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How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

One of the major features of multitasking on the iPad is called Slide Over. It lets you use a second app in a floating window above a full-screen app. It’s useful, but mastering it can be tricky. Here are some tips.

What Is Slide Over?

Slide Over is a way to multitask on the iPad. It displays a primary app in full-screen mode and secondary app in a small floating window on the left or right side of the screen. The Slide Over window can be quickly dismissed and called back when needed, making it ideal for checking information from an app quickly while working on something else.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Apple first introduced Slide Over alongside other iPad multitasking features in iOS 9, which launched in 2015. It’s available on iPad Pro or later, iPad Air or later, and iPad mini 2 or later. All iPad models currently sold by Apple support Slide Over.

Not every app supports Slide Over, but most official Apple-made apps do. Third-party developers must specifically choose to support the feature for it to work properly. There is no master list of Slide Over supported apps, so you’ll have to use trial-and-error to see if your favorite apps work with it.

What Is the Difference Between Slide Over and Split View?

iPad’s other major multitasking feature, Split View, displays two windows side by side with a black divider in the middle. It is designed for using two apps at the same time in a situation where you may need to continuously reference each one or move information from one to the other.

The main difference between Split View and Slide Over is how much screen real estate each app takes up while using multiple apps. They also differ in functionality, each being suited to different types of tasks.

How Do I Use Slide Over?

To use Slide Over, open an app. This will be your primary app that runs full screen while you place a Slide Over window on top of it. The easiest way to use an app with slide over involves dragging it from your Dock.

With the primary app you want to use already open, slowly swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Find the second app you’d like to open, place your finger on its icon, and hold it for just a moment. (But not too long, or you’ll trigger a pop-up menu.) Slowly drag the icon upward off the dock toward the direction you’d like to place the Slide Over window.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

After a moment, the icon will become part of a blurry rectangular box with rounded edges. Keep dragging the icon with your finger until it is located in the half of the screen where you want the Slide Over window.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Release your finger, and the new app will appear as a floating Slide Over window.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Once an app is in Slide Over mode, you can easily move it to the other side of the screen by dragging the control bar at the top of the window and repositioning it to the other side.

How Do I Hide and Recall the Slide Over Window?

Apple makes it easy to quickly dismiss a Slide Over window for instances where you might want to check an app quickly, then push it out of the way to see the main app.

If you want to temporarily hide the Slide Over window, place your finger on the control bar at the top and quickly swipe it toward the right or left edge of the screen.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

When you want to check the Slide Over window again, you can recall it quickly by swiping inward from the left or right edge of the screen, depending on which side you hid it.

How to Get Rid of a Slide Over Window

To fully close a Slide Over window so that it doesn’t pop up again if you swipe on the edge of the screen, you have to do some gesture gymnastics. You’ll have to go through Split View first, which is a feature where two apps can be used side-by-side in a larger view.

First, hold your finger on the control bar at the top of the Slide Over window, then begin slowly sliding it toward either edge of the screen.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

As you slide, the two windows will transform into blurred out boxes with the app icons inside of them. Keep dragging the window toward the edge of the screen.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Lift your finger at the edge of the screen, and the two apps will now be in Split View mode. You can now close the unwanted window by sliding the black partition between the two windows all the way to the edge of the screen until one window disappears.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Can I Use Split View and Slide Over at the Same Time?

Apple makes it possible to use Split View and Slide Over at the same time. Using this feature, you can have a total of three app windows on the screen at once.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

To do this, start in Split View mode, then open the dock by slowly swiping upward from the bottom edge of the screen. Slowly drag the app icon (for the third app that will be in Slide Over) on top of the black partition in the middle of the screen.

To get rid of the Slide Over window, use its control bar at the top of the window to drag it to the side of the screen until it replaces one of the Split View apps. Then you can close the window by sliding the black center partition all the way to the edge of the screen until one window disappears.

Learn More About Multitasking—or Disable It Completely

Multitasking features on the iPad can be very useful and powerful if you learn to use them. They do take some practice and patience to get just right.

If you prefer to use the iPad as a single-task device or you keep bringing up extra app windows by accident, you can easily turn off Split View and Slide Over from Settings.

Tips and Tricks to Use on Your iPad

We’ve curated some iOS features that you might find helpful when you’re using your iPad during class, while you study and when you aren’t using your iPad for school.

Split View and Slide Over

Although we don’t encourage multitasking, sometimes it’s easier to use two apps at once to accomplish a single task. The iPad has two important ways that you can open multiple apps at once: Split View and Slide Over.

Split View allows you to view two different windows on your iPad at the same time (as long as both apps support Split View). You can use it with two different apps or with two windows of the same app.

Split View Step-by-Step:

  1. Open one of the apps that you want to use in Split View
  2. Flick from the bottom edge of the iPad to display the dock
  3. Tap and hold the other app you want to use and drag it to one side of the screen until you see a black space appear. Drop the app icon in the black space
  4. Slide vertical bar between the two apps to adjust the size of the windows
  5. Drag the horizontal bar at the top of one of the apps to change the order of the windows
  6. To exit Split View, slide the vertical bar over to the right. This will close the right window and make the left window full screen

Slide Over Step-by-Step

  1. Open an app
  2. Flick from the bottom edge of the iPad to display the dock
  3. Tap and hold an app you want to use in Slide Over and drag it over the app you’ve opened and let go quickly. Now your app is floating
  4. Pull down from the top of the Slide Over window to change to Split View

Reader View in Safari

Remove unwanted “extras” on a website with Reader View. When used, Safari will hide advertisements and other website shenanigans that aren’t related to the article that you’re reading.

Just a heads up: not all websites support Reader View. There must be large groups of text on a page for it to work, but most articles and blog posts will be supported.

Reader View Step-by-Step:

  1. Open a website in Safari (an article or blog site is best)
  2. Tap the AA icon on the left side of the URL bar
  3. If it’s available, tap Show Reader View. If it’s not, try another website
  4. Tap the AA icon and choose Hide Reader View when you’re done

Screenshot a Whole Page in Safari

Screenshot the whole page without using Photoshop (really!). A full-page screenshot can be a useful study tool. Insert an article into your notes for reference and annotating in the same place that you keep your class notes for easy access and studying.

Screenshot a Whole Page Step-by-Step:

  1. Press the home button and sleep wake button at the same time to take a screenshot
  2. Tap on the thumbnail that appears in the lower left-hand corner of the screen
  3. Select Full Page at the top
  4. Tap Done or the Share icon to enjoy your full-page screenshot

  • You can do split screen on your iPad with the Multitasking feature Split View, and use two apps at once.
  • To do split screen on your iPad, open one app and drag another app from the Dock to the side of your screen.
  • To get rid of split screen, close one app by swiping it off the screen, or disable the feature altogether.
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The iPad is so versatile that it might sometimes feel like a complete replacement for your laptop or desktop computer.

For example, you can split the screen on your iPad to view multiple apps at once. This is called Split View, and it’s one of the iPad’s many Multitasking features.

Here’s how to split screen on your iPad and multitask with Split View and Slide Over, or turn off these features completely.

How to do split screen on your iPad

1. First, you’ll need to make sure that one of the apps you want to open is in your Dock – the small bar of app icons at the bottom of your screen. To do this, open the app you want and then close it so it shows up in one of your Dock’s “recently used” slots.

2. After making sure that the app is in the Dock, start the other app that you want to use and keep it open.

3. Swipe up gently from the bottom of the screen to see the Dock. Don’t swipe up too hard, or you’ll just return to the Home screen. Only swipe up enough that the Dock floats over your app.

4. Tap and hold the app in the dock, and then drag it all the way to the right of your screen and let go. If you drag it all the way to the right, the two apps will appear side-by-side, and you can drag the divider bar between them to give them more or less space.

If you drag an app out of the Dock and release it without going all the way to the screen’s edge, it’ll just float on top of the first app in a small window. This is another Multitasking feature called Slide Over.

How to get rid of split screen on your iPad

If you already have two apps on the screen and want to close one of them, it’s easy to get back to the standard one-app view.

When your two apps are side-by-side with a divider bar between them, drag the bar all the way to the right or left. If you drag it to the right, you’ll close the app on the right. If you drag it all the way to the left, you’ll close the app on the left.

In both cases, the app that’s still open will go into full screen mode.

If the second app is floating on top of the main app in a small window, tap and hold the gray bar at the top of the floating app and drag it downward. This will put the two apps in split screen mode, letting you close one with the divider.

If you have an app floating in a window, you can also close it temporarily by swiping the gray bar to the right. This will send the window flying off-screen. Just swipe left from the right edge of the screen to bring it back.

How to turn off split screen on your iPad permanently

If you dislike this feature and don’t want to accidentally open apps side-by-side, you can disable it entirely.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General,” then “Multitasking & Dock.”

3. Turn off “Allow Multiple Apps” by sliding the switch to the left.

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How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

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Split View on iPad is great when you want to run two apps side-by-side. But adding a second app can be convoluted unless you’re using the tablet with a keyboard. Here’s how to quickly open iPad apps in Split View from search using a keyboard.

You might be familiar with the traditional method of using Split View on your iPad. You swipe up to bring up the Dock and drag an app to the edge of the screen to add it to Split View. But what if the app that you want to add isn’t in the Dock?

How to Quickly Open iPad Apps in Split View Using Universal Search

The Universal Search feature introduced in iPadOS 14 simplifies the multitasking feature by letting you add any app to Split View.

After opening an app on your iPad, use the Command+Space keyboard shortcut on your keyboard to bring up the floating Universal Search feature. If you don’t have a keyboard attached, you can use the AssistiveTouch feature (more on that in the section below).

Now, search for the second app that you want to add to Split View.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

From the search results, press and hold the app icon and drag it out of the search window.

Now, drag it to the right edge of the iPad screen, and lift your finger to dock it to the right side.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

You can use the handle icon between the two apps to resize them.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

If you want to exit “Split View,” drag the handle icon to the right edge of the screen.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

You can use this trick to replace an existing app in Split View, or you can add an app as a floating Slide Over window as well.

How to Open Universal Search from Anywhere without a Keyboard

As we mentioned above, there’s a workaround to get this feature even if you don’t use your iPad with a keyboard. AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature that brings a floating Home button with quick gesture shortcuts to your display. You can assign a double-tap gesture to the floating Home button that will quickly open “Universal Search” on top of the current app.

To enable this feature, open the “Settings” app. From there, go to the “Accessibility” section. Here, choose the “Touch” option.

Select the “AssisitiveTouch” option.

Enable the feature from the top and then select the “Double Tap” option.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Tap “Spotlight” from the list.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Now, you can double-tap the “AssisitiveTouch” button to bring up Universal Search. Then, search for the app and drag it to the right edge of the screen to enter “Split View” (as detailed above).

Ever since Apple announced iOS 9, they introduced new multitasking features to the iPad. It may not have gotten much attention back then, but with the launch of the iPad Pro, which feels like Apple’s way of replacing laptops, Multitasking has become a lot more useful and important.

One of the multitasking features introduced to iOS is split screen in which apps can run side-by-side, but there are actually two types of split screen and here’s how you can go about using it on iPad. First, you need to make sure that Multitasking is enabled.

How To Turn ON Multitasking

Split Screen

Unlike Slide Over, Split Screen will lock the app into place on your screen. The benefit to Split Screen versus Slide Over is that Split Screen allows you to resize both the first and second app, so you can have both apps sharing an equal amount of real estate if you choose to.

How to Split Screen

How To Turn A Slide Over Window To Split Screen

  1. Follow the steps to create a Slide Over window
  2. Tap the horizontal icon at the top of the app and drag it upwards
  3. Drag the app until you see that both apps have been grayed out and their icons are showing
  4. Let go of the second app and it should be locked into place on the screen

How To Resize Split Screen Windows

How To Close Split Screen

  1. Tap the horizontal icon at the top of the Slide Over app
  2. Drag it downwards to get rid of it

Slide Over

With Slide Over, it creates a floating window with the app of your choice. This allows you to move the app anywhere across your screen, and here’s how to do it.

How To Slide Over

How To Close A Slide Over Window

  1. Tap the horizontal icon at the top of the Slide Over app
  2. Drag it downwards to get rid of it

How To Add A Third App

So far the methods above will allow you to run two apps side-by-side at the same time. This means that both apps will be running at once and you will be able to interact with both of them simultaneously. However, if you wish to add a third app to the mix, you will be able to do so but take note that when you do, the third app can only be run in Slide Over mode.

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How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

While using your iPad, you may end up with two app windows on the screen by accident due to multitasking features called Slide Over and Split View. The extra app window can be frustrating to remove if you don’t know the right gestures. Here’s how to do it.

How to Get Rid of a Small Floating Window on iPad (Slide Over)

While using your iPad, you may end up with a smaller window off to the side hovering over a full-screen app. This is called Slide Over, and it looks like this.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

To dismiss the small Slide Over window, place your finger on the control bar at the top of the Slide Over window, and quickly swipe it toward the right edge of the screen if the window is on the right side, or swipe toward the left edge of the screen if the window is on the left.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

For most people, this does the trick, but you are technically only hiding the Slide Over window, not closing it. It can still be recalled by swiping it back from the edge of the screen corresponding to the side you hid it on.

To fully close a Slide Over window, hold your finger on the control bar at the top, and slide it slowly toward the edge of the screen until it becomes part of a split-screen view (called Split View). Then you can close the unwanted window by sliding the black partition between the two windows all the way to the edge of the screen until one window disappears (See “How to Get Rid of Split Screen on iPad” below).

If you’d like to disable Slide Over in Settings so it never shows up again, you can disable multitasking on your iPad.

How to Get Rid of Split Screen on iPad (Split View)

Sometimes, you might end up with two app windows side by side on your iPad’s screen. This is called Split View, and it looks like this.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

If you’d like to dismiss the split-screen view (by getting rid of one of the windows), place your finger on the center of the black partition line, and drag it at a steady medium speed toward the right edge of the screen.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

As you slide closer to the edge of the screen, the apps will blur out, and you will see two windows with the apps’ icons in them instead. Keep sliding your finger to the right.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Toward the very edge of the screen, the black partition between the two windows will begin to grow wider (this visually signifies that you are about to “break up” Split View). Keep sliding your finger until you reach the edge of the screen.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Once at the edge of the screen, release your finger, and the Split View should be gone.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

If you’d like to disable Split Screen in Settings so it never shows up again, you can disable multitasking on your iPad.

Learn More About Split Screen/Multitasking—or Disable it Completely

Multitasking features on the iPad can be quite handy and powerful if you get the hang of them. Because of the nuances of the gestures involved, they do take patience and practice to get just right.

On the other hand, if you prefer to use the iPad as a single-task device, or you keep bringing up extra app windows by accident, you can easily turn off Split View and Slide Over in the Settings.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

The Slide Over and Split View iPad multitasking modes make working with multiple apps at the same time effortless. iPadOS takes your productivity workflows to another level by letting you quickly switch between Slide Over apps that you used recently, which wasn’t possible in iOS 12 and older editions of Apple’s mobile operating system.

This new multitasking enhancement requires iPadOS.

With this feature, iPad owners can do things like compose an email while viewing being able to access multiple apps, like Messages or Calendar, with just a swipe.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, demoed the major iPadOS features during the June 3 keynote talk, held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, which kicked off the Worldwide Developers Conference 2019.

Keep in mind that Slide Over supports any iPad Pro model, the fifth-generation iPad and later, iPad Air and later and iPad mini 2 and later. Before we get to it, be sure to watch our quick hands-on video walkthrough of all the new gestures and text selection modes in iPad OS embedded right ahead.

Follow along with iDB as we teach you how to add multiple apps to the Slide Over multitasking mode in iPadOS, as well as easily switching between Slide Over apps.

How to switch between Slide Over apps on iPad

Slide Over slides in front of any open app, even over two open apps in side-by-side Split View multitasking mode.
In iPadOS, Slide Over remembers your recently used apps.

Like before, you can drag an app out of the Dock in order to make a Slide Over. In iPadOS, however, you can drag another app onto an active Slide Over view to replace the current Slide Over app, then easily switch between Slide Over apps in two different ways.

Switch between Slide Over apps: the app switcher method

Do this to get to an app switcher-like view of all your recently used Slide Over apps:

1) First, swipe left from the right edge of the display to show the Slide Over interface.

2) Now swipe up from the bottom edge of the Slide Over view, then hold your finger halfway up until the Slide Over app switcher appears.

Swipe up from the Home indicator at the bottom to enter the app switcher for your recent Slide Over apps.

3) Finally, swipe right to get to a different Slide Over app, then tap its thumbnail to open it.

iPadOS lets you quickly view and open your recent Slide Over apps.

But there’s an even easier method to quickly switch between Slide Over apps.

Switch between Slide Over apps: the Home indicator method

There’s an even easier way to switch between Slide Over apps:

1) First, swipe left from the right edge of the display to show the Slide Over interface.

2) Now swipe along the Home indicator found at the bottom edge of the Slide Over interface to quickly switch between your previously used Slide Over apps.

Swipe along the Home indicator to switch between your previously used Slide Over apps.

And that’s all there’s to know about the Slide Over improvements in iPadOS.

Summing it all up

Slide Over in iPadOS is a tremendously handy way to multitask on a mobile device.

I’ve always liked that mode because it let me quickly swoosh an app like Messages into view, respond to a text or deal with whatever needs to be dealt with and swipe it quickly out of view to continue uninterrupted where I left off. Because Slide Over in iOS 12 and earlier did not support multiple apps, I wasn’t using it as much as I wanted to.

With iPadOS, I can have several Slide Over apps at my fingertips and quickly switch between them using the familiar gestures, no need to learn anything new. And if your tablet features modern hardware, you can even do things like work on one app in Slide Over, have two apps in Split View split screen mode and watch a movie or use FaceTime in picture-in-picture mode.

iPadOS compatibility

iPadOS is compatible with these iPads:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Watch our video overview of the new iPad-only updates embedded below.

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How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

The other day, Split View and Slide Over suddenly stopped working on my iPad Pro. The second app would altogether refuse to get added into the mix. I tried multiple times, but the second screen won’t get into the mix. So, what took away the sheen from my otherwise smooth-sailing experience with iPad multitasking? Check out these viable solutions to get rid of it!

Tips to Fix Slide Over and Split View Not Working Issue on iPad

  • Is Your iPad Compatible to Work with multitasking features?
  • Starting From the Scratch
  • Disable Allow Multiple Apps
  • Reset Your Device to Factory Settings
  • Update iOS on Your iPad

Is Your iPad Compatible to Work with multitasking features?

First off, make sure your iPad is compatible with multitasking features. Only the below-mentioned devices can let you use these productive features:

  • All 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • All 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air and iPad Air 2
  • iPad(5th Gen)
  • iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2

Devices that take full advantage of Split Screen and Slide Over

11-inch & 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro with 4GB of RAM and larger screen are designed to support Split Screen and Slide Over in their full-fledged form.

Devices that take limited advantage of Split Screen and Slide Over

Though 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 (7.9-inch iPad), and all other 9.7-inch iPads support multitasking features, they can’t take full advantage of them due to lack of a larger screen and lesser RAM.

Starting From the Scratch

Split View: It lets you put two separate apps side by side. When it’s invoked, you will see a movable divider between two apps.

Slide Over: It allows you to put a second app on the left or right side of the panel. The second app floats over the first app.

In Split View, you can put apps in three ways when holding your iPad horizontally: For instance, 50:50, 25:75, 75:25. However, you will have only two options when you hold your iPad vertically: 25-75 or 75-25. To make the most of Split View and Slide Over perfectly, head over to this complete guide.

Disable Allow Multiple Apps

One of the simplest tricks you can try to fix this issue is to disable a multitasking feature, reboot your device, and start afresh.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad
  2. Tap on General → Tap on Multitasking and Dock.How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad
  3. Now, turn off the switch next to Allow Multiple Apps.How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad
  4. Next, hold both, Home button and ON/OFF button at once for about ten seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
  5. Once the iPad has restarted, go to Settings → Tap on GeneralMultitasking and Dock → Turn on the switch next to Allow Multiple Apps.How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Now, try invoking Split Screen. Open any app → , swipe up from the bottom to bring up the dock, and then drag the app to the far left or right of the screen until the main app pane bumps over, leaving a black space.

To invoke Slide Over, launch the first app → , swipe up from the bottom to bring up Dock, and then drag the second app to the screen center. And then release it.

Reset Your Device to Factory Settings

If the first solution didn’t work, try resetting your device to factory settings. One thing you should know that it would clean up all of your Wi-Fi passwords along with website settings. However, your data will remain safe.

  1. Open the Settings app.How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad
  2. Tap on General → Tap on Reset.How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad
  3. Tap on Reset All Settings and confirm.How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Update iOS on Your iPad

Make sure to get it done as software updates can bring the much-needed fix to this issue.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPad.How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad
  2. Tap on General → Tap on Software Update. And then download and install the latest iOS version.How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Even if the software update fails to resolve the problem, try restoring your device via iTunes. As always, make sure to back up your device before going for the restore process.

If All Else Fails…

If, unfortunately, none of the above-mentioned solutions have resolved this issue, contact Apple for help. I hope you didn’t have to come this far! In most cases, either the force restart or software update gets the job done. Hopefully, they click for you as well.

Getting out of split screen can be confusing at first

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What to Know

  • Drag the divider to the left or right to easily get out of split screen.
  • Hide floating apps by converting them to split screen and dragging the divider left or right.
  • Split screen can also be completely disabled in Settings.

This article covers how to get out of split screen on an iPad, how to close and hide floating windows, and how to disable the split screen feature altogether.

How to Close Split Screen on iPad

It can be frustrating if you’ve started using split-screen on your iPad or you’ve accidently gotten into split screen, and can’t figure out how to get out of it. Don’t stress. Here’s how to get back to using your iPad normally.

With two apps open on the screen, you should see a black divider bar.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Tap and hold that bar and slide it left or right, depending on whether you want to close the left or right app. In the example below, Chrome will take over the additional half of the screen where the app Nebo is active.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

At the edge of the screen, release the bar and you’ll be returned to fuel screen view.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

How to Close a Floating Window on iPad

If you pull an app out of the dock and place it on top of the window you already have open, rather than opening in split screen, it will open as a floating window. The easiest way to get rid of the floating window is to convert it to split screen and then close it.

If you try to drag a floating window to the right or left side of the iPad, rather than closing, the window will just be hidden. If you truly want to close the app, you’ll need to follow the instructions below.

Tap and hold the center button on the floating screen, then drag it down toward the bottom of the screen.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

When the floating screen tries to merge into a split screen view, release it.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Then drag the split screen divider to the right or left to close the desired screen.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

How to Disable Split Screen on iPad

If you don’t use split screen on your iPad and you ended up there accidentally, you may find the feature a bit frustrating. Or if split screen just isn’t something you see yourself using all that often and you don’t see the need to leave it enabled, you can disable split screen completely so you don’t end up getting into split screen (or a floating window) accidentally..

Open Settings and tap Home Screen & Dock. You’ll find it in the General settings group.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

On the Home Screen & Dock page, tap multitasking.

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Then on the Multitasking page, toggle Allow Multiple Apps off (the toggle will turn gray).

How to use floating apps (slide over) on an ipad

Now you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in split screen mode again.