Apple released iPadOS this year, which promised to bring iPads closer to laptops with multitasking and PiP modes, among several other cool features. One of the most useful and popular additions to the compatible iPads with the iPadOS update has been the split-screen view, which allows the user to work on two apps simultaneously and also switch them using gestures.
A dock, similar to the one seen on macOS, was introduced to iPads with the new OS. The left side of the dock is customisable while the right side has the recently opened apps. Dock is the most essential part of the entire split-screen experience as users can only switch between apps that are available on the Dock while in the split-screen mode on the iPad.
If you wish to add an app to the Dock, hold an app on the home screen for a while and then drag it to the left side of the dock. To remove an app from the left side of the dock, touch and hold the app for a while and then drag it off.
Note: To use your iPad in split-screen, you’ll need to ensure that the multitasking features are switched on in your iPad’s Settings. Go to Settings > General > Multitasking & Dock. Then toggle on all the relevant options. Refer to the screenshot below for clarity.
How to use your iPad in split-screen?
To enable split-screen, make sure you have got the apps that you wish to use simultaneously placed in the dock. Follow the steps below to use your iPad in split-screen. This can be done both from the home screen as well as in-app. Follow the steps below to open two apps and use them on your iPad at once. Step 1: Slide your finger slowly from the bottom of the screen upwards until the dock appears on the screen (when in-app).Step 2: Touch, hold and slide the app icon upwards of the second app that you want in the split-screen mode until it appears in an overlay, also known as Slide Over (as shown in the screenshot below).Step 3: Now touch and hold the little navigation bar at the top of the overlay app and move it to either side (towards the edges of the screen, near the middle), where you’d like it to appear in the split-screen mode. You’ll be able to use the two apps side-by-side in split-screen on your iPad. You can also Slide over a third app while you’re working on the two in your split-screen view. Videos from streaming services such as Netflix or YouTube that use PiP will also overlay on the split-screen while you’re using the two apps.
If you wish to get rid of one of the apps from the split-screen, simply touch, hold and slide the navigation bar in the middle towards the side of the app you wish to close.Ps. You don’t necessarily need to open the other app while the first one is being used, it just felt more convenient to us for the purpose of the screenshots. You can do the same from the home screen as well; the dock is already visible there so you can skip the first step.
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