How to Use Multi-Window View in Android 7 Nougat

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The most prominent new feature in Android Nougat 7.0 is Multi-Window (also called split-view) multitasking, a long-overdue addition to the mobile operating system. Formerly found only in customized Android skins such as Samsung TouchWiz, this mode enables you to view two apps at once. It's great for when you want social media or your email inbox visible while you browse the web or edit photos. 

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Unfortunately, it's not exactly easy to figure out how to make it work. Below, we'll show you how to select a second app to place side by side with the one you're already using, and how to select an app not shown in the app switcher. Here's how to use multi-window views in Android Nougat 7.0:

1. While in an app, hold down on the Recent Apps button.


2. Select an app from your recent apps. If the app you want doesn't appear in that view, tap the Home button. Not all apps support multi-window mode, and you'll see a warning if that's the case for apps you select.

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3. Tap a second app.

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You've set up split-view! Drag the dividing line left and right to resize, tap Home to find a new secondary app from the home screen and tap the Split Screen button in the bottom right corner to select a recently used app.

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Subham Gupta Says:

    Thank you very really works

  • David Alexander Smith Says:

    ..Sorry, when I meant I can't hold down the left button, I meant I *can*...

  • David Alexander Smith Says:

    I know I'm late in commenting, but this isn't working for me. I can't hold down the left button like in the old version, and when I tap it I get the multiple app windows appear, sure, but I can't get them to appear on screen at once, not from following your instructions anyway. Any advice?

  • howard Says:

    So now we know is how to open two screens. How do we prevent them ever from opening and if we cannot,how do we get back to one screen? I see little advantage on a phone of having an even smaller screen than I had to start with. Great on a computer, but these toys called phones are not really fit for purpose. Most apps are getting there as they now format screens correctly but at the current rate of progress it will be a few years until they all do it.

  • Nomandla Says:

    Discription really helped. I dodnt understand this term

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