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How to Use Split Screen on Android

Split Screen (also known as Split Screen Multitasking), a feature that got introduced in Nougat, lets you split the screen between two apps.

By using this multitasking feature, you can share the screen with two apps, and you can use both of them simultaneously.

Let's see how to use Split Screen feature on Android.

Use Split Screen on Android

You can use this feature in three ways. You can use the one that is convenient for you.

Let's see all of them in detail.

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    Open an app. Long press the "Recent Apps" button. It will split the screen and place the app at the top of the screen.
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    Now, you can see your recently used apps at the bottom of the screen.
Long pressing Recent Apps button placed the app at the top of the screen
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    If the app you prefer is the last used app (in our case: it is YouTube), tap "Recent Apps" button and that app will fill the bottom of the screen. 
Screen is shared by two apps
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    If the app you prefer is in the recently used apps but not the last used app, then find and tap the app you prefer from recently used apps. It will fill the bottom of the screen.
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    If the app you prefer is not on the recently used apps, then tap "Home" button. Now, find and tap the app you want from home screen or app drawer and it will fill the bottom of the screen.
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    Tap "Recent Apps" button and then drag and drop the app to the place stating "Drag here to use split screen." 
Drag here to use split screen message
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    It will split the screen, and the app will take the top of the screen.
Drag and dropped an app at the top of the screen
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    You can fill the bottom of the screen with one of the recently used apps. If the app you wish is not in the recently used apps, then just press the "Home" button and then find and tap the app you want from home screen or app drawer. It will take the bottom of the screen.
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    Enable System UI Tuner in your Android device.
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    Go to Settings app > System UI Tuner > Other.
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    Enable "Enable split-screen swipe-up gesture."
Enabled Enable split-screen swipe-up gesture
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    Now, open the app. Swipe up the "Recent Apps" button, and it will split the screen and place the app at the top of the screen.
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    Choose an app from the recently used apps, home screen or app drawer to fill the bottom of the screen.
Split screen activated using swipe up method

How to use apps in the split screen that doesn't support it?

Most of the apps support split screen. However, some apps do not.

App doesn't support split screen

If you encounter one, just follow the below steps:

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    Enable Developer options on your device.
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    Go to Settings app > Developer options.
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    Scroll down to the end. Tap "Force activities to be resizable."
Enabled Force activities to be resizable
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    Restart your device. 

That is all. From now on, even though you may see toast message (like the one below), the apps will support split screen.

App may not work with split-screen
Bottom of the screen now contains the app which previously doesn't support split screen

Note: When I test, all the apps in my device works with the split screen except Camera.

How to Deactivate Split Screen

There are two ways to do this task. Here are they:

Long pressing "Recent Apps" button will deactivate the split screen mode. When it gets deactivated, the app at the top will take the full screen.

Pulling the divider (the one that you see between two apps) to the top or bottom will deactivate it. When you pull the divider to the top, the app at the bottom will take the entire screen and vice versa.

Here are some important things to note:

  • You cannot replace the app at the top of the screen without deactivating the split screen mode.
  • However, you can change app at the bottom of the screen without disabling split screen. To do that, tap "Recent Apps" button and choose anyone from recently used apps. Also, you can press "Home" button and then tap the app you prefer from home screen or app drawer.
  • If you enable "auto rotate" on your Android device, then you can see the split screen in the Landscape mode.
  • If you wish, you can use the Quick Switch feature in the split screen mode.

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