How to Use Split Screen (Split View) Multitasking on Your iPad

How to Use Split Screen Multitasking on iPad

Apple introduced multitasking for the iPad with iOS 9. This includes Split Screen, Slide Over, and Picture-in-Picture. Most iPads are capable of using Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture, so long as they are running iOS 9 or later. However the Split Screen multitasking function is reserved for iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro users. It’s arguably the most useful of the three functions too, as it allows you to work in two apps simultaneously. That means you could read the news on one side of the app and take notes on the other. Here’s how to use Split Screen view on the iPad.

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Related: iPad Multitasking: The Complete Guide to Split Screen, Slide Over & Picture in Picture

There's so much fun to do on your iPad, like using the iPad Measure app to take a height measurement, that you'll want to know how to use more than one app at once. If you'd rather not use Split Screen (Split View) on your iPad, learn how to get rid of split screen on your iPad

To use Split Screen on your iPad:

  1. Open the app you want to use on the left side of your screen.
  2. Then to open a second app, swipe left from the right side of the display. This will open up Slide Over, a sidebar that takes up the right third of the display.

  3. In Slide Over, select the app you want to use by swiping down from the top of the Slide Over pane to view an app list. Tap on an app, and it will open in the Slide Over. You'll be able to use the app, but won't also be able to use the original app at the same time.

  4. To use Split View, pull left on the middle left edge of the Slide Over pane. Pull the edge to the center of the screen.

You can use Split View in just the right third of the display, or you can pull left on the left edge of the Slide Over pane so that each app takes up half the display.

As with Slide Over, you can select an app by swiping down from the top of the right pane. You can use Split View in either landscape or portrait orientation, though it's apparently limited to the right third of the display in portrait orientation.

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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.