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.

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. In iOS 11 and 12, you can run Safari in two split-view windows and open a third Slide Over window, all at the same time.

Note: Dual app windows in Split View only work in landscape mode, and only with Safari. If you try to open dual windows of any other app in Split View, The app icon will simply hover and disappear.

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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.

How to open a second window in an app in iPadOS 13

In iPadOS 13 apps other than Safari, including several of Apple's own apps, will be able to use a second window in Split View. While the list of third-party apps that take advantage of this feature is sure to grow over time, you can use it with apps like Mail, Messages, and Notes right now.

  1. Open your chosen app.
  2. Tap and drag an item from the app to the right or left edge of the screen. The item you need to drag depends on the app.

    • Mail: Drag a mail message from the inbox
    • Notes: Drag a note from the notes list
    • Messages: Drag a message thread from your list of messages
    • Reminders: Drag one of your reminder lists

    Open an app, drag an item to the left or right

  3. Let go of the item.
  4. Swipe to the right or left on the edit handle to shrink or even close one of the windows.

    Let go of the time, drag handle

Once you're using two app windows side by side, they act just like any other apps in Split View.

How to use Slide Over and Split View on the iPad


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

Updated September 2019: Checked to make sure all steps were up to date. Have fun surfin' Safari!

Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this guide.

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