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Use Multi Window and App Pair Shortcuts on Galaxy Phones

Two apps are better than one, and Multi Window is better than constantly switching between apps. It will make you a multitasking champion by letting you alternate between apps, adjust the size of the display, and copy information from one app to the other. On top of that, App Pairing and Apps Edge make multitasking on your phone even easier. Watch videos and reply to messages at the same time, or browse the internet while talking to your friends on social media.

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If this is the first time using enhanced edge features, you will have to complete the tutorial.

Use Multi Window

You're struggling with that tough math assignment, but you found a helpful tutorial on YouTube. You can use Multi Window to work on the problem while you check out the video step by step.

To access Multi Window, touch Recent, which is located to the left of the Home button by default. To launch the app in split screen view, touch the Multi Window icon, which is located to the left of the X icon in the desired app's window. If the Multi Window icon is not available, that app does not support split screen view.

The app is now pinned to the top window. A list of your recently used apps will be displayed in the bottom window. To open the second app in the bottom window, touch an app, or touch APP LIST to view all apps available in split screen view. Select the app you want to open as the second app. Now you can finish your homework while you follow along with the video.

Note: Not all apps support split screen view.

Window Controls

Multi Window is really handy, but how do you control it? Just read the information below to learn how to resize the windows and how the Window Controls work. 

Resize Windows
To adjust app screen size, touch and move the Multi Window control between the apps.

Open Multi Window Control
To access the Multi Window controls, touch the Multi Window control between the apps.

A. Add pair to home: Create a shortcut of the current app pair that will appear on the Home screen.

B. Snap window: Crop the selected window and anchor it to the top of the screen.

C. Switch windows: Switch the position of the open Multi Window apps.

D. Open in popup window: Open the selected app in a popup window.

E. Close App: Close the selected app.

Exit Multi Window

You are done multi-tasking for the day and want to focus on one thing at a time. Give your brain a break by shutting off Multi Window.

Touch Window controls, and then touch Close to close the selected window.

Note: Touching Home does not close Multi Window. You can go back to Split screen view by touching the Multi Window notification from the Notification panel. 

Create App Pairing

Separately opening apps you always use together is annoying. Instead of flipping back and forth, create an App Pair, so 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 Add Shortcut, 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 the App Pair. Start multitasking all you want!

Note: Not all apps support split screen view.

Remove Shortcuts from Apps Edge

Maybe trying to do homework while playing a game isn't the best idea. Remove that shortcut to make room for a new one.

Regular app shortcuts can be removed the same way from Apps Edge. 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.

Useful App Pairing Combo

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.

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