iOS 11 Tips: Using Drag and Drop in Safari to Open Split View

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a Tips and Tricks article on how to open and use Safari Split View windows. It’s a very handy feature, with its only drawback being that, if you don’t know where to look and how to activate it, you could easily overlook it and never know it exists.

In iOS 11, Apple has given us yet another way to open Split View in Safari, and this way is the most intuitive yet. We now have the option to use the new Drag and Drop feature to open a new link in Split View. Just tap and hold on on any link until the Drag and Drop box appears.

Then just keep your finger depressed and drag the link to the edge of the screen. Once you get to the edge, you will see a gap open up between the edge of Safari and the edge of the screen.


Now drop the link and it will open in a Split View window.

There are a few things to note about interactions with Multitasking. This technique of using Drag and Drop to open a Split View window won’t work if you already have a Multitasking window open. Also, if you drag an app onto the screen for Multitasking while you have a Split View window open in Safari, it will collapse, and the web page formerly shown on the right will then occupy a standard tab in Safari.

However, you can have a Slide Over window open. To be able to Drag and Drop a link to open a Split View, you will have to move the Slide Over window to the left side of the screen. Once Split View is open, you can move the Slide Over window wherever you prefer. You can also open up a app in Slide Over after opening a Split View window in Safari.

I may have heard mention of Dragging and Dropping links being able to open Split View in Safari at some point, but there as been so much information on the many new features in iOS 11, as well as details on the new iPad hardware, that I don’t remember seeing it demonstrated. Since stumbling on this feature quite accidentally yesterday, I thought it would be a good idea to share and see what everyone else thinks.

Do you find this new way of opening Split View in Safari easier? Let me know in the Comments section below, on Flipboard, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @iPadInsghtBlog.


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