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I'm coming back to Android after many years, and trying to manage Notifications. That's supposed to be accessible by holding a finger on a notification and a menu will pop up allowing you to adjust the app's notification rights.

Except something wild happens instead. The menu flashes up for 1/4 second, and then, the undesired app opens in a "half-size window" that floats over my home screen, or anywhere else I try to go. If I click away from it, it "minimizes" and becomes an icon at the top right corner of my home screen. Tapping it there brings back the half-size window.

So clearly there's a cool, productivity-enhancing feature that I need to be red-pilled on. Can anyone help?

  • What is it?
  • Is it inherent to Android, or a trick done by certain apps such as Mod Pizza?
  • How do I get rid of an unwanted window/icon?
  • How do I use it as intended?

Also, back on the notification screen, am I correct it's a timing thing on the finger-hold? Like "short" = go to the app, "medium" = adjustment menu, and "long" = do the above feature? Can that be adjusted?

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What is it?
Is it inherent to Android, or a trick done by certain apps such as Mod Pizza?
How do I use it as-intended?

This is a Samsung feature called "pop-up view".

Aside from the split windows, Samsung also offers pop-up views (similar to the picture-in-picture mode) as an alternative for multi-tasking.

How do I get rid of an unwanted window/icon?

To remove the pop-up window:

  • Tap the small bar on the top of the window, then tap the "X" icon, or
  • Tap and hold the small bar, then drag the window to the "X Remove" text on the bottom of the screen

To remove the minimized icon:

  • Tap and hold the icon, then drag it to the "X Remove" text on the bottom of the screen

back on the notification screen, am I correct it's a timing thing on the finger-hold? Like "short" = go to app, "medium" = adjustment menu, and "long" = do above feature?

Correct. The behavior is:

  • Short tapping will open the app (or open the minimized notification)
  • Medium holding will show the simple notification settings
  • Long holding will allow the user to open the app in a pop-up view or full-screen view (similar to long holding the app from the Recents screen)

Can that be adjusted?

As far as I know, no, it is not adjustable.

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