Do you want to text your friend and continue playing the mobile phone game at the same time? Do you prefer to stream on YouTube for your favorite video while you are checking your emails? You can be a master of multitasking if you own an Android mobile phone. The latest versions of Android operating system let you execute multiple tasks simultaneously by splitting your mobile phone screen with the split-screen mode. This article discusses how you can use the innovative split-screen mode on Android mobile phones to run multiple functions all together.
Beginners Guide to Split-screen Mode on Android
With the release of the Android 7.0 Nougat in the year 2016, Android officially launched split-screen mode for smartphones. Though this feature was not new for many other mobile phone manufacturers, many of the methods earlier available were either awkward or did not work efficiently. The cutting-edge Android operating system released by Google brought standardized method for split-screen mode that is compatible with numerous
smartphones and tablets.
The interface and theme of a few smartphones are not in accordance with Android’s new split-screen mode. This article helps the users understand the standard methods to use split-screen mode on Android mobile phones. If you are unable to split the mobile phone screen of your Android or having difficulty in running it appropriately, make sure your mobile phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat or Android 7.1 Oreo. If you are using an earlier Android version, you may find the other ways offered by the smartphone manufacturer to open split-screen mode.
It is also pertinent to mention here that the split-screen mode does not work will all mobile phone apps. If you are running an application that does not support the split-screen mode of Android, you will get a notification visible at the top of the screen informing you about the incapability of the program to run split-screen mode.
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How to Turn On Split-screen Mode on Android
There are two basic ways to open split-screen mode on an Android mobile phone or tablet. Both of these methods provide you the similar result, however, the convenience of one method can make you prioritize that one over the other.
Drag and Drop Method
To use the drag and drop method to turn on split-screen mode, simple open the programs you want to run at the same time by splitting your phone screen. Once you open your desired apps, tap the app switcher icon on the right side of the navigation bar. Choose the first program and drag it to the upper half of the screen to drop it into that area. After setting the first program, select the second program and drag it to the bottom half of the screen. You can also adjust the size for the visibility of the opened programs to give more space to one program that the other. To make size adjustments, drag the divider line that appears between the two programs.
Long Tap Method
The long tap method to turn on split-screen mode on Android device is a little easier than the drag and drop method. If you are already using an app and want to open another without leaving it, long tap the app switcher icon. The first app will move towards the first half of the screen and the other open apps will appear at the bottom half of the screen. Tap the app you want to use to let it appear in the second half of the screen. You can also adjust the size of each app in split-screen mode by moving the divider line to your desired area.
How to End Split-screen Mode
While the split-screen mode enables the user to run multiple apps all together, it is definitely not to use all the time. There is a simple way to end the split-screen mode. The first and simplest way to end split-screen mode is to long tap the split-screen app switching icon. It will automatically close the secondary app at the second half of the screen. The
other way to end the split-screen mode is to drag the divider line all the way to the top or bottom of the screen. It lets you choose which app you want to close and which program you want continue using.
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