How to run 3 apps at the same time on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4

How to run 3 apps at the same time on your Samsung Galaxy Note 4
There are many fields of expertise the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 excels at, and one of them is multitasking. Thanks to its large screen, powerful hardware, and Multi Window mode, the phone can easily juggle between multiple apps and even run them side by side. But while the said Multi Window mode is optimized for running 2 apps simultaneously, there's a trick that lets you open a third one in a hovering window. Here's how you do that.

For this extreme multitasking trick to work, you'll need to have Multi Window enabled. Pull down your notifications panel and scroll through the list of toggle buttons to make sure the mode is activated. You'll also have to make sure you have the Pop-up view shortcut active. Do that by going to Settings>Multi Window and see if the feature's checkbox is marked.

Okay, now let's actually open the apps we want to run simultaneously.

  • Step 1: Open an app and swipe down diagonally from either of the screen's top corners. This will activate Pop-up view mode – basically, the app will now run in a hovering window.
  • Step 2: Hold down your back button. This will cause a pop-up sidebar to appear, listing all your apps compatible with Multi Window mode. 
  • Step 3: Pick a desired app's icon and drop it on the top or bottom half of the screen. 
  • Step 4: Repeat step 3 with another app, but drop it on the opposite side of your screen. You should now have these two apps running side by side with the third app still hovering over them.

If at any time you wish to move the hovering app, and you probably will as it covers the apps underneath it, drag it around using the white circle on its top edge. That's also where the "minimize" and "close" buttons for this app are. Note that if you ever wish to open a fourth app, you may do so using the gesture described in step 1.

And that's it! You should now have three apps up and running simultaneously on your Galaxy Note 4. We know this trick isn't very practical, but it could be useful in some cases – you may have your twitter feed and favorite IM app running side by side, with a YouTube playlist hovering above them. Do you find this tip useful? What other uses for this trick you can come up with? Let us know in the comments!

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14 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

It just shows that the Note 4 will always be Samsung's beast!

3. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Proud Note 4 owner. Can't wait for Note 5 :) These big dogs are just getting better and better with every damn release :)

9. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

or... they could allow the Note to switch to landscape mode on desktop, so you will have as many floating apps you'll like, without the split screen. That will be really useful. PS: the article applies to Note3 Loli Pop as well ;)

2. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Best phone I've ever owned

4. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Off the topic. Do you use S pen much? After I owned the Note 4, I think I can't go back to any other device. The S pen is my daily driver can't imagine any other phone until the Note 5.

12. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Honestly its a 50/50 thing. Most of the day at work at don't. But at home its almost second nature to use it. But overall yes I use it often, more than I thought I would've. Especially now that 5.0.1 has finally came for Tmobile its amazing

13. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

The S-Pen comes in handy for me with websites that don't have a mobile version. When there is a drop down link that doesn't work with fingers, that thing is a life saver.

5. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I wish more apps supported this natively, as it doesn't seem like a difficult feature to add. :/ I know there are mods but they tend to be buggy.

6. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

love it, doesnt know how some ignorant keep calling them bloat. When you have powerful processing power plus huge amount of ram you are expecting to optimize your experience. With new touchwiz at least we know Samsung was trying to hear us and get rid some of it "bloat", but haters gonna hate right?

7. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

The note it's Sammy's true beast... the S-line is now more for looks and glamour and popularity

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

One learns new things all the time with the Note series, truly the most unique and functional range of smartphones out right now. Loving mine :D and will give this a go.

10. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

I was actually able to get 7 open before I got bored and stopped.

11. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I'm so horny for the Note 5!

14. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

is there any slide keyboard for note4? onscreen keyboard consume so much screen space :(

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