How To Get Android P’s New ‘Recent Apps’ Layout For Your Samsung Smartphone

How To Get Android P’s New ‘Recent Apps’ Layout For Your Samsung Smartphone

Android P has a brand new app switcher that changes things up from the traditional vertical view to a more intuitive horizontal layout. While most Android users will have to wait until Android P comes to their device to get the new look, Samsung has made it available for Galaxy S7, S8, S9, and Note 8 owners now through its Good Lock app.

To get the new app switcher, first make sure your device is running Android 8.0 Oreo. You’ll then need to download the Good Lock app from the Galaxy Apps store (not to be confused with an app with the same name from the Google Play store).

After that, pull up Good Lock and select “Task Changer” from the menu, which will require another installation (on-screen prompts will walk you through that).

Once that’s installed, head back to the original Good Lock menu. Select Task Changer (it should have a green checkmark beside it now), and you’ll now see some customisation options.

Screenshot: E.Price

To turn it on, make sure you toggle the feature to “In use.” The page will display a preview of what the Task Changer on your device should look like. While you’re here, you can also customise the Scroll Effect; GadgetHacks recommends considering Linear or Scale for a true Android P experience. You can also toggle Mini Mode, which shrinks all of your windows to the bottom of your device (to make one-handed controls easier, at least)

If you enjoy tweaking your device, the Good Lock app also lets you tweak your device in a number of other ways, including customising your phone’s lock screen and picking the perfect colours for your device’s quick settings menu.


  • shame this is another US based story that doesn’t work in Australia – good lock is not available yet in the Samsung AU app store.

    • It is now.. When I searched a couple of days ago based on another blog post, nada.. I searched earlier this morning and “Good Lock 2018” existed (both searches on Galaxy S9)

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