9 March 2019

How to Use Apps in Multi-Window & Pop-Up View on Android

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Android has released a feature named split-screen view (also know as multi-window) in its 7.0 Nougat and later versions which allows you to run multiple apps at the same time. Recently, another similar feature is added named pop-up view which allows you to resize the app screen and run them in a pop-up window as you do in the computer.

Multi-window and pop-up view Android features

Sometimes you want to do multitasking on your Android phone. Let's say, you are chatting with your friends on WhatsApp and you want to watch YouTube video at the same time. As you know that YouTube doesn't support background playback, but when you run it in a split-screen or pop-up view, you can enjoy watching YouTube videos while doing other tasks on your Android phone.

If you are working on two or more apps at the same time, then it becomes a bit tedious to switch between apps one after another. Split screen and pop-up view feature have made it super easy to do multitasking on Android. Here's everything you need to know about these features.

How to use apps in split screen view on Android


There are various ways you can use apps in multi-window or split-screen view on your Android phone.

1. Drag and drop


This method uses drag and drop feature to activate the split-screen view for multitasking. Here's a step-by-step guide -
  1. First, open the apps which you want to use in multi-window view.
  2. Tap the app-switcher (or Recent apps) button at the bottom of the screen. It will display a list of apps that are opened on phone.
    App switcher button
  3. Now tap and hold the app and then drag it to the top of the screen.
    Use app in split-screen view
  4. Next, select the other app you want to use in multi-window view. You can also choose an app from the "App list" option. That's it.
    Choose another app in multi-window
Now you can enjoy multitasking on your phone without switching between apps one after another. By default, both apps in split screen view will take half of the screen size. In landscape mode, they will run side-by-side on the screen.

Split-screen preview in landscape

2. Tap and hold the app-switcher button


This one is a quite easy and fast method to activate split screen view on your Android phone, but first you have to enable this feature in settings. Follow these steps -
  1. Open Settings in your phone and find Multi-Window option under Advanced features.
    Advanced features multi-window
  2. Here you will find an option to enable the "Split screen view action".
    Enable split-screen view action
  3. Now whenever you want to open any app in a split-screen view, simply tap and hold the app-switcher (or Recent apps) button.
Note: You can only run two apps at the same time in split-screen view and some of the apps (Instagram, for example) are not even compatible to work with this feature.

How to use apps in pop-up view on Android


Like the multi-window feature, there are 2 methods to use apps in pop-up view on your Android phone.

1. Drag and drop


In this method, you have to drag and drop the app to activate pop-up view. Here's a step-by-step guide -
  1. First, open the app you want to run in pop-up view.
  2. Click the app-switcher (or Recent apps) button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap and hold the app and drag it to the middle of the screen. That's it.
    Use app in pop-up view
Now the app will open in a pop-up window and you can use it while doing other tasks on your Android phone. You can also resize the pop-up window by dragging its edges.

2. Swipe down app diagonally


This is another method to switch apps in pop-up view on Android. We have used a Samsung smartphone as an example for this article.
  1. Go to your Phone Settings > Advanced Features > Multi-Window.
  2. Here enable the "Pop-up view action" button.
  3. Now whenever you want to open any app in pop-up view, simply swipe down diagonally from either corner at the top of the screen.
    Swipe diagonally to enable pop-up view
Note: You can run two or more apps at the same time on the screen using pop-up view feature. Like the multi-window view, some of the apps (Instagram, for example) are not compatible with pop-up view feature also. So that's how you can do multitasking on your Android smartphone. We hope you find this guide helpful. If you want to ask something, feel free to share it in the comment section below.

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