The other day, Split View and Slide Over suddenly stopped working on my iPad running iOS 11. The second app would completely refuse to get added into the mix. I tried multiple times but the second screen won't get into the mix. So, what took away the sheen from my otherwise smooth-sailing experience with iOS 11's multitasking?
In my case, it was nothing but a miscellaneous glitch that I was able to get rid of just by hard resetting my device. However, one of my friends had to dig a bit dipper to fix the Slide Over and Split Screen issue in iOS 11. Have you run into this problem as well? Check out these viable solutions to get rid of it!
Tips to Fix Slide Over and Split View Not Working Issue in iOS 11 on iPad
Is Your iPad Compatible to Work with iOS 11 multitasking features?
First off, make sure your iPad is compatible with iOS 11 multitasking features. Only the below-mentioned devices can let you use these productive features:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 2nd generation
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 1st generation
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad, 5th generation
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
Devices that take full advantage of Split Screen and Slide Over
12.9-inch iPad Pro (First and second generation) and the latest 10.5-inch iPad Pro with 4GB of RAM and larger screen are designed to support Split Screen and Slide Over in their full-fledged form.
Devices that take limited advantage of Split Screen and Slide Over
Though 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 (7.9-inch iPad), and all other 9.7-inch iPads support iOS 11's multitasking features, they can't take the full advantage of them due to lack of larger screen and lesser RAM.
Starting From the Scratch
Split View: It lets you put two separate apps side by side. When it's invoked, you will see a movable divider between two apps.
Slide Over: It allows you to put a second app on the left or right side of the panel. The second app floats over the first app.
In Split View, you can put apps in three ways when holding your iPad horizontally: For instance, 50:50, 25:75, 75:25. However, when you hold your iPad vertically, you will have only two options: 25-75 or 75-25. To make the most of Split View and Slide Over perfectly, head over to this complete guide.
Solution #1: Disable Allow Multiple Apps, Force Restart Your Device and Then Enable the Multitasking Feature Again
One of the simplest tricks, you can try to fix this issue is to disable multitasking feature, reboot your device and then start afresh.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPad.
Step #2. Tap on General → Tap on Multitasking and Dock.
Step #3. Now, turn off the switch next to Allow Multiple Apps.
Step #4. Next, hold both Home button and ON/OFF button at once for about ten seconds until Apple logo appears on the screen.
Step #5. Once the iPad has restarted, go to Settings → Tap on General → Multitasking and Dock → Turn on the switch next to Allow Multiple Apps.
Now, try invoking Split Screen. Open any app → swipe up from the bottom to bring up the dock and then drag the app to the far left or right of the screen until the main app pane bumps over, leaving a black space.
To invoke Slide Over, launch the first app → swipe up from the bottom to bring up Dock and then drag the second app to the center of the screen. And then release it. (Refer this detailed guide.)
Solution #2: Reset Your Device to Factory Settings
If the first solution didn’t work, try resetting your device to factory settings. One thing you should know that it would clean up all of your Wi-Fi passwords along with website settings. However, your data will remain safe.
Step #1. Open Settings app.
Step #2. Tap on General → Tap on Reset.
Step #3. Tap on Reset All Settings and confirm.
Solution #3: Update iOS on Your iPad
Have you updated your iPad to the latest iOS 11 version? No, make sure to get it done as software update can bring the much-needed fix to this issue.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPad.
Step #2. Tap on General → Tap on Software Update. And then download and install the latest iOS version.
Just in case, even the software update fails to resolve the problem, try restoring your device via iTunes. As always make sure to back up your device before going for the restore process.
If All Else Fails….
If, unfortunately, none of the above-mentioned solutions have worked in resolving this issue, contact Apple for help.
I wish you didn't have to come this far! In most cases, either the force restart or software update get the job done. Hopefully, they click for you as well.
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- How to Use Drag and Drop in iOS 11
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