With the launch of the Galaxy Note 2, Samsung has unveiled a new feature for true multitasking on your Android smartphone called Multi Window mode, which allows users to open two different apps at the same time. You can quickly activate this feature using a handy little tab on the left edge of the screen. However, most people including me find this little tab annoying so here’s how to get rid of it on the Galaxy Note 3 and more.
The Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2 and brand new Note 3 all use this feature, so it can be applied to all the devices I just mentioned. There are two different ways to do this. If you want to learn how to get rid of Tab on your device temporarily or permanently, read on for a set of quick and simple instructions.
How to Remove Multi Window Mode Tab on Your Galaxy Device
For starters, this little tab can actually be moved anywhere you see fit. So if you decide to keep it around for convenience but don’t like the location, we’ve covered that as well. Just long press the tab and you can swipe to any side or area you want so it doesn’t get in the way. Worth keeping for reading emails while viewing YouTube or other multitasking features.
If you’re like me, you probably want to get rid of it completely. You’ll be surprised to learn that this obnoxious tab will actually be removed when you quickly long press the dedicated “back” button (to the right of the home button) on your smartphone. Give a chance. It’s that simple. Long press it again and it will return.
If the annoying little tab on the Galaxy Note 3 (or any other device we mentioned) is getting in your way, just long-press the back button and it will disappear. However, I realized that I accidentally always re-enabled it and then quickly long-press and once again I had to stop what I was doing to remove it. It’s getting pretty old, so here’s how to disable it completely.
To ensure this Tab does not take over your screen again, you will need to disable the Multi window feature of your Galaxy device completely and there are two ways to do it. Above is the normal way through setting menus and below is quick switch. We will explain both.
Press the dedicated menu button on your device and tap “settings” (or find the Gear-shaped Settings icon in your app tray) and you’ll get to the second column from the top. After entering the “Device” settings window, you will proceed to “Multi window” and slide the setting to turn it off. This will disable multi-window mode completely and that little tab will never appear again.
Menu > Settings > Device > and uncheck Multi window mode. On Galaxy S3 and S4 this is in the same section under “My Device” but in the “Display” settings menu. Again, uncheck Multi-window mode.
Alternatively, you can quickly enable and disable the entire setting much more easily. Thanks to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and above the notification drop-down bar at the top, there are loads of features and controls. Pull down the notification bar and select the icon in the top right (it looks like four squares) and this will bring up the Quick Settings menu. From here find the Multi Window setting as shown in the image below and uncheck it. It’s that simple.
Should You Disable This?
With its large 5.7-inch screen, Galaxy Note 3 users will be able to take full advantage of this feature by opening two apps and windows at the same time. You can swipe apps from that Tab to the top or bottom of the screen. It’s a nice feature but something I rarely use. As a result, Tab gets in the way and I disable the feature entirely.
If you’re someone who multitasks a lot, you’ll probably want to keep this feature, but it’s all about personal preference. If you like quick access, keep it around, if not, just uninstall it or disable the option entirely via the details mentioned above.