How to Split Screen Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Splitting the screen on an Android device is a useful feature that allows you to multi-task and view two apps simultaneously. Whether you want to chat with a friend while watching a video or browse the internet while taking notes, splitting the screen can greatly enhance your productivity. In this tutorial, we will show you how to split the screen on your Android device.

Step 1: Check Compatibility
Before we dive into the steps, it’s essential to ensure that your Android device supports the split screen feature. Split screen functionality was introduced in Android Nougat (version 7.0) and is available on most devices running this version or later.

If your device is running an older version of Android:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select About Phone (or About Device).
  • Look for the Android version.
  • If your version is below 7.0, unfortunately, your device does not support split screen functionality.

Step 2: Enable Split Screen
Once you’ve confirmed that your device supports split screen, it’s time to enable this feature.

  • Open the first app you want to use in split-screen mode.
  • Tap the Recent Apps button (usually represented by a square or three vertical lines) at the bottom of your screen.
  • This will display all recently used apps in a card-like interface.

Step 3: Enter Split Screen Mode
To enter split-screen mode:

  • Locate the app’s card in the Recent Apps view.
  • Swipe up or down on the card depending on whether it’s located at the top or bottom of your screen.

Step 4: Choose the Second App
After entering split-screen mode, you need to select the second app you want to use.

  • Swipe left or right in the Recent Apps view to find the app you want.
  • Tap on the app’s card to open it in split-screen mode.

Using Split Screen Mode

Once you have successfully entered split screen mode, you can enjoy using two apps side by side. Here are some tips for using this feature effectively:

Adjusting the Divider

The divider separates the two apps in split-screen mode and can be adjusted to give more space to either app.

  • To adjust the divider, tap and hold the center of it.
  • Drag it left or right to resize the apps according to your preference.

Switching Apps

If you want to switch one of the apps in split-screen mode:

  • Tap on the app’s header (at the top of its portion of the screen).
  • This will bring up a list of recently used apps.
  • Select another app from this list to replace one of the split-screen apps.

Closing Split Screen Mode

To exit split screen mode and return to a single-app view:

  • Locate and tap on the divider between both apps.
  • Drag it all the way up or down, depending on your device’s orientation.

In conclusion, splitting your Android screen is a fantastic way to boost productivity. By following these simple steps, you can effortlessly multitask and make the most out of your device’s screen real estate.

Remember to check your device’s compatibility, enable split screen mode, choose the second app, and enjoy the benefits of this powerful feature. Happy multitasking!

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