How to use and get rid of the split screen feature on your iPad

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The iPad is so versatile that it might feel at times like a complete replacement for your laptop or desktop computer. When Apple implemented split-screen multitasking, that was a huge step forward in using the iPad like a laptop.

Unfortunately, the split screen is so confusing — and depending on the app you’re using, so inconsistent — that it’s hard to use.

Case in point: suppose you have two apps open, side-by-side. How do you get back to a single-app view?

We’ll cover that, but first, a quick primer on how to use the iPad’s split screen capability.

How to open two apps in split screen view on the iPad

1. When using apps side-by-side on your iPad, you’ll need to “grab” the second app from the Dock bar that appears at the bottom of the Home page. That means if that app isn’t normally found there, you need to open it, so it shows up temporarily in one of the “recently used” slots on the right side of the Dock.

2. After making sure that the second app will appear in the Dock, start the other app that you want to use.

3. Swipe up gently from the bottom