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.

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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. 

Multi Window symbol

Viewing apps in split screenClick to Expand

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. 

1 From any screen, press the menu button
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2 Swipe to find the first app you would like view
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3 Tap the app or the split screen icon

If you tapped the split screen icon, skip to step 5.

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4 Tap Open in split screen view
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5 Swipe to find the other app that you want to view
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6 Tap the app and you will then see both apps in split screen
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Changing the size of the windowsClick to Expand

When viewing apps in split screen view, you can adjust the size of the windows by moving the split either way:

1 Tap and hold the line between the windows
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2 Drag the line in either direction
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3 Release the line where you want the split to be
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Leaving split screen viewClick to Expand
1 When in split screen view, tap the home button
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2 Tap the close button
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Open an app in a Picture-in-Picture windowClick to Expand

PLEASE NOTE: make sure the app that you want to view in a window has already been opened before you follow these steps

1 From any screen, press the menu button
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2 Swipe to find the app that you want to view in a picture-in-picture window
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3 Tap the app menu icon. If you don't have this icon, tap and hold the top of the app then skip to step 5.
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4 Tap Open in pop-up view and the app will open in a Picture-in-Picture window.
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5 Drag the top of the app into the Drag here for pop-up view box
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Open a video in a Picture-in-Picture windowClick to Expand

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. 

1 When playing a video in fullscreen, tap anywhere on the screen to bring up the options
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2 Tap the Picture-in-Picture icon
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Move a Picture-in-Picture windowClick to Expand
1 When viewing an app in Picture-in-Picture mode, tap and drag the top of the window to move it around the screen
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Change the transparency of the Picture-in-Picture windowClick to Expand
1 While viewing an app in Picture-in-Picture mode, tap the transparency icon
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2 Move the slider to adjust the transparency
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Minimise a Picture-in-Picture windowClick to Expand
1 While viewing an app in Picture-in-Picture mode, tap the minimise icon
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2 The app will now be minimised to a small app icon. Tapping the icon will reopen the window.
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Make a Picture-in-Picture window full-screenClick to Expand
1 While viewing an app in Picture-in-Picture mode, tap the fullscreen icon
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Close a Picture-in-Picture windowClick to Expand
1 While viewing an app in Picture-in-Picture mode, tap the close button
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This allows us to take a closer look at what is happening. The data is anonymised and only held for the duration of the investigation. Find out more about sending an error report through the Samsung Members app

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