Android 7.0 Nougat’s serious multitasking features
have been awesome especially for the tablet users. The Nougat goes beyond the split-screen mode as it turns out that there is another hidden setting feature which turns your application into resizable windows within a desktop-like interface.
This ‘Freeform Window mode’ as it is called, allows you to move applications around just like you are using a desktop. It even supports the keyboard and mouse input, so it is a great experience on handsets with larger screens like the tablets. To make use of this hidden feature, you just need to install one simple application. Here is how it works:
To get started, make sure your device is running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher and also have the Developer Options enabled.
Install Taskbar app
The first thing you are required to do is installing an application called Taskbar
. This app provides a pop-up interface that allows you to launch applications in Android Nougat’s Freeform Window mode
Activate Free Window Mode
Once you have the app installed, activate the Taskbar’s main service via a switch at the top most of your device’s screen. At one point, you will see a floating interface in the bottom of your screen that you will be suing to launch the Freeform Windows mode.
Then go to ‘Freeform mode’ menu to activate one more option. Check the box that is next to ‘Freeform window support’ and press ‘Open Developer Options’. Scroll down to the bottommost of your subsequent menu and activate the switch which is next to the ‘Force activities to be resizable’ option.
After you are done with this, reboot your handset to make these changes take effect.
Launch your apps in the Free Window mode
After rebooting your device, open recent apps menu and scroll to the top. Tap the ‘Clear All
’ option. Then open the recent apps menu again and expand the Taskbar’s floating interface at the bottom of your screen.
Press the app drawer icon and from now on any application you will launch opens in the freeform window mode
. Make use of the Taskbar interface to launch multiple freeform windows. Not that you’ve to begin from a cleared recent applications list to open applications with this kind of interface in future.
This mode gives you the experience you’d expect on our desktop. You can easily move windows by dragging the title bar. Moreover, you can also maximize or close the windows using the rectangle icons
and the ‘X
’. Dragging the edges resizes the windows.