How to enable and use split screen on Galaxy s4

This is how you enable and use multiview or split screen on the Galaxy s4.

Smart phones has come a really long way since they saw the light of day. A perfect example is the split screen feature that Samsung has put in their most expensive cell phones. You might have seen this really cool way of splitting your screen two ways since they where all the rage on TVs some years ago.

Who would have thought that your cell phone could do the same thing. If you are interested in checking it out keep reading and I will show you how.

How to enable and use split screen on the Galaxy s4

You can run two apps at the same time

If for instance you want to watch my You Tube Galaxy s4 tutorials while surfing for the best games for your Galaxy s4, let me show you how to do it.

  1. Pull down your notification panel by dragging your finger downwards from the top of your phones screen.
  2. Just below the clock at the very top you can see 5 icons. Put your finger on them and push them to the left.
  3. Once you see an icon named Multi window, press it. It should now indicate that it is active by changing color to a light green.
  4. Push the notification area back up or press the home button to return to the home screen.

You have now turned on split screen on your galaxy s4. Stay put if you want to know how to use it.

  1. From your home screen press the gray semi circle on the left side of your screen.
  2. Pick the first app you want to run simply by pressing it.
  3. To pick another one locate the one you want from the list. Now press and hold an icon until it detaches from the menu.
  4. Drag it over to the top or bottom half of the screen and drop it.
  5. You can change the size of the windows by pressing and holding the gray line that separates the two apps.
  6. Or if you want you can tapp the gray line to bring up the split screen options. From left to right they are : Switch place, maximize active window and close active window.
  7. If this was useful why not

For more tutorials on this topic check out our Galaxy s4 tutorials section.

About Bertil Hansen
I am the owner and main contributor to this website. Throughout the years I've owned an embarrassing number of Android phones. Too many to mention in fact. Lets just say it started with the HTC legend and I'm now on the Galaxy Note 4.

11 thoughts on “How to enable and use split screen on Galaxy s4

  1. fantastic, thanks so much. I’ve had this phone forever and had no idea about doing this!

  2. Pls, I upgraded my OS to 4.2 and since then my screen has been very blue in colour. The screen has changed. Could it be as a result of the upgrade or the screen is faulty? Thanks

  3. I have a Samsang Galaxy S5. I want to use two individual pictures of my sons as my wallpaper. Can I do it?

  4. Messenger4Yeshua says:

    Thank you!!! Great tutorial!!

  5. Courtney Ann says:

    Thank you very much for the help. I work at a Sprint call center, and I had a customer with a Galaxy S4 call in wanting her grey semi circle back. Her device was running on 4.2.2. Holding the back key ONLY works if your device is running on 4.3…so the multi window answer REALLY helped me. I am very grateful!!!!

    • I’m so happy reading this tutorial could be of assistance. And thank you for leaving a comment after finding something useful. I rarely hear anything from those who actually find something they can use. Most times all the feedback I get is when people can’t get it to work.

  6. shiroijin andtonic says:

    Another easy way to do it is: when you’re on your home screen, long press the back button (to the right of the physical home button at the bottom). And long press again to get rid of it.

  7. If you press and hold the “back” button, the grey circle will toggle on/off.

  8. This is going to make me sound dumb but I can’t get the semi grey circle to show up on my phone? There is no bar that pops up. How do I get that to turn up?

    • I have heard of this happening to more than one person before. Actually I didn’t work for me either the first time. What I had to do was to turn multi window of and then on again.
      After I had done this the first time I have never had any difficulties getting it to work.
      Hope this helps :-)

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