Unlock the Power of iPad Safari Sidebar

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Are you looking for a way to quickly navigate your iPad’s Safari browser? The sidebar is an incredibly useful tool that can help you do just that!

The sidebar in Safari for iPad provides users with quick access to their favorite websites, bookmarks, and even recently opened tabs. All of these functions can be accessed simply by tapping the sidebar button located at the top left corner of your iPad’s Safari app.

When you open up the sidebar, you will be presented with a list of options, including Favorites, a Reading List, and Shared Links. Favorites are web pages that you have marked as favorites and will show up at the top of the list when the sidebar is opened. Underneath those favorites will be your bookmarks, which are pages that you have saved for easy access in the future. Finally, there is also a list of recently opened tabs which allows you to quickly switch between open tabs without having to search through them all.

The sidebar also allows users to easily search for new websites or topics using the integrated search engine. This feature makes it much easier for users to find what they’re looking for without having to leave Safari or type in long URLs.

Overall, the Safari sidebar on iPad is a great way to quickly and easily manage your browsing experience on your device. It provides easy access to all of your favorite websites, bookmarks, and recently opened tabs with just a few taps of your finger. So if you’re looking for an easier way to navigate through Safari on iPad, make sure to check out its sidebar!

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How to Access the Safari Side Window on an iPad

To get the Safari side window on your iPad, you’ll need to use the Split View feature. To do this, open Safari and tap the Multitasking button at the top of the screen. Next, tap the Split View button and then tap the Safari icon in the Dock or on your Home Screen. This will open a second Safari window in a split-screen view, allowing you to see two websites at once side by side.

Removing the Safari Sidebar from an iPad

To get rid of the Safari sidebar on your iPad, tap the icon that looks like a miniature version of Safari with a sidebar in the very upper-left corner of your screen. This will close the Bookmarks Sidebar and remove it from view. You can open it again by tapping the same icon at any time.

Enabling the Sidebar on an iPad

To turn on the sidebar on your iPad, go to the Home screen and locate the Sidebar button at the top left corner of your screen. Tap and hold down on the Sidebar button with two fingers until it turns blue. The Sidebar will then appear on the left-hand side of your screen where you can access various apps and settings.

Changing Safari Back to Full Screen on iPad

To switch Safari (or any other app) back to full screen on your iPad, simply touch and drag the drag bar at the top of the Slide Over window up to the top centre of the screen. Lift your finger and the Safari window will transform into a full-screen view. You can also use a four-finger swipe left or right to switch between apps quickly. If you have an iPad Pro with Face ID, you can use Slide Over or Split View by dragging an app from the Dock up to the edge of your screen. Additionally, you can use App Exposé in multitasking view to quickly find and open an app. I hope this information helps you get back to the full screen quickly and easily on your iPad!

Turning Off Sidebar on iPad iOS 15

To turn off the slide-over sidebar on iPad with iOS 15, go to Settings > General > Multitasking and disable the ‘Allow Multiple Apps’ option. This will prevent you from accessing Slide Over’s sidebar feature on your iPad. Additionally, you can also turn off the ‘Allow Slide Over’ option in the same menu to completely disable the sidebar feature. To do this, simply toggle off the switch next to it. After these steps are completed, you will no longer see the sidebar when using your iPad.

Turning On the Side Bar

To turn on the sidebar in your browser, click on the three dots to the right of your profile picture. From the list of options that appear, select ‘Enable Sidebar’. This will make the sidebar appear to your right. You can use this sidebar to access different sections of your browser quickly and easily.


In conclusion, the iPad Safari Sidebar is a convenient way to quickly access and manage your favorite websites. It allows users to open two websites side-by-side with Split View, as well as close the Bookmarks Sidebar by tapping the sidebar button or by dragging from the left-hand side of the screen with two fingers. With its intuitive design and comprehensive features, the iPad Safari Sidebar makes managing multiple websites easy and efficient.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.