Galaxy S5 split screen

How to enable and use split screen for the Samsung Galaxy S5.

For the longest time the only way to multitask on Android cell phones, was to hit that home button and keep it pressed for a second or two to bring up a list of the active programs. This way you could quite rapidly switch between apps.

This was great for multitasking on your cell phone. However as smartphone screens grew bigger some bright head over at Samsung decided that it should be possible to have two apps open at the same time. Samsung decided to call this new feature Multi window. To get it up and running on your Galaxy S5 you have to enable it in the settings menu. Let me show you how.

How to multitask on the Galaxy S5.

  1. From the home screen press the apps button in the bottom right corner.
  2. Find and press the settings icon.
  3. Under sound and display, press the multi window icon.
  4. Flick the switch at the top of the screen to the right to enable the feature.

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Ho to multitask on the Galaxy S5

Drag apps to the window you want it in

Once you have completed the steps in the tutorial above you have enabled split screen. To make sure you got it right check your screen for a grey semi circle.

Now that you have enabled it let me show you how it works.

First of all you need to hit the semicircle with your finger to bring multi window to the top. Once you have done this all you have to do is to drag icons from the leftmost menu to the window you want it to open in.

You can resize the window by pressing and holding the circle in the middle of the screen and quite simply dragging it to the position you want it to be.

Before I leave you to it, all that is left to do is to tell you about the last few options of the multi window. To bring up a menu where you can amongst other switch sides among the active windows, all you have to do is slightly tap the circle in the middle.

Also make sure you check out our Galaxy S5 tutorials section for loads of tips and tricks for your cell phone.

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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.

17 thoughts on “Galaxy S5 split screen

  1. Hi all, I have read the comments and nobody has answered this question, please help as I would love to use this option. The tab/semi circle and tray used to drag the MW tray from left side to right and vice versa is not there. Multi window tray does not moved and does not have semi circle/tab when back key is activated. I use the back key and the multi tray comes on the right side of my Galaxy S5. Also the semi circle is not there. Thanks

  2. I just got a new update on my galaxy s5 and I can’t find the tab to open the multi window so I’m really confused please help me :,(

    • Hi, i entered this website for the same reason the update was done and know the semi circle is gone HELP

      • Hey Sal. Hey Katrina. I have a gs5…love it. I am having the same problem since my last update. I have contacted, spoke to, consulted and explained to all the “people” that should be able to answer our question “what happened to the tab on the multi window tray?” and could not get an answer. Either they know and feel the need not to tell, or they really don’t know. Email me, either one of you or both and maybe together we can figure it out. M_evan225 at yahoo. Samsung or my carrier could not help me either.

        • press and hold the back key at the bottom right of the phone

        • Greg, we have all completed the “hold the back button ” procedure. As I explained to 3 different reps @ Samsung along with many others, it activates the multi window task tray, but you can no longer move it from left to right or vice versa. It is stuck on the side it was last used before an update was done. I can’t understand why no one’s getting this?

    • press and hold the back key at the bottom of the phone

    • to access the multitask window on the galaxy s5……press and hold the back key at the bottom of the phone

  3. I think there is some confusion with capenn63’s question.

    The tutorial says “Once you have done this all you have to do is to drag icons from the leftmost menu to the window you want it to open in.

    The problem is that there are a limited number of icons in the leftmost menu to the window.

    How can get other icons in the leftmost window?

  4. zahid Evine Hossain says:

    Hey. Can u help me with my device. In mine, the multi task button is all black. So I Couldn’t Turn It on. Even in the settings I can’t move it. I don’t know why

  5. The menu does not contain all icons that I need. Is there a way to add other icons to this menu?

    • That sounds strange. Are you sure that your phone is indeed a Galaxy S5? I’ve rechecked the the accuracy of the tutorial and found it lacking in no way. You should be able to turn on and of the dual screen feature by following the steps. I really don’t know how to respond. Could you perhaps be a little more specific as to what part is missing from your phones menu?
      All the best Bertil

      • Bertil,
        The tab/semi circle used to drag the MW tray from left side to right and vice versa is gone after latest update. Multi window tray can no longer be moved and does not have semi circle/tab anymore.

  6. thanks for the tip… i was looking for how to add/remove icons from split screen. very helpful

    • Thanks for the feedback. It is pretty rare to hear something or anything at all from people when you write something they can use. In most cases I only ever get feedback when someone have problems getting it to work the way it is supposed to. Anyways, thanks.

      • I have the same issue. The list of icons in the tray is limited. At the bottom of the tray there is an arrow that opens up an edit option where we can see other icons but how would we for example add Pinterest?

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