How To Use Split Screen Mode on iPad

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Whether you are typing an important document with sources on multiple windows or watching a video while browsing the social media, the split-screen is an essential part of user experience in any operating system.

If you own an iPad, then you can use the built-in split-screen mode in iPadOS. The new iPadOS 13 brings more adjustability related to multitasking but doesn’t specify how to use it.

In this guide, you can follow the simplified instructions to use the split-screen window or ‘Split view’ mode on your iPad.

Use Two Apps Simultaneously with Split View Mode

  • Using the Dock
  • Toggling the Split View Mode
  • Opening a Floating App Window over Split View Mode

Using the Dock

The Dock gives you the ability to launch and switch apps from any app you are currently using. You can use it to drag apps in the Split view mode quickly. The left side of the Dock is customizable, and the right side shows you recently used apps or the ones that are open on your iPhone or Mac. A divider line separates the sides of the Dock.

The Dock is situated at the bottom of the Home screen. While you are using an app, you can slide up from the bottom edge of the screen to bring up the Dock.

If you want to customize the Dock with your favorite apps, simply touch and hold the app on the Home screen, then drag it to the Dock’s left side. To remove an app from the Dock, hold the app, and drag it off.

Toggling the Split view Mode

Now let’s see how you can toggle the Split view mode:

  1. Launch an app you want to use from the Home screen.
  2. Now bring up the Dock to select the secondary app you want to use in split-view mode. If you don’t have the app pinned on the left side of the Dock, then go back to the Home screen and launch the app. It will show up on the right side of the Dock.
  3. Tap and hold the secondary app, and drag it to the left or right side of the primary app window.

In case you see a static app icon on the secondary window, then the app is probably not compatible with Split view mode.

The Split view is adjustable too. You can drag the app divider to the center of the screen to give both of the apps the same screen real estate. To split the apps in a 25:75 ratio, then drag the divider close to the edge on either the left or the right side of the screen.

To exit the Split view, just drag the app divider to either edge of the screen. 

Opening a Floating App Window over Split View Mode

In case you want to go crazy with a third window, follow the steps below.

  1. Bring up the Dock in the split-view mode.
  2. Tap and hold the app you want to use, then drag it on top of the app divider in the Split view mode.

You will see a floating window of the app, which you can drag to any side of the screen.

Wrapping Up

In this guide, we have given instructions to use two apps simultaneously using the Split-view mode in iPadOS. In case you want to use your iPad as a second screen for your Mac device, then click here to check out our detailed guide on the topic. If you want more coverage on other features of iPadOS, then feel free to leave a suggestion below.

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