How to use the multiventane on Android

What is multiventane?

Surfing Facebook while listening to music on YouTube, taking notes while watching a recipe video or copying text from a web page and then sending it by message: operations impossible to do if the two applications involved are not opened at the same time, right?.

Thanks to Android and its multi-window function, this type of operation is child’s play. How to use this function? We’ll explain it to you in the next show.multiventane on Android

Android’s multiwindow feature allows you to combine two applications and use them simultaneously.

This way you can perform two operations at once, such as replying to a message on WhatsApp without closing Maps while walking the streets of an unknown city or listening to music or podcasts on YouTube at the same time you write a tuit for your followers.

Use multiwindow in Android Nougat and Oreo

In version 7.0 of the operating system, Google first introduced the multi-window function to make it available to everyone. Obviously, with Android 8.0 Oreo, the version has remained available and can be activated as follows:

  1. Open the application you want to display at the top of the screen.
  2. Press and hold the multitask button for a while.
  3. Now you can navigate between the open applications and choose the second application to view.

Note: in case the second application is not among the open or recent applications, simply press the start button following point 2 and you will be able to start the second application safely, as you would normally do.

You will need to practice a little before discovering which applications are compatible with this feature, as the developer of the application may have blocked it, such as with Instagram.

Use multiwindow in Android Marshmallow or earlier

Unfortunately, with versions prior to Nougat of Android, not all smartphones have a multi-window function. Some of the exceptions are Samsung, Huawei/Honor and LG smartphones.

Multiwindow on Samsung smartphones

It is not possible to use the multi-window function on all Samsung smartphones. Generally, compatible smartphones belong to the S or Note line, but you can verify this by following the procedure below:

  1. Go to ‘Adjustments’.
  2. Look for the entry for ‘Multiwindow’.
  3. If you have the function, simply activate the corresponding switch to enable it.

Once you have activated the function in the ‘Settings’, you must:

  1. Press and hold the ‘Back’ button for a few seconds.
  2. A menu will open on the right side with the list of compatible applications.
  3. Drag the first application to the top half of the screen.
  4. Drag the second application to the bottom half of the screen.

Multiwindow on Huawei/Honor smartphones

If you have a Huawei/Honor smartphone with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and EMUI 4, you can take advantage of the multi-window feature as follows:

  1. Press and hold the multitask button for a while.
  2. Select the two desired applications from the menu shown

Please note that as in other cases, this function is only compatible with some applications.

Multiwindow on LG smartphone

Even LG has long implemented the multi-window function under the name ‘Double Window’ to allow you to use two applications simultaneously long before Android Nougat.

To use this feature on a compatible smartphone, just follow these steps:

  1. Press the multitask button.
  2. At the bottom there will be a button called ‘Double Window’, click on it.
  3. A new window will open in the middle of the screen and allow you to select the two compatible applications.

Use multiwindow with a modified ROM

For other smartphones that do not have this option, there is always the modification option. For a limited number of smartphones, in fact, there are some modified ROMs that will allow you to upgrade the device to Nougat or perhaps enable the feature in earlier versions of Android.

In case you are interested in the subject, I leave you the links to some useful guides, but as always remember that the procedures are at your own risk and that for each brand and model of smartphone may differ slightly. Modified ROMs are not suitable for the faint of heart!

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