How to Use Apps in Split Screen on Android P

Google announced the Android P Beta on stage today at Google I/O and the next flavor of the company’s mobile OS is looking quite fabulous. Introduced back with Android 7.0 Nougat, Split screen apps is a great feature that was utilized by a majority of users. However, with Android P, Google has changed the overall method of running 2 apps simultaneously in split screen mode. And if your phone is running Android P, I’m pretty sure you would have noticed that too. Well, if you are someone who likes to use apps in split-screen mode, read on, as we show you how to run apps in split screen on Android P:

Use Apps in Split Screen on Android P

Note: I tested the following method on my Google Pixel 2 XL running Android P Developer Preview 2. The method should remain the same for all other devices running Android P Developer Preview 2.

1. First off, swipe up from the pill icon (in gesture navigation) or tap on the recent apps icon (on standard navigation bar) to enter the Multitasking view.

2. Next up, tap on the App Icon you want to use in split screen. For instance, I’ll be using Chrome in split-screen mode. Upon tapping on the app icon, a new list of options will show up. From here, select “Split screen“.

App Icon Split Screen

3. Now, tap on the other app you’d like to use it in split screen with. For instance, I’ll be using Gmail now. So I just need to tap on Gmail’s app window.

Other App

4. And that’s it. Both the apps will now be in Split screen mode.

Apps in split screen

SEE ALSO: How to Use Gesture Navigation in Android P

Easily Run Apps in Split Screen on Android P

Well, as opposed to the previous manner of dragging an app to the top of your screen from the recents screen, with Android P you get a simpler menu to open apps in split screen. While I personally preferred the previous method, we have mixed opinions regarding this in our office. But what about you? Do you like the new split screen option introduced with Android P? Let us know in the comments down below.

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  • Hitesh Dalal says:

    Previous method was easy & fast, and also it didn’t stop anything playing on YouTube while triggering the split screen, new method is just so effortful,
    please start a petition or something for Google to give some option/setting to choose from the two methods.

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