How to use split screen mode on your Android phone or tablet and use two apps at once

How to use split screen mode on your Android phone or tablet and use two apps at once
It's easy to turn on split screen mode on your Android phone or tablet.Sarah Jacobs/Business Insider
  • You can use split screen mode on Android devices to view and use two apps simultaneously.
  • Using split screen mode will deplete your Android's battery faster, and apps that require the full screen to function won't be able to run in split screen mode.
  • To use split screen mode, head to your Android's "Recent Apps" menu.
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Have you ever wanted to use two apps on your Android mobile device at the same time? If so, you're in luck.

Most new Android phones from over a dozen different manufacturers now allow you to run apps in split screen mode, which lets you use and view them both at once. And it's easy to activate split screen mode.

You should note, however, that running apps in split screen mode can deplete your battery faster than running them normally. And not all apps can be run in split screen mode — apps that require the full screen to function, like games, won't offer you the option.
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Additionally, not all Android devices support split screen mode.

But if you do have a compatible Android device and two apps that you'd like to run in split screen mode, here's how to do it.

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How to use split screen mode on an Android device

1. From your Home screen, tap on the Recent Apps button in the bottom left corner, which is represented by three vertical lines in a square shape.
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How to use split screen mode on your Android phone or tablet and use two apps at once
Open up your Recent Apps menu.Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

2. In Recent Apps, locate the app you want to use in split screen. Tap and hold on that app to open a menu. Keep in mind that some apps can't be used in split screen. 3. Once the menu has opened, tap on "Open in split screen view."
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How to use split screen mode on your Android phone or tablet and use two apps at once
Hold your finger down on the app to reveal the split screen option.Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

4. The app you selected will temporarily appear as a black bar on the top of the screen. Tap on the other app you want to use in split screen.

How to use split screen mode on your Android phone or tablet and use two apps at once
The first app will wait at the top of the screen while you pick another app.Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider
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5. Your apps will now appear in split screen, and you should be able to switch between the two of them seamlessly. They'll be separated by a black bar, similar to the one you saw in step 4.

How to use split screen mode on your Android phone or tablet and use two apps at once
You can view one app while using another.Chrissy Montelli/Business Insider

6. When you're ready to close one of the apps and end the split screen, tap and hold on the black bar in the center of the screen, then swipe in the direction of the app you want to close. The screen will appear blue momentarily and the app will close.
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If you view apps in split screen a lot, you'll notice that some apps are better equipped to split screen than others.

Apps like YouTube and Netflix are well-suited to split screen, since their video capabilities require little interactivity. Mobile games, on the other hand, might not be able to utilize split screen if their gameplay needs a lot of attention from the player.

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