Moto G5s Plus w/Android 8.1.0

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tonyacardo

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I do not like the split screen on my phone. I like the old way of doing things. Is there a way to turn the split screen off?
(I assume the little icon for open apps is part of the split screen, so hopefully it will go away when I go back to seeing one app at a time, if not I need to know how to get rid of the tine icon mode too)

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To exit split screen, simply swipe the center black bar all the way up or down.
Thanks for helping.

That works pretty well.

I was hoping for a permanent solution. Is there a way to disable it completely, so it cannot happen by accident.

I think the thing that bothers me most is Google Maps, sometimes when I am driving the phone will get jostled in its holder and the map will shrink to an icon size.
In Oregon, in a holder attached to the dash, it is legal to touch your phone but it is still a pain and in traffic it can be quite dangerous. Out of dash, you can only use one swipe or its a violation.

It just seems that I am always adjusting the Google Maps icon so that it will take up the whole screen. If I use bluetooth to answer a call, it shrinks up and I have to adjust it.

Maybe the question I should have asked was "How do I stop Google Maps from becoming a tiny icon"

When I say "Thanks" but then launch into additional problems it makes me sound a little ungrateful. I hope you don't take it that way. I am very appreciative that you helped.
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and hope that you will also tell me how to stop the Google Map icon problem.

(one of the biggest problems with boards is we cannot read each others body language, so we can't tell when someone is appreciative, like me, but wishes he would have asked the right question)
 
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You're welcome. To disable,
  1. From a Home screen, tap Apps
    (located in the lower-right).
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Multi window.
  4. Tap the Multi window switch (located in the upper-right) to enable
    or disable
    .
 

tonyacardo

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OK, I don't see that. I get to settings and there is no Multi Window. I then searched setting for multi and for window and nothing popped up (except for something about multi language keyboard).
Here are my specs:
Model G5S Plus
Android 8.1.0
Android Security Patch Level - August 1, 2018
Build OPS28.65-36
Kernal Version please see pic in URL
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1...?key=QXJ4SGZkcGJkQWxDZE5PXzNfMzhqR05lb3pBZzBR
 
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Sorry, don't seem to have anything around here running 8.1.0. I'll keep my eyes peeled though.
 

tonyacardo

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yeah, I searched all over Google looking for how to do it and could not find anything. it looks like I should have gotten a Samsung, I am told there split windows is an app that can be removed.

Thanks for your help
 

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I found this for your model
You can specify what apps are allowed to use picture in picture. For me it's in apps and notifications - special app access - picture in picture
I'm not sure if it applies because I don't own a Moto G5s.
 

tonyacardo

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For me it was in Settings > Special App Access. I turned it off.
Thank you. This might help

I navigate from the dash holder while I am driving. And I have to go to a lot of different work sites. So anything that uncomplicates or makes that easier increases my ability to safely navigate our roads.

I also noticed there was a setting called something like always on top, I may try that too.

Thanks to everyone who helped out. If I discover anything useful I will post it in this thread.
 
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You finally found it, excellent news!

Thanks for sharing the solution. Hopefully it'll help someone in a similar situation.
 

tonyacardo

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Thanks to plodr, I found that switch while looking for the solution she told me about. I am going to try both and see which one makes things easier/better/safer.
 
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