The Google Pixel Fold is the latest addition to the foldable phone market, marking the tech giant Google’s first foray into the foldable device category. Foldable phones serve various purposes, including multitasking and immersive entertainment on larger screens. When it comes to multitasking, one prominent feature that comes to mind is split screen functionality. If you own a Pixel Fold, here’s a guide on how to split screen on Pixel Fold.
Since we are already in the era of successful foldable, Google had every info on where to focus their efforts. Google managed to do most things right, but still, the Pixel Fold requires many improvements which we can expect in the coming generation of devices. But the company has done a good job in the software department. Multitasking on Pixel Fold is quite easy.
Since the Pixel Fold is a new addition and the first phone in its series, many users may not be familiar with the various ways to control it. One of the key functionalities of foldable devices is multitasking, so let’s begin with a guide on using the Split Screen feature.
What is Split Screen?
As the name suggests, this feature allows users to separate the screen view into two halves, and in each half users can open an app. This enables users to simultaneously use two apps, taking advantage of the ample space provided by the large screen on foldable devices.
While many regular phones can also open two apps simultaneously, the limited screen size makes it impractical and reduces efficiency rather than improving it.
Can you open three apps simultaneously in Pixel Fold?
No, currently the Pixel Fold does not support opening three apps at once. It only allows for a maximum of two apps to be opened simultaneously. However, it is possible for Google to introduce this functionality through future updates, as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 does offer the capability to open three apps simultaneously through the pop-up view.
How to Use Split Screen on Pixel Fold
If you want to open two apps side by side on your Pixel Fold, you can follow the steps given below. This feature is called split screen as highlighted above. Let’s jump into the guide.
Step 1: Open an app that you want to use in the Split Screen mode.
Step 2: After opening the first app, slowly swipe up from the bottom bar to bring Taskbar.
Step 3: Now touch and hold the second app icon and place it either on the right or left side of the display. If the app icon is not present in the taskbar, tap the App Drawer icon on the left. You can drag and drop an app from the app drawer.
Step 4: This will open the second app in half screen and the first app will also be adjusted accordingly.
Instead of drag and drop you can also use other available options to open the second app without closing the first app. Here is another way:
Touch and hold the app icon and it will show an option for the Split Screen. Tap on it and the device will open the app in half part of the screen.
Useful Tip: If you wish to switch the positions of both apps, such as moving the app from the right side to the left side, you can accomplish this by double-tapping on the black bar in the middle that separates the two apps.
How to Resize the Split Screen on Pixel Fold
If you wish to resize the split screen mode according to your needs, you can easily do so. This is particularly useful when you want to allocate more screen space to one app while allowing the other app to occupy a smaller portion. Resizing the split screen is a straightforward process.
Ensure that both apps are open on the split screen. Then, simply drag the black bar located in the middle to the desired location. For instance, you can shift the bar slightly to the right or left based on the amount of space you wish to allocate to each app.
How to Exit Split Screen on Pixel Fold
Once your work is done in the split screen mode, you need to exit it. So how to do that? This one is also quite simple.
To exit the split screen, drag the separator or black bar to the end of the display either on the left or right side. If you want to keep the app that is open on the left then drag it to the right, or if you want to keep the right app open, then drag the separator to the left end.
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