iPad Pro: How to disable multitasking

The iPad Pro’s Split View and Slide Over multitasking features can be quite useful, but they aren’t for everybody. Here’s how you can disable them.

When Apple added Split View and Slide Over multitasking to iOS, both features were appreciated by many iPad Pro users. But it turns out that not everybody needs or wants to multitask on their iPad Pro tablets.

For some users multitasking can actually be annoying since tapping and swiping from the right side of the iPad Pro’s screen can inadvertently activate iOS’ multitasking feature.

If you’re one of those users, don’t worry. It’s very easy to disable multitasking on the iPad Pro.

How to disable Split View and Slide Over multitasking on the iPad Pro

Here’s how you can quickly disable multitasking on your iPad Pro:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap on General.

3. Tap on Multitasking.

4. Tap the “Allow Multiple Apps” switch to the off position.

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Now when you swipe from the right side of your iPad Pro’s screen, Slide Over and Split View multitasking won’t be activated.

Why disable multitasking on the iPad Pro?

Some folks might think it’s crazy to disable multitasking on the iPad Pro. But as I noted above, the feature isn’t necessary for all users and for some of us it’s a good idea to turn it off.

Personally, I’ve found that that the multitasking feature on my 12.9-inch iPad Pro just annoys me. For example, when I read in the iOS Kindle app I’ve found that having multitasking on is a headache. I tend to swipe from the right to turn a page in my Kindle books, so I don’t want to inadvertently activate Slide Over while I’m reading.

I also read comic books on my iPad Pro, and I’ve encountered the same problem if multitasking is on. Each time I go to move to a new page or panel, multitasking will start to activate. So, unless I actually need multitasking for something, I keep it off on my iPad Pro.

Bear in mind that I don’t work on my iPad Pro. For work I have a 27-inch, 5K iMac. So multitasking on the iPad Pro just doesn’t do much for me, I prefer macOS on my iMac when I need to get work done. Your mileage may vary, of course, and the iPad Pro can be a great productivity tool for work for some users.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the iPad Pro’s Slide Over and Split View multitasking are very useful features. But they just aren’t necessary for all of us, at all times. So it’s great that they can be disabled for folks who don’t need them.

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