how to use pop up play

Pop up play might just be the “killer” feature you use to show off your new Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) and make iPhone users green with envy.

Multitasking is not just a nice feature to have on a new smartphone – it is required in order to play in the same league with the big boys and girls.  Our busy lives demand that we be able to do more than one thing at a time and not lose our place in one app to interact with another. 

Different smartphone manufacturers have handles the challenges of multitasking in different ways. Fast app switching isn’t really true multi tasking – but at least it gets the user from one app to another quickly. WebOS like cards and QNX on the BlackBerry PlayBook do a great job of true multitasking – but that doesn’t help Android users. 

Now, on the Galaxy S3, Android users might just have the ultimate multitasking feature that no other platform can match – Pop up play.

What is Pop up play 

Pop up play is the ability to watch video – even HD video – at the same time as you text, email, browse the web or do just about anything else on your phone.

video app  using pop up play

With Pop up play, you start a video and literally never have to leave the video to use the other features of your phone.

Using Pop up play

To use Pop up Play, go to your Videos app and start any video in your collection.  We should state at the outset that Pop up play does not work with YouTube videos or videos you might be streaming from another service – the video needs to be resident on your Galaxy S3.

  1. Go to your Videos app
  2. Start any video
  3. Touch the Pop up play icon in the lower right hand corner of the video Play screen
  4. Pop up play is now active 

You will see your video now playing in a small screen. The beauty of Pop up play is that the video stays on top of anything else you might be doing on your phone. If you want to send a text, jut fire up the Messaging app and start sending a text – while watching your video.

choose pop up play icon  video while texting

Options in Pop up play

The most notable and fun thing to do while using Pop up play is to move the video anywhere you want in the screen. Just take your finger and drag the video to any other part of the screen.  This is particularly helpful is you are sending a text and need access to the keyboard; just move the video out of the way.

video in middle  video at top

You can change to any app while the Pop up play video is running; just start any other app like normal and move the video to a part of the screen so it does not interfere with what you are doing.

To go back to watching the video in full screen, simply tap the video. The close the video entirely, press and hold the video and then touch on the red (-) icon and the Video app will close.

Due to the horsepower of your Galaxy S3, you shouldn’t really experience much in the way of lag or hesitation of any kind when using Pop up play.  Your battery will drain a bit quicker, but it’s worth it. 

At least for now, Samsung Galaxy Show to use pop up play3 owners are the only ones who can sit at the lunch table and have a video running while they send out a text; that should get you noticed and establish you firmly in the office or at school as the person with the coolest phone…. for now.


Reader comments

How to use Pop up play on the Samsung Galaxy S3


Nah, Apple will come up with some lunatic reason why this isn't a feature anyone needs, and therefore it has no place in the iPhone ecosystem. Although if they change their mind, they'll find some way around Samsung's patents anyway.

I'm sure the Apple guy will tell us as humbly, but profoundly as possible (by saying "yep." and pausing briefly) that Apple just changed the way we all watch video...and of course only on the iPhone 5s/6/"the New".

That seems to be what Samsung should do but shouldn't have to. Apple is the only company gaming the system. They patent junk first then can sue to block sales because of it which based on people's comments about Siri vs search on other devices is what is happening.

Tech radar yea I found it on my own I scrolled didn't know there was more settings like I scrolled on accident it's default on auto brightness

i LOOOOOOOOVE the fact that TDK was used as the movie.

Looks like google is using the gmail chat "pop out" feautre here....very very slick

i heart google

Lol I'm sorry but I find no real use to this feature whatsoever. The screen is still to small for this kind of multitasking. Hell might as well go full screen. Trying to type an email or chat with some friends with a video taking up half your screen must be annoying as hell and would lead me to just quit the video player.

Now, this feature on a tablet? I want.

i use feature quite a lot and it does not take up half of your screen.

when i commute to work and watch a movie on my phone sometimes i get a nagging message i have to answer and instead of going out of the video player i just press the pop-up play button and the video keeps playing while i read the message and when i read the message i just swipe the video up so i can use the keyboard to answer. it works really well and i don't have to exit the video player and them resume it just because i have to answer a short message. it's all very seemless

Didn't really think I wanted it either, but this weekend I was watching F1 qualifying, and between the different heats I just popped out the video and fired off some texts, hit up facebook, etc. Once the action picked up again, i dove right into it.

It should be noted any video playing on the stock Video player can use it, streaming or local files.

Where from and how were you streaming video to it? I have only been able to use local videos for this feature. Please elaborate!

Pop up play works on espn, and other websites that dont use flash. I watch espn videos from the mobile site and am able to go back to the homescreen while the video still plays. So it doesn't have to be present in the device.
Galaxy S3 AT&T

i seriously cant get over this.

i know its not that big of a deal, but the concept is so sick and new to smartphones.

its one of those things where people go mehh so what? how often am i really gonna do that? how useful is that feature? its the fact that this phone CAN do such a thing that you havent seen before and will want to show it off. :)

Or You can install Super Video from the Play Store and get it on any tablet or phone :-D. Find the video you are trying to watch, click on share, and click on Super Video. It works for Youtube app also.

This app works great.

it's hardly a comparision if you have to press the menu button, click share, search for "super video" and than get it, but it probably will just start the video from beginning instead of resuming where you left off.

the execution of this feature is just great and smooth

thanx CrystalStylez for the info, is even better i can use with youtube thats is awesome. sometimes i want to listen to music from youtube but like to read others stuff same time on browser true multitasking

There is no need to click share! Push super video floating & pop up pick film it starts it in floating and auto exits to wherever you were before, ie: desktop it dose YouTube and more. Needs more codek support but it's already playing 6gig 720p mkv files flawlessly. Or your using the wrong one. Sorry SGS3 owners that very cool but totally un functional pop up player for the screen size you thought was going to set your device apart is over. I have one on my tablet that allows me to utilize my screen nicely. This player has even got stuff yours don't like cover flow video catalogue html feeds multiple catalogue YouTube support.... Give it 3 to 6 months and this will replace MX video player I have absolutely no doubt about it.

This feature also works on the Galaxy Note with the recently pushed ICS 4.0.4 along with a number of enhancements to the S Pen apps.

Except that, as stated in the article, it does not work with YouTube.

I really want this feature with Netflix, as it's extra annoying to have to leave that app to answer a quick message. You have to navigate back to what you were watching and rebuffer to resume where you left off.

And if you do not have a GS3, you can download for free "Super Video" from the market and works the same but, can be resized.

Ian B

Pass it on.

I have a Sprint Galaxy S 2 Epic 4G Touch and am still waiting for the official ICS update... so along with the iPhone users, we're also green with envy! :P

Pop up play now available on my galaxy note with 4.0.4 update. Absolutely gorgerous feature. Thank u samsung.

I found out just yesterday actually that videos uploaded to Facebook's "video player"(?) will acutally have the pop up feature as well. Im very curious about this feature with non native content. So it now supports facebook videos, can we get youtube functionality out of it? Or say vimeo?