What are Multi Windows and how do I use them?
PLEASE NOTE: that the following steps and images may be different depending on your model and operating system.
Multi Window mode, or multitasking, lets you view two apps side-by-side on a split screen.
There is also a feature called Picture-in-Picture (PiP) which lets you use an app or play a video in a small window while you use the rest of the screen for other tasks. Please note that Picture-in-Picture was introduced with Android 8 and may not be available on older models or operating systems.
The Multi Window symbol (below) will appear when you bring up the recent/open apps window. On older models, tapping this will immediately turn the app into a smaller window which can then be resized. Newer models and operating systems will bring up an options menu when you tap it.
PLEASE NOTE: before following these steps, open both of the apps that you want to view in split screen.
Follow these steps to open two apps in split screen:
For this example, we will open the Messages and Phone apps.
If you tapped the split screen icon, skip to step 5.
When viewing apps in split screen view, you can adjust the size of the windows by moving the split either way:
PLEASE NOTE: make sure the app that you want to view in a window has already been opened before you follow these steps
You can move a video into a Picture-in-Picture window while you are watching it. You may find that the window will close itself once the video has finished playing.
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