How to Disable Split Screen View on iPad

Sep 4, 2018 - 1 Comment

How to disable Split Screen on iPad

Split View on iPad allows two apps to run side-by-side in a split screen on the iPad display when it’s placed into horizontal landscape orientation. Split View can be a great feature for multi-tasking and some iPad power users really enjoy it, but for some others it can be confusing, or perhaps they find themselves wandering into Split View accidentally, the latter scenario is somewhat common with iPad devices used by younger kids and in educational settings in particular.

For various reasons, some iPad users may therefore want to turn off split screen view on the iPad, which is what this article will show you how to do.

How to Disable Split View on iPad

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPad
  2. Go to “General” and then choose “Multitasking & Dock”
  3. Toggle the switch next to “Allow Multiple Apps” to the OFF position to disable Split View on iPad
  4. Disable Split Screen iPad apps in iOS

  5. Exit out of Settings as usual, the change takes effect immediately

Once “Allow Multiple Apps” has been toggled to the OFF position, then all Split View and split screen app functionality will no longer work.

There is one exception however, and that is Split Screen in Safari, which will remain enabled regardless of how the broader setting is adjusted, as it is separate from this universal multitasking setting but otherwise a very similar feature. While you can’t directly disable Split Screen in Safari you can exit out of it and try to avoid entering it again in the future.

It’s important to note that by disabling Split View on the iPad by turning off the “Multiple Apps” setting, you also will disable Slide Over on the iPad, as the features are part of the same multitasking suite of functionality on iOS for iPad.

How to Re-Enable Split View on iPad

If you decide you want to have Split View app mode available again on the iPad, you can toggle the feature back on rather easily in iOS:

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPad, then go to “General”
  2. Choose “Multitasking & Dock”
  3. Flip the switch next to “Allow Multiple Apps” to the ON position to enable Split View and Slide Over functionality

It’s important to note that by disabling Split View on the iPad by turning off the “Multiple Apps” setting, you also will disable Slide Over on the iPad, as the features are part of the same multitasking suite of functionality on iOS for iPad.

How to Re-Enable Split View on iPad

  1. Open the “Settings” app on the iPad, then go to “General”
  2. Choose “Multitasking & Dock”
  3. Flip the switch next to “Allow Multiple Apps” to the ON position to enable Split View and Slide Over functionality

Once the setting has been turned back on again you can enter and use Split screen app mode again as usual.

Whether or not you want to enable or disable Split Screen on the iPad depends on individual preferences, and some users love the feature while others may find themselves accidentally enabling it or perhaps annoyed by it, wondering how they can get rid of split screen mode on iPad. Since the setting is easily adjustable, pick which works best for your specific iOS on iPad workflow.

If you have any other helpful tips, tricks, advice, or thoughts about Split Screen apps on the iPad, share them in the comments below!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. W.P.p says:

    I think the implementation of Split Screen apps in iOS 12 is confusing, and that some apps don’t support it (like Spotify) makes it even more confusing, since they instead go into the little hover mode, which is difficult to get out of. I ended up turning it so that I don’t accidentally go into App Hover mode which I still don’t quite understand how to properly leave.

    For what is the “easy” operating system, I find iOS to be surprisingly complicated. It’s just much easier to put two windows alongside one another on a Mac, and to close them.

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