Up until a year ago, split-screen multitasking used to be a feature that was available only on a selected few devices from manufacturers namely Samsung and LG. Now, Google has introduced this much-awaited feature on the latest version of Android Nougat, allowing users to use multiple apps at the same time on split screens. Android 7.0 Nougat is a great version of the OS with plenty of amazing features that are custom-made for the android users.
While the split-screen multitasking is indeed a useful feature, it still doesn’t provide support for running the same app on split screens. Wouldn’t it be great if you could chat with two different contacts on WhatsApp without having to jump back and forth between the two chat windows? Well, with the help of a new app known as “Parallel Windows for Nougat”, now you can easily run the same app side by side on split screens.
The Parallel Windows app comes in really handy when you want to copy content from one page and paste it on another page on the same app, or watch two videos simultaneously or chat with two contacts on WhatsApp. The possibilities are endless. You can also manage more than two windows at the same time by using the app in freeform windows mode.
Parallel Windows for Nougat offers a floating menu with which you can easily launch the split-screen mode. By using the Mirror function, you can run the same app on both windows at once. If you’re a big fan of using multi-windows on your smartphone, the Parallel Windows for Nougat is one app that’s definitely worth checking out.
How to use the Parallel Windows for Nougat App?
Before using the Parallel Windows for Nougat app, it’s worth knowing that the app is still in the alpha release stages, which means you can expect some bugs here and there. Having said that, let’s move on to the steps for installing the Parallel Windows app on your Nougat device and using it to run the same app on split screens:
- The first step, of course, is to install the app. Go to Google Play Store, search for the Parallel Windows for Nougat app, and once you find the app, download it on to your Android device. You can also download APK for free from various websites that offer the app’s latest APK. After downloading the app, install it. Do keep in mind that this app will work only on devices, running Android 7.0 or higher and it will support only those apps that allow the split-screening feature.
- Once you’ve installed the app, launch it, at which point you’ll be informed about the possibilities of bugs due to its early developmental stages. Check the box next to “I understand” and then tap “Continue.”
- Enable the switch next to “Permit to draw over other Apps” and then toggle the switch next to “Enable Accessibility Service.”
- Select “Parallel Windows for Nougat” from the list, enable the Accessibility service, and then click on the “OK” button.
- The next step is to customize the trigger area by adjusting its position, height, and width according to your requirements. Enter the custom values into the Hotspot dimensions field.
- Now, you can run the same app on split screens, using the Parallel Windows for Nougat App. Open the app you wish to use in split-screen mode and swipe in from the right edge of the screen to bring up the sidebar.
- Select the third option, and you’ll see a list of all the apps installed on your device. Select the app you want to run on split screens. Now the app will take a top half of the screen.
- Next, select the same app from the list of recent apps on the bottom half of the screen.
That’s just about it! Now, you can see two instances of the same app, running in split-screen mode on your Android Nougat. To exit the split-screen mode, just long-press the recent apps button.
Have you tried the Parallel Windows for Nougat App on your device? Do you think it’s useful? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!