How to use the iOS 9 split screen and picture in picture features on iPad Pro

Back in September Apple boasted its new iOS 9 with several new features that included the multitasking capabilities. The new capabilities bring some interesting and useful options using Apple devices like iPhone 6S/6S Plus and iPad Pro. Among these we find the Split View and Picture and Picture features on the top of the list which support multitasking.

Yet both Split Screen and Picture in Picture features are limited to the iPads and still not available in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Both allow users to get more stuff on screen without switching. Here are the simple steps how to use both features. First let’s start with the Split Screen.

How to use the iOS 9 split-screen on your iPad Pro

Step 1. Find an app that support the Split Screen feature and Open it. Don’t get confused, most of the native apps including the MS Word and Excel support split screen.

Step 2. To open the secondary app, swipe the display from right side. This will open the second app windows for you.

Step 3. Swipe down from top and list of apps will appear, select the app you want on the second window on the same screen.

How to use the iOS 9 split-screen on your iPad Pro

Here you are done with spit-screen. Let’s try out the Picture in Picture.

How to use the iOS 9 Picture in Picture feature on your iPad Pro

The feature allows the iOS 9 users to remain on a video call or keep watching videos while working on other apps simultaneously. Here are the simple steps to use the multitasking feature of Picture in Picture of iOS 9.

Step 1. Press the home button while watching a video or live on video call. Your video will be re-sized to a portion of display.

Step 2. Now follow usual steps to open an app. Both app and the video will show on the display where you can move and resize windows.

Step 3. You will also find the full screen option on you video that will load the video on full screen pushing the app on background.

How to use the iOS 9 Picture in Picture feature on your iPad Pro

Yet both features are available for iPad only, hopefully more users of other devices will get entertained soon. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Read about our Affiliates Disclosure Policy here. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.