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[Free] How to Split Screen on Windows/Mac/Android/iPhone/iMovie

Jane Zhou updated on Nov 18, 2021 to Video Editing Tips | How-to Articles

Sometimes you may want to do two things on your device at the same time, like comparing two videos at the same time. And that's why it's important to know how to use a split-screen for your device. In this article, we will show you how to split-screen in detail on Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, and iMovie. You may complete this mission through system settings on some devices, and you may need some help with specific software on others. Thus, we also give you an application that can help you view two videos at the same time.

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Part 1. How to Split Screen on Windows

If you want to compare two videos, or you just simply want to play and watch two videos at the same time, EaseUS Video Editor can be quite helpful here. This video editing software for PC is capable of playing two videos on the same screen. After viewing, you can even export it and share it with your friends. 

Moreover, this video editor can also edit your videos before export. For example, you can use it to add text, pictures, background music, filter, special effects to your videos. Besides, you can use it to make a video from the source files you have. You may make a slideshow with music, make a video with pictures and a song, etc. After a basic introduction to this software, let's look at the steps of operating it.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Video Editor and choose the aspect ratio to create a new project.

select aspect ratio

Step 2. Click "Import" to add the source files and drag them to the timeline. You can also right-click the files and click "Add to Project" to put them on the timeline. Here you need a background picture, just choose a picture and put it to the image track. After that, you may put the two videos to the video track.

add source file

Step 3. Double click on the video in the timeline. Select the video in the preview window. Then drag it to adjust its size and position.

adjust size and position

Step 4. Click the "Export" button to export the split-screen video if it meets your satisfaction.

export file

Part 2. Split Screen on Mac

In Split View, you can use both apps side by side, without the distraction of other apps. For example, you can choose a window to work in by clicking anywhere in that window, show the menu bar by moving the pointer to the top of the screen, swap window positions by dragging a window to the other side, adjust window width by dragging the vertical line between the windows or switch to other apps or your desktop with Mission Control. To help you split the screen on Mac, here we give you the operation steps on Mac OS Catalina.

Split View on Mac

Step 1. Hover your pointer over the full-screen button in the upper-left corner of a window. Or click and hold the button.

Step 2. Choose "Tile Window to Left of Screen" or "Tile Window to Right of Screen" from the menu. The window then fills that side of the screen.

Step 3. Click a window on the other side of the screen to begin using both windows side by side.

If you are using other Mac OS versions, you may follow the steps below.

Step 1. Click and hold the full-screen button in the upper-left corner of a window. 

Step 2. As you hold the button, the window shrinks, and you can drag it to the left or right side of the screen.

Step 3. Release the button, then click a window on the other side of the screen to begin using both windows side by side.

Part 3. How to Split Screen on Android

Most new Android phones from over a dozen different manufacturers now allow you to run apps in split-screen mode, which lets you use and view them both at once. And it's easy to activate the split-screen mode. You should note, however, that running apps in split-screen mode can deplete your battery faster than running them normally. And not all apps can be run in split-screen mode - apps that require the full screen to function, like games, won't offer you the option. Now, let's see how you can split the screen on an Android phone, taking Samsung as an example.

Split View on Android

Step 1. From your Home screen, tap on the "Recent Apps" button in the bottom left corner, which is represented by three vertical lines in a square shape.

Step 2. In Recent Apps, locate the app you want to use in split-screen. Tap and hold on that app to open a menu. Keep in mind that some apps can't be used in split-screen.

Step 3. Once the menu has opened, tap on "Open in split-screen view". The app you selected will temporarily appear as a black bar on the top of the screen. Tap on the other app you want to use in split-screen.

Step 4. Your apps will now appear in split-screen, and you should be able to switch between the two of them seamlessly. They'll be separated by a black bar, similar to the one you saw in step 3.

Part 4. Split Screen on iPhone

SplitNet is fast and effective and simple for everyone to use. When you are browsing on the internet, most of that time is spent switching through apps and waiting for them to load, isn't it? There is no need for that anymore. SplitNet offers you all your favorite social media apps in one place, saving you storage and time. Multitasking allows you to use two apps at once, answer an email while browsing through social media, and many more possibilities. If you want to save the time you spent on switching apps, you may use this app. Just follow the steps below.


Download here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/splitnet/id1328932071

Step 1. Download SplitNet and launch it on your iPhone.

Step 2. You will see some mainstream APPs on your screen. Click to run one of them.

Step 3. The screen is now divided into two, and the APP on running is on the upper half of screen. You may click "Back" to open another APP on the other part of the screen.

Part 5. How to Split Screen in iMovie

iMovie is widely used by iOS system users. When using this APP, many people may want to open other applications as well. However, the only screen couldn't allow them to view two APPs at one time. Thus, many iMovie users would like to split their screens. We give you the operation steps below to help you split screen in iMovie. But note that you can only add two videos to the tracks, which means you can only display two videos at the same at most.

Split View in iMovie

Step 1. Drag and drop the video clips to the timeline.

Step 2. Go the overlay settings and then select the "Side by Side" option.

Step 3. If you need to crop or zoom in to make the side by side effect look better, you can use the Crop tool to adjust.

However, if you are using the iMovie 10 version, you will find the information above is not suitable. Thus, we give you a specific tutorial for iMovie ten below.

Step 1. Drag and drop the clips that you want to show at the same time to the timeline and make sure one is above another in the timeline.

Step 2. Click the "Video Overlay Settings" icon above the Viewer window and then select the "Split Screen" option from the drop-down box.

Step 3. You can now see the clips which have been cropped automatically in the Viewer window. You can select where the split-screen clips appear by selecting the target positions. iMovie allows you to add slide-in transitions and adjust the duration.


To sum up, if you want to view two videos at the same time, you may adjust the settings on your device. However, for Windows users, we recommend you to download EaseUS Video Editor because it can fully fulfill your needs. Besides, it can even do more than you required: edit and export the videos you want to view at the same time. The video exported includes the two original videos, and you can watch them in the meantime after exporting.

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