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How to use two apps at the same time on Android with split screen mode

25 mayo, 2021

The split screen It was one of the star novelties of Android Nougat and would be improved in the following versions of Android such as Oreo or Pie, although some layers already included something similar on their own before, especially on tablets.

It is a way of show two apps at the same time on the screen of the Android mobile, being especially useful for copying data from one app to another or, on a mobile with a sufficiently large screen, to keep an eye on two apps simultaneously. Despite this, it is still a relatively unknown function, and we will tell you how it is activated and how it works.

Activate split screen

How to activate split screen varies from one version of Android to another and some layers of customization include additional modes. The official way to do it in the latest versions is from the recent window. First, find the application you want to display at the top of the screen and tap on its icon. Choose then Split screen.

At that time the application is framed at the top of the screen and the bottom is used to choose the second application what do you want to show. You can choose between open applications, those present in the Dock or open the app drawer to choose any other.

Split screen

On a mobile with Android Nougat or Oreo, the process is slightly different. It also starts from the recent screen, but what you have to do is drag one of the applications up.

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Keep in mind that it is quite common for layers of customization radically change the recent view, which has the side effect that the split screen is activated differently. For example, in Huawei phones it is activated with a long press of the Recents button, while in Xiaomi phones with MIUI there are two ways to do it, with and without gestures.

Xiaomi The process on a Xiaomi mobile with MIUI

In this way, you will be using two applications at the same time, although the focus will remain on one of the halves or the other. The mode works well and it is appreciated that, for example, YouTube maintains video playback when in split screen. What is a bit more complicated is using the virtual keyboard, as it covers much of the lower half.

How to exit split screen mode

When you tire of the invention, exiting split screen mode is as easy as press the start button of the mobile. Applications that were open in this split-screen mode will remain as they were and you can return to them from the Recent view.

If your mobile does not have a navigation bar, but you use gestures, you can also exit sliding the spreader bar all the way up or all the way down. Depending on the direction you choose, you will end up in the foreground with either the bottom or top app.


During split screen mode, the navigation bar changes the Recent button (the square one) to the split screen button. By pressing it you can change the bottom half app, although there is no way to change the one in the upper half (except to close the mode and start over).