Technology has proved to be of significant help in enabling users to multitask and get a lot done at once. Google’s latest update for Gmail on iPad will finally support Split-Screen mode, allowing you to keep the Gmail pane functioning on one side of the screen and simultaneously keep other apps active on the other side of the screen. You no longer have to open a full screen to scan through your mails or send a quick reply in between doing something else on your iPad. The feature will work with iOS apps that support split-view multitasking.
Google introduced the feature saying, “When using an iPad, you’re now able to multitask with Gmail and other iOS applications. You can use Gmail and Google Calendar at the same time with Split View to check your schedule before replying to an email to confirm a meeting time. Or, you can easily drag and drop pictures from Google Photos into an email without leaving Gmail”.
How to use Split-View for Gmail on your iPad:
In the “Settings” app, go to “Home Screen & Dock” > “Multitasking”, and select “Allow Multiple Apps”. When Gmail app is open, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to display Dock. Touch and hold another app from the Dock that you want to open and drag it to the left or right side of the screen and release.
It is pretty odd that Google took so long to add the Spit-View feature to its popular email service. The very first time Apple introduced the Split-View feature was back in 2015, with iOS 9, but many apps did not support the feature initially. Google added the feature for Chrome in 2015 and for Docs, Sheets, Slides and YouTube in 2016.