How to Use Split View in Safari on iPad with iOS 10

Multitasking on iPad added Split View in Safari when iOS 10 was introduced for iPad. Previously, you could only open up two different apps simultaneously on iPad using Split View. But it only makes sense to use Split View in Safari since we often have multiple tabs open anyway—might as well be able to view two at the same time. There are multiple ways to open Split View in Safari on iPad; here’s how.

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Related: The Essential iPad Guide: Tips & Tricks for the Best Tablet Experience

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How to Use Split View in Safari on Your iPad

Turn your iPad so that it’s in landscape mode. Open Safari on your iPad. Open Split View in one of the following ways:

Open a Tab in Split View

  • Tap and hold a link; select Open in Split View.

Keyboard Shortcut

  • Tap Command+N on an external hardware keyboard to invoke Split View.

Drag a Tab

  • Drag a tab from its space to either the left or right side of the screen to open it in Split View.

Use the Tab Button

  • Tap and hold the icon that opens your tabs view in Safari. It looks like two overlapping squares. When you tap and hold, options will pop-up. Select Open Split View.

Unlike with regular Split View on iPad, you can only view Safari pages side by side in a 50/50 ratio. Whereas when any other app is opened, you can drag the center to whatever ratio you like.

*It's good to note that not all iPads are able to use Split View. You can use Split View if you have an iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad Mini 4 running iOS 10 or later. 

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