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How to enable split-screen multitasking on Android 10

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Android 10 changes the way we use and navigate our smartphones. Of course, the biggest change compared to previous Android versions is the revamped navigation system that now completely relies on gestures, instead of buttons.

However, the navigation system is not the only functionality that Android 10 changes. Google also changed the way we multitask in Android. In previous versions of the OS, you had to have multiple apps already open in the background to access split-screen. Then you’d drag-and-drop two apps to the top and bottom of your screen, and voila, you’re multitasking.

In Android 10, however, swiping will close the app instead of bringing it to split-screen. That’s why some users are left confused with the new system. But you shouldn’t worry, because using split-screen in Android 10 is as simple as it’s ever been. It’s just done differently.

How to multitask on Android 10

Here’s how to use two apps at the same time on Android 10:

  1. Launch the app you want to use in the split-screen mode.
  2. Enter the recent apps screen. This varies depending on the navigation system you’re using (swipe up the home bar if using gestures, swipe up from the pill if using two-button navigation, of tap the recents (square) button if using three-button navigation.
  3. Find the app you want to use in the split-screen mode.
  4. Tap the three-dot menu or the app icon, depending on your device.
  5. Choose Split screen.
  6. Now, choose another app from the app switcher and tap it.
  7. Both apps will now be in the split-screen mode and you’ll be able to multitask.

I should also mention that you can choose the portion of the screen each app will use in the split-screen mode. However, this might not work properly in the landscape mode, so you should only do this while in the portrait mode.

How to resize apps in the split-screen mode

Here’s how to resize apps while in the multitasking mode on Android 10:

  1. Make sure both apps are still in the multitasking mode.
  2. Tap and hold the middle black bar and move it app or down to increase the portion of the screen one app takes.
  3. If you move the bar to the top, it will open the app on the bottom in full screen and thus close the split-screen mode. Move the bar to the bottom, and the opposite will happen.

That’s about it. If you have any additional questions, feel free to write them down in the comments below.

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Ivan Jenic

Editor-in-chief at Mobile Internist. @ivan_jenic I founded Mobile Internist to help people understand technology better. And maybe solve some annoying problems. That's about it, cheers!
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