Safari on iPad has a handy feature called Split Screen View, which allows you to view two websites simultaneously on your screen. Enabling Split Screen mode on the iPad is quite easy, but disabling it is more difficult. Many users can’t figure out how to remove the split screen view on iPad, but it’s actually not too difficult either.
What do you need to disable the split screen on your iPad
Apple has managed to combine many useful features in the iPad. One of these features is a split-screen. It allows you to use several applications simultaneously on your tablet screen. And it can really be convenient. You can watch a movie and browse your social networking feed at the same time.
It’s also handy for work when you need to do two things at once. Sometimes you just need to reconcile some documents, and so you don’t have to switch between them all the time, you can use the split-screen feature.
However, if you suddenly don’t need to use this feature anymore, of course, you can turn it off. Here’s how you can do it and how to get rid of screen sharing on your iPad.
What is a split screen feature on the iPad
Safari for iPad offers a nice split-screen feature that allows you to view and read two websites side-by-side in the Safari browser, which are visible when the iPad is oriented in horizontal landscape mode. Although entering split screen mode in Safari on the iPad is fairly easy, many users find that getting in and out of split screen mode in Safari on the iPad is not as obvious.
This leads some iPad users to be completely confused by Safari Split View mode on their tablets. They may think that it’s either frozen or can’t be turned off, but rest assured that you can close Safari Split View and exit Split View mode fairly easily.
Which iPads support the split screen feature
If you want to use split-screen viewing on an iPad, you must make sure you have a 5th generation iPad or iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, or any other 5th generation model or later. This is because earlier iPad models than the 5th generation do not support split-screen viewing. Also, be sure to update your tablet to the latest version of iPadOS.
How to remove the split screen feature on an iPad
If you want to exit a split-screen view on your iPad, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, when you open the two applications, you will see a separating line between them.
- Tap and drag the app separator to the left or right, depending on which side of the app you want to close.
- Finally, when you reach the edge of the screen, release the separator and you get a full-screen view of one app.
If you want to fully disable a split-screen view on your iPad, you have to follow these steps:
- Go to the “Settings” app on your iPad.
- After that, tap “Homescreen & Dock”.
- Then, in the “Multitasking” section, switch off “Allow Multiple Apps”.
Once you have completed these steps, you have completely closed the split-screen view function. If you want to enable this feature again, you just need to repeat the above steps and enable the “Allow Multiple Apps” option.
An important thing to keep in mind is the split-screen of Safari. If you have enabled split-screen browsing in Safari on your iPad, it will continue to work there even if you have disabled split-screening on the iPad.
How to disable the split screen feature on iPad in Safari
If you have a split screen active, you will see two Safari tabs next to each other. If you want to turn off the split-screen feature in Safari, you need to do the following
- Open the URL address bar in Safari by pulling the screen down so that the toolbar appears.
- Tap the tabs icon, which looks like two rectangles overlapping each other.
- In the menu that appears, select “Combine all tabs”.
- After that, the normal mode will open with a single Safari tab on the iPad screen.
You can also select the “Close all tabs” option if you no longer need the browser. This will also disable Safari Split View mode.
How to close a split Safari screen on an iPad by closing tabs
If you want to close the tabs that are open in Safari Split View, you can also exit and leave Safari Split View by specifically closing all the tabs open in the Split View panel in Safari. To do this, you have to follow these steps:
- In Safari Split View on the iPad, tap on the URL/address bar at the top of the screen to open the Safari navigation buttons and tab bar.
- Then, tap on the tiny pale gray “X” button in Safari to close this Safari tab.
- If you have multiple tabs open in split-screen Safari mode, repeat and press the other tiny light gray “X” buttons until all the tabs in the split bar you want to close are closed.
The close tab button in Safari Split View can be hard to find, not only because it is quite small and light gray, but also because it is not visible unless the broader Safari navigation options are visible.
Also, after closing and exiting Safari’s split screen, if you rotate the iPad from vertical portrait to horizontal landscape orientation in Safari, Safari will no longer split screen on the iPad.