When you enable split-screen mode in iPadOS 15, you can multitask more efficiently. By having two apps side by side, you can do things such as compare specs for a device you’re thinking of buying. You know you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S21, but you’re not sure which of the two models you want.
You’ll also find it helpful that when you’re in a split-screen view on iPadOS 15, you can also switch over to slide-over mode as well. Please keep reading to de how you can turn on these productive features and turn them off.
How to Turn on Split View on iPadOS 15
Once you discover how to use split-screen mode on iPadOS 15, you’ll probably find yourself using it frequently. To get started, open an app, for example, Zoom. You’ll notice three dots at the top; tap on them. You’ll now see three different icons. The first icon is for full-screen, the second for split-screen, and the third for slider over.
Tap on the middle icon, and you’ll notice how the first app you’ve chosen will be moved to one side. Don’t worry if you can’t see it as much as before; it’s still there. At the top of your display, you’ll know that it’ll say Split View Choose another app.
Choose any other app, and you’ll see how the two apps appear side to side. You don’t have to do anything. Once the apps are side to side, and you want to remove one of them. Try sliding one page to the side using the vertical grey icon in the middle of the two apps to close one. This worked on your Galaxy Tab, and it’ll work here. A second option would be to choose the app you want to go full-screen with and tap on the dots at the top, followed by the first icon to the left.
The other app will automatically disappear, while the one you chose will go full-screen. Remember that you can slide the other app over and not close it. This is a helpful option when you’re not sure if you’re going to need the app or not. But just in case, you have it handy.
Slide Over Mode
When an app is in Slide Over Mode, you’ll see that it’ll shrink in size, and it’ll move to one side. To get rid of it, tap on its top (the grey part). If you try to move it elsewhere, it won’t move.
If you want to put it back into the split-screen mode, tap on the dots right above it and choose the middle icon. To give one app more screen size, simply touch the center divider, the vertical gey icon, and slide it to the correct size.
To open Slider Mode, open the first app. When you see the options at the top appear, choose the third one. Then open the second app that you want to see in full-screen. To remove the app in Slide Over mode, just slide it to the sides. To bring it back, do the opposite. Swipe in from the edge of the display.
If you want to replace the app in Slide Over, swipe up from the bottom to bring up the apps and drag the new app’s icon up, and you’ll see how it’ll change shape to open in that mode. This doesn’t close the app you were using; it’s only replaced when you do this. To switch back, swipe right or left to switch at the line at the bottom of the app that’s in Slide Over Mode.
Change Background App in Split-Screen Mode
You want to keep the app in Slide Over Mode, but you want to replace the app in full-screen. You can do this by swiping up from the bottom, and the dock appears; choose your new app.
How to Replace Apps in Split-Screen Mode
Switching apps in split-screen mode is straightforward. Swipe up from the center of the display. When the additional apps icons appear, choose one of them and drag it to the side you want to replace.
It’s also possible to swap positions for the apps. For example, if you have the Zoom app on your left and the Notes app to the right, you can switch them by doing the following. Tap on the dots at the top of one of the apps and, without letting go, drag it do until it shrinks in size and drag it to the other side.
One thing that might happen is that you’ve let go, but the app is floating in a small size. Not to worry, you can still accommodate the apps by touching the dots at the top and slightly dragging it to the side you want it to be in, and the other app will move over.
How to Access Saved Split-Screens
You’ve added your first two apps in split-screen mode. But, you need to put 2 more apps in that mode. You can do that by going back to the home screen and choosing the first app. Tap on the dots at the top right > center options, and select your second app.
Once you’ve created your second split-screen, slowly swipe up from the center of the display. If it didn’t work the first time, try again but slower this time. You should have what you have open, and among them will the split screens.
As long as you’re here, you can also put two open apps in the split-screen view from here. Simply drag the first app on top of where the other is, and you’ll see how the apps will group together.
How to Use the Center Window Features – iPad OS 15
You’re in split-screen mode, but you need to preview a note for just a minute. Open a supportive app, and once it’s open, long-press on the note you want to see. You’ll see a preview window with different options.
Tap on the Open in New Window, and now you’ll see your note in a preview window. You can use this feature in Slide over Mode and in Split View. Do you need to use the Center Window feature while in either mode? Let’s say you have Zoom on one side and the Notes app on the other. Since the Notes app is a supportive app, it’ll work with that app.
Long-press on one of the notes and choose the Open in New Window option. You’ll now see the note in a review window without leaving the mode you’re in. If you’re in Split View and want to place that specific note in Slide Over mode, you can do so by tapping on the three dots at the top when your display looks like the image above and choose the third option. Your display should now look like this.
iPadOS 15 has brought a lot of great features for us to enjoy. It might take some time to learn how to use them like a pro, but you’ll get there. You’ll see how you can get things done a lot faster thanks to the features mentioned in this article. How useful do you find the Slide Over and Split View Mode? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share the article with others on social media.