This article was written in 2021 after the release of the 11th generation Fire HD 10.
The 2021 release of the 11th generation Fire HD 10 and HD Plus saw a bit of a change in direction from Amazon.
Whereas the main purpose of the Fire tablet has always been for entertainment and gaming, the 2021 models are definitely designed for work purposes too. According to Amazon's blog, this was in response to the huge increase in demand for productivity apps that the company noticed during the pandemic.
The Fire HD 10 Productivity Bundle (Amazon) is designed to replace your laptop and includes a handy keyboard, which makes typing large amounts of text a lot easier and also doubles up as a cover. Also included is a 12-month Microsoft 365 personal subscription.
The tablet itself contains more RAM than before, making it smoother than ever to switch from one app to another. And it has a brand new split screen feature, which allows you to open 2 apps side by side.
This makes it SO much easier to multitask - you can check your email while watching a video, for example - and it's great for researching information as you write an essay or complete a project.
So this tutorial is designed to show you just how to access this handy new feature, either from the tablet or by using the compatible keyboard.
First open any app (I opened the appstore) and tap the 'task switcher', which is the square at the bottom right of the screen.
Tap the app icon at the top and a small menu will drop down. Tap 'Split Screen'.
The app you were using will move the the left half of the screen. You can now select an app to show on the right half. I chose Goodreads.
The Goodreads app is now open alongside the Appstore. Simple!
When you are ready to return to a single screen, choose which of the two apps you want to see in full screen. Hold your finger on the divider at the center of the screen and drag that app right across to the other side of the screen.
The keyboard makes the process even easier - all you need to do is press the 'Fn' and 'S' keys simultaneously.
And that's all there is to it - you can now use split screen to get your work done more efficiently... or to play and work at the same time ;)
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