How to disable sidebar on iPad [Tip]

rsz_ipEven though the slide over sidebar is an excellent feature to have, there may be occasions when you want to disable the sidebar on iPad. You can now easily disable the sidebar on iPad by following the steps discussed below.

What is the use of Slide Over Sidebar on iPad?

Most people prefer the multi-tasking option of using the slide over sidebar on their iPad. Using the Sidebar, you can open two apps on the iPad screen simultaneously. The first app will stay in the background whereas the second one will be displayed in the sidebar on the right of your iPad screen. It is an exciting feature that has been included in the iOS 9 version. This feature is especially useful for people who wish to have two apps open at the same time. You can have your email browser open in one app and in another you can have your favorite movie playing. Many people prefer to use this option and it is considered one of the most used features in the latest version of iPad.

But in some cases you may unintentionally access a feature. It can happen when you are drawing or watching a movie. So, during such occasions, if you wish to disable the sidebar on iPad, you can do that with some simple steps.

Steps to Disable the Sidebar on iPad

To disable the sidebar on iPad, you need to follow the steps given below carefully.

  1. From the Home screen of your iPad, go to the “Settings” app.
  2. From the Settings app you should go to the “General” section.
  3. Now choose the option “Multi-tasking.”
  4. Under the option “Allow Multiple Apps” change the option to OFF position. You can do that by sliding over the option.
  5. Next, simply exit the Settings app.

Now that you have turned off the option in your iPad, you will not have access to the sidebar on your iPad. You have to keep in mind that by turning the Allow Multiple Apps option to OFF, you will not have permission to slide over or use split screen mode in your iPad. Most of the recent apps that are developed, including games, require you to have this slide over sidebar option enabled. So, if you are playing a game that requires this option, you may find it difficult to play the game especially in full screen mode.

Enabling the Sidebar on iPad

If you have gone through the instructions above to disable the sidebar on iPad you can easily turn it back on. If you wish to re-enable the option, you can simply follow the instructions above, but turn the Allow Multiple Apps option to the ON position. Your sidebar will now appear and you can take advantage of all its great features.


Follow the steps given above to enable or disable the Sidebar on iPad. You can disable the Sidebar on iPad when it becomes a problem and you can always enable the feature whenever you want it.

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