How to Get Rid of Split Screen on iPad (iOS 15 Update)

Why do I have a split screen on my iPad? Learn how to remove split screen on iPad and get back to full screen without losing your progress.

How do I get rid of split screen on iPad? If your app windows are small all of a sudden and you can't seem to stop split screen on iPad from interfering with your layout, we'll show you how to undo split screen on iPad and go back to the standard, full-window view for your apps.

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How to Remove Split Screen on iPad

Split View is enabled by default on the iPad, and many people end up with a split screen on iPad by mistake, especially in the Safari app. 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 walk you through how to get rid of split screen on 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 split screen on your iPad for the app or apps you're currently using. However, as of iPadOS 15, you can no longer turn off split screen on iPad by disabling it altogether. In light of the recent Multitasking redesign, we can only assume that Apple's developers thought it wouldn't be as easy to accidentally enter Split View. The fact that you're here would suggest otherwise, though, wouldn't it?

How to Stop Split Screen on iPad from Happening Accidentally

To avoid accidental iPad split screen in future, watch out for the three dots at the top of your app windows! Accidentally dragging this icon will cause all kinds of variations in window size and placement, so it's a good tip to know going forward. For now, if you've found yourself on an iPad only showing a half-screen app view, you'll need to know how to exit split screen on iPad. The next section will show you how.

How to Close Split Screen on iPad

If you've accidentally entered Split View, we'll show you how to undo split screen on an iPad so you can go back to seeing your apps in their normal size.

  1. Tap and drag the black divider bar to the left or right edge of your iPad in Split View.


     
  2. The direction you slide the divider will determine which side of the screen is closed, and which remains. The smaller window will close as you exit iPad split screen, and the larger will remain open as a full-size app window.


     
  3. Release when the divider is most of the way across the screen.

This solution to close split screen on iPad is simple and quick, though it's anything but obvious! 

iPad Safari Split Screen—How to Exit Split Screen on iPad in Safari

Split View in Safari on the iPad was a new iPad multitasking feature for iOS 10 that continues in iPadOS 15. Split View allows you to open two separate Safari web pages simultaneously on your iPad, which can have many benefits! The method for how to go back to full screen on iPad from the Safari split screen is the same as before—simply tap and drag the black divider bar to one side of the screen or the other.

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I hope you've enjoyed this little trip down iPad split screen lane! Now you're equipped to tackle Split View next time it accidentally makes your iPad Safari window small, or squishes two apps together inconveniently.

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.