How To Use Split Screen Functionality In iPad Safari
Posted By Anirudh Bhardwaj | 04-Dec-2018
Multitasking is an uber cool feature that works on iPad and lets you handle multiple apps at the same time. It offers a dual-window feature called Split View which allows you to run multiple apps side by side. However, it doesn’t support multi-app instancing as of now which means you can’t see two different windows at the same time from the same app.
Of course, there are several third-party apps that provide this functionality, but as far as the browsers are concerned, Safari is good enough. While you are using Safari on your iPad, you can enable Split View without any third-party app required. The feature is accessible on all iPad devices with iOS 10 and later. And the best part, in iOS 11 and iOS 12 iPad devices, you can run Safari in 2 split view windows all at once with a third slide over the window. In this blog, we’ll tell you how to enable the Split View feature in Safari on your iPad.
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Support & Compatibility
Please note, that not all iPad devices support the Split View feature. However, all the iPads with at least 2GB of RAM are well supported. The supported devices include the 9.7-inch iPad (2017 model), iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4 and all models of iPad Pro.
There are actually multiple ways to enable Split View on your supported iPad devices.
#1 Tap & Hold
- Launch the Safari browser.
- At the top right, Touch and hold the Tabs button.
- Tap on ‘Open in Split View.’
#2 Hardware Method
If you are using a hardware keyboard, then simply type Command + N and you’re good to go.
#3 Drag & Drop
Just Drag a tab to the left or right of the screen and it’s done.
#4 Link Long Press
- Tap and hold any link in your browser for a few seconds.
- In the pop-up menu, tap ‘Open in Split View.’
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Getting Back To Normal Tabs
So if you no longer need Split View in Safari, you can always go back to normal tabs. Well, don’t close the browser or you might lose the previously opened tabs the next time you launch the browser. If you wanna keep your tabs open and just want to exit the split view, just follow these steps below:
- Tap and Hold the Tab button again.
Note: It’s now moved to the bottom right corner.
- Tap on Merge All Tabs.
That’s it! Doing that will take you back to the normal tabs and you’d no longer be browsing in Split View.