Fix Split View/Screen Not Working on iPad Pro/ Mini/Air: Multitasking

🗓️ November 29, 2023 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

Split view is the brand new feature in iOS 13 and now it’s improved in iPadOS [With Slide Over, Multitasking or App Switcher] that’s really helpful in use multiple apps on a single iPad screen called Split Screen/Slide over Apps on iPad. And the question is what are the iPadOS 13 compatible iPads? All compatible iPad models can use a Split view/ Slide Over with Multitasking App or App Switcher like iPhone. I tried to fix Split view not working on the iPad. On my personal experience, App auto close and crashing on the iPhone. Use a new Spit view in iOS, Enable or Disable Slide Over App on iPhone from the Settings you need and explain the correct way to use the dock on iDevice.

Just like Mac, iOS users can use two apps on the same screen on the adjustable area by sliding expandable strip. And Slide Over Allow to use More than two apps on the same screen, Drag Applications from the dock of Home screen to create split View and Slide over apps swipe from the right edge to reveal your last slide over the app.

You can see that my recorded video at last in this tutorial.

Also, refer to these tips & Fix your iPad Multitasking not Working. and Customize Different settings for the Multitasking screen like Show most recently used app on the dock, Gesture, Persistent Video Overlay and Allow Multiple apps.

Fix: Slide Over or Split Screen not working in iPadOS: iPad

Split View Pre- Requisition

  1. The split view depends on Apps Support, if the developer won’t allow using the app with the split-view screen then we can’t use it.
  2. A small screen iPad must be in landscape mode to use the Split Screen feature.
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Does split-view work on all iPads? Check Supported iPads:  Slide Over, Split Screen

Apple isn’t making clear about, Which iPad Supporting Slide Over and Split View, Here’s the iPads list that we tested,

  • 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

Incompatible iPad: Slide over/Split screen View

  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Air

Enable Overlay app on other apps: Side by Side

How to turn on Split View in iPadOS 15

Now, iPadOS 15 update comes with Enabled Split View by default within the app opened on your iPad screen. We can put any app or add an App in the Split view from Three Dots appear at Top center position of your iPad screen. Follow the below step-by-step guide on Put your iPad app in Split View and Use the New Shelf or Center Window in iPadOS 15.

Method 1: Turn on Split View With App Switcher screen

  1. Go to the app switcher screen by drag finger from the bottom edge of your iPad screen to the center until you see the app switcher screen or Double Tap on the home button on the home button
  2. Create a Split View by dragging one app over another. and Your app will make space for a split-screen on the same screen.apps-converting-in-to-split-view-on-ipadjpg
  3. Tap on Split View screen preview and open on iPad Screen.apps-are-opened-in-split-view-screen-on-ipad

Method 2: Turn on Split View using Multitasking Menu in ipadOS 15

  1. Open the app that you add to split-screen mode. Now, Tap on the three dots icon at the top center of your iPad screen.put-any-app-in-app-split-view-screen
  2. Select Left Split or Right Split to Set the First app on the iPad screen.left-or-right-split-screen
  3. Now, select the Second app from the app’s Library, we can search the app with the name and select the app for the Second screen in Split view.choose-another-app-for-split-view-screen-on-ipad
  4. That’s it.apps-are-opened-in-split-view-screen-on-ipad
  5. To Make any App from Split View screen to Full screen, Tap on Three dots > Select First Option [Full screen]exit-app-from-split-view-screen-on-ipad
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To Force close split view or change App in split view screen follow the below steps,

How to change App in Split View Screen in iPadOS 15

Go to the App switcher screen on iPad [move your finger from bottom edge to center of the iPad screen or Double Tap on the home button to open the App Switcher screen].

Move App to Split view screen to Change the app in the Split view screen.move-or-change-app-in-split-view-screen-in-app-switcher-ipad

To close the Split View screen, Swipe up the screen in-app switcher.

iPadOS 13 Screen

For iPadOS 13 and later users will have to check that the multitasking option is turned On/Green, you can do that with the following steps:

  1. Open the Settings App
  2. Scroll the screen tap on Home Screen & Docktap on edit home screen and dock and tap multitasking
  3. Tap Multitasking appear under the MULTITASKING & DOCK section
  4. Now check to Allow Multiple Apps toggle Green/Ontap multitasking and turn toggle allow multiple apps toggle On

if it’s already enabled, however, Split Screen on iPad Not Working after iPadOS update, then you should turn the toggle off next to the Allow Multiple Apps and then after a while turn toggle On for Allow multiple Apps your iPad. I hope this will work for you.


Old iPadOS Follow these steps for Allow Multiple apps toggle.

  • Step 1: Go to the Settings app on the iPad.
  • Step 2: Next, Tap on General and Multitasking.
  • Then, Enable Allow Multiple Apps toggle.

How to Use Slide Over and Split View in iPadOS 13 on iPad

Keep Open any one app on your iPad Screen, now Activate iPad dock by Swipe up from the bottom edge. From the Recent Apps on the dock, Touch and Drage the app icon to iPad screen to adjust another app on split-screen. Check-out the below video to learn the exact way to use a Split-screen or slide over.

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iOS 12 Screen

1 Fix Split view use on iPad with iOS 11
  • First open the first app on your iPad screen, Next slide up your finger on the iPad screen.
  • Now, a new iOS Dock will appear on the screen, open apps that you want to use side by side screen.
  • Tap on the Second app, Drag into iPad left or right side of the area.
  • The app will automatically adjust its area and give a slider line for the customize area of the app that covered by both apps.

Restart or Reboot iDevice

If you won’t adjust split view or app crash automatically, Go with this step.

Follow the usual solution from Restart/ Reboot iPad.

No Home Button iPad

Press and quickly release volume up button and Quickly Press and Release volume down button, after that Press and Hold the side power button on iPad until you iPad see apple logo after the black screen. Wait for turn on the screen, Try split-screen after entering the passcode.

Home Button iPad

  • Soft Restart: Press Sleep/ Wake or power button only until you see “Slide to power off”. Go with it and again press the power button once.
  • Force Restart: Press and Hold Sleep/ Wake [Power Button] + Home button at once until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Split View or Slide over not working on iPad with Landscape mode

Enable, Auto Rotate Screen from the iPad control center and try again.

4 Enable iPad Screen Rotation from control center

Update iOS:

New iOS update help to fix the pre-resolved error by Apple and give a great experience for the next level of iPadOS 13, iOS 13/ iOS 12.

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Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: [OR]