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. To open the Apps list, two-finger swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  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. To move between the apps that are open on your device, swipe left or right.
  3. To open an app, double-tap.

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.
  3. To open the local context menu, swipe up then right.
  4. Select Actions.
  5. Select Split screen.
  6. The top screen shows the first app. The bottom screen lists your recent apps.
  7. In the bottom screen, move focus to the second app then double-tap to select.
  8. Your screen now shows two apps.

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

To adjust the size of the split screen, or to exit split-screen view:

  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.

Exit an app

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