How do I watch video in background while using other apps on Galaxy S5?

Last Update Date : Jan 10. 2018

Last updated: 29 April, 2014


Playing a video


Your mobile device can play videos in the following formats: 3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WEBM, and WMV. To play videos on your device, touch Apps App Icon > Video Video Icon .


The Personal tab contains videos captured or downloaded. When DLNA-enabled devices are available you can also view videos available on those devices by touching the Devices tab. Touch a video to begin playback on your device.


Note: If the Devices tab does not appear and you verified that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi access point then touch  to scan for nearby devices.



Your device supports the ability to multitask while you are watching a video. You can watch the video while reading email, browsing the web, sending messages, or even while playing games.


Pop-up Video Multitasking


You can do something else on your device while you watch a video, such as read email, browse the web, send messages and even play games. Follow these steps to do so.

1. Play a video from the Gallery Gallery Icon or Video Video Icon .

2. When you open a video for viewing with the Video application touch Pop up Video Pop up play icon . If the control menu is hidden simply touch the video to unhide the menu.


GS5 - Video - Pop-up Icon Framed 


3. The video will be shown in a smaller window and will remain on the screen until the video finishes playing. In the example below, we are composing an email while watching a video in the pop-up window.


GS5 - Email - Video in email 


You can navigate the device normally and the video will remain on top. To return to the video player double-touch the video window.

You can move the video to a different area of the screen by touching and holding the window: drag it to the desired screen location and release it.

Touch the video window to pause the video. You can then touch Popup Play Close Icon in the top-right corner of the window to close it.


Using two fingers, make a "pinch" or "expand" motion on the screen to resize the video window.

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