In this guide, we will be discussing how to split screen on iOS devices. Split screen is a useful feature that allows users to view and use two apps at the same time on their iPad or iPhone. This can come in handy when multitasking or when you need to refer to information in one app while using another app. We will go over the steps to enable split screen and how to use it effectively. Let’s get started!
Understanding Split Screen on iOS
Split screen functionality on iOS is a feature that allows users to work on two apps simultaneously side-by-side. This feature is useful for multitasking, allowing users to be more productive with their devices. However, not all iOS devices support this feature, so it’s important to know which devices are compatible with split screen.
Compatibility with Split Screen
Split screen is supported on iPad Air 2 and later, iPad Mini 4 and later, and all iPad Pro models. For iPhones, split screen is available on iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Keep in mind that split screen may not be supported for every app, so it’s always a good idea to check if the app you want to use supports this feature.
Enabling Split Screen
To enable split screen, open the first app you want to use and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the Dock. From the Dock, drag the second app you want to use to the left or right side of the screen. The first app will then shrink in size, allowing the second app to take up the other half of the screen.
Navigating Split Screen on iOS
Once you have enabled split screen, it’s important to know how to navigate and use it effectively. This section will cover some tips and tricks on how to navigate split screen on iOS.
The split screen feature on iOS is supported on specific devices and can be enabled by swiping up from the bottom of the screen to access the Dock and dragging the second app to the left or right side of the screen. This feature can be used for multitasking and productivity, including taking notes while researching, using two productivity apps at once, and watching videos while browsing. On iPad Pro, it is possible to have three apps open at once using split screen. On iPhone, split screen is more limited but still useful for certain tasks.
To switch between the two apps in split screen, swipe left or right on the grey bar that separates the two apps. This will bring the other app into focus.
Adjusting App Size
You can adjust the size of the apps in split screen by dragging the grey bar that separates them. This will allow you to give more space to one app and less to the other, depending on your needs.
Exiting Split Screen
To exit split screen, swipe the grey bar all the way to the left or right until one of the apps disappears. This will return you to full screen mode for the remaining app.
Using Split Screen for Productivity
Split screen is a great feature for multitasking and productivity. This section will cover some ways to use split screen to increase productivity on iOS.
A key takeaway from this text is that split screen functionality on iOS is a useful feature for multitasking and productivity, but not all iOS devices support it. It’s important to know which devices are compatible and which apps support split screen. Once enabled, users can switch between apps, adjust app size, and exit split screen. Split screen on iPad Pro allows for up to three apps to be open at once, while split screen on iPhone is more limited but still useful for multitasking.
Taking Notes While Researching
If you’re researching a topic, split screen can be useful for taking notes while you browse. Open your note-taking app and another app like Safari or Chrome side-by-side. This way, you can take notes on what you’re reading without having to switch between apps.
Using Two Productivity Apps at Once
If you need to use two productivity apps at once, like your calendar and your to-do list, split screen can be a great solution. This way, you can easily see both apps at once and manage your schedule and tasks more efficiently.
Watching Videos While Browsing
If you want to watch a video while browsing the web, split screen can be useful for this as well. Open your video app and another app like Safari or Chrome side-by-side. This way, you can watch the video while still being able to browse the web.
Enabling Split Screen
Using Split Screen on iPad Pro
On the iPad Pro, split screen can be even more powerful. With the larger screen size, it is possible to have three apps open at once. To enable this, open the first app you want to use and drag a second app to the left or right side of the screen. Then, drag a third app up from the Dock and drop it on top of the grey bar that separates the two apps. The third app will then take up a smaller portion of the screen, allowing you to work on three apps at once.
Using Split Screen on iPhone
While split screen on iPhone is more limited than on iPad, it can still be useful for multitasking. For example, you can use split screen to read an email while composing a reply or to view a map while searching for a location in a different app.
FAQs for How to Split Screen on iOS
What devices can split screen on iOS?
Split screen is available on iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later running iOS 9 or later. This feature allows you to use two apps at the same time side by side, by splitting the screen in half.
How do I start split screen on iOS?
To start split screen, you need to open both apps that you want to use in split view. Once you have both apps, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or press the Home button twice to open the App Switcher. Then, drag one of the apps to the left or right side of the screen until it snaps into place. Once the first app is in place, select the second app you want to use and drag it to the opposite side of the screen. After it snaps into place, you can adjust the screen size of each app as needed.
Can I change the size of the apps in split screen view?
Yes, you can adjust the screen size of each app by using the divider between the two apps. To resize the apps, drag the divider to the left or right to increase or decrease the size of the apps. You can also double tap on the divider to switch the top and bottom apps or swipe the divider all the way to the edge of the screen to switch to full-screen mode.
Can I use any apps in split screen view?
Not all apps support split screen view, so you have to check whether the app can be used in split screen mode before using it. Most Apple apps (such as Safari, Notes, and Mail) support split view mode, and many third-party apps (such as Twitter and Facebook) also support it. However, if an app doesn’t work with Split View, it may still work with Slide Over mode.
How do I stop using split screen on iOS?
To exit split screen mode, simply drag the app divider to the edge of the screen. This moves the app back to full-screen mode. You can also swipe the app to the left or right to close it completely. Additionally, you can press the Home button to exit split screen mode and return to the home screen.