Running two browser windows side-by-side is one of the primary use cases for split-screen, but it’s not at all clear how you do that in Android. There’s a trick to it, though.

First thing’s first: you need to be running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher for this to work. That’s not very many phones right now, but the good part is all Nougat phones will work the same way. Google mandates that OEMs implement the standard multi-window mode to make things easier on developers. Next, you need to have Chrome—this won’t work with other browsers right now.

You can’t just launch two copies of Chrome because the split-screen app mode doesn’t allow multiple instances of a single app. There’s a special workaround for Chrome that Google added at the last minute during the Nougat beta test. First, open Chrome and pull up at least two tabs. Long-press the Android overview button to open the split-screen app selector. Then, open the Chrome overflow menu in the top half of the screen and tap “Move to other window.”

The move command

This moves your current Chrome tab into the bottom half of the screen. This new instance of the tab operates like a full copy of Chrome. You can open new tabs, close them, go to other sites, and so on. You can also keep using the move command to shuffle tabs back and forth between the two windows. When you close the second window by dragging the divider all the way up or down, all your Chrome tabs are merged back into a single instance.

Source – Forbes, Google


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