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How to use multi window mode on the Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 delivers the tallest screen yet in this line of phones. This, of course, means that using multi-window mode is more awesome than ever before. We've got the details on how to use multiple windows with your Note 8 so that you never miss an email or a message!

How to open multi window mode

Multi-window mode lets you have two apps open and available for use at the same time. There isn't any need to set anything up, you just need to know how to launch multi window mode in order to get started.

  1. Open the first app you want to use.
  2. Press and hold the return button.

  1. Tap the multi window icon.
  2. Tap to select a recent app to open in multi window mode.

How to close multi window mode

While multi window mode can be handy in a lot of cases, you may want to close it when you don't need to keep an eye on multiple apps. Thankfully this is easy, and in just a few taps you'll be good to go!

  1. Tap the seam between the two open apps.
  2. Tap the X to close one of the apps and leave multi-window mode.

How to rotate window placement

If you want to switch which app in multi window mode is at the top of your screen, all you need to do is rotate the open apps. This literally just takes a few taps and you'll be good to go!

  1. Tap the seam between the two open apps.
  2. Tap the rotate icon to rotate which app is on the top and which is on the bottom of your screen.

Questions?

Do you still have questions about using multi-window mode with the Note 8? Have you used this feature? Let us know about in the comments below!

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12 Comments
  • Why can't you watch videos other than YouTube while in multi window without it stopping when interacting with the other window?
  • Aka "Ask anyone with an LG phone".
  • Samsung has had this feature for awhile
  • Um, LG came in second with the feature I think, and they also didn't have support for anything but a default set of apps for Multi Window for a long time. Probably Nougat that gave them proper multi window support.
  • Wanna talk about multitasking?
    The only thing I don't like about my Note 8 - the only thing I feel is a downgrade from my Galaxy S8 Plus, is the fact that the Sprint version (Which I have) does not come with Calling Plus! About a month or so ago, Sprint released an update to the Galaxy S8/S8+ that FINALLY allowed for VoLTE, or LTE Calling, which allowed us to do Simultaneous Voice and Data . This was fantastic as I was finally able to access apps that uses data while on the phone. Unfortunately, with the Note 8, that's a no - go. No Calling Plus! I guess I assumed, with the Note 8 being the more advanced phone, and running VERY SIMILAR hardware and software as the S8+, that Sprint would have just slapped it on there in the testing as well. I suppose that would have been asking for too much. When is the Calling Plus update coming to the Sprint Note 8 so I can truly multitask on the go?
  • I agree, but I betcha a nickel it'll be released soon!!
  • You need to leave sprint... ASAP... been able to do this for years.... Years I tell ya'!!!
  • Have you been able to do this for years With real unlimited data, talk and text, at the same price point Sprint offers?
  • Yep u can't do this on a i-trash device
  • I love the multi window use it all the time it's even better with the tall note 8
  • I hate that Pandora and some other apps don't support multi window mode...
  • So I have yet to really find a reason to use it, I think one of the reasons why is because I most forget lol. But I'm gonna try to take advantage of it. Been super happy with the note as each day passes. I use it a lot for work.