Google finally lets Gmail users read their email while also displaying another app. Apple introduced Split View multitasking way back in 2015, but it’s just now coming to this popular email application.
One of the better advantages of this addition is drag-and-drop. Gmail users can now open the Apple Photos app next to an email, then drag in pictures to add them as attachments.<!– –>
Gmail for iPad offers Split View and Slide Over
Google also added Slide Over support. This allows Gmail to appear as a third application that “floats” above whichever apps are open.
Finally enabling these widely-used features could help iPad users make Gmail their default email application, once iPadOS 14 enables users to pick their favorite later in the year.
To start using Gmail’s Split View and Slide Over multitasking on iPad, install the latest version of Gmail from the App Store. This software is free.
It’s not clear why it took this long for Google to add a hugely popular feature to its email software. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides have supported Split View since 2016.