The iPadOS 15 adds some new functions to  Multitasking. It makes it more friendly and productive. However, users still complained of Multitasking not working on iPad. This post is the answer to all your worries if you are faced with this issue.

iPad Split Screen

4 Simple Checks If iPad Split Screen/View Not Working

During 2014 WWDC, Apple reported the inclusion of the split-screen Multitasking function in iOS 8. So far, the technology company has made improvements to this feature.

The improvement would not matter, e.g., the ones expected on iOS 16, if iPad Multitasking is not working. Below are four tips to check why Split View on iPad is not working.

1. Check If Your iPad Supports Multitasking

The Multitasking feature is supported only by the iPad mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad 5th generation, and their later peers.  You also have to confirm that the device operates on at least the iPad 13 OS. There are two methods to ascertain the model of your device.

  • Check the back of your iPad.
  • Open the Settings app > Navigate to the About option > Find the model number at the top > Click the number part number (the one with a slash).

These steps will show you your device model number, e.g., A1584.

check iPad Model number

2. Check If The Apps Support Split Screen

Not all apps were built to support the Split Screen feature. But you can use Dock to switch apps from any app you are in instantly. By using simple drag and drop functions, The Dock makes it easy to split-screen with multiple apps.

  1. To access the Dock, slide a finger up from the bottom of the screen until it appears.
  2. To use the Dock, drag (touch and hold) an app from your Home screen to the left part of the Dock.
  3. To remove the app from Dock, drag (touch and hold) an app off the Dock.

use iPad Multitasking

3. Check If You Have Turned on Screen Auto-rotat

The iPad landscape mode is an enabler for Split Screen. To see if the auto-rotate function is on, check the top right corner of your screen. Next to your battery indicator, find the auto-rotate icon (an arrow curved around a lock.) If it is no there, then it is turned off. Here is how to turn it on:

  1. Open the Control Center (swipe down the top-right corner of your screen).
  2. Among the Control Center list of icons, tap on the Portrait Orientation Lock button.

check if you have turned on Screen Auto-rotate

4. Check If You Use Multitasking Correctly

There are different use of the Multitasking feature. Here is a list of the  correct uses of Multitasking:

  • Using the Dock
  • Using the Slide Over
  • Using the Split View
  • Using Picture in Picture
  • Using gestures

If you want to know more details about using Multitasking on your iPad, please refer to the guide from Apple.

6 Ways to Fix iPad Multitasking Not Working

After exhausting all the checks listed above, you can go ahead to use the fixes below if iPad Multitasking is still not working. Here are the seven ways to fix iPad Multitasking not working.

1. Disable and Re-enable Multitasking

This process has the potential to help remedy the simple mistake of the Multitasking feature being turned off on your iPad.

  1. Open your iPhone Settings app.
  2. Go to Home Screen & Dock among the available options.
  3. Click on Multitasking to see a list of Multitasking options.
    • To disable each Multitasking option, click on the switch to toggle the white dot to the left, and the toggle turns grey.
    • To re-enable each available Multitasking option, click on the switch to toggle the white dot to the right, and the toggle turns green.

enable iPad Multitasking

2. Update Apps If Split View Not Working on iPad

Since some apps were not initially built to support Split View, the updates of such apps may allow easier use for Split Screen. Here is how to update apps on your iPad:

  1. Open your iPhone App Store.
  2. At the top of the app screen, select your profile icon.
  3. In your Account, scroll through to see apps that are out of date and their release notes.

update Apps on iPad

3. Reboot Your iPad

Rebooting your iPhone is another way of fixing iPad Multitasking not working. Rebooting helps refresh your iPad if there is a software error causing Multitasking not working on the iPad. Here is how to reboot your iPad:

Restart an iPad without a Home button:

  1. Hold down: volume up or volume down and top buttons simultaneously until power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the reboot slider. After 30 seconds, your iPad device will turn off.
  3. Press and hold the top button until the Apple logo shows. The last step will be put on your iPad device.

restart iPad without an a Home button

Restart an iPad with a Home button:

  1. Press and hold the top button until the power off slider appears.
  2. Drag the reboot slider. After 30 seconds, your iPad device will turn off.
  3. Press and hold the top button until the Apple logo shows.

restart iPad with a Home button

4. Update to The Lastest iPadOS 15

iPadOS 15 has many features, which include Multitasking upgrades. With the new Apple Multitasking menu, your iPad may have much-needed access to a working iPad Multitasking or Split Screen. Here is how to get the upgrade:

  1. Get your iPad full charged and connect the internet with Wi-Fi.
  2. Go to your iPad Settings app > Select General among the settings option > tap Software Update.
  3. Tap Install Now. You maybe prompt to enter your password.

update iPadOS version

5. Reset All Settings

Resetting all settings helps correct problems on your iPad that are caused by changes made to your original Apple setting. Some of these changes can lead to iPad Multitasking not working. Here is how to reset all settings:

  1. Navigate to your iPad device Settings application.
  2. Navigate to General, then open it.
  3. In the General screen, click the Reset option.
  4. From the next tab, choose Reset All Settings.

reset all settings

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Check out how to fix Split Screen or Split View not working on your iPad.

Step 1. Download and launch the program on your computer. Connect your iPad to the computer and choose Standard Mode.

interface of iMyFone Fixppo iOS system recovery

Step 2. Unlock your iPad and click the “Next” button. Or Follow the instructions to get your iPad detected by the program. Then you can choose a firmware you prefer to download.

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Step 3. When everything is ready, click “Start” to fix iPad multitasking not working. The process won't take long. You can check whether your iPad can restart normally after the fix.

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If your iPad Multitasking or Split Screen feature is not working, you can check if your iPad or apps support Multitasking. Also, check if your iPad is on auto-rotate or if you are using the Multitasking features correctly.

If all these have been verified as stated above, you can apply the seven methods shared above to correct what is causing Multitasking not working on the iPad.