How to Split Screen on Android


Android devices make multitasking easy by giving users the ability to run in a split screen mode. Splitting your screen lets you run two apps at the same time side by side. You can easily adjust the split screen to give one app more space than the other, and you can also quickly swap apps in and out of the mode. The only downside is that not all Android apps are capable of being run in split screen. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Split Screen on Android

  1. Tap to open the apps you want to use in split-screen mode on your Android device. In this example, I’ll open the Google Play Store and YouTube apps.
  2. Tap the “Recent Apps” icon in your device’s menu along the bottom of the screen. All of your currently open apps will be displayed in a row on the screen.
  3. Hold your finger against the icon for the primary app you want to run in split screen mode to open a menu, and then tap “Open in Split Screen View.” In this example, I’ll set the Google Play Store as my primary multitasking app. A minimized version of that app will be shown along the top or side of your screen. You won’t be able to replace this app in split screen mode without closing split screen.
  4. Now tap the other app in the list that you want to open in split screen mode. The list of apps will close, and the apps will be displayed in split screen mode. You can use split screen mode with your device in either portrait or landscape mode. You can easily change out the non-primary split screen app by tapping to open the Recent Apps screen again, and then selecting a new app in this list. The Recent Apps screen will close and you’ll return to split screen mode, where your new app will be displayed. Additionally, you can hold your finger against the blue line between the apps and move it to give one app more space on the screen than the other. You can close split screen mode at any time by accessing the Recent Apps screen, and then tapping the “X” on the small part of the screen showing your primary split screen app. That app will return to the row of apps. Any apps you open going forward will take up the full screen.

5 Reasons to Split Your Screen on Android

1. Increased Productivity

Splitting your screen is like having dual monitors for your phone. You can view and interact with two apps simultaneously. This means you can drag and drop information between apps without the hassle of switching back and forth. Imagine editing a document on Google Docs while referencing a PDF on the other half of your screen. Or, consider managing your emails while keeping an eye on your calendar to schedule meetings without flipping screens. This feature is a game-changer for anyone whose work involves comparing, referencing, or multitasking between applications.

2. Enhanced Entertainment

Watching videos while texting or browsing is a common desire for many. Split screen allows you to watch your favorite YouTube video or stream a sports game on one side while chatting with friends or browsing social media on the other. This setup is perfect for those moments when you don’t want to pause your entertainment to respond to a message. It’s also great for following live events, like sports or award shows, while participating in live chats or checking related stats without missing a beat.

3. Better Communication

For those who frequently use communication apps, split screen can facilitate smoother conversations. You can have your video call on one side of the screen and a notes app or presentation on the other. This is particularly useful for virtual meetings where referencing documents or presentations on the go is necessary. You no longer need to switch between apps, which often disrupts the flow of conversation and can lead to missing important details.

4. Streamlined Social Media Management

If you manage multiple social media accounts or need to post across platforms, split screen can simplify your workflow. You can have a social media management tool open on one side and the actual social media app on the other. This setup allows for easy content comparison, quicker responses to social engagement, and more efficient monitoring of social feeds. It’s a practical solution for digital marketers, influencers, and anyone looking to stay active across various platforms without constant app switching.

5. Enhanced Learning and Research

Students and researchers can benefit immensely from split screen functionality. Having a research article open on one side while taking notes or writing a paper on the other can save time and enhance comprehension. This setup also works well for language learners who might need a translation app open alongside a reading or video app. It supports active learning by making it easier to integrate new information while engaged in learning activities.

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