While Split Screen mode doesn't officially support multiple instances of apps, Safari has a special way to make it happen.

Multitasking on the iPad includes a dual-window feature called Split View that lets you run multiple apps side by side. Unfortunately, it doesn't currently support multi-app instancing: In other words, you can't view two different windows from the same app, or create multiple App Spaces.

There are workarounds for some programs, but in Safari's case, that workaround is built directly into the app — no third-party intervention necessary.

If you're running iOS 10 or later, you can run two Safari tabs side by side: It's almost — but not quite — Split View.

Note: Safari Split View only works in landscape mode, and only when Safari is the primary app active. Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture mode work fine, but if you try to use multi-app Split View at the same time, the Safari Split View will automatically merge back down to one window, returning to its multi-tab view only when you close the second app.

What iPad models support Safari Split View?

Any iPad that has 2GB of RAM or more can use Safari's Split View, including all models of iPad Pro, the 2017 9.7-inch iPad, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4.

How to create a Safari Split View

It's easy to put Safari into Split View at any time.

  1. Touch and hold the Tabs button at the top right.
  2. Tap on Open Split View.

If you're using a keyboard with your iPad, you can also use a keyboard shortcut.

  1. Type CMD+N.

How to open a link in Safari Split View

You can also open any link as a Safari Split View.

  1. Touch and hold on the link. (Long press.)
  2. Tap Open in Split View from the pop-up menu.

How to turn a tab into Safari Split View

If you have multiple tabs open already, you can make one of them into a Safari Split View.

  1. Touch and hold on the tab.
  2. Drag the tab all the way to the right or left until it splits off into a new window.

How to switch a tab between Safari Split Views

Each split view can contain multiple tabs, and you can switch tabs between split views at any time.

  1. Touch and hold on the tab.
  2. Drag the tab to the opposite split view.

How to open links in the opposite Safari Views

You can also open links on the opposite side of your split view.

  1. Touch and hold on the link. (Long press.)
  2. Tap Open On Other Side from the pop-up menu.

How to merge Safari Split View back down to tabs

If you no longer want Safari Split View open, but you want to keep all your tabs, you can collapse everything back down.

  1. Touch and hold on the tab button. (It's moved to the bottom right.)
  2. Tap Merge All Tabs.

If you don't want to keep all your tabs, you can simply tab the close icon (looks like an X) to close them. When you've closed all the tabs in a split view, that side of the view will also close.

Questions?

Having trouble using Safari Split View, or have any additional questions? Drop them in the comments!