Okay, I admit it. I am one of those folks who hated the iPad Dock in the beginning. But over the past month, I’ve come to really like this iOS 11 multitasking features. I find myself using it all the time, especially when dragging and dropping content between apps. That’s fantastic! But one thing is still driving me a bit bonkers and that’s how the heck do I close (or dismiss) apps when in a multitasking session to get back to a single on-screen app? I just can’t seem to get the knack of how-to close apps in iPad Multitasking split or slide-over. After all this time, it’s still hit or miss–sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. So I figure I’m not alone in this problem…or at least I hope not!
- 1 Your iOS 11 iPad Multitasking Dream Team: Split, Slide-Over, and Picture-in-Picture
- 1.1 Open apps with Slide Over
- 1.2 How To Close Slide Over
- 1.3 Moving Your Slide Over Around
- 1.4 Open apps with Split View
- 1.5 Adjust Split View Size
- 1.6 How To Close Split Screen on iPad
- 1.7 Moving Your Split View Around
- 1.8 Change From Slide to Split View or Vise-Versa
- 1.9 Using Split-View AND Slide-View at the same time?
- 1.10 Open apps with Picture In Picture
- 2 Hate Your iPad’s Multitasking?
- 3 Wrap Up
- How-To Use Your iPad Dock
- How to Close & Switch Between Apps in iOS 11
- Drag & Drop in Your iPad with iOS 11
Your iOS 11 iPad Multitasking Dream Team: Split, Slide-Over, and Picture-in-Picture
We’ve got three amazing multitasking features available in iOS 11, so what’s the difference? Let’s review each so we’re on the same page.
Open apps with Slide Over
Slide Over floats a single app in front of any open app, as if the second app is layered on top of the original app. You can float an app to either the left or right side of your screen–the default is the right side. Slide Over only works on iPad Pros, iPads (5th generation +), iPad Airs, or iPad mini 2 +.
How To Open Slide Over
- Open an app
- Swipe up to open your Dock
- On the Dock, touch and hold the app that you want to slide-over
- release to float to screen right
- to float over the left side, press and hold the top gray handlebar OR the right edge and move horizontally to screen left
How To Close Slide Over
- Tap and hold the top gray handlebar OR the left-edge and drag right until the app’s fully offscreen–you can only swipe off a slide-over on your screen’s right edge! Not the left–don’t ask me why!
- If you want to see that app again, place your finger(s) off-screen on the right and swipe left
- If tapping the gray handlebar opens split view instead, use the left-edge to swipe the app offscreen
Moving Your Slide Over Around
This is the thing that always, ALWAYS, trips me up. When in Slide-Over mode, if you want to move it from the right side of your screen to the left side of your screen, tap and hold the RIGHT EDGE of the screen beside the Slide-Over panel. Then move it to the left, in one sweeping motion.
Want to move from left to right, tap and hold the LEFT EDGE of the screen next to the Slide-Over panel. Then move it to the right, in one sweeping motion.
You can use the gray handlebar, BUT make sure you swipe horizontally. Even a slight dip down and it puts your Slide-Over into Split-View. That’s where I have trouble. Whenever I use the gray handlebar for moving my Slide-Overs, it always puts it into Spit-View instead of moving the Slide-Over panel!
Open apps with Split View
Split View places apps side by side. You can place an app to the left or right side of your screen. Split View is available on these models: iPad Pros, iPad (5th generation +), iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 4+.
How To Open Split View
- Open an app
- Swipe up to open your Dock
- On the Dock, touch and hold the app that you in split view
- drag it to the far right or left edge of the screen, almost offscreen
- release when app pops into place and repositions original onscreen app
- If the app opens in Slide Over instead, press and hold the top gray handlebar and swipe down
Adjust Split View Size
- Drag the center gray handlebar in the app divider line and swipe left or right to change BOTH app’s window sizes
How To Close Split Screen on iPad
- Drag the center gray handlebar all the way left or all the right until it’s offscreen
- Only floating app reappear when swiping from the right edge
Moving Your Split View Around
Unlike Slide-Over, you can ONLY use the top gray handlebar to move a split view left or right. AGAIN, make sure you swipe horizontally. Even a slight dip down and it puts you into Slide-Over.
Change From Slide to Split View or Vise-Versa
- To turn a Split View into a Slide Over, swipe down from the top of the app
- To turn a Slide Over into a Split View, swipe down from the top of the app
Using Split-View AND Slide-View at the same time?
Yes, you can open up a bunch of multitasking panels at once. If you’re working with two apps in Split View and want to open another app in Slide Over, open your Dock, drag that third app, and drop it on top of the app divider. Not all apps support this mode.
Open apps with Picture In Picture
With Picture in Picture (PiP), you can read or respond to emails while watching a video or using FaceTime. An app allows picture-in-picture when you see the PiP icon:
If an app supports PiP, tap the icon and that app scales down to a corner of your display. Open your email app or whatever app you want, and your video continues to play on that smaller screen. To return your video to full screen, tap the PiP symbol again.
You can move the video too! Just drag it to any corner.
Hate Your iPad’s Multitasking?
- To turn Multitasking features off, go to Settings > General > Multitasking & Dock and turn off these available features
- Allow Multiple Apps: Turn off if you don’t want to use Slide Over or Split View
- Persistent Video Overlay: Turn off if you don’t want to use Picture in Picture
- Show Suggested and Recent Apps: Turn off so recently used apps do not appear on your Dock
- You can also turn off Gestures
- Toggle this setting off to remove any of your Multitasking gestures: pinch for Home Screen, Swipe up for App Switcher, and Swipe left or right between apps
All the multitasking options take time getting used to. It’s like yoga–a practice that grows with experience and mistakes. After weeks of using the Dock and these multitasking options, I still get mixed results! So here’s my cheat sheet for those looking for a quick reminder, when they need it.
iPad Multitasking Cheat Sheet
- To move left or right, swipe the gray handlebar horizontally in one sweeping motion
- Close your Slide Over by swiping the left edge all the way off the right side of your screen
- Close your Split View by tapping and holding the center gray handlebar and swiping it off screen (left or right)
- Toggle from split to slide or vice versa by pulling down on the gray handlebar at the top
For most of her professional life, Amanda Elizabeth (Liz for short) trained all sorts of folks on how to use media as a tool to tell their own unique stories. She knows a thing or two about teaching others and creating how-to guides!
Her clients include Edutopia, Scribe Video Center, Third Path Institute, Bracket, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Big Picture Alliance.
Elizabeth received her Master of Fine Arts degree in media making from Temple University, where she also taught undergrads as an adjunct faculty member in their department of Film and Media Arts.