Many iPad users have started to regret the day they upgraded to iOS 15. They hate the new split-screen feature and would do anything to get rid of it. Let’s see if you can turn this option off on your iPad.
How to Disable Split Screen on iPads Running iOS
You cannot disable split-screen mode completely on iPads running iOS 15 and newer. Unlike previous iOS versions, the option to disable Split View is no longer available. Split-screen activates automatically when the system detects you’re multitasking.
As you can see, you cannot turn off multitasking and split-screen directly from Settings on iOS and newer. To access additional multitasking options, use the three-dot button located at the top of the screen.
How to Exit Split-Screen on iPad
To exit split-screen on your iPad, simply tap and drag the bar dividing the screen to the left or the right. Release the bar when it’s most of the way across the screen. If you want to close the left side of the screen, drag the split-screen bar to the left. If you want to close the right side of the screen, simply drag the bar to the right.
Split Screen Confuses Users
While Apple proudly says the new options have simplified split-screen use, not everybody agrees. Many iPad users, especially old people are confused when they see two screens on their iPads. For example, when you’re writing in the Safari URL field, split-screen activates automatically. Instead of offering people a very simple interface, Apple gives them two screens.
The company added multitasking because many users have been begging for it since the iPad was launched. The problem is that not everybody needs such features. Apple should let users decide how they want to use their devices.
Judging by users’ reports, split-screen makes the iPad harder to use and causes frustration among users.
Split-screen constantly popping up on a tiny iPad Mini display can disrupt your workflow. Overall, these changes often cause a poor user experience. Some people may think twice before getting a new iPad following this experience.
To make things worse, many apps have a button right under the split-screen pop-up button. As a result, many users accidentally enable the split-screen mode when using their apps.
What Should Apple Do?
Apple should give users the option of moving the split-screen button or removing it completely. Give Apple feedback and tell them how much you hate the automatic split-screen feature. The more reports they receive, the higher the chances of triggering a change.
There is currently no option to completely disable the split-screen feature on iPads running iOS 15 and newer. Split View activates automatically when your iPad detects you’re multitasking. To exit Split View, slide the split-screen bar all the way to the left or right, depending on which app you want to close.
Do you think the upcoming iOS updates will support an option that lets iPad users disable Split View entirely? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to check out this article on photo editing apps for iPad from our friends at Shotkit.
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