Update: added section of “How to disable Galaxy S6 multi window?“
What is Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window?
Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window lets you run two or more apps at the same time in foreground. In other words, you can run two or more apps side by side (or floating over each other) in Galaxy S6.
By default, when you start an app in Android, the app will occupy the screen and you cannot access the screen (UI) of another app without pushing current app to background (for example, by tapping home button). In other words, Android apps always try to occupy the whole screen (except the status bar).
With improved hardware and larger screen size in smartphones and tablets, it is nature that you may want to run multiple apps side by side, just like what you can do on a PC.
Unfortunately, Android does not have an universal solution for multiple windows on the screen, although Android is a multi-tasking OS from day one.
Samsung first introduced multi window feature for Galaxy Note devices because of its giant size (in 2011 standard). It was later introduced and polished in Galaxy S devices.
So, Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window is not a new feature. It is actually quite stable and reliable, although it is a resource hogger.
Anyway, Galaxy S6 has sufficient resource for multi window to run smoothly.
Please note, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has an identical multi window feature as Galaxy S6. So, this guide also applies to Samsung Galaxy S6 edge multi window.
What are the two types of Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window?
Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window allows two type of views (as shown below):
- split screen view. Two apps share the screen without overlapping. You can adjust the size and location of for one app. The other app will take the rest of the screen.
- pop-up view. Two or more apps float on the screen. They can overlap, partially overlap with each other. You can move and re-size them individually without affecting others.
Use split screen view in Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window?
How to launch Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window in split screen view?
To launch split screen view for Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window, you can choose one of the two methods:
- Tap the Recent apps button, then select first app from the list.
- Tap and hold the Recent apps button to create a split screen view directly. If current app is supported in Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window, it will occupy the upper window automatically. You then select another app for the lower window.
If you choose method 1, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Tap Recent apps button (left to Home button). Please check the device layout here for S6 and here for S6 edge.
Step 2: Select the first app for the upper window.
Swipe upwards or downwards in the list of recent apps. Then tap multi window icon on a recent app window. The selected app will launch in the upper window as shown below.
Please note, only apps that have the multi window icon are supported in Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window.
Step 3: Select another app for the lower window as shown above.
Now you have more options to select the second app to full the lower screen.
You can choose one from the Recent apps list. It does NOT require the multi window icon. In other words, any apps in recent apps list can be used for the lower screen.
Of course, you can switch to right to choose apps that are supported.
How to adjust the window size in split screen view for Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window
By default, in split screen view, each app occupies half of the screen. You can adjust the screen size for each app.
To adjust the window size in split screen view for Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window, you can drag the circle between the app windows up or down as shown below.
When one app occupies more screen, the other will occupy less.
Additional options for split screen view in Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window
When using apps in the split screen view, select an app window and tap the circle between the app windows to access the additional options as shown below.
Switch locations between app windows.
Drag and drop text or copied images from one window to another. Tap and hold an item in the selected window and drag it to a location in another window. Some apps do not support this feature.
Minimize the window. The app will becomes an icon floating on the other app. You can tap it to open it again in pop-up view. You cna also tap and hold to move the location of the icon.
Maximize the window. This will essentially close the other app and switch back to normal single window mode.
Close the app.
Use Pop-up view in Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window?
Launch pop-up view in Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window from an app
Then, drag down diagonally from either end of the top edge as shown below. The app screen will appear in the pop-up view.
Move pop-up view window and other options for pop-up view
To move the pop-up view window, you can tap and hold the circle on a window and drag it to a new location.
If you tap and hold the circle on a window, you will also get similar options except the switch location option as in split screen view as shown below.
How to convert a split screen view to pop up view in Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window?
You can also convert a split screen view to pop up view in Samsung Galaxy S6 multi window in two ways:
- Tap and hold the circle of a window in split view. The app will be in pop-up view. The other app will be in full screen.
- Minimize one window, then tap the app icon again. Once an app is minimized, you cannot put it back to split-view. If you tap to open it, it will be in pop-up view.
How to disable Galaxy S6 multi window?
In Galaxy S6, S6 edge and S6 edge+, there are no options to disable multi window feature.
So, to disable Galaxy S6 multi window, you need a free third-party app named MultiWindow Toggle for Samsung.
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For other features of Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 online manual page.
For detailed guides on how to use Samsung Galaxy S6, please check Galaxy S6 how-to guides page.