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How to use Multi Window mode on Samsung Galaxy S7

Although Android 7.0 Nougat offers native multi window support for all phones, Samsung's Galaxy series of phones have been able to use Multi Window mode for years now. This multi-tasking feature is extremely useful for people who are tired of moving back and forth between apps.

Note: This article was last updated in November 2016 with new information.

How to enable Multi Window mode on Galaxy S7

Not all apps are capable of using Multi Window mode, so only Multi Window-compatible apps will appear when you activate Multi Window mode.

  1. Press and hold the Recents key. It's the button to the left of your Home button.
  2. Open the first app you want to use.
  3. Open the second app you want to use. Note: you can't open the same app twice.

The app that you are currently in will always have a blue outline around the edges, so you shouldn't lose track of where you are.

How to enable Multi Window mode in from Recents menu on Galaxy S7

If you already have the app you want to use Multi Window mode open, you can easily start a Multi Window session from the Recents menu.

  1. Press the Recents key. It's the button to the left of your Home button.
  2. Tap the Multi Window mode button on the app you want. It looks like to rectangles stack on top of each other. This button will only appear on apps that support Multi Window mode.
  3. Tap second app you want to use.

How to enable Multi Window mode from an app on Galaxy S7

If you are already in an app and want to start a Multi Window session, you can do so with just a few taps provided the app you have open supports Multi Window mode.

  1. Launch any app from your Home screen or app drawer.
  2. Press and hold the Recents key.
  3. Tap on the second app you want to open.

How to adjust the size of the Multi Window mode windows on Galaxy S7

  1. Press and hold the Recents key. It's the button to the left of your Home button.
  2. Open the first app you want to use.
  3. Open the second app you want to use. Note: you can't open the same app twice.

  1. Press and hold the white circle in the middle of the two app windows.
  2. Drag the white circle to the spot you want.
  3. Let go.

How to invert the app windows' positions in Multi Window mode on Galaxy S7

You can quickly invert the positions of both apps that are open in Multi Window mode. Not only will they switch positions, but the windows will also switch sizes.

  1. Press and hold the Recents key. It's the button to the left of your Home button.
  2. Open the first app you want to use.
  3. Open the second app you want to use. Note: you can't open the same app twice.

  1. Press the white circle in the middle of both apps
  2. Press the invert positions button. It's the furthest left button in the Multi Window menu.

How to drag and drop content in Multi Window mode on Galaxy S7

Some apps — fair warning it's a limited list— will allow you to drag and drop content between them when you have them in Multi Window mode. If you try it with two apps that aren't supported, your Galaxy S7 will let you know.

  1. Press and hold the Recents key. It's the button to the left of your Home button.
  2. Open the first app you want to use.
  3. Open the second app you want to use. Note: you can't open the same app twice.

  1. Tap on the app window you want to drag and drop content from. The app you have selected will be surrounded by a blue border.
  2. Tap the the white circle in the middle of the two app windows.
  3. Tap on the drag and drop content button.

From here you can now drag the content on the app window you have selected to the other app window.

How to minimize an app in Multi Window mode on Galaxy S7

  1. Press and hold the Recents key. It's the button to the left of your Home button.
  2. Open the first app you want to use.
  3. Open the second app you want to use. Note: you can't open the same app twice.

  1. Tap on the app window you want to minimize. The app you have selected will be surrounded by a blue border.
  2. Tap the the white circle in the middle of the two app windows.
  3. Tap on the minimize button. It's the two arrows facing pointing towards each other in a box.

How to maximize an app in Multi Window mode on Galaxy S7

  1. Press and hold the Recents key. It's the button to the left of your Home button.
  2. Open the first app you want to use.
  3. Open the second app you want to use. Note: you can't open the same app twice.

  1. Tap on the app window you want to maximize. The app you have selected will be surrounded by a blue border.
  2. Tap the the white circle in the middle of the two app windows.
  3. Tap on the maximize button. It's the double-sided arrow in the box.

How to close an app in Multi Window mode on Galaxy S7

  1. Press and hold the Recents key. It's the button to the left of your Home button.
  2. Open the first app you want to use.
  3. Open the second app you want to use. Note: you can't open the same app twice.

  1. Tap on the app window you want to maximize. The app you have selected will be surrounded by a blue border.
  2. Tap the the white circle in the middle of the two app windows.
  3. Tap on the close button. It looks like an X.

18 Comments
  • I own both the S7e and the 10. I never see myself using this. Ever. Even when N hits the 10. Maybe on my Nexus 9. This feature seems useless in a phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I also own both the S7 edge and HTC 10. I use multiwindow occasionally.
  • You're buggin. ....plenty of uses, watch youtube and surf the web, mx player works with it so you can watch media while doing something else.
    Love it on note4 but different strokes for different folks Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have navigation in one and spotify in the other when driving. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I use multi-window a lot. especially now that good lock shows the notifications I can open with it now S7 edge...Soon to be Note 7 edge
  • I use it quite a bit, especially opening certain apps in multi-window mode from the Multi-Window Edge Panel. My most-used one is the calculator app I use (CALCU) so I can easily do math in a floating little window over the app that has the numbers I need to calculate in it. No flipping between apps for each number/set of numbers. I also have the phone dialer set up in the Multi-Window Panel in case I need to call a number I can't tap on or whatever, or need both to view an app and have access to the dialer keys for automated menus. I also have Skype, MX Player, Chrome (not my default browser), Google Maps, S Note, WhatsApp, and Messages (texts) in the Multi-Window Panel. Of course, I can also use other apps from the Recent Apps screen or by swiping diagonally from the upper corner of the open app, as long as they're made for multi-window use. I can minimize frequently-used apps, especially if needed for a project I am currently working on, to little round floating icons just like the Facebook Messenger chat heads. It is a VERY useful feature!
  • I just did the update to Android nougat on my Samsung Galaxy 7, and the only thing I don't like about no good is you don't have the feature to drag and drop on the multi window😞😞
  • If you mean dragging the windows around, you can indeed still do this - just tap and hold on the white bar opposite the round buttons and move the window to wherever you want it. You can still drag the minimized icon anywhere, as well, and the window will open up to the last spot you placed it (unlike before when it opened where you dragged the icon to). If you are talking about something else, I don't know what you mean.
  • It comes in handy when trying to collaborate information from multiple apps, but since android apps aren't natively windowed, it is just as easy to just use the recent apps menu to flip between apps as it is to use multiwindow Posted via the Android Central App
  • And I actually am using this a lot. I like to watch video podcasts on YouTube and browse internet in second window. Also, if you click YouTube link in a browser, video launches in YouTube app in second window. Handy IMO.
  • I've used it since the Note 2 and Galaxy S3, not the most useful feature, but I've found use for it from time to time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is the only feature on Samsung phones that I wish was on my Nexus 5 or HTC M8S. It will soon be coming to phones running N, though I think I will need to get a new phone capable running N. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm actually a big fan of the pen windows... being able to minimize an app or two or three on the screen and pop them open whenever. I use the Roku remote like this all the time so it always stays handy when I'm doing whatever else on my phone while watching a show that needs fast forwarding through commercials.
  • If only your Android app was compatible. Come on Android Central! Posted via the Android Central App
  • It is! But maybe it's the samsung version of multi window and not native android Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can i have your city wallpapers on your S7 please? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeh its compatatble on my s7 edge Posted via the Android Central App
  • agreed