How to turn off Split Screen and Multitasking on an iPad (for iOS 13 and above)

With the introduction of iOS 13, Apple have made it possible for an iPad to work with two applications at the same time. This means that by using multitasking, you can now answer your emails while you work with a spreadsheet.

Unfortunately, actually using multitasking is not as intuitive as it could be. So for anyone not interested in using multitasking, and would like to see their iPad behave in the way it did prior to the release of iOS13. We look at disabling both Split View and Slide Over functions.

Notes: We found multitasking on newer models of iPads and iPad Pro’s to be easier to work with. This may be because newer hardware is better optimised for multitasking. So if you have an older model of iPad, disabling Split Screen and Slide Over may make you iPad more responsive.

Quick reference notes:

  • From the Home Screen, select Settings
  • Within Settings locate and choose Home Screen and Dock
  • In Home Screen and Dock you will find an option called Multitasking.
  • When you select Multitasking disable the option Allow Multiple Apps
  • Return to the Home Screen
  • Continue to use your iPad as normal


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