How to Disable the Slide Over Sidebar on iPad
Though Slide Over sidebar multitasking on iPad is one of the more convenient features for iPad power users, there are times when the slide over sidebar feature is accessed unintentionally. This is particularly true with any app where you are swiping from right to left often, whether it’s to perform a particular gesture, drawing, turning a page, or during a game.
If you find yourself accidentally entering into the Slide Over sidebar multitasking mode on the iPad often, or perhaps you just don’t like Slide Over for some other reason, you can turn the feature off completely and prevent it from showing up.
How to Disable the Slide-Over Sidebar Multitasking Feature on iPad
- Open the “Settings” app on iPad and go to “Home Screen & Dock” (on earlier iOS versions, go to “General” section)
- Choose “Multitasking”
- Flip the switch next to “Allow Multiple Apps” to the OFF position
- Exit the Settings app as usual by pressing the Home button
With “Allow Multiple Apps” disabled, you will no longer have access to the sidebar Slide Over feature regardless of how many times you swipe from the side of the iPad display.
Keep in mind this completely prevents Slide Over and Split Screen mode from working by disabling the feature entirely. That’s likely undesirable for most iPad users, but if you accidentally wind up with the slide over sidebar showing then it can be beneficial.
Something else to remember is that most newer games are developed so that they require full screen mode and thus can’t access the slide over sidebar from the app anyway, but there are a few that don’t and thus may be subject to seeing the accidental swipe feature.
Enabling Slide Over Sidebar Multitasking on iPad
If you disabled the slide over sidebar, you can always re-enable it again in just a few moments.
To enable the slide over sidebar and multitasking ability on iPad, head back to Settings > General > Multitasking, and toggle the switch for allowing multiple apps back to the ON position.
Exiting settings as usual and then using the swipe gesture will then show the sidebar again.