How to Use Split Screen on Android

Multitask like a pro with Split Screen.

By Abhishek Chandel
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How to Use Split Screen on Android

How to Use Split Screen on Android

Want to get more done on your Android device? The split screen mode is the answer! With this feature, you can use two apps at the same time, making it easy to multitask.

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to enter and exit split screen mode and share some tips for using apps in dual-screen view. Ready to take your Android experience up a notch? Keep reading! 

What is Split Screen?

Split screen is a handy feature that lets you view two app windows simultaneously on your device. The screen is divided down the middle into two panes. In between is a movable divider that allows you to resize each section for optimal viewing.

This setup makes multitasking a breeze. You can actively use two apps at once without having to constantly switch between them. Some common ways people take advantage of split screen include keeping a messaging window open next to an email so they can copy details back and forth. Another popular combination is watching a video in one pane while working on a document in the other.

The dividing line provides flexibility. You can adjust the widths of each window to suit your needs at that moment. Maybe you want the video to take up more space while only needing a narrow column for your text. Or vice versa if more screen real estate is needed for typing than viewing.

Prerequisites for Split Screen

To use a split screen, your Android device must meet the following requirements:

  • Running Android 7.0 Nougat or newer operating system

  • Have a screen size of at least 5.5 inches (normal for most phones today)

  • Have sufficient RAM and processing power - at least 3GB RAM recommended

  • Some lower-end budget devices may not support split screen

How to Use Split Screen on Android

1. Open the first app you want & Open the recent apps menu. Here tap the app icon on the top.


2. On the popup menu tap on the "Open in split screen view" option.

3. Now the current app will open up in split view, so after that select the second app you want to add from the app gallery.

4. Once you have two apps in a split screen, you can resize their windows easily, Drag the divider in the center to adjust the sizes

5. Drag it all the way to the edge to quickly maximize the other window.

6. To switch an app between full screen and split screen, tap the divider & then tap on the Switch icon. This will toggle the currently selected app between split-screen and full-screen.

7. To exit the split screen and return to a single full-screen app, Simply drag the divider all the way to the edge of the screen, either the bottom or top of the screen.

8. This will exit the split screen and show only the app window you dragged it into.

Tips for Using Split Screen

  • Not all apps support split screen mode - primarily just Google/first-party apps.

  • In portrait orientation, you can only view one app at a time. Use landscape for both.

  • Android skins like Samsung offer more split-screen customizations.

  • Use split-screen for quick multitasking rather than constant dual app use.


In the end, split-screen mode is a really handy feature for getting more done on your Android phone at once. As long as your phone and apps meet the requirements, following the steps in this guide will have you quickly switching between split screen and single app views with ease. Just remember that not every app plays nice with a split screen yet. Also, sometimes it's better to turn your phone sideways for a bigger split-screen workspace. Keep these things in mind and split screen mode will absolutely help you boost your productivity by multitasking on your Android like a pro.

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