How to enable Safari Split View in iOS 10

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At WWDC last month we got our first glimpse of what Apple has planned  for iOS 10 on the iPad.  There will most likely be additional changes and unannounced features saved for when it’s released to the public.  Having said that, the most notable new addition to iOS 10 on the iPad has to be Safari Split View.  Just like its name suggests, Safari Split View lets you have two Safari windows open side-by-side.

It’s very similar to the regular Split View that can be used between two different apps.  However, Safari split-view only lets your open half of the screen.  Both windows have the same ratio that, at the moment, can’t be changed.

How to enable Safari split-view

Make sure your iPad is in landscape mode, then open a Safari tab, and choose from one of four different methods to activate the Split View.

1>  Tap and hold on a link and select Open in Split View

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2>  Drag a tab to the edge of either side of the screen

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3>  Tap and hold on the tab button and select Open Split View

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4>  Lastly, if you have a BT keyboard, you can use the Command+N keyboard shortcut to invoke a Split View Safari window.

In Safari Split View each window has its own address bar and share features like any open window.  Think of it as running two completely separate Safari “Apps” just side-by-side.  In addition, you can move tabs from one Safari window to the other by manually dragging them.  You can even merge them all into one window by long pressing on a tab button in either view and selecting Merge all Tabs.  Additionally, links can also be selected in one window and opened in the other.

What about Private browsing windows?

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While you can move like tabs between seperate windows, (Private to Private, and Regular to Regular) tabs can only be moved between browsers windows with the same status–no private to regular or vice versa.  There is an exception to this rule, though.  If you have a Private window open on one side, and Regular on the other, and you select a link on the Private side and choose–open on other side, it will open in the mode the receiving window is set in.


Renkman

Son of the Windy City, and proud Father to two awesome boys. Rob is a displaced Chicago Bears fan living in the Orlando Florida area. When not obsessing about everything Apple, he can usually be found outside boating across Florida's natural resources and taking the road less traveled.

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