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Multitasking with Snap on Xbox One

Snap overview

Snap is a Kinect feature that expands the way you use your Xbox One console. By snapping apps, you can multitask the activities that are most important to you.

When you "snap" an app, you open it on one side of your screen, where continues to run while you do something else on the main part of the screen. For instance, while playing a game, you can snap the Twitch app to watch a video, or snap Parties so you can talk while you play.

You can use voice commands or the Xbox One controller to snap an app.

Notes

  • Voice commands are not available in all regions. For a list of Xbox One features and the regions where the features are available, see Xbox One feature availability.
  • Not all TVs and monitors are compatible with the Snap feature.
  • Not all apps can be snapped.

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Snap an app

Using your voice

  1. Say "Xbox, snap."
  2. Say the name of the app you want to snap, such as Skype.
A screen shot shows the Skype app snapped to another open app, which is ESPN on Xbox One. Skype is in a panel on the right side.

Using a controller

  1. Scroll left on the Home screen or double-tap the Xbox button  on your controller to open the guide.
  2. Scroll down to Snap an app.
The 'Snap an app' menu is displayed on the left side of the Xbox One Home screen.
  1. Highlight the app you want to snap using the left stick, and then press the A button  .

Switch between a snapped app and the larger app on your screen

Using your voice

To switch focus, simply say "Xbox, switch." (To determine which app is currently in focus, move the left stick.)

Using a controller

  1. Double-tap the Xbox button  on your controller to open the Snap an app tab. Icons for both open apps will be shown next to the Unsnap button.
  2. Use the left stick to highlight the app you want to use.
  3. Press the A button  to select that app.

Unsnap an app

Using your voice

Say "Xbox, unsnap."

Using a controller

  1. Double-tap the Xbox button on your controller to open the Snap an app tab.
    Note You can also press the Xbox button  to go Home or say "Xbox, go home." Scroll left to Snap an app.
  2. Select Unsnap.
The 'Snap an app' men is displayed on the left side of the Xbox One Home screen. The ESPN app is selected, and the Unsnap option is highlighted.

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