How to Split Screen on iPad

When you work on your computer, you probably use more than one application at a time. If you’re also using an iPad, you can do the same. We are going to 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. You don’t have to open and minimize the screen to see what you need at that moment. Place apps side by side and multitask like a pro.

Enable Multitasking on iPad

If you ever used multitasking on your iPad, know that the old setting no longer exists. You could previously enable or disable the multitasking switch in Settings > Home screen & Dock. This let you disable features like split view and dragging. If you have an earlier version of iPadOS, you’ll still see this setting.

However, with iPadOS 15 and newer, this setting is gone. Now you just need to use the Multitasking icon and menu when you want to use any of these functions. This icon appears as three dots at the top of the app and expands with options.

Open apps in split view

When your iPad is in landscape mode and an app is open, tap the Multitasking icon at the top of the screen. If you don’t see the three dots, that means the app doesn’t support multitasking.

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Select the icon in the center to enable 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 the Dock visible. This lets you choose the second app you want to display on the other half of the screen.

Split view enabled to add app

When you open the next app, each also appears in split screen. You can drag the divider in the center of the screen to the right or left to increase the view of one application and decrease that of the other.

Separator to resize apps in split screen

Since both apps are displayed on your screen simultaneously, you can use them at the same time. Scroll 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 the handiest features of the split view. For example, you may see a photo in the Photos app that you want to add to your email. Simply drag the photo from its side of the screen to the email on the other side.

Drag a photo to an email in split view

Replace an app in split view

When using split view, you may want to swap out the apps you use. You can replace one of the applications in this view with another.

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

Swipe down to delete an app in split view

You’ll then see the app removed from view and the other app shrink on the other side of the screen, just like when you first invoked split view. Just locate and open the app you want to replace the app you deleted.

Disable split view

When you want to view one of the two apps in full screen again, you can easily remove the split screen view. Tap the Multitasking icon of the app you want to keep open and select the full box icon on the far left for Fullscreen.

Full screen in the Multitasking menu

You can also drag the divider in the center to cover any of the apps you want to remove. This places the other application in full screen mode.

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

Open apps in drag-and-drop mode

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

Swipe on iPad

When your iPad is in landscape mode and an app is open, tap the Multitasking icon at the top of the screen.

Select the icon on the far right, which is the Drag and Drop option.

Swipe to in the Multitasking menu

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

Drag and drop enabled to add app

Choose the next app you want to view. This application then opens in full screen and the “Slide Over” application is above, on the side.

Drag and drop on the iPad

To move the Slide Over app, use the Multitasking icon to slide 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 appear which you can drag to make it disappear whenever you want.

Swipe hidden app

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

Close Slide Over

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

Moving Between Split View and Drag-and-Drop

If you’re using split view and you want an app to switch to Slide Over mode, tap the Multitasking icon of the app you want to change and select the Slide Over icon.

Switch from split view to overlay

If you are using drag and drop mode and want both apps to be in split view, tap the multitasking icon of the drag and drop app and select the split view icon.

Switch from drag and drop mode to split view

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

Icons for choosing the side of the screen for the split view app.

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

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