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How to disable split screen in Safari

Safari for iPad has a great Split Screen View feature that gives you an opportunity to watch and read two websites side-by-side in the Safari browser, seeable while the device is oriented in horizontal landscape mode.

How to switch of split screen in Safari

However, it’s simple to go into Safari Split Screen mode on iPad is quite straightforward, it’s considered that exiting and closing Split Screen View in Safari on iPad is less than evident. So, many iPad users tend to be a bit confused by Safari split-screen mode on their device and believe that it’s either stuck enabled or can’t be exited from, however, another part believes that it’s possible to close Safari Split View and leave the split web browsing mode quite simply.

How to escape Safari Split View on iPad by merging Safari Split Screen

If you have already entered Safari Split Screen View mode with two Safari panels open side by side on the device, and you want to exit it, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  1. First of all, you should head to Safari Split Screen view on iPad. There, you should click next to the top of Safari or draw down. In this way, the URL bar and Safari navigation buttons would be displayed.
  2. After that, you should press and hold on the Safari Tabs button. They can be easily recognized, as they look like two overlapping squares and are located in the corner of the Safari window (in Safari Split View you will see two of these, you can tap and hold on either)
  3. Then, you should head to the pop-up menu. There, you should click on “Merge All Tabs”. In this way, the Split Screen View windows in Safari would be merged into a single screen.
  4. After you have merged the tabs and completed the process the Safari Split Screen window will be exited and you’ll return back to a regular single Safari browsing view on iPad.

It’s also possible to click on “Close All Tabs” if you don’t have a willingness to keep the tabs open in Safari split screen, which will also exit out of Safari Split View on iPad, as it will exit the tabs in the split panel you have selected.

This is the easiest way to go out of Safari Split Screen mode, which is also about as close as iOS gets to switching off Safari Split Screen and turning off the feature, till you start to use it again.

How to exit Safari Split Screen View on iPad via closing tabs

In order to close the tabs that you have visited in Safari Split View, you can also escape and leave Safari Split View by particularly shutting all the tabs that have been open in the Split View panel of Safari. To do that, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:

  1. First of all, you should head to the Safari Split View on your device. There, you should click on the URL / address bar which may be found at the top of the screen. This will open Safari navigation buttons and the tab bar.
  2. After that, you should click on the tiny faint grey “(X)” button in Safari. In this way, that Safari tab will be shut.
  3. In case there is a several tabs opened in the Safari split screen view, you should do it one more time and click on the other tiny light grey “(X)” buttons until all tabs will be shut on the split panel that you want to be closed.

You may face some difficulties locating the close tab button in Safari Split View not only because it’s quite tiny and is a light faint grey colour, but also because you can see it unless the broader Safari navigation options are seeable as well.

How to stop Safari Screen Splitting in two on iPad when it is rotated

There is only one solution to this issue. Safari can be stopped from splitting into two screens when the iPad is rotated only if you escape and leave Safari Split View mode on the iPad. 

To do that, you should use either set of instructions detailed here on this page. You can merge the tabs and close Safari Split Screen View on iPad. You can also do it manually. To do that, you just should close the Safari Tabs that are open in one of the split view panels. 

After Safari Split Screen has been closed and escaped, it would be available to have no longer split-screen on your device after you rotate the iPad from vertical portrait to horizontal landscape orientation when in Safari.

How to switch off Split Screen Safari on iPad

There are many questions around this topic, as a lot of users wonder about how you can switch off and disable the Safari split-screen feature in iOS for iPad. Unfortunately, there is no answer to this question, as there is still no solution to this issue that is faced by your device.

As it is mentioned before, it is impossible to turn off Safari Split Screen on iPad, but, instead, users have an opportunity to disable Safari Split View on iPad by closing out of it as outlined on this page, instead, and then not using or going into the Safari Split Screen feature again.

The reason why it is impossible to disable Safari Split Screen View mode is different from the broader ability to disable multitasking on iPad in general, but you should keep in mind that if iPad Multitasking would be disabled, you will find that switching that feature off has no influence on Safari Split View mode, and the Safari Split Screen feature will still be active. So, summarising, if you don’t want to have Safari Split Screen mode, you should escape it and never activate it again.

Definitely some of the puzzlement about leaving and quitting Safari Split Screen View may be soothed by minor making the escape procedure identical to the usage of Split Screen View multitasking on iPad in general where it is possible to grasp the vertical separating line and pull it to the border of the screen to shut it. Maybe after some period of time, Safari will provide its users with a great opportunity to be able to disable and switch off Safari Split Screen on iPad as well, we should just wait.

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