How to Use Split Screen on iPad Safari?


iPad has a beautiful big screen and it makes sense to make efficient use of it. Here’s how to use Split Screen on iPad Safari.

Apple has managed to combine many useful features inside the iPad. Split-Screen is one of those features. It allows you to use several applications simultaneously on your tablet screen. You can watch a movie and browse your social networking feed at the same time. It’s also handy for work when you need to do two things at once, like reconciling some documents, and you don’t want to switch between them all the time.

To use split-screen viewing on an iPad, you must have a 5th generation iPad or iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air 2, or any other 5th generation model or later. The earlier iPad models than the 5th generation do not support this feature.

Updating the tablet to the latest version allows one to take advantage of the multitasking features and be more productive.

Use Split Screen in Safari for iPad

Many Mac users know about using Split View to share the screen with two apps, but you can also use it to split the screen between two windows of the same app. You can put two safari windows on either side of your screen and still have access to tabs and the toolbar of each.

To view a particular app in Split View, it must be in the Dock bar. It has to be one of your recently used apps or one of your favorites.

Once on the Dock bar, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Safari window app. It automatically opens in full-screen mode.
  2. Drag your finger from the bottom of your screen for the Dock bar to appear.
    • You should drag the Dock bar gently until it hovers over the bottom of your app. Too fast or too hard will likely take you back to the home screen.
  3. Long-press the Safari app icon again and drag it to the left or right edge of your screen.
  4. The two windows will be placed one beside the other.
  5. If you don’t drag the app icon all the way to the edge, it will turn into a small window, and it will float over the first app in a mode called Slide Over.
  6. To adjust the dimensions and make the two tabs equal, drag the divider to either side of the screen.

If you want to open a separate, unrelated site in Split View, here are the steps to follow.

  1. Launch the Safari browser.
  2. Open any website on the first tab.
  3. Tap and hold the New Tab for the context menu.
  4. Select New Window in the Split View option.
    This will open a new blank tab and send it to the right-hand side of your screen.
  1. Now open any other website or link to use the multiscreen split view on iPad.

Some apps allow opening a link in Safari in Split View instead of opening the link within the app. To do this, touch and hold the link, then drag it to the right- or left-hand edge of your screen.

Split Screen in iPad Safari 4

To escape from the screen because the red, yellow, and green buttons have disappeared, move the cursor to the top of the screen, they will reappear.

How to move a tab to the other split-screen

Split-View is also used to view two web pages simultaneously, although it’s only available in landscape mode.

To use split-screen on landscape, follow these steps:

  1.  Position your iPad in landscape mode. Then, open the Safari browser.
  2.  Now, open the first website and, in a separate tab, open the second website and go to the tab.
  3. Long-press the tab until a menu opens.
  4.  Select “Open in New Window.”
  5.  Drag the new window to the left or right side of the screen, depending on the side you want to view it.

How to merge both screens

If you do not wish to close or hide the window, merging it with the existing window will close the current split view and make it one window with multiple tabs.

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Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Tap and hold the New Tab on the main window.
  2. Select Merge All Windows from the option list.

It will merge all the open and hidden windows along with split-view windows into separate tabs. Hence, returns your web page to full-screen mode.

Another simple method is to select the “Close This Tab” option.

How to use Split View and Slide Over

  • If you want to view multiple apps at the same time, Slide Over is a great way to do it.
  • The Slide-Over view refers to small window panes that hover over other apps, which are in full-screen mode, or if there are two windows already in the Split-view mode.
  • Position the slide-over window on the left or right side of your iPad screen, depending on which direction you move them from the Dock bar. You can create as many Slide Over panes as you like.

To do so, follow the guidelines below:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to invoke the Dock.
  • Tap and drag on an app you want to use in the Dock.
  • Drag the app to the center of the screen.
  • Release your drag.
  • To hide your Slide Over app, touch and swipe the edit handle at the top of the screen to the left or the right to hide it.

Close Split Screen in iPad Safari

There are three different methods you can use to close the Split Screen view.

Split View option menu

When you open Safari in Landscape mode, you will see the Split View options menu in the header section. Use this option to open as well as close the split view.

Here are the steps to follow.

  1. Hold your iPad in Landscape mode.
  2. Tap on the Split View Menu at the top of the Safari window that you want to retain.
  3. Select the first Full-Screen option.

The current tab will occupy the entire screen and hide the other tab window in the background.

Split View Divider Bar

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The Split View is vertically separated with a divider bar to slide, resize and/or close the window. Adjust it to any direction you want to achieve the desired size of your choice. To the right of your screen will close the tab present on the right-hand side of the split-screen, and vice versa.


The above demonstrates how to remove Split View, turn off Slide Over and activate the split-screen features. Screen-viewing tools help you multitask, stay organized, and do your work more efficiently. Once you adapt to all the gestures used, you’ll be able to take advantage of all iPad screen-viewing tools.

This functionality has proven to be most beneficial inside the browser window. It streamlines the workflow by allowing interaction with multiple tabs at a go, as we can place any app along the side of the Safari tab for multitasking.

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