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Using Multi-Window on the Samsung Galaxy S3 From Verizon, Compared to the Galaxy S4

Included with today’s update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon is arguably one of Samsung’s most innovative smartphone features of the last few years – Multi Window. For extreme multi-taskers or power users, Multi Window shines as it allows you to work with two apps at the same time. Both apps’ windows can be adjusted, swapped, or closed with a couple of simple taps. While Samsung doesn’t allow all of your apps to be used in Multi Window, they still offer a handful of heavily used apps like Chrome, Twitter, YouTube, Gmail, and your Gallery.

So since Verizon’s version is finally get this new feature, we wanted to make sure that everyone knows how to use it. And since we had a Galaxy S4 handy, which also has Multi Window, we thought a comparison between the two was needed. In the video below, you’ll find all there is to know about using one of Samsung’s best TouchWiz features. 


  • richard

    how about using youtube, video player (in pop out display), and navigation? that should be promising, i assume it would stop the video player while the other two would still be going

  • cindy

    Aggrivating. The thing is right in the way and i cant find a way to move it.

    • kiki

      Hold down your back arrow and the little annoying blue tab will go away…

  • Laura

    I just spoke with verizon tech support and they told me that the full update isn’t available in all verizon markets. My phone says I have 4.1.2 but I don’t have multi window yet. According to the tech support I should be getting it within the next couple of months.

  • Garvus

    I really just dont see how this is different that long home press !

  • Axl

    I have a verizon Galaxy S3 with the 4.1.2 software version and the multi-window function is not working for me. I rooted my phone a while ago and i am wondering if that may be the problem

  • tluv2012

    I have version 4.1.2 but no option to turn MultiWindow on or off.

    • Axl

      I am having the same problem someone please help

  • Garrett Bash

    Need help with multi window on my gfs s3 theres no option to turn on and off

  • Amazed

    “While Samsung doesn’t allow all of your apps to be used in Multi Window…”

    Please don’t be yet another ignorant & lazy writer, do your research! Samsung doesn’t restrict what apps can work in Multi Window at all! They left it up to the devs to decide if they want their app to be compatible with it. There’s WAY more than a few apps that are compatible with more being updated daily. Check out this thread -http://forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-note-2/260399-multi-window-compatible-apps-user-guide.html

    • Jim Reiss

      You mad bro??

  • wes

    My Verizon Gs3 is running 4.1.2 and i dont get the white screen when multi screening chrome and youtube… anyone else seeing this?

  • Steven Cornea

    When other carriers get on verizons level of coverage, I’ll switch

  • squiddy20

    1. The list does not “go on and on” if you just listed over half of the aforementioned “25 applications”. Learn to count.
    2. To say that no other manufacturer is “bringing anything to android from a software solutions standpoint” is just ridiculous. Go check your facts stupid fanboy.
    3. “People need to GET OFF VERIZON so they can enjoy handsets that are not stripped of features and altered.” Hmmmm, I’d rather have a slightly gimped phone when it comes to software (which can easily be changed/modified/enhanced), over a mobile network that can only be used reliably in major cities and a few outlying areas.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Is there an app that does this in the market that can be used on dual core Moto phones?

  • Zak Fliss

    I’m rooted and getting an untrusted signature error on installation…any tips?

  • Anustart

    Too bad you can’t get service anywhere to actually USE those apps…

  • Steven Cornea

    What is the name of that clock of the phone on the right?

  • Very good and has many improvements and exciting new.

  • Rodeojones000

    Why have a picture of identical phones side by side for this article?

  • chapman1969

    My gs3 said it had 4.2.2 then when I turned it off now it says 4.1.2 can anyone tell me wtf just happend I have verizon gs3

    • Steven Cornea

      you had to have read that wrong, the VZN GS3 never had 4.2.2, there was a leak of the international verison having 4.2.2 but not anything in the US, let alone verizon.

  • chapman1969

    I just checked to see if I had the 4.2.2 update for my gs3 and I did thank u verizon for the fast update I wanted to share it so everyone that has a gs3 can check on there phone under system update

    • josh keisling

      its still 4.1.2
      look for 4.2 in June or July…..well it is Verizon so look for it in December


    What I like most about this update is the new Gallery app. For the 1st time I can actually organize all my pictures the way I want!

  • Sirx

    Yo dawg, I heard you like Droid-Life videos…

  • Gary King

    Quick screenie… 🙂

  • Gary King

    Kellex, typing this while watching the video. It white screened only for a few seconds, I rotated the screen to landscape and white box effect went away. Back to portrait and still boo white out. Thought I’d share! 🙂

  • † Chris †

    YouTube/Chrome bug is only those two together while in portrait mode. Turn to landscape and it works. Also works fine with YouTube & Maps, YouTube & Messaging, etc. No excuse for a major update with a bug but at least it’s just those two…

    • jowaldo

      Does the same for me with Chrome/Gmail

  • punkroyale

    I find the feature useless on the Note 2. I havent found a real use for it.

    • Geoff Johnson

      I agree. The time it takes to hold the back button, find the app in the list, and drag it over is more than long pressing the home button to switch between apps. Besides, using the keyboard is almost impossible. I only use it to show off.

      • punkroyale

        Ha ha. True its a good show up feature.

    • I feel the same. I was EXTREMELY excited about it pre-purchase, then I used it once or twice and really have no use for it. I suppose it would be good if you had a Webex in one and Youtube in the other, but for 99.999% of the time I just switch apps.

  • mini-me

    Wish that little blue tab on the left would dissapear. Its annoying. I’m already using sidebar now I can play with both. But that damn blue tab poking its head on my homescreen needs to go.

    • Lou

      just hold the back button

      • mini-me

        got it..thx

        • PixieJean

          O man I was getting so irritated trying to get rid of that till I found this… thank u!

    • kelso

      hold the back button and it’ll disappear

      • me


    • ses

      Not working…I have verizon does that matter???

  • I’m just happy I now have a device that Can run two apps at once unlike my old device that barely ran one app. A week or so into owning the S4 and I still think it’s fantastic, features like this are just icing on the cupcake.

    • WickedToby741

      No no, Cupcake was Android 1.5. You have Jelly Bean. 🙂

  • umbrellacorp

    Does this also update to 4.2.2?

    • tony

      No. It’s just added features to 4.1.2

  • Tony

    I get the white screen with chrome and YouTube but only in portrait mode, in landscape mode it works just fine. I have a galaxy note 2 from VZW and I have the same white screen glitch

  • Lou

    The 2 apps that make the most sense to me for multi window would be Phone and Calendar so you can see conference numbers and dial the bridge. Can’t use either though.

    • Itchy_Robot

      I agree. What is the point of this feature unless you can use any app? There are only a handfull of apps I can see myself using with this feature but none of them are supported. What is limiting them from allowing all apps?

      • Geoff Johnson

        Not sure, all apps work on my custom ROM.

      • billy routh

        Two words, Root it.

        • Lou

          Can you get Phone and Calendar at the same time with a rom?

          • billy routh

            On the note 2 you can.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            You can get ANY App to do it if you root………….and ROM. Had a one of those Roms on my S3…. blew the minds of my old co workers with their unrooted Note 2

          • T4rd

            You don’t have to install a ROM, you can just do it with root on the stock ROM. I forgot what file you have to replace, but I was able to mod my Note 2 on its stock ROM when I first got it to allow any app into the multi-window menu. Pretty much any Note 2 ROM now has it built in though, so I would expect the same on the GS3 and GS4.

        • michael arazan

          I thought there was a rom that allowed people to add any apps they choose to it

    • Rlopin

      Install the MobileDay app. It will automatically dial your bridge and passcodes for you with a single touch. If you are the host, it can dial your host code too.

  • gnote2 user

    it looks like it’s a bug when using chrome. I didn’t have that issue using other apps on my G Note 2.

  • Jason Tramonti

    The White Glitch on the GS3 has to do with putting YouTube in the bottom window. I have no clue why it does it. But if you put YouTube on the top, you’re fine. Also, mine doesn’t have that X Button. Peculiar, but oh well.

    • tony

      I don’t have that issue either way. It works fine on top or on the bottom. I bet there is some app in the background causing an issue with let’s say your system resources.

      • WickedToby741

        Probably Verizon’s constant Wi-Fi checker app.

    • josh keisling

      The first thing i did when i got it on my s3 yesterday was put chrome on top and youtube on bottom and it worked just fine landscape and portrait so maybe its just a problem with some phones. It also worked perfectly on my note 2.
      And now that i know that it works ill never ever use it again
      i would have wished for the slow motion and fast motion video recording functions that are on the note 2 that is much more useful

  • Devin

    Works fine on my Verizon S3

    • Joe Bertolino

      Mine worked fine with certain apps but not when I tried it like they are in the video.

  • Personally, I find the multiwindow function utterly pointless on a phone. It’s great on a tablet or some other device with a good size screen, but on the S4, it’s borderline useless as far as I’m concerned.

    • schoat333

      I think the S4 screen is just big enough for this to be useful, but agree it is much more important on tablets.

      • JetBlue

        It depends on the type of person since I have the Note 2 which is bigger than both the S3 and S4 and the only time I ever use multiwindow is when I show it off to friends which isn’t very often.

    • I could see using it for just spur of the moment things like say you were watching a video (probably would work best if video was playing from YouTube) and someone mentions some new tech product you were unaware of and then you want to research it some more or just find out what the heck it is / does.

    • feztheforeigner

      What about those if us who use YouTube for music and want to browse the Internet at the same time? I’m sure there are many other use cases as well

  • JetBlue

    Tried the Youtube and Chrome on my Note 2 and it played also so might just be a bug with Multi-Window on the S3

    • That’s what I’m thinking. Nice of them to release a new feature months late with a major bug.

      • WickedToby741

        But I thought Verizon’s testing process was flawless? That’s why it takes so long, right? /s