How To Run Two Apps At Once On Galaxy S9 And Galaxy S9 Plus

Running two apps on Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus is a greatly appreciated feature, though not exactly on the list of novelties. Samsung users enjoyed it for quite some time, but if you’re not sure how to tackle this task on this particular device, let us show you.

Note that we’re not talking about leaving your apps to run in the background and get back to it by using the Recent key! We mean actually looking at two apps at once, on the same screen. You could be checking up on your emails while taking a peek at a YouTube video or any other combo you’ve been secretly dreaming of… So, let’s show you how to get all that.


The essentials of running two apps at once on Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus:

  1. First of all, there are apps that can work in the multi-screen mode and apps that don’t support it;
  2. The best way to test if a particular app can work like that is to try and open it after you’ve hit the multitasking button;
  3. In case you’ve tried to open the second app and got this message that says that your app cannot support the Split Screen View, you have your answer – you’re better looking for another app to run like that or simply postpone using this one;
  4. Last but not least, as you have managed to have two apps running simultaneously, you should also be able to drag and drop content from one window to another.


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Here are the steps on how to run two apps at once on Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus:

  1. Choose your first app – for starters, it can be anything, Gmail, Chrome, or whatever else (you only get the error that you cannot use it with another app after you launch the second app);
  2. With the first app opened, go ahead and select the multi-tasking button – you’ll spot it at the left of the Home button;
  3. This action will lead you to a window where you can see all the apps that are now running and that you can select to bring up and use them;
  4. Look at all those apps and identify the ones with this pair of rectangles symbol – it’s the symbol that indicates you can turn them on in the multi-screen mode;
  5. Select the desired app with that dual window box symbol and you should see the Multi-Screen mode in action.


To put it simply, when you open one app, hit the Multi-Tasking button and select an app with that symbol for the multi-screen mode, you will see your phone splitting its screen into two. On one half you’ll have the first app and on the other half, you’ll have the second app. You can see them on your display at the same time and you can adjust their size if you’re not happy with the 50-50 split mode. Here’s what else you can do to run two apps at once on Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.


Here are the steps on how to drag and drop content between two apps running simultaneously:

  1. You are at the stage when both apps are up and running, visible on your display, so you just have to select the one from where you’re planning to drag content;
  2. When you see it surrounded by this blue border, you can tell that it’s the active window, the one selected, and you can hit the white circle icon from the middle of the two windows;
  3. Next, tap the Drag & Drop button;
  4. Select your content and drop it in the other app window.


Pretty simple we say, but if you don’t believe us, just try it! Do not worry, for the selections that don’t allow you to run two apps at once on Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, the device will instantly notify you. So, you’ll simply have to choose a different app and try the steps suggested above.


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