How to get your iPad out of Split View in Safari

A lot of the people I help out with iPads have recently been asking me the same question: why does my iPad suddenly have a split in the screen, showing 2 web pages?

Here’s the solution.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to get your iPad back to normal again. Then, I’ll show you how you got it into Split View in the first place.

To get your iPad back to normal – look for the button that looks like 2 squares. It’s in the lower right corner. Touch and hold this button, and you’ll see a menu appear. Press “Merge All Tabs”, and you’re back to one big web page.

Now, how did this happen?

Well, Split View is actually a feature, not a bug. Apple thought it would be a nice idea to be able to have 2 websites open at once. Maybe you can’t decide where you want to eat tonight, or maybe you want to keep your search results open on the left, while you read each website on the right.

You can start Split View in three ways, so any one of these could have got you into this situation:

One, when you see a link on a web page, press and hold it and a menu appears. Select “Open in Split View”, and the Page will appear on the right hand side.

Two, you can press and hold the button that looks like 2 squares. When the menu appears, press Open Split View. You can then open any web page.

Three, if you are browsing Safari with several tabs open, you can hold one of these tabs and drag it to the right of the screen. The tab opens in Split View.

And again, if you want to close split view, just hold the button that looks like 2 squares and select “Merge All Tabs”.

Hopefully this has solved your problem, and you now understand how you got into Split View. Please let me know in the comments below how you got on.

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