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How to view two Safari tabs at the same time on iOS 10

It's time to stop making fun of the iPad's inability to view two Safari tabs at the same time.

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Apple dedicated all of 15 seconds to iOS 10's addition of Split View Safari tabs on the iPad during this year's WWDC keynote. Despite how brief the mention was, the ability to view two webpages at once is something that iPad users had begged Apple to add to iOS.

Apple listened, and now we can view two Safari tabs side-by-side. There are a few different options to use the new feature, so let's take a look at how it works.

Long-press on a link

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Placing your finger on a link on a webpage until a menu shows up will now give you the option to open the link in Split View. The page behind the link will immediately open in Split View and began loading.

Long-press on the tab overview button

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With a long press on the tab overview button, you can not only close all open tabs at once, but now you can open a blank page in Split View.

From there, you begin a brand-new browsing session while still having access to the page you currently have open.

Drag-and-drop gesture

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Have a bunch of tabs open already and want to view two of them side by side? Drag the tab down and to either edge of the screen and lift your finger. The tabs will resize, and you browse with double the efficiency.

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To place a tab back in the overall list of tabs, drag it back to the opposite side of the screen where it will fall in line with the other tabs.

Why is the Split View option missing?

If you're trying to open a tab in Split View and the option is missing, it's likely because you are already using Split View with another app. Meaning, you can't have two tabs open in Split View, while at the same time having Messages pinned open in Split View.