How to split screen on iPad

How to split screen on iPad

If you don’t know how to split screen on iPad, you’re missing out on quite an amazing productivity tool. Here’s how to do it.
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One of the great thing about the iPad is just how simple it makes multitasking. You can switch between apps pretty quickly. You can watch picture-in-picture video while you work. You can even keep two apps on the screen at one time in a split screen. That latter feature may be a bit tricky for some users to figure out, though. So if you’re wondering how to split screen on iPad, this short tutorial should tell you everything you need to know.

It’s as easy as a few swipes and drags

The split screen feature on iPad is designed so you can do it with very few actions.

  • To start, open one of the apps you want to split screen so that it takes up the whole window.
  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the iOS Dock, which will show you the apps you’ve pinned there along with a few other apps you’ve had open recently.
  • With your finger, press and hold down on the icon for the app you want to add to split screen. Act as though it’s an icon on the home screen you want to move. When the icon jiggles a bit, you’ll be able to move it.
  • Drag the icon up and over to the side of the screen you want that app open on — either right or left. If you see your first app’s window move over to leave a black space for the app you’re dragging, you’ll know you’re doing it right.
  • Drop the icon into that black space. The second app should open in that spot.
  • From there, you can drag the bar in the middle of the two apps to resize them and determine how much space on the screen each app gets.

Just one note: if the app you want to split isn’t available in the iOS Dock, you should open it prior to opening your other app. That way they are both in the recent apps section of the Dock.

And that’s all there is to it! Follow the instructions above, and it won’t be long until you are split screening apps like a pro. The iPad may not be quite as versatile as a PC, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use two apps at once and get some serious work done anyway.