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As you probably know, Multi Window is this amazing feature that allows you to run simultaneously 2 apps on the same screen on your Galaxy Note 2. This was one of the strong selling points that Samsung used to promote their Note 2 device. However, only some apps can be introduced on the Multi Winodw panel without rooting and that’s just unfortunate.

However, thanks to hairdewx, senior member on the XDA forum, i can share with you a method that modifies the apps so that they will work with Multi Window without needing to root the Verizon Note 2.

First of all, this tutorial is not effective with system apps. Also updated apps will require modification again.

For this process you will need an apk recompiling tool as you will have to de-compile the apk and then re-compile it with the necessary modifications. For this you can use this tool http://apkmultitool.com/.

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How to modify apps so that they work in Multi Window on Verizon Note 2:

  • Use apk-multi-tools to de-compile the app you want to modify
  • Look for Androidmanifest.xml and open it (Notepad++, Editor etc.)
  • Look for the following code sequence:
  • <intent-filter>                <action android:name=”android.intent.action.MAIN” />

                    <category android:name=”android.intent.category.LAUNCHER” />

    </intent-filter>

  • Add the following line just under the ‘category android:…’:
  • <category android:name=”android.intent.category.MULTIWINDOW_LAUNCHER” />
  • Search for
  • </application>
  • Add the following lines just above </application>:
  • <uses-library required=”false” name=”com.sec.android.app.multiwindow” />        <meta-data android:name=”com.sec.android.support.multiwindow” android:value=”true” />

            <meta-data android:name=”com.sec.android.multiwindow.DEFAULT_SIZE_W” android:value=”632.0dip” />

            <meta-data android:name=”com.sec.android.multiwindow.DEFAULT_SIZE_H” android:value=”598.0dip” />

            <meta-data android:name=”com.sec.android.multiwindow.MINIMUM_SIZE_W” android:value=”632.0dip” />

            <meta-data android:name=”com.sec.android.multiwindow.MINIMUM_SIZE_H” android:value=”598.0dip” />

  • Recompile the app
  • Uninstall the app and then reinstall it
  • If you encounter errors during re-compiling, then replace the file 1.apk from C:Users{username}apktoolframeworkfolder with this one 1.apk

Again, thanks to user hairdewx from Xda for providing this tutorial.

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