Using Multiple Screens in the FamilySearch Family Tree App

June 22, 2018  - by 
FamilySearch's new multiple screens feature makes genealogy research easier

If you’re a family history enthusiast who has hesitated to use the FamilySearch Family Tree mobile app because it doesn’t have the same features as the website, think again! App usage has increased 150% over the past year as the app has grown in capability.

One of the newest features on the FamilySearch Family Tree mobile app will allow you to have multiple screens open while you’re doing your research, much like using multiple tabs in an internet browser. This can allow you to be more effective as you navigate your family tree and compare information from searches with your ancestors’ profiles. This new feature is still being tested and should be fully functional in a week.

Enabling Multiple Screens in the Family Tree App

To use this new feature in your family history research, you first need to enable it in the Family Tree app. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open the Family Tree app on your mobile phone or tablet.
  2. On an Apple device, on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, tap More, and from the list, select Settings. On an Android device, tap the menu icon in the upper left corner, tap the menu icon, and select Settings.
  3. For Apple devices, tap the button next to Enable Research Mode, or for Android devices, tap the button next to Enable Multiple Screens.

Once you’ve enabled this feature, you can get started using it to facilitate your research. Below are a few tips you should know about the Multiple Screens feature:

Using Multiple Screens in the Family Tree App (Apple devices)

  1. To open a new screen, in the lower right corner, tap the plus sign.
  2. The dots in the middle of the gray toolbar represent your open screens. You can quickly switch between screens by swiping left or right on the dots.
  3. To see all your open screens and close any you no longer need, in the lower left corner, open the Screen Manager by selecting the icon.
  4. Close an open screen by tapping the X in the corner.
  5. If you’re using the Family Tree app on a tablet, you’ll see an icon in the lower left corner that looks like a split screen. When you tap the icon, you will be able to split your screen to show two screens at once.

Using Multiple Screens in the Family Tree App (Android devices)

  1. To open your screens page, from your Family Tree screen, tap the multiple screens icon.
  2. To open a new screen, in the lower right corner, tap the green plus sign.
  3. To switch between open screens, return to the Screens page, and tap on the screen you want to use.
  4. To rename or delete a screen, in the corner of the screen, tap the 3 dots.

This feature is sure to make your on-the-go research a breeze, no matter your level of family history experience. Download the FamilySearch Family Tree app to try it out!


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  1. Thank you for the new information about Family Search. It is always nice to have things made easier for me to do. Family Search is such a joy for me. I am able to read stories of my ancestors and see their picture too.

  2. Any suggestions for identifying the correct Meyer S ( probably “Sebastian”) Harris, father of Moel Louis Harris, my grandfather, who enlisted for the Spanish-American War? The Military Archives office says that they have “insufficient information” to answer with correct name among several similar possibilities.

    Thank you.

    Martin S. Harris, jr.

  3. No settings on Android as instructed for multiple screens.. Open app, too left drop down, no settings. So I went to account settings, nothing there either. I’m constantly using the web because of limitations on app.

    1. What kind of phone do you have? I have a Samsung android, and after opening the top left drop down or ‘slide in’, settings is in the bottom three selections. After opening settings, scroll down just a tad to find the multiple screen slide button. It’s immediately under ‘Show Discovery Notifications’.

      1. I have a Samsung android 9 and cannot find the setting shown in the instructions. There is no enable multiple screens option. I have “Save Photos …”, “Show Temple Ordinances”, “Expand Ancestors with Tasks”, “Enable Night Theme” and “Show Discovery Notifications.” After that is the Account section. I have Family Search app version 2.2.7. Do I need to update, and, if so, how do I do that? Thanks for your help.

  4. Just activated the enable research on my iPad. No gray toolbar or plus sign at the bottom of my screen. What version of the app should we be running for the multi screen option?

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  7. I am so excited about the new Multiple Screens feature! I can see how this will be a wonderful help with my mobile research.