Using Dual Window on the LG G4

Sometimes you want to take notes while you watch a video, but you only have one device with you. Sometimes, you need to reference the numbers from your spreadsheet while you draft and email. Or maybe you just wanna watch the Android Central Podcast while you sort out your email in a vain attempt at achieving Inbox Zero.

Whatever you needs may be, Dual Window on the LG G4 is here to help, and while there may not be a lot of apps supported right now, the ones that are will help you get things done.

Dual Window will allow you to split two apps between the top and bottom of the phone — or between left and right in some apps in landscape — and use both at almost the same time. We've seen this type of multitasking before on LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note line, as well as the new Galaxy S6.

So it's a welcome addition from LG, and a wonderful option. But, unfortunately, it's only open to 13 apps at the moment. They are:

So how do you actually use Dual Window? It's not exactly the smoothest experience, but the process is simple enough.

If you put the Dual Window icon in your nav bar when you edited your on-screen buttons, then you can simply tap that icon and proceed to the next step. If not, you can access Dual Window in the recent apps screen, which is accessed through the square icon on your nav bar.

A window will appear in the middle of the screen with an arrow animating up to the top half of the screen. You can either drag apps to the bottom or top, or you can tap one app to load on top, then tap a second app to load on bottom. Once both apps are loaded, you'll notice a blue border that will appear on whichever app you interacted with last. This box allows you to re-size the apps, so you can shrink the YouTube window to just the video while you browse articles in Google Chrome.

Your keyboard will come up over the bottom app whether that's the app you're currently in or not, so place your apps accordingly — or use a bluetooth keyboard to keep it from popping up at all. As mentioned earlier, while this mode does work in landscape, certain apps and screens are designed for portrait and will kick Dual Window into that mode should you come across them while using it. The main screen in Hangouts did this half a dozen times during my use before I finally just stayed in portrait.

To exit Dual Window, you can tap the home button and return to the home screen. If you accidentally hit the home button and wish to return to Dual Window, your most recent Dual Window combination will be listed first in the app list. Tap the recent combination and the two apps will load in their respective windows.

Ara Wagoner

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

  • As a happy new LG G4 owner, I say thanks for these tips! Sure wish Google calendar was amongst the choices, though. There's been many a time when I needed to enter dates from an e-mail into my calendar (daughter's softball schedule, for example), and have to keep switching back & forth.
  • Totally Agree. I feel like every Google app should work with dual window. I just switched to messenger for texting instead of hangouts. Now I have to go back to hangouts to use dual window. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wonder where they got this idea from? Posted via the Android Central App
  • As I read notes in a floating window and scroll through AC on my Note 3 :p
  • LG has been following Samsung's lead for years when it comes to software. Until recently hardware as well. Its nothing new. Not that there's anything wrong with that
  • I agree, Samsung has (unfortunately) followed Apple's lead by discontinuing it's removable back feature and consequently removable battery and micro-SD storage capabilities. Some "leads" aren't meant to be followed.
  • I'm with you there
  • Microsoft Windows 3.1?
  • I was happy to see that this feature was included on my LG G Stylo. I just wish more apps were supported. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Me too. I have the LG G Stylo as well. Great phone Posted via the Android Central App
  • I tried it, but I have yet to find a reason to use it. Maybe it's the limitation of the number of apps. It would be nice to have something integrated, though, where I could browse the gallery to choose pics and drag them over into messaging or something.
  • You're not alone. If more apps were supported, I might use it more, but I don't spend enough time in the apps that are to use it regularly. That said, I can imagine a number of scenarios when I would be happy to have it.
  • Not sure if LG has a non root app solution, but I find that I use MW Manager for my note 4 from the play store to put any app I want into pop up or multiwindow mode. It's one of those things that once you get used to its functionality, it is too hard to go back to anything else.
  • There's no way to avoid comparing this to Samsung's implementation... and I think Sammy wins this round, for now. The G4 is awesome, but I keep coming back to the Note 4, except maybe for the camera's manual controls.
  • Just change the values of split window i your buildprop to "all". Not sure of this requires rooting access.
  • Hopefully once we have root for the G4, this will be as easy to fix as it was on the G3. Check a box in build prop editor, reboot, and boom...all apps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What....TouchWiz has another cool feature that not native to Android? Oh my.....
    /s Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was surprised to fine that my banking institution, IBC bank, had their app on my LG G3 dual window list (not root). I guess a few more apps are making their way into that exclusive club.