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Open and close apps with TalkBack

You can open apps, switch between apps, and show two apps at once with split screen.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 7.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Open apps on your device

  1. To go to the Home screen, swipe up then left.
  2. Navigate to the Apps icon, and double-tap to open it.
  3. Navigate to the app that you want to open, then double-tap to open it.

Switch between recent apps

  1. To open your app Overview, swipe left then up.
  2. Navigate to the app that you want to open, then double-tap to open it.

Show two apps at the same time

To display two apps at once, you can create a split screen view.

  1. Open the first app.
  2. Navigate to the Overview button, then double-tap and hold to split the screen.
  3. The top screen shows the first app. The bottom screen lists your recent apps.
  4. In the bottom screen, move focus to the second app then double-tap to select.

Note: In landscape mode, the screen splits between left and right instead of top and bottom.

To adjust the size of the split screen:

  1. Explore by touch or swipe to the split screen divider.
  2. To open the local context menu, swipe up then right.
  3. Select Actions.
  4. Choose an option such as Top full screen, Top 50%, or Bottom full screen.

Note: In landscape mode, options include left and right instead of top and bottom.

To exit split screen view, navigate to the Overview button, then double-tap and hold.

Exit an app

To get out of an app, go to the Home screen by swiping up then left.