How to Split Screen on Android Phone

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

Split screen functionality on Android phones allows users to view and use two apps simultaneously, making multitasking a breeze. This feature is especially useful when you need to refer to information from one app while working on another. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to split the screen on your Android phone.

Step 1: Enable Split Screen

To begin with, make sure your device supports split screen functionality. Most modern Android phones running on Android Nougat (7.0) and above have this feature.

To check if split screen is enabled on your device, go to Settings and search for Split Screen. If you find it, you are good to go!

Step 2: Open the First App

To initiate split screen mode, first open the app that you want to use as the primary app. This will be the app that takes up the larger portion of the split screen.

Method 1:

If you are already using an app, press and hold the Recents button (usually represented by a square or three horizontal lines) located at the bottom of your screen. The app will shrink and move to the top half of your display.

Method 2:

If you are on your home screen or in an app drawer, find the first app you want to use in split screen mode. Tap on its icon and hold it until a menu appears. Select “Open in split-screen view”, “Split-screen”, or a similar option depending on your device.

Step 3: Open the Second App

Once the first app is in split screen mode, you need to select the second app to use in the smaller portion of the screen.

Method 1:

If you are already using an app, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access the Recents menu. Scroll through your recent apps and select the one you want to use as the secondary app. It will appear in the bottom half of your display.

Method 2:

If you are on your home screen or in an app drawer, find and tap on the second app’s icon. This will open it in full-screen mode.

Then, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to reveal the navigation bar and tap and hold on the app’s title bar (usually at the top). Drag it towards the top or bottom until it snaps into place.

Step 4: Adjust Screen Sizes

By default, Android will split the screen evenly between both apps. However, if you prefer one app to take up more space than the other, you can adjust their sizes.

To resize an app, look for a small dotted line or handle dividing both apps. Tap and hold this handle and drag it towards either end of your screen to increase or decrease its size accordingly.

Step 5: Exiting Split Screen Mode

To exit split screen mode, there are a few options available depending on your device:

  • Option 1: Dragging: Tap and hold on the handle dividing both apps and drag it all the way to either end of your screen until one app occupies your entire display.
  • Option 2: Tap on the Recents button and find the app you want to exit from split screen mode. Then, tap on the app’s icon or preview and choose “Exit split-screen” or a similar option.
  • Option 3: Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access the Recents menu. Find the app you want to exit and swipe it either left or right off of your screen.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully learned how to split screen on your Android phone. Enjoy multitasking with ease!

Note: Split screen functionality may vary slightly depending on your Android device’s manufacturer and software version. The steps outlined in this tutorial should work for most devices running on stock Android or close-to-stock versions.

We hope this tutorial was helpful. Happy multitasking!

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