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Question: How to actually close a slide over app or open in full screen from Slide Over

Is there a way to actually close an app opened in Slide Over? For example: I have Safari opened full screen and open Mail in Slide Over. Now I want to open mail in full screen. There is no efficient way to do this. If you swipe right to hide the Mail Slide Over app then press the Mail icon on in the dock, only the Slide Over Mail app appears.


The only way I have found to do this is to convert the Mail Slide Over to Split View then slide to close it. Or use the app switcher and find mail there. Or back out to the home screen and open mail there. BUT iOS remembers that Mail is in Slide Over mode so any attempts to open Mail while another app is open will result in the Slide Over version of Mail opening from now on.


I must be be missing something. How do you close a slide over app (not hide it) or convert an open slide over to full screen?


I have a gen2 iPad Pro 12.9" running iOS 11.1.

iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iOS 11.1, null

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Jan 9, 2018 5:24 AM in response to DP0350 In response to DP0350

Hi DP0350. You have a couple of options here.

First, tap the Home button, then open the app. You still return to the other app using the Dock.

Second, select a different app for Slide Over by dragging it from the Dock. That will cancel the default Slide Over for the previous app.

Jan 9, 2018 5:24 AM

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Jan 15, 2018 7:14 PM in response to Diana.McCall In response to Diana.McCall

Thanks Diana, those are some of the work arounds I have been using. Replacing slide over with another app seems to be the way to go most times. I thought thst I was certainly missing something but it appears there just isn’t a 1 step way to close a slide over app for good.

Jan 15, 2018 7:14 PM

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Jan 15, 2018 8:07 PM in response to DP0350 In response to DP0350

I spent probably an hour going over this problem with a tech from Apple. She was actually watching on my screen while I showed her the problem. And we troubleshooted – – troubleshot? – – For a while. She was baffled! She finally elevated it to their technical people because it was something that was not normal and slightly random. And definitely shouldn’t have been happening.

Jan 15, 2018 8:07 PM

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