How to Fix Split Screen/Split View Not Working on iPad/iPhone

The Split View/ Split Screen feature was introduced to make Multi-tasking on your iPad easier. But some people have reported that the pioneering iOS 11.2  feature has not working as expected or has been presenting some issues.

If the Split View feature is not working as intended on your device, this article will provide a number of solutions aimed at fixing this particular issue.

Tip 1. Enable Allow Multiple Apps

The first thing you should do when faced with this problem is make sure that “Multiple Apps” is enabled.

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Multitasking.

Step 2: Ensure that “Allow Multiple Apps” is enabled.

If it is, disable it and then turn it on again.

enable allow multiple apps

Tip 2. Use Split View/Slide Over Correctly

It is also important to ensure that you are using the feature correctly. The multi-tasking feature in iOS 11, 11.1, 11.2  is different from the one in iOS 10 and therefore if you try to use it like you did with iOS 10, it is bound to fail. Here’s how to use it correctly in iOS 11, 11.1, 11.2.

From the iPad Dock:

Step 1: Swipe from the bottom to bring up the Dock.

Step 2: Tap and Drag on app to enable the multitasking feature.

Step 3: Drag the app to the screen and if you’d like to use the Split View, drag it to the left or right side. If you’d like to use Slide Over, drag it to the center of the screen and then release it.

From the Home Screen:

Step 1: Press the Home button and tap and drag an app to enable multi-tasking.

Step 2: While dragging the first app, tap on the second app with your other finger.

Tip 3. Enable Auto Rotate Screen Mode

You should also know that the Split View or Slide Over function will not work on an iPhone or iPad in iOS 11 if the iPad is in Landscape mode. You therefore need to enable “ Auto Screen Rotate” for the feature to work correctly. You can do than by swiping up from the bottom of your iPad screen to open the Control Center. Here, tap the screen rotate icon to enable “Auto Screen Rotate.”

enable auto rotate screen

Tip 4. Fix Split Screen Bug with a Reliable Tool

Sometimes the problem maybe software related which means there is very little you can do about the problem, short of resetting the device. In this case, you need a reliable tool that is designed to help you overcome these types of problems by fixing the iOS. This tool is iMyFone D-Back iOS System Recovery and the following are just some of its features;

  • The Standard Mode will fix your device without any data loss.
  • It can be used to fix all iOS related issues including a device stuck in recovery mode, the Apple Logo or one whose features won’t work as expected.
  • It can be used to recover up to 22 different types of data from your iPhone, iTunes or iCloud backup.

Here’s how to use this program to fix this problem;

Step 1: Install D-Back on your computer, click on “Fix iOS System” on the main window and select “Standard Mode”.

choose standard mode

Step 2: The program will prompt you to put the device in Recovery Mode. Follow the on-screen instructions to do that.

put device into recovery mode

Step 3: Once the device is in recovery mode, download the firmware for the device. The program already detects the correct firmware. Simply click “Download” and wait for the process to be completed.

download firmware package

Step 4: Once the firmware has been installed, the program will proceed to fix the device and it should restart in normal mode.

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Tip 5. Reset All Settings

It is also likely that there are settings that conflicting with the Split View feature and thereby causing it to behave abnormally. Resetting the settings may eliminate these settings and fix the problem.

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Reset.

Step 2: Tap Reset All Settings and then confirm the action.

This will not delete any data on your device.

reset all settings

Tip 6. Reset iPhone/ iPad to Factory Settings

If none of the above solutions fail to work to fix the problem, you may need to take more drastic action and reset the iOS device to factory settings. Unlike resetting all settings, this action will result in total data loss so before you do it, ensure you have a recent backup of the device from which you can restore it.

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Reset.

Step 2: Tap “Erase All Contents and Settings”.

Step 3: Confirm the action and then proceed to set-up the device as new.

Whether the problem was related to the settings or you just needed to enable and use the feature correctly, we hope Split View now works correctly.

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