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How to Use & Turn Off Split Screen on iPhone 6s & 7 Plus

How to Use (& Turn Off) Split Screen on iPhone 6 & 6s Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus with their 5.5-inch display gives you a lot more viewing space. Apple takes advantage of that extra display space by giving the devices a split-screen feature in apps such as Messages, Mail, and Calendar. You can utilize the extra iPhone 6, 6s, and 7 Plus features when you’re in landscape mode. In Mail, for example, you’ll see the list of messages on the left and the text of a selected message in the space on the right. We’ll cover how to use split view on the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus as well as how to turn split screen off if you’d like to use the extra display space to make the text larger instead. For more tips on how to use your iPhone 6 and 6s Plus, or the latest iPhone 7 Plus, check out our iPhone Life Tip of the Day. Whether you have the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, or the iPhone 7 Plus, here’s how to use split screen on iPhone, plus how to turn split view off.

To utilize your extra screen space, you can use split screen view by turning your iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, or 7 Plus on its side, which automatically activates landscape mode. This allows your iPhone’s display to feature more content on a single screen and more closely mimics the way these apps look on iPad or Mac. Common apps that use split screen on iPhone include Mail, Calendar, Messages, Stocks, Reminders, Voice Memos, Contacts, Clock, and you’ll notice a change on Home Screen as well. Let’s take a look at different ways you can use split view with an iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone 7 Plus held in landscape mode.

Rather turn split screen off on iPhone? Click here to jump to those directions. 

Mail

Split view in Mail on iPhone allows you to read emails while looking at your Inbox. If you love Mail on your iPad or Mac, you’ll appreciate split screen on iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus and 7 Plus.

Calendar

Split screen in the Calendar app on iPhone shows you your daily, weekly, or monthly schedule and event details simaltaneously.

Messages

Similar to Mail, Messages shows you your list of messages and the current one you’re replying to in landscape mode.

Stock

Need to check multiple stocks? Split view on iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, and 7 Plus makes it easy.

As you can see, split view on iPhone displays more information on the same screen. This feature is only available on Plus phones, which are currently the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus.

Conversely, if you’d rather turn this split view feature off, follow the steps below. Keep in mind that you will also lose other features like the landscape-oriented home screen and the extra buttons on your keyboards, but it will turn split screen off in all of the apps listed above.

How to turn off split screen on iPhone:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Display & Brightness.
  • Select View.

  • Tap Zoomed at the top.
  • Select Set.
  • Confirm Use Zoomed. The message will inform you that changing the display will restart your iPhone.


Once your iPhone has restarted you should no longer see the split screen in your apps. Instead you will see one big window when you hold your iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone 7 Plus horizontally.

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