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Use Multi Window and App pair shortcuts on Galaxy phones

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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.

Note: If this is your first time using enhanced edge features, you will have to complete the tutorial. Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model. 

Use Multi Window

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 watching the video.

To access Multi Window, tap Recent, which is located to the left of the Home button. Touch and hold your desired app's icon, and then tap 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 the desired app the way you normally would - from Recents or the Apps screen. The second app will automatically display under the first app.

Note: Not all apps support split screen view.

Calculator app options in Recents

Exit Multi Window

When you want to give Multi Window a break and just use one app, you can close the split screen view.

To do this, tap the Home button. The Multi Window icon will display at the top of the screen; tap the X to close the split screen view. But don't worry, the two apps you were just using will remain open in Recents.

Multi Window displaying an X at the top of the phone screen

Use Pop-up view

Multi Window is really handy, but you can also use the pop-up 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:

Tap Recent, which is located to the left of the Home button. Touch and hold your desired app's icon, and then tap Open in pop-up view. Remember, you can use your finger to move the app's window around the screen.

Pop-up view also has other settings to make it easier to use. Here are what the different controls do from left to right:

Calculator in Pop-up view
  • 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 pop-up view window. The app will still open under Recents.

Note: You can adjust the size of the pop-up view window by touching its sides and dragging your finger vertically or horizontally.

Create an App pair

Note: Edge panel is available only on phone models with curved edges.

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. Tap Edit, and then tap 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. Tap Done, and then tap the Home button.

To use the app pairing you've just created, open Apps edge by swiping the Edge panel to the left and selecting your desired app pair.

Note: Not all apps support split screen view.

Creating an App pair with Camera and Gallery

Remove shortcuts from Apps Edge

Note: Edge panel is available only on phone models with curved edges.

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.

App pair shortcut being dragged to the trash icon

Useful App pairing ideas

Note: Edge panel is available only on phone models with curved edges.

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.

Different App pairs displaying in Apps edge

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