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How To Run Two Apps At Once On Samsung Galaxy S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus

Running two apps simultaneously and even exchanging information between the two of them on the same screen sounds fascinating. With Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, however, it is a normal functionality provided by the multi-screen view. Whether you watch a YouTube video while checking your emails or surf the web while chatting with a friend on WhatsApp, now you can do it without having to switch from one app to the other.

In today’s article, we’d like to share with you some of the basic details on how to make the best of this cool feature. From identifying the apps that actually support it (because not all of them do) to launching them and start dragging and dropping things from one side to another, there are plenty of useful tips in this article. Read on!


The essentials of using the multi-screen view:

  1. Both apps must support the multi-screen view and operation mode;
  2. You can check it by looking for the tiny symbol representing a dual window box or two rectangles;
  3. If you ignore this symbol and try to launch an app that is incompatible with the multi-screen view, expect to get a notification saying that the app “does not support split screen view”;
  4. The apps must be different, you cannot open one app twice even if you’re using the split screen view.


Launching two apps in the multi-screen view:

  1. Launch one of the two apps that you need to use – the web browser, the email app, whatever;
  2. Tap on the multi-tasking button from your Galaxy S8 Plus smartphone, the one sitting on the left of the Home button;
  3. You will see the list of all the apps that are opened and running in the background;
  4. You can select any of these apps to launch it as the second app that will run in parallel with the one you previously launched.


Transferring content from one app to another:

  1. Apps that run in the split screen view can easily change information through drag and drop;
  2. All you have to do to transfer content between the two of them is to have them opened in the split mode;
  3. Press and hold the key that will take you to the recently used apps;
    • Launch the first app that you need;
    • Launch the second app that you need;
  4. Select the window from where you want to drag and drop content;
    • You will notice that the selected app gets automatically framed by a blue border;
  5. Hit the white circle sitting right in the middle of the two windows from the split screen;
  6. Select the dedicated drag and drop content button;
  7. Select the app window, hit the white circle, tap on the drag and drop button;
  8. Now slowly drag the selected content from the first app window into the second app window and drop it in there.


If you cannot seem to implement these steps, it must be something you’re overlooking. Your Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus would have warned you from the very beginning if it would have been an incompatibility problem with the two apps.



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