Android: Arguably, Android Nougat’s biggest new feature is the ability to run multiple apps at once. However, developers — like those behind Pokemon GO — can opt out. Fortunately, you can force apps to run in split-screen mode anyway.
As Android Police points out, there’s a hidden option in the developer settings on Android Nougat to force apps to be resizable, letting you use any app you want in split-screen mode. First, you’ll need to enable Developer settings if you haven’t already:
- Open the Settings app on your phone.
- Scroll to the bottom and select “About Phone”.
- Scroll to “Build number”. Tap this repeatedly (around seven times) until you see a toast notification that says “You are now a developer!”
Once that’s done, you have a new menu of settings just for developers. Here, you’ll find a flag that can let you force multi-window mode on those apps that don’t explicitly support it:
- Open the Developer Options menu.
- Tap “Force activities to be resizable”.
- Restart your phone.
Now you can enable split-screen on any app, regardless of whether or not it supports it. Note, there’s probably a good reason why a developer chose not to support multi-window features, so this could end up breaking your apps. So don’t write a bad review if this causes problems. Check out Android Police’s post below for more information.