How to Use Split Screen on Android

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

Split screen on Android is a useful feature that allows you to view and use two apps simultaneously on your device. This can greatly enhance your productivity and multitasking capabilities. In this article, we will guide you through the process of using split screen on Android with step-by-step instructions.

Enabling Split Screen Mode

To enable split screen mode on your Android device, follow these simple steps:

  1. Step 1:

    Open the first app that you want to use in split screen mode.

  2. Step 2:

    Tap the Recent Apps button, usually located at the bottom of your screen. This button looks like a square or a series of overlapping rectangles.

  3. Step 3:

    Find the app you want to use in split screen mode from the list of recent apps. Swipe left or right to locate it.

  4. Step 4:

    • If you are using Android Nougat (7.0) or newer versions:
      1. Select the app’s icon and drag it to either the top or bottom of your screen until it takes up half of the display area.

      2. You will see a divider in the middle of the screen, indicating that split screen mode has been activated.

    • If you are using an older version of Android:
      1. Long-press the app’s icon in the Recent Apps menu.

      2. Select “Split screen” or a similar option from the menu that appears.

Using Split Screen Mode

Once you have enabled split screen mode, you can start using both apps simultaneously. Here are some tips to help you make the most of this feature:

  • Resize the split screen: To resize the split screen, simply drag the divider line to adjust the size of each app window. You can make one app larger and the other smaller according to your preference.

  • Switch focus between apps: Tap on either app to switch focus between them.

    The app with focus will be active and respond to your inputs, while the other app will remain visible but inactive until you tap on it again.

  • Closing split screen mode: To exit split screen mode, drag the divider line all the way to either the top or bottom of your screen until one of the apps disappears. Alternatively, you can tap the Recent Apps button and select “Exit split-screen” or a similar option from the menu that appears.


Split screen mode is a powerful feature that can greatly enhance your multitasking experience on Android devices. By following these simple steps, you can easily enable and use this feature to work with two apps simultaneously. Whether you want to browse the web while watching a video, take notes while reading an article, or any other combination, split screen mode has got you covered!

So go ahead and give it a try on your Android device. You’ll be amazed at how much more you can accomplish with this handy feature!

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