps (Swipe Over) on an iPad

Slide on iPad

With your iPad in landscape view and an app open, tap the Multitasking icon at the top. Select the icon on the far right for Slide Over.

Slide Over in the Multitasking menu

You will then see the app move to the right side of the screen.

Slide Over enabled to add an app

Choose the next app you’d like to display. Then this app opens in full screen with Slide Over app on top to the side.

Slide on iPad

To move the Slide Over app, use the Multitasking icon to drag it left or right. To hide the app, which is like closing it, swipe it to the side of the screen. You will then see a gray tab that you can drag to display whenever you want.

Hidden app in Slide Over

As with split view, you can move items between apps in Slide Over. Copy a file or photo from one Slide Over app to another by touching, holding, and dragging it.

close slide

To stop using Slide Over, follow the same process as closing Split View. Bring an app to full screen with the Multitasking icon, and then return to your home screen as usual.

Move between split view and slide over

If you’re using Split View and want an app to Slide Over, tap the Multitasking icon for the app you want to switch to and select the Slide Over icon.

Switch from split view to slide

If you’re using Slide Over and want both apps in Split View, tap the Multitasking icon for the app in Slide Over and select the Split View icon.

Switch from slider view to split view

Then choose the icon to place the app on the left or right side.

Icons to choose the side of the app screen in split view

Take advantage of these handy built-in features to use split screens on your iPad. For more ways to multitask on iPad, consider using the Center Window and Picture-in-Picture features too!

RELATED: How to Use Picture-in-Picture (PiP) Video on an iPad


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