Android Nougat brings a host of new changes to the mobile OS, with native split screen being one of the most prominent. The problem is that it requires developers to enable the feature before it’ll work, making some (many!) apps incompatible right. But like always with Android, there’s a workaround. Best of all, it’s easy peasy.

The first thing you’ll need to do is enable Developer Options, if you haven’t already. Then, head into the Settings menu, again by pulling down the notification shade a couple of times and tapping the cog icon.

Scroll down to the “Developer Options” entry, then tap it.

There are a slew of options in this menu, but don’t get overwhelmed. We’re literally looking for one, and it’s stupid-easy to find: just scroll all the way down to the bottom. The last entry reads “Force activities to be resizable.” That’s what you’re looking for—go ahead and hit the slider next to it.

Once it’s enabled, you’ll need to restart before you actually see the benefits. When that’s finished, go ahead and give it a whirl. Apps that formerly wouldn’t work with split-screen mode should now work fine for the most part.


It’s worth keeping in mind that the results can still be buggy here—you are, after all, forcing an app do something it isn’t supposed to do. Most of the time, however, it works quite well.

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Cameron Summerson is ex-Editor-in-Chief of Review Geek and served as an Editorial Advisor for How-To Geek and LifeSavvy. He covered technology for a decade and wrote over 4,000 articles and hundreds of product reviews in that time. He’s been published in print magazines and quoted as a smartphone expert in the New York Times.
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