Since the arrival of the Android 7.0 Nougat people are talking about its various attractive features a lot. One of the things which Android 7.0 Nougat has changed is to allow the user to do multitasking. We already know that by enabling the split- screen feature we can do multitasking between two different apps at the same time with complete ease. In March this year, Google hinted that apart from split windows they may add another multitasking feature in Android 7.0 Nougat. But when this new version of Android was released there was no such addition which was highly expected by the Android fans.
Yes, we are talking about the ‘freeform’ window mode which was expected to be part of the Android 7.0 Nougat at its release point only. The freeform windows means one can see the apps windows floating around the screen and you can choose the one you want to use by just tapping on it. Despite Google not giving you that feature, the good news is that you can still have that feature, even though it can work only partially, on your Android 7.0 Nougat phone. Excited? Then do follow the simple steps given below.
How to run Several Apps in Floating Windows in Android 7.0 without Rooting
Step #1. First, you need to enable the Developer Options, Go to Settings → About Phone → Tap “Build Number” seven times.
When you are done with the first step just go back to the settings menu and you will see that “Developer Options” can be seen now.
Step #2. Tap on Developer Options and scroll down to the very bottom of your mobile screen and enable “Force activities to be resizable”.
Step #3. Next, Reboot your Android device.
Step #4. Now, go to Play Store and search for “Taskbar” app and download it.
Step #5. Open the Taskbar app and go down to the bottom and enable “Freeform mode” if it is not enabled.
Step #6. Scroll back to the top and enable Taskbar by tapping the switch appeared on the upper right corner of your screen.
Note: Do not tap on the drawer icon appearing in the lower left corner of your mobile as yet.
Step #7. Clear all the recent apps and exit to your home screen.
Step #8. Now you can tap on the new Taskbar drawer icon and a list of all your apps will appear.
Step #9. Once you have followed all the steps given about select apps from the list of your choice and the app itself will launch the floating and resizable windows.
Note: If for one or the other reason if the apps don’t start in floating windows style and still showing in full-screen mode, then launch Taskbar from recent apps screen of your mobile. Even things other than this too go crazy, then too you should try and launch the Taskbar app from there only.
This should be it! This should allow you to enjoy the floating windows on your Android 7.0 Nougat easily. Remember this is not the official and you may still witness certain bugs harming your experience. But for time being you can certainly enjoy the feature you were expected on your Android 7.0 Nougat enabled smartphone.
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