Android Nougat has been made available for compatible devices with the ability to have two apps running side by side on the device (split-screen). However, to use the split-screen ability, the apps need to be split-screen compatible. The methods available to activate split-screen feature in Android Nougat are explained below.
Drag and Drop
- In Android N, you can tap on the app-switcher icon when using an app or even on the home screen. The icon will be present on the bottom right corner of the screen. This will launch the card based multi-tasking window.
- You need to tap and hold on the app that you need to have on screen, and drag the app up to the top of the screen. This will make the app take up the top half portion of the display, when you are holding the phone on portrait mode. You will be able to see the app-switching screen on the bottom half of the screen.
- You can now tap on the second app that you wish to have on screen. You will now have two apps running – one on the top and another on the bottom part of the screen.
The second method is even easier, but it needs to be activated. You will need to enable System UI Tuner from Settings. Follow the below steps to do that.
- You will need to swipe down from the top to reach the quick settings and full notification screen is displayed.
- You can see a Settings cog on the top right. Touch and hold it until the cog starts spinning. Once it starts spinning, release your finger to see a pop up alert on the screen. The alert will be displayed for a short while to let you know that the System UI Tuner has been added to settings.
- After activating the System UI, you can go to Settings > System UI Tuner > Other and then tap on the toggle button Enable Split-Screen Swipe-Up Gesture.
- Once active, you just need to swipe up from the app-switching button, while using more than to launch the split-screen mode. You may also press and hold the app switching button to launch the split-screen mode after enabling it.