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Using the Split-Screen on iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro Max, Xs Max, or Plus Models

The largest models of iPhone, including the 6s Plus, 7 Plus, 8 Plus, Xs Max, 11 Pro Max, and iPhone 12 Pro Max offer the split-screen feature in many apps (although not all apps support this function). To activate split-screen, rotate your iPhone so it’s in the landscape orientation. When you’re using an app that supports this feature, the screen splits automatically.

In split-screen mode, the screen has two panes. The left pane is for navigation, whereas the right pane shows the content selected in the left pane. The two panes are independent, so you can swipe up and down on one side without affecting the other.

You can browse the left pane to find what you want to work with. When you select that, its content appears in the right pane. For example, in the Settings app, you select a setting in the left pane and can use its controls in the right pane just as if you were using the phone in the single screen mode.

Split-screen makes it very easy to navigate because you can more easily and quickly jump to different areas by using the left pane (as opposed to having to tap back (<) one or more times to change what you want to work with).

In some apps that support this functionality, there is an icon you can use to open or close the split screen. This icon changes depending on the app you’re using. For example, in the Mail app, you tap the Full Screen icon (two arrows pointing diagonally away from each other) to open or close the left pane.

Preinstalled apps that support this functionality include Settings, Mail, and Messages. Try rotating your phone with the apps you use to see if they support split-screen.

When you hold a model that supports split-screen horizontally and move to the Home screen, the Dock moves to the right side of the screen, and you see the Home screen’s pages in the left part of the window. Though this looks a bit different, it works the same as when you hold an iPhone vertically.

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