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An iPad is a great tool for both work and leisure you can have at your disposal. It has many multitasking features that turn a regular iPad into a productivity machine. And, thanks to iPadOS 14, you just need to add a keyboard case, and you can even use it as a laptop replacement. Using features like Slide Over and Split View on iPad can make your job so much easier. Here's how you can use them!

How does Multitasking work on iPad?

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There are four components to multitasking on iPad: Slide Over, Split View, Picture-in-Picture, and the App Switcher. These features have received continual improvement since their introduction onto the iPad, and have only gotten better ever since.

Slide Over

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Slide Over allows you to have a second app on the left or right side of the screen in an iPhone-sized floating pane; you can also hide it off the screen or re-summon it at any time by swiping it away (hence the "slide" portion of the name).

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Slide Over doesn't have a default "app" you can slide in from the screen — after a restart, you'll need to drag one on the screen from the Dock or Home screen.

How to use Slide Over

Split View

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Split View lets you have two persistent apps sitting side by side on your iPad. Depending on the screen size of your iPad, those two apps may be displayed as Compact (iPhone UI) or Regular (iPad UI) next to each other.

On certain iPads, you can also resize Split View panes for a 50-50, 25-75 or 75-25 split in a horizontal orientation; when holding the tablet vertically, you'll only have the 25-75 or 75-25 options.

  • 50-50: Each app takes up the exact same real estate on the iPad.
  • 25-75: The app on the left takes up just 25% of the screen, with the right app taking up 75%.
  • 75-25: The app on the left takes up 75% of the screen, with the right app taking up 25%.

When multitasking in the App Switcher, Split View apps will remain conjoined until separated; Apple calls them "App Spaces." Unlike the Mac's Spaces, you can't have multiple configurations of the same apps (i.e. an App Space that had Safari and Mail, and an App Space that had Safari and Fantastical) at this time.

How to use Split View in iPadOS

Picture-in-Picture

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If you're watching a video in an app that supports Picture-in-Picture, you may be able to minimize the video window to float alongside your current workspace, effectively making the video a second Slide Over pane.

Once in Picture-in-Picture mode, you can pinch-to-zoom or shrink the window, position it in any corner of the screen, play/pause video, slide the video off-screen, or return it to its original app.

How to use Picture-in-Picture on your iPad

App Switcher

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The App Switcher can be accessed by swiping up with one finger from the bottom edge of the screen and holding it in the middle of the screen until the app switcher appears It's comprised of three parts, the Dock, App Spaces, and recently used apps.

App Spaces can be found at the top of the screen; they're what Apple is calling its conjoined Split View apps. You can tap to enter them, though you can't currently separate them or create new App Spaces from the App Switcher interface.

Other recently used apps can be scrolled through by swiping right and tapped on to enter them; you can also force quit them by pressing and holding on a pane and moving your finger upward.

How to use Slide Over or Split View on iPad

Whether you want to add a Slide Over pane or enter Split View, adding an app to your workspace is pretty simple.

How to Use Slide Over on iPad

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to invoke the Dock.
  2. Tap and drag on an app you want to use in the Dock.
  3. Drag the app to the center of the screen.
  4. Release your drag.

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  5. if you want to Hide your Slide Over app, you can touch and swipe the edit handle at the top of the screen to the left or the right to hide it.

Drag a different app on top of your existing Slide Over to switch the app.

How to Use Split View on iPad

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to invoke the Dock.
  2. Tap and drag on an app you want to use in the Dock.
  3. Drag the app to the far left or right of the screen until you see the main app pane bump over, leaving a black space.
  4. Release your drag.

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Drag a different app on top of your existing Split View to switch the app.

How to turn a Slide Over pane into a Split View pane

  1. If the Slide Over view is hidden, swipe to the left or the right side of the display to invoke the slide over window.
  2. Drag the Slide Over pane's Edit handle at the top of the screen to the far right or left until you see the main app pane bump over, leaving a black space.
  3. Release your drag.

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How to turn a Split View pane into a Slide Over pane

  1. Pull down on the Split View pane's edit handle at the top of the screen until you see the main app pane bump over, taking over the entirety of the screen.
  2. Release your drag.

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How to reposition an app in Slide Over

  1. Tap, and drag the edit handle to position the Slide Over window on the left or right side of the screen.
  2. Release your drag.

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  3. Drag the Slide Over window all the way to the right or left side of the display until it disappears to dismiss the window.

How to reposition an app in Split View

  1. To reposition the size of each Split View, drag on the vertical edit handle in the middle of the screen.
  2. Tap and drag the top edit handle in the middle of the screen to the left or right to reposition the Split View window.
  3. Release your drag.

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  4. To move an app to the left or right side of the Split View window, tap on the edit handle at the top of the screen and move the app to the right or the left.

How to add multiple apps to Slide Over

In addition to adding multiple apps to the Slide Over window, you can also switch between them, and even close them like you would on your iPhone. Here's how.

  1. When you have a Slide Over window, slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Dock.
  2. Tap-and-drag an app icon from the Dock to the Slide Over view, making sure that it's above the split line or towards the side edges where the window becomes smaller.
  3. This new app will go to the forefront of the Slide Over apps.

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  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for all of the apps that you need in a single space.

If you want another instance of an app that is already open in Split Screen or Slide Over views (i.e. Safari), you can choose to open up an existing instance, or a fresh new slate.

How to rotate through app tabs in Slive Over view

When you have several apps open in the multiple Slide Over view, only the most recent one appears in the front. But it's easy to rotate between all of your open app tabs in a Split Screen or Full-Screen space.

  1. Make sure to get several apps in Slide Over view using the directions above.
  2. Touch-and-hold the handle at the bottom of the frontmost app in Slide Over view.

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  3. Swipe to the right to bring the previous app to the front.

  4. Repeat the process until you get the app you need in the front.

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How to trigger the Slide Over Switcher

Earlier, we showed you how to rotate through multiple app tabs in Slide Over view. If you don't want to go through them all one-by-one, you can spread them out and pick the one you want to jump to with the new Slide Over Switcher.

  1. With multiple Slide Over apps active in a space (single or Split Screen view), touch-and-drag the handle at the bottom of the Slide Over app upwards.
  2. Once you see the other Slide Over views peeking through, release your finger.
  3. All apps that you've opened in Slide Over view will appear spread out in cards.

    • Scroll through them by swiping left and right.
    • Tap on the app you want to jump into.

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How to remove Slide Over windows

  1. While you're in Slide Over view, activate the spread out app tab view (Slide Over Switcher) as described above.
  2. Scroll left and right to find the app that you want to remove.
  3. Swipe that app's card up to remove it.

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  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you've removed all of the apps that you want.

How to use App Exposé on iPad

When you start opening up a bunch of apps and working with multiple instances of an app, it's easy to lose track of what you have open. Your iPad has a few ways to see everything at once: App Exposé and Slide Over Switcher.

How to trigger App Exposé

App Exposé lets you view all open windows for an app. There are two ways to do this.

  1. When you're in Split Screen, Full Screen, or Slide Over mode, slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Dock.
  2. Tap on an app.
  3. App Exposé will reveal all open instances of that app, including Split Screen and Slide Over views.

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Trigger App Exposé from the home screen

  1. On your Home Screen, long-press on an app icon until a menu pops up.
  2. Tap on Show All Windows to open App Exposé for that app.

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While you're in App Exposé, you can tap on an instance of that app to open it back up. Slide Over views cannot be opened unless there is an active app or Split Screen view.

Other questions on Slide Over or Split View on iPad?

If you have any questions on how to use Slide Over or Split View on iPad, let us know in the comments.

Updated November 2020: Updated for iPadOS 14.

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