How to Get Rid of Split Screen on iPad

Split View, also known as Split Screen, is a versatile multitasking feature available on iPad. This feature was originally released with iOS 9 and has been enhanced in later versions. Split view is now enabled by default on iPad, and if you’ve recently purchased an iPad, you may love using apps in split screen, but do you know how to close the split screen without losing your progress?

In this article, you can check how to get rid of Split Screen on iPad.

As I said earlier, Split View was introduced with iOS 9 as an optional feature. Yes, there are two options to choose from – one let users completely turn off Split View, whereas the second option lets you close Split View. However, with the announcement of iPadOS 15, there’s no way to turn the feature off. The only solution available on the current iPad software – iPadOS 16 is closing the Split Screen, but some may lose the work progress while closing it.

Today, we will tell you different ways by which you can close or get rid of the split screen on your iPad.

How to Close Split Screen on iPad

Whether you accidentally entered the Split View or open it to complete some tasks in multi-tasking, you may now be looking for a way to close the Split View without closing these apps. Although there are a couple of ways to close the split screen, one quick way is by simply dragging the divider bar of the app in direction of the app you want to close.

How to Get Rid of Split Screen on iPad

Here’s a step by step method with screenshots you can follow to close the Split View on your iPad.

  1. You can go back to the normal screen by tap and drag the gray line showing on the Split View divider. Slide it towards the direction of the window which you want to close, whether you want to close the window on the right or left, you can do it easily by following this method.
    How to Get Rid of Split Screen on iPad
  2. As you close one window, the other window will come to its original size. The closed window remains open in the background so you won’t lose your work, you can easily open it by using the swipe up and hold gesture to see background apps and then open it back.
  3. That’s it.

Now you know how easy it is to close split screen mode on iPad running iPadOS 16 or other versions.

How to Close Split Screen on iPad

If you are using two Safari Windows in Split View and want to close one without shutting down the other window, then here’s how you can close Split Screen on iPad with Safari.

When it comes to closing Split View in Safari, then there are two different methods – one by dragging the divider bar to the left or right to close a Window and the second method is by merging the Windows together. We already mention the first method, Yes, you can use the same to close Split Screen with Safari. If you want to know how to merge Safari Windows and close Split Screen on iPad, then here are the steps.

How to Get Rid of Split Screen on iPad
  1. With two Safari Windows opened in Split Screen, tap and hold the new tabs icon on the Safari, then select Merge Windows option.
  2. Once done, it will merge both Safari Windows into one and obviously in its original size. Your data will be secured as both Windows get merged into one. You can continue with your work now.

So, these are some easy and quick ways to get rid of Split Screen on iPad, the first method will work with all system apps and third-party apps.

If you want to still have any query left in your mind, then you can leave a comment down in the comment section.

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By Haneet Singh

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