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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Enable and Use Multi Window Feature

The ability to do more than one task or we used to refer it as the multitasking is one of best thing that you can do with most of smartphone available today, including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV. Moreover this phone has equipped with the powerful processor which will allow you do multitask smoothly and as easy as when you do multitask with your personal computer.

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To deliver a better multitask experience for the user, this phone does has the enhanced multitask feature called multi window. This feature will allow you to open two different apps at once by splitting the screen into two windows, allows you to browse the webs while watching a video as the example.


How to enable or disable multi window feature?
There are two methods available to do so as listed below:


Method #1: From the notification panel
  1. Swipe two fingers from the top of the screen to the bottom to bring up the quick panel.
  2. Depending on your current settings, tap Multi window icon to enable or disable this option. When the icon shows green means the option is turned on.
  3. Now, you should see a half circle icon in the left middle or the right middle of the screen which you can use to open up the multi window tray. If you don't see the icon, long tap the Back key to bring up the multi window tray.


Method #2: From the Settings menu
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap My device tab.
  3. Tap Display.
  4. Check the box next to Multi Window option to enable this option.
  5. Now, you should see a half circle icon in the left middle or the right middle of the screen. If you don't see the icon, long tap the Back key to bring up the multi window tray.


How to use multi window feature?
Once you activated the multi window feature on your phone, now you can use this feature by following the steps below:
  1. Tap the half circle icon to bring up the multi window tray. Or, if you don't see the icon, you can do so by long tapping the Back button.
  2. Tap and hold the desired app from the multi window tray then drag it to the main screen.
  3. To add the second app, tap and hold another app from the multi window tray then drag it to the top or the bottom of the screen if the phone is held vertically, or drag it to the left or the right of the screen if the phone is held horizontally.
  4. Now, you should see the screen splits into two windows and opening two apps you just selected.
  5. Tap and hold the separator bar in the middle of the screen and then drag it to the top or to the bottom to resize the window of the active apps if you hold the phone vertically, or drag it to the left or to the right to resize the window of the active app if you hold the phone horizontally.
  6. Tap the arrow icon in the middle of the separator bar to see more option of the multi window, such as:
    • Flip icon (): tap this option to swap the position between two apps, the top app became the bottom app and vice versa.
    • Full screen icon (): tap this option to view active app in full screen.
    • Close icon (): tap this option to close active app.

FYI, not all apps supports with this feature. If the app is supported with this feature, then the app will show up in the multi window panel or tray.

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