Android Nougat has a hidden feature that lets you arrange multiple windows side-by-side or on-top on the screen called the Freeform Mode. This works much like arranging multiple windows on your desktop. This is intended for tablet but any device running Android N can experience this feature. Unlocking this feature requires rooting your device but an app called Taskbar can do so without the need to root access. Here’s how to unlock Freeform Mode on Android Nougat.
How to unlock Freeform Mode on Android Nougat
Step 1: You need to enable Developer Options first. To do so, go to Settings > About Phone. Now, Tap on the Build Number 7 times and you will see a toast saying you have enabled developer options.
Step 2: Go back and scroll down till you find Developer options. Now you need to enable the “Force activities to be resizable” option located at the bottom.
Step 3: Now, install Taskbar for the Google Play Store. Open it and grant the permissions it asks for.
Step 4: Clear your recent apps and restart the device.
Step 5: After your device has finished booting, launch Taskbar. It will add a floating button at the bottom of the screen.
Step 6: Tap on Overview button and then on the floating button. You will see a lost of all the apps currently on your device. Tap an app and it will be launched in freeform mode.
Step 7: Tap the floating button and launch a second, third or fourth app. All these apps will be launched as window just like it does on a desktop.
That’s it. this works best on bigger screen. You can drag the windows around and put them wherever you want. The windows will have two buttons – full screen and close. Tapping on the full screen button will exist the freeform mode.
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