iOS 9: How to use Split View on the iPad

Split View multitasking in iOS 9 lets you run two apps side by side on the iPad

iOS 9 takes the iPad's multitasking capabilities to a new level with Split View. Split View lets you run two apps side by side on your iPad. This can be incredibly helpful when you need to copy and paste something from one app to the other, for example.

In this tip I'll show you how to use Split View on the iPad. But please note that Split View only works with the iPad Air 2 or newer iPads. Older iPads are limited to the Slide Over feature which I covered in a separate tip yesterday.

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To use Split View, just tap the middle right side of your iPad's screen and then swipe to the left to open the Slide Over sidebar.

How to use Split View multitasking on the iPad

Just follow these simple steps to use Split View multitasking on your iPad:

1. Open the first app that you want to use in Split View.

2. Put your finger on the middle of the right side of your iPad's screen and then swipe left to open the Slide Over sidebar.

3. You'll see a list of available apps in the sidebar.

4. Tap on the app you want to use to open it in the sidebar.

5. Your second app will open in the sidebar.

6. Put your finger on the vertical line in the middle of the sidebar and pull it to the left.

7. Your second app will now share the screen with your first app.

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Split View multitasking in iOS 9 lets you resize the amount of space each app takes up on your iPad's screen.

8. You can adjust the size by sliding your finger to the left or right to make one app window larger than the other or you can give each of them half of the screen.

And that's all you need to do to use Split View multitasking on your iPad. If you decide that you want to close your second app, just tap on the line that divides the two apps and swipe back to the right and your first app will take over your entire iPad screen.

ios 9 split view apps side by side

Split View multitasking in iOS 9 lets you use two apps running side by side on your iPad's screen.

Split View multitasking works incredibly well on the iPad

When I first heard that Apple was going to add this kind of multitasking to iOS 9, I was very skeptical about how well it would work. Well, I could not have been more wrong to worry about it. Split View works incredibly well on my iPad Air 2, and I could not be happier with it.

I've used Split View quite frequently when doing work on my iPad. I've found that it makes working on blog posts a lot faster since I can keep Safari open on one side of my iPad Air 2, and then Notes on the other side to paste in links. Once you get used to using Split View, it's hard to imagine iOS without it.

I know that many people have been asking for something like Split View for quite a long time, and Apple has finally made it possible in iOS 9. If you haven't tried Split View yet then you are in for a very pleasant surprise, it will add a whole new wrinkle to using your iPad.

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