Is Your iPad Not Displaying Full Screen? Here's What You Can Do!

by The Aceclicks Team iPhone and iPad Published On Jan 15, 2024 Updated On Jan 15, 2024
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Encountering issues with your iPad not displaying in full screen mode? Don't worry; learn how to address and resolve the problem efficiently with the following guide.

Clear Out Website Data

In many cases, your full-screen feature on the iPad will be working perfectly fine, but the minute you want to expand a video or game on the browser, it suddenly caves in.

This is a common issue in many iPads, and it's usually because of some bug or hidden settings that you may have accidentally activated or deactivated. Here's how you can fix it:

Let's try deleting some information from your website to improve things. Sometimes, clearing out website data can make Safari run smoother. If you're not sure how to do it, just follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings and go to Safari.
  2. Tap 'Clear History and Website Data.
  3. Confirm by tapping 'Clear History and Data.

Clear Out Website Data

Then, you can choose to add the website to the home screen:

  1. Go to the website that you want to see in full-screen view.
  2. Look for the action button on the top of the screen.
  3. Click on 'Add to home screen', and you'll get an icon for it on the main screen.
  4. Edit the display name for the shortcut and select 'Add.'
  5. Now, when you click on this shortcut from the home screen, you'll go directly to the website on Safari.

add the website to the home screen

You Have Turned On Stage Manager

If the upper method does not fix your full-screen issue, then it's time to get on with some serious solutions.

If your iPad is running on iPadOS 16, then one of the biggest additions to your device is 'Stage Manager.' This tool helps you display various apps on your iPad at the same time so you can seamlessly switch between them in an instant.

However, if you have it activated on your device, chances are that it is interfering with your iPad being able to go full screen.

Here's how to turn it off from control center:

Step 1. Firstly, make sure you have any of these devices running on iPadOS:

  • An iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and newer)
  • An iPad Pro 11-inch (any generation)
  • An iPad Air (5th generation)

Step 2. Now swipe down from the top left of your screen to access the Control Center.

Step 3. Click on the new item that looks like three large squares lined up next to three smaller ones.

Step 4. Check whether it is on or off and toggle according to your needs.

access the Control Center

You Have Turned On Split Screen On Your iPad

Another reason why your iPad isn't allowing you to go full screen is that you have split screen enabled on your device. However, you have the option to close the split screen for running apps or disable it from settings to ensure it doesn't get in the way.

Note: The Split Screen feature works for iPad Pro, an iPad 5th generation or newer, an iPad Air 2 or newer, or an iPad Mini 4 or newer.

Here's how you can close the split screen on your iPad:

  1. To close an app in Split View on your iPad, click on the divider bar.
  2. Drag the divider to the right or left side. The side you move it to decides which app will be closed.
  3. If you move the divider to the right, the app on the right side will close, and vice versa.
  4. The smaller window gradually closes as you slide the divider, and you'll exit Split View.
  5. Lift your fingers when the divider disappears.
  6. Be careful not to swipe too fast; if you do, the app might be left floating on the screen as Slide Over.
  7. Slide Over makes apps float on the right or left, depending on where you moved them from the Dock bar.

You can also turn it off from Settings:

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Select "General" and then choose "Multitasking & Dock."
  3. Disable "Allow Multiple Apps" by sliding the switch to the left.

You Have Turned On Split Screen On Your iPad

App Compatibility Issues

One reason why you're having full-screen display issues is due to the compatibility of your app with your iPad model. In many cases, app developers have to constantly update apps to fit the new iPad sizing introduced by Apple.

If the app is relatively old or not frequently updated, then a compatibility issue will prevent you from being able to use it in full-screen mode.

Other Tips to Fix iPad Not Displaying Full Screen

Restart the iPad

We know you've probably heard this a million times, but restarting your iPad can really make a difference. If your full-screen issue is caused by a glitch or a bug, then restarting the device will fix the issue automatically. Here's how:

For iPads without a Home button:

  1. Hold either volume button and the Sleep/Wake button on your iPad for a few seconds.
  2. A screen will appear with a message to Slide to power off.
  3. Slide to power off.
  4. Press the Sleep/Wake button again to restart your iPad.

For iPads with a Home button:

  1. Hold the top button until the power off slider shows.
  2. Slide it and wait for 30 seconds for your device to power off.

Restart the iPad

Perform a Force Restart

If the simple restart doesn't work, then you have to opt for a force restart instead. This will close the device and turn it back on with a fresh OS running. Here's how:

For iPads with a Home button:

  1. Hold down both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button together for a few seconds.
  2. Let go when you see the Apple logo.

For iPads without a physical Home button:

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button.
  3. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.

Perform a Force Restart

Update iPad OS

Now if you've tried everything else and nothing worked - it's time to update your iPad OS. It's possible that the issue you're facing is an official bug that will go away once you update your OS to a newer version. According to many polls, iPad users usually notice the issues they face go away once they update their OS.

Update iPad OS

To Conclude

Well, that was all there was to fix the issue of the iPad not displaying full screen, especially during web browsing. The best part is that from all of the mentioned solutions, one or two will definitely work. Plus, in the off chance your issue still persists, you can always reach out to Apple Support, and they'll be able to help.

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