How to Open a Notification in Split View on iPad (iPadOS 15 Update)

Instead of interrupting your work or entertainment to answer a text, multitask on your iPad with Split View.

It can be frustrating when you're halfway through a task and get a notification on your iPad. You want to check the alert, but you don't want to close out of your current project. Split View is the answer! We'll show you how to use this handy iPad multitasking feature.

Related: How to Get Rid of Split Screen on Your iPad & iPhone

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Quickly check notifications without switching between apps.
  • Never lose unsaved work by accidentally closing an app to check an alert. 

How to Open iPad Notifications in Split View

Split View works in both horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait) orientations, so this tip will work regardless of your iPad screen orientation. Here's how to see notifications on iPad without leaving your current task.

  1. Open the app you wish to use on your iPad. For this example, I'll use Safari. 


     
  2. When you get a notification, long press and drag the notification to either side of the screen.


     
  3. Your screen will begin to resize and a black background will appear between the windows. 


     
  4. Release the notification and it will appear in Split View next to the app you were previously working in.
  5. Once you've checked the notification and want to close it, simply drag the divider to the edge of the screen.

Now you can multitask, alternating between working in your previous app and responding to notification alerts as you see fit! 

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Elisabeth Garry

Elisabeth Garry is a Feature Web Writer for iPhone Life. Formerly of Gartner and Software Advice, she has four years’ experience writing about technology for everyday users. As a former college writing instructor, she is passionate about effective, accessible communication, which is perhaps why she loves helping people make the best use of the strongest communication tools they have available: their iPhones. She has a degree in Russian Literature and Language from Reed College.

When she’s not writing for iPhone Life, she’s probably either reading (19th-century Russian literature or fantasy novels), writing fiction, or spending time with her adorable dog, Moosh.