How to use Split View Multitasking on iPad

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In iOS 9, Apple finally added its long-waited multitasking feature called Split View on iPads, which allows users to use two apps side-by side. Besides, iPad users can resize or re-position app panels so they equally fit in screen, enabling users to effectively use two apps at the same time.


In reality, multitasking is not a new concept, as it has existed for ages on Android. However, if you are a big fan of Apple, Split View is really something really worth your time. To help you get the most out of this exciting feature, we offer a complete walk-through that shows you how to use Split View Multitasking on your iPad.

Steps to enter Split View on iPad

Basically, Split View mode is an extension of the Slide Over feature, something that we have already seen on iOS. So, entering Split View is pretty easy. Here is how you do it:

Step one: First and foremost, launch an app as usually on your iPad. Once you are in, all you have to do now is to swipe into the iPad screen from your right-hand side to the left. This will pull out the Slide Over screen sidebar.

Step two: Choose the secondary app that you want to use in Split View mode and tap the vertical bar line to switch to Split View.

Step three: You can resize the Split View screen panels to your desired screen size by tapping the grabber that separates the two apps and drag it to left/right, so that the two app panels take up an equal amount of screen. Once you are done, release the grabber.

Note that you can adjust the size of the Split View screen panels when you are in portrait orientation, so make sure that you switch your iPad to landscape mode before moving ahead.

Steps to change the primary app

If you want to switch the primary app (left) to another app, you can follow the steps below

Step one: You are first supposed to return to your home screen and select another app

Step two: Once you are back, tap the Home button twice to open up the fast app switcher and choose another app

Step three: Place four fingers on your iPad screen and swipe left/right to right/left to switch back or forth between apps.

Step four: All you have to do now is to tap on the link that opens another app

Steps to exit Split View on iPad

There are two ways you can use to disable Split View on iPad, and we will cover both below

  • Touch the vertical line bar at the left edge of the secondary app and drag it to the right. Doing so will close the secondary app, while the primary app now takes up the full screen.
  • Tap the Home button to disable two apps from Split View

Also read: How to watch Youtube videos in Picture-in-Picture mode in MacOS Sierra

Split View along with Slide Over and Picture in Picture is really something you need to try out. If you stumble upon any trouble using iPad Split View multitasking, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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