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How To Use Split Screen View And Multi Window On Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus

How To Use Split Screen View And Multi Window On Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus

The split screen mode, as its name suggests, was specifically designed to help you lead two apps in parallel. This has nothing to do with separately working on different third-party apps and switching between them from the Recent Apps button. This is precisely about splitting your screen in two and being able to see, access and use two apps at the same time. Your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus can do just that and all it takes is to activate the Multi Window feature and the Split Screen mode.

In this short but detailed tutorial, we are going to show you how to enable this feature, how to turn the split screen mode on and, just as importantly, what apps you can use in this new mode – not all the apps running on your smartphone support this feature but, as you are about to discover, the majority of the apps that you usually rely on are compatible with it.


Step 1 – turn on the Multi Window mode on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus:

  1. Go to Settings;
  2. Tap on Device;
  3. Select Multi Window;
  4. Switch its toggle to On;
  5. Check the Open In Multi Window View option to make it your default mode.


Step 2 – launch the Split Screen mode on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus:

  1. Look for the semi-circle that showed up on the screen – it’s the clue that you have enabled the multi window mode;
  2. Tap on the circle so you can start using the split screen mode;
  3. After you have launched the split screen, simply drag the first app that you want to use;
  4. Then go on and drag the second app that you want to have on the screen;
  5. Feel free to tap on the circle from the middle of the screen and change its position so you can adjust the size of the two screens – they don’t necessarily have to have the same size;
  6. Start using the two apps in the Split Screen mode.


To make it easier for you, we’re going to underline an observation that we have previously mentioned. Not all the applications running on Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus will be able to support the multi window view. Some of them simply aren’t equipped to perform well under such conditions, which is why you won’t be able to use them as long as the Split Screen is turned on.

Another important and somewhat logical idea is that, aside from the Internet browser, no other app will be able to run on both screens of the Split Screen mode at the same time. You will have to run two different apps instead.

The list of apps that can perfectly work under the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus Multi Window includes: Google Chrome and Play, Galaxy Apps, S Finder and S Planner, Play Movies & Series, Play music, WhatsApp, Facebook, Hangouts, Instagram, YouTube, Skype, OneNote, Memo, Gallery, Gmail, Maps, News, e-mail, Internet and, of course, your own files.


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David Williams

Mar 30, 2017

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