How to Open a Notification in Split View on Your iPad

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

When you're working on your iPad, it can be really frustrating when you're halfway through a task and get a notification. You want to check the notification to see if it's important, but you don't want to close out of what you were working on and lose your place. iPad Split View is the answer—we'll show you how to use it.

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Related: How to Get Rid of Split Screen on Your iPad & iPhone (Updated for iOS 14)

Note: iPad Split View works in both horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait) orientations.

  1. Open the app you wish to use on your iPad. For this example, I'm using Apple Music.

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

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

    Drag notification to one side of the screen
  4. Release the notification.
  5. Your notification content will appear in Split View next to the app you were previously working in.

    Split view with iMessage

Now you can multitask, alternating between working in your previous app and responding to messages as you see fit! To see more iPad multitasking tips, consider signing up for our Tip of the Day newsletter.

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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.