How to Enable and Use Split-View in iOS 10 Safari on iPad

Wish to enable and use Split-View in iOS 10 Safari on your iPad? You must check out this complete guide to master this smart iPad-specific feature.

Claimed to be the biggest update ever, iOS 10 has come up with numerous exclusive features. There are some exciting iPad-specific features which have been ideally designed to improve the user-experience of smart tablets.

The latest iOS allows you to view two windows side-by-side thanks to a smart feature called Safari Split-View. It’s quite similar to the Split-View between two apps. In short, it’s yet another multi-tasking at its very best. Let’s find out how it works!

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How to Enable and Use Split-View in iOS 10 Safari on iPad

How to Enable and Use Split-View in Safari on iPad Running iOS 10

Step #1. Starting off, you have to put your iPad in landscape mode.

Step #2. Launch Safari. Now, you can invoke split-view using four methods:

  • Tap and hold on a link and then select Open in Split View.
  • Just drag a tab to the left or right side of the screen.
  • Tap and hold on the tab button and then select Open Split View.
  • Use the Command+N hardware keyboard shortcut.

Can’t Alter the Ratio of Safari Windows

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When Split-View is enabled, every Safari window has its address bar, share and bookmark button and tab interface. It’s quite like running two separate apps side-by-side, but in fact, it’s still one app.

Unlike standard Split-View, there is no option to alter the ratio of Safari windows. Every window takes up half of the screen; you can’t change that ratio.

Move Tabs Between Windows

You can drag a tab from one side to the other to move tabs between windows. The tab will keep its place in history letting you use forward and backward.

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Open Adjacent Browser Window

If you want to open links to the adjacent browser window, you need to tap and hold on a link and then choose Open on Other Side Option.

Merge All Safari Tabs

If you want to merge all Safari tabs across windows quickly, you will need to long press on any tab button. Then tap on Merge All Tabs.

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Tabs Can be Moved Between Browsers With the Same Status

You can move tabs only between browsers with the same status. As for instance, you will be able to move a tab between two private windows or regular windows. However, you won’t be able to mix and match moved tabs between regular and private windows.

Smart Feature

When the Private link is opened in the adjacent Split View window, it will open in the same mode as the receiving window is currently in.

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The most interesting thing is that if you quit Safari or force close the app, Safari remembers where you left off and starts off automatically along with all open tabs when re-engaged.

What’s your take on Safari Split-View in iOS 10? Do share your experience with us in the comment, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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