Do you enjoy using Twitter and Google Maps simultaneously? Want to watch some videos while you check your email? Well, if you’re using an Android smartphone, you’re in luck: newer versions of Android allow you to perform multiple tasks easily using split-screen mode.
How to split the cell phone screen: the basics
Android officially offered a split-screen mode for smartphones since Google launched Android 7.0 Nougat in 2016. Of course, some smartphone makers offered the option earlier, but many of these methods were clumsy and did not work well. The introduction in Android Nougat has brought a standardized method to a split screen mode that works on most smartphones and tablets.
That said, some themes and interfaces from manufacturers will interfere with split-screen mode. This tutorial will show you the standard ways to use split screen on Android. If you’re having problems, make sure your smartphone is running Android 7.0 or later before verifying that the smartphone manufacturer has created a different method to open split-screen mode.
It’s also important to realize that split-screen mode does not work with all applications. If the application does not support split-screen mode, you’ll see a message at the top of the screen telling you the same.
How to enable split-screen mode
There are two ways to enable split-screen mode on your Android phone. While both methods produce the same results, you may prefer one over the other.
How to use two apps at the same time on Android?
To use the drag-and-drop method, simply open the applications you want to use in split-screen mode. Touch the app switcher icon (it’s usually a square on the right side of the navigation bar) and select the first app. Drag the application to the top of the screen to drop it into place. Once the first app is in place, just tap the second app and it will appear on the bottom half of the screen. Once you have your apps in split screen mode, you can make size adjustments. To adjust the size, simply drag the dividing line between the two applications.
The second way to turn on split screen mode tends to be a bit easier if you’re already in one application and you want to open another without leaving it. If you’re in an application, just tap and hold the application switcher icon. The main application will minimize to fill the top half of the screen and you will see the other applications open at the bottom of the screen. Tap the second app you want to use and it will automatically resize to fill the bottom half of the screen. Again, it is very easy to adjust the size of each application in split-screen mode by dragging the dividing line between the two applications to the desired location.
How to end your session in multi window mode on Android?
While split-screen mode might be useful, it’s definitely not something you want to use all the time. There are a few ways to exit split-screen mode.
The first and probably simplest way to end split-screen mode is to touch the split-screen application toggle icon. This method automatically closes the secondary application at the bottom of your monitor.
Another way to end the split-screen session is simply dragging the dividing line to the top or bottom of the screen. This method allows you to select which application you prefer to keep open, rather than automatically selecting the application at the top of the screen.
It is worth remembering that this type of feature is much better for Android devices with larger screens .
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