Families usually encounter this problem.
One member wants to watch TV.
Another wants to play video games.
Split screen. An awesome feature.
And if you’d like to try it with your LG TV…
Read on and we’ll teach you how.
Continue reading to find out:
- What external devices you can simultaneously watch from.
- How to check if your LG TV actually has the split screen option.
- 3 easy steps to use LG TV’s Multi-view feature to split your screen.
- What to do if you can’t find the split screen option from the Launcher bar.
- And this is just the beginning…
How to use split screen on LG TV?
To use split screen on LG TV, just click the Home button on your remote. When the Launcher comes up, look for the Multi-view option and select it. This will automatically split your screen into 2. And you’ll see inputs from 2 of your connected devices. The audio will come from the selected screen.
3 steps to use split screen on LG TV
An important note about using split screen on your LG TV.
Splitting the screen on your LG TV is done using the Multi-view option.
However, since 2020, LG has quietly dropped this feature from their webOS.
Quite disappointing. Considering that Multi-view is a neat feature.
LG also didn’t release a statement on why Multi-view was removed.
But many users have confirmed. It really is no longer available in 2020 or newer models of LG TV.
So, if you’re using one of those new LG TV models…
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to split your screen.
Our guide below will only work for 2019 or older LG TVs.
Let’s get started.
#1: Plug in the external devices you’d be watching from
The first thing to do is to connect the devices you’d be watching from.
What’s great about LG’s Multi-view is you have plenty of options.
You can watch simultaneously from any 2 of the following devices:
You can also watch from an app in your webOS on one screen. And from an external device on the other screen.
It isn’t required that all inputs should come from external devices only.
#2: Turn off SIMPLINK and HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color
This step is if both of your external devices are connected via HDMI.
You’d need to turn off a couple of features for the split screen to work.
First is SIMPLINK.
SIMPLINK is a feature in LG TV. It allows users to control multiple HDMI-connected devices with just one remote.
However, you need to turn it off since it causes glitches when using Multi-view.
Here’s how you turn off SIMPLINK:
- Click the Home button on your remote and go to Settings.
- Navigate to General.
- Look for SIMPLINK (HDMI-CEC) and click it.
- Click the toggle button to switch it off.
Now you’ll need to turn off HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color.
It’s just not possible to watch from 2 HDMI-connected devices with this feature turned on.
Here’s how to turn off HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color:
- Click your remote’s Home button and go to Settings.
- Select Picture.
- Select Additional Settings.
- Navigate to HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color.
- Toggle it off with the button.
Done turning off both?
If yes, then awesome!
Now you’ll need to do it again for your other external device.
So using the Source button on your remote. Change the input to the other HDMI-connected device. The one you’re also planning to use for the split screen.
And repeat the steps in turning off SIMPLINK and HDMI Ultra HD Deep Color.
Do you have more than 2 HDMI-connected devices?
Just repeat the process of turning those 2 features off. Do it for every device you’ll use for the split screen.
#3: Click the Multi-view option
Now that your devices are all set, it’s time to split your LG TV screen.
And it’s very simple to do this.
All you have to do is click the Home button on your remote.
When the Launcher pulls up, navigate to Multi-view and click it.
That’s it! You should now be able to see a split screen.
For a visual guide, you may refer to this video:
“Wait. I couldn’t find the Multi-view option. Where is it?”
In some LG TV models and webOS versions, Multi-view won’t appear in the Launcher bar. But it may still exist within the system.
Jump to our Bonus section for a guide on what you can do.
Changing the split screen’s input source
“My screen is now split. What if I want to change the input source from either screen?”
Simply click on the arrow above the split screen. You should be able to see a list of input sources. This includes the LG TV webOS and all the external devices connected.
You can simply switch from among them.
How to fix grayed-out input options
If you’re trying to change one of the split screen’s input sources. And the external device you want to select is grayed out. You’d simply need to reset it via the Device Connector.
Here’s how to do it:
- Click the Home button on your remote.
- On the Launcher bar, look for Device Connector.
- Select the external device that’s not working on the split screen.
- Click the “Reset the Selected Device” button.
- Select the TV port where you’d like to plug it in. Then click Next.
- Click the SIMPLINK button to toggle it off.
- Click Close.
You should now be able to select the previously grayed-out device.
“My LG TV can’t play audio on both screens, can it?”
No it can’t.
The audio will actually come from the highlighted screen.
The highlighted screen will have thin pink lines surrounding it. You can use your remote’s arrow button to choose which screen to get the audio from.
Bonus: Finding the Multi-view option with a Magic Remote
Most LG TVs usually come with a Magic Remote.
This is the remote that allows you to point and click at your TV. It also has voice recognition technology. So you can simply command it with your voice.
So if you have a Magic Remote, there are 2 ways you can check if you have Multi-view.
First is by doing the following:
- Click the More Actions button on your remote. It’s the one with the 3 dots as an icon.
- A menu would show up on the screen. Look if there’s an option for Multi-view.
If you can’t find it, try using this other method.
By simply speaking to your remote.
Here are the steps:
- Press and hold the Microphone button on your Magic Remote.
- When you see the “Speak Now” message on your screen, say “Launch Multi-view”.
If there’s a Multi-view option on your TV, it should launch automatically.
If not, you’ll see a message that no option exists.
Unfortunately, that means you won’t be able to do a split screen on your LG TV.
How to turn off split screen on LG TV?
To turn off split screen on LG TV, click on the Maximize button of the screen that you’d like to view in full. You can find that button on the right side. Directly above the screen. The other split screen will then automatically close.
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