Learn Android with split-screen mode help to use two applications at once. The split-screen 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 previously, especially on tablets.

Android split screen

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

Step 1: Activate the split-screen

The way to activate the 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 its icon. Choose then Split screen.

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

On 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 up one of the applications.

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

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 keeps playing video when it is on a split-screen. What is a bit more complicated is to use the virtual keyboard, because it covers a large part of the lower half.

Step 2: How to exit split-screen mode

When you get tired of the invention, exiting split-screen mode is as easy as pressing the mobile home button. 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 phone does not have a navigation bar, but you use gestures, you can also exit by sliding the separator bar up or down. Depending on the direction you choose, you will end up in the foreground with the application of the bottom or that of the top.

During split-screen mode, the navigation bar changes the Recent (square) button to the split-screen button. Pressing it you can change the application of the lower half, although there is no way to change one of the upper halves (except to close the mode and start again).