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Quickly open apps in split view from search on iPad



Khamosh pathak

Split View on iPad is great if you want to use two apps side by side. But adding a second app can be complicated unless you̵

7;re using the tablet with a keyboard. Here’s how to quickly open iPad apps in split view from a keyboard search.

You may be familiar with the traditional method of using Split View on your iPad. You swipe up to open the Dock and drag an app to the edge of the screen to add it to Split View. But what if the app you want to add isn’t in the Dock?

Quickly open iPad apps in split view with Universal Search

The universal search feature introduced in iPadOS 14 simplifies multitasking by allowing you to add any app to the split view.

After opening an app on your iPad, use the Command + Space keyboard shortcut on your keyboard to open the floating Universal Search feature. If you don’t have a keyboard connected, you can use the AssistiveTouch feature (more on that in the section below).

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Now search for the second app you want to add to Split View.

From the search results, press and hold the app icon and drag it from the search window.

Now drag it to the right side of the iPad screen and lift your finger to pin it to the right side.

You can use the handle icon between the two apps to change its size.

To exit “Split View”, drag the handle icon to the right edge of the screen.

You can use this trick to replace an existing app in Split View, or you can also add an app as a floating Slide Over window.

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How to access Universal Search from anywhere without a keyboard

As we mentioned above, there is a workaround to get this feature even if you are not using your iPad with a keyboard. AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature that brings a floating Home button with gesture shortcuts to your screen. You can assign a double tap gesture to the floating Home button that quickly opens “Universal Search” at the top of the current app.

Open the “Settings” app to enable this feature. From there, go to the ‘Accessibility’ section. Select the option “Touch” here.

Select the option “AssisitiveTouch”.

Turn on the feature from above, then select the “Double Tap” option.

Tap “Spotlight” in the list.

Now you can double tap the “AssisitiveTouch” button to open Universal Search. Then search for the app and drag it to the right side of the screen to open “Split View” (as described above).


Did you know that you can boost the AssistiveTouch feature by quickly enabling it with accessibility shortcuts?

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