Want to learn how you can multitask on your iPad? How you can use the split-screen to run multiple apps simultaneously? See the step-by-step guide on how How to do a split screen on iPad.
When your workaround in your daily life, you are very busy. You seem to find shortcuts for everything and anything that helps you shorten your time frame is your ally. We use machines to let them help us in easing our lifestyle. We tend to find generic ways of doing our tasks very boring and time-consuming. Without the use of the machines that we use daily for example our iPhones or iPad, our life would now become inconceivable and our work very difficult.
This is why we generally like to multitask. Multitasking shortens our work time by a very considerable amount and also makes us more viable to get good fast ethics. Our iPhones and iPads are loaded with multitasking features and are specifically designed for the work environment. Well, maybe not all the apps that we use daily can be integrated with multitasking features but that is strictly due to software and hardware limitations. Our iPads and iPhones are equipped with a feature called the split screen, for us to use and split the screen into partitions where we can load different apps and use them simultaneously.
This helps us to down our work time considerably and also make sure that our minds are also refreshed while completing our work. With the help of a split screen, you can work on the official app and simultaneously watch a YouTube video on a different screen. This will not just help in the workflow but also in entertainment. You can play a game on one screen and watch a movie on another. The limitations here are limitless. Want to learn how you can learn to do multitask in your iPhones or iPad by using a Split screen? Let us see the details.
What are Multitasking and Split Screen?
Multitasking is the process of doing multiple works at once. It is not necessarily related to using your tech but to do Multitasking in your iPhones or iPads shortens your work time considerably. Multitasking cannot just be done on iPads and iPhones but also can be done on any technology or task itself.
Split Screen in iPads is the feature of partitioning the screen of the iPad into segments that are capable to perform different tasks at once. You can use this feature to read articles online and watch YouTube videos at once. Or if you want to draw art on one segment and listen to music in another you can do that too. Split Screen is not just available on iPads but also in iPhones, although it has not yet reached the potential of Split screens in iPads.
Types of Split Screen you can perform on iPads
Split screens in iPads can be performed in various ways. You can choose to decide how you want to perform multitasking by deciding the amount of screen you want an app or task to occupy. The partition of the iPad’s screen is what makes the time of multitasking different in its types. Let us see the different types of Split Screen Techniques in iPads:
Split View Technique
By using this technique, the iPad’s screen is partitioned exactly in the middle or is divided into two equal parts. This causes the iPad to run two apps at once and gives it the capability of Multitasking. In Split View, you can drag the sections to your liking to resize the partitions to your need or use. The apps that are running in the partitions will be resized along with your finger.
Sliding Over Technique
In this technique, the iPad’s screen is partitioned as a section of the screen will start hovering on the main screen. This will help the iPad to run two apps at once and give it the capability of multitasking by using a floating window type of multiscreen. You can drag the floating window and set it to the place that you would like it to rest. The apps within the background will not be able to be resized or relocated while using this technique.
Center Window Showing Technique
While using this technique, the iPad’s screen is partitioned as a section of the screen be placed at the center of the main screen. This will make the app in the center screen be in a focused menu and can be used to perform important tasks like taking notes or drawing while watching videos or attending lectures. You cannot resize the center window and you will be only able to shift to the sides.
How to do a split screen on iPad
Now that you know why you should multitask and what are the different techniques you can use to perform split screens on iPads. We need to see how we can perform split screens on iPad. Split screens can be performed very easily and have multiple ways to give the different partitions of the apps. Let us see all the different methods you can use to perform the Split screen on iPad:
Method 1. By using Multitasking Menu to perform Split screen
You can use the Multitasking Menu given on top of all the apps to use them on a Split Screen. This is helpful when you want to access a Split screen quickly and easily. Let us see the steps of how we can perform a split screen using the Multitasking menu of apps:
- Open any app from your home screen.
- At the top of the app, you will find the Multitasking button given with the icon of “***” three dots. Click on it.
- Choose the technique of Split screen you want to apply for the app.
- When you choose the Split screen technique, then the screen will be divided and the app will be shown in one partition and the other will have the home screen.
- On the home screen, you can choose and select the other app that you want to Multitask with.
With these simple steps, you will be able to do a split screen on iPad very easily using the Multitasking Menu of any app.
Method 2. By using the Dock to perform Split screen
The Dock is the white-colored small segment given at the bottom part of your iPad. You can store apps in the dock and also use it to perform a very easy Split screen. You can use the dock to perform split screens techniques like Sliding over or Split view. Let us see the steps of how you can use the dock of the iPad to perform Split Screen:
- Make sure the app you want to multitask is present in the dock. If not slide and keep it in the dock of your iPad.
- Open any app from the home screen of your iPhone.
- From the bottom edge of the iPad, swipe up and hold until the dock appears on the screen.
- Choose the app that you want to multitask from the dock and pull it out of the dock.
- Now where you place the app, after pulling it out of the dock will make the Split screen have its technique set up. For example:
- If you place the app at the center of the home screen then the Sliding over technique will be applied and the app that you chose from the dock will be opened in the floating window. While the app that you opened earlier will be placed in the background.
- If you place the app at either left or right side of the home screen, then the Split view technique will be applied and the app will be opened at the side you chose. The other app will be on the other side of the Split view.
Method 3. By using the App Library to perform Split screen
The App Library is the place where all the apps of your iPad are kept in an organized and neat fashion. It is given at the rightmost part of your iPad’s home screen or the rightmost part of the dock. You can use the stored apps in the App Library and also use them to perform a very easy Split screen. The App Library can be used to perform split screens techniques like Sliding over or Split view very easily and efficiently. Let us see the steps of how you can use the App Library of the iPad to perform Split Screen:
- From the right-most part of your home screen, open the app library. (You can also open it from the right-most part of your dock.)
- Select the app that you want to multitask from the app library and pull it out of the app library. If you are unable to find the app then you can find it by searching it in the search bar of the app library.
- Just like in the docks, where you place the app after pulling it out of the app library will make the Split screen have its technique set up. For example:
- If you drag the app at the center of the home screen then the Sliding over technique will be applied.
- If you place the app on either left or right side of the home screen, then the Split view technique will be applied.
- Just like this, do the second app and place it on the other side of the Spit screen.
By performing these steps, you will be able to perform the split screen very easily by using your iPad’s app library.
Method 4. By using the Spotlight to perform Split screen
The Spotlight is the quick access menu form where all the apps on your iPad are available in an instant by searching for them. It is given at the left-most part of your iPad’s home screen or you can bring it by sliding your finger down from the middle of your home screen. The apps that you use frequently will be shown in Spotlight as suggestions. One problematic thing is that you will need an external keyboard or a floating keyboard like the Apple Magic keyboard to perform this method. Let us see the steps of how you can use the Spotlight of the iPad to perform Split Screen:
- Open any app on your iPhone.
- On the Keyboard, Press the shortcut “Command + Spacebar” to open the Spotlight menu.
- Inside the Spotlight menu, search the name of the app that you want to multitask within the search bar. Open that app.
- When you see the app, hold and drag the app out of the Spotlight menu and place it on the home screen. Like before where you place your app will have the split screen technique set up. The rules are the same as the above methods.
Upon reading this guide, I hope that you can perform split screen on your iPad very easily. If you still face any other problems or have any more questions then check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) given below to satisfy your questions and find some answers.
Yes, you can perform split screens on iPhones but they can be done by using some of the third-party apps available in the market. You can however use players to play videos and use them on the split screen of your iPhones.
If you own a YouTube premium subscription you can use that to play the video in a mini player. It will be played on a hovering screen, similar to the slide screen technique, and can be resized according to your needs.