Galaxy S10 - Multitasking with Multi Window & App Pairing (SM-G970W, SM-G973W & SM-G975W)
Two apps are better than one, and Multi Window is better than constantly switching between apps. This feature lets you alternate between apps, adjust the size of the display, and copy information from one app to the other. On top of that, App pairs and Apps edge make multitasking on your phone even easier.
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If you need a calculator for math homework, but also found a helpful tutorial, you don't need to choose between the two apps. You can use Multi Window to work on the problem while also watching the video.
To access Multi Window, touch Recent, which is located to the left of the Home button. Touch your desired app's icon, and then touch Open in split screen view. This app will be pinned to the top window. To open a second app in the bottom window, simply open your desired app the way you normally would - through Recent or through the Apps screen. The second app will automatically display under the first app.
Not all apps support split screen view.
When you want to give Multi Window a break and just use one app, you can close the split screen view.
To do this, touch the Home button. The Multi Window icon will display at the top of the screen; touch the X to close the split screen view. But don't worry, the two apps you were just using will remain open in Recent.
Multi Window is really handy, but you can also use the popup view feature for even more convenience. This feature lets you make an app's window smaller. It won't take up the whole screen, and you can even move it around. Here's how to do it:
Touch Recent, which is located to the left of the Home button. Touch your desired app's icon, and then touch Open in pop-up view. Remember, you can use your finger to move the app's window around the screen.
The popup view also has other settings to make it easier to use. Here are what the different controls do from left to right:
- Opacity: Adjust the window's opacity from transparent to solid.
- Floating icon: Minimize the app into a floating icon that you can open up later. You can move the icon around the screen and make more than one app into an icon.
- Expand window: Expand the app back into its regular full-screen view.
- Close app: Close the current popup view window. The app will still open under Recent
You can adjust the size of the popup view window by touching its sides and dragging your finger vertically or horizontally.
If this is the first time using enhanced edge features, you will have to complete the tutorial.
Instead of separately opening apps you always use together, create an App Pair. That way, those two apps will open simultaneously in split screen view.
From any screen, open Apps Edge by swiping the Edge panel to the left. Touch Edit, and then touch Create App pair. Select two apps from the list of available apps. The first app will appear at the top, and the second app will appear at the bottom in split screen view. Touch Done, and then touch the Home button.
To use the App Pairing you've just created, open Apps edge by swiping the Edge panel to the left, and touch your desired app pair.
Not all apps support split screen view.
Maybe doing homework while playing a game isn't the best idea. Remove that shortcut to make room for a new one.
From any screen, open Apps Edge by swiping the Edge panel to the left. Touch and hold the shortcut you want to remove. Drag the shortcut to Remove.
Can’t think of any useful app pairing combinations? Here are some combinations to get those creative juices flowing.
- Internet + Samsung Notes: Browse the internet and take notes at the same time.
- Play Music + Maps: Play your jam while going on an adventure.
- Email + Phone: Never miss an email because of a long phone call.
- Camera + Gallery: Capture and manage your photos all at once.
- Contacts + Message: Network with your friends and create new connections.
- Samsung Notes + Drive: Make a note and save it to your Google Drive.