Android has fallen behind in the multitasking game despite the changes made in Lollipop and Marshmallow. The latest version of Google’s Android does have a hidden multi-window mode but it is highly experimental and merely hints at the company’s future plans for the mobile OS. Of course, Android’s root community is like an entirely different development team and with the help of an Xposed module, everyone can get a multi-window mode on their devices.
As the title should have already given away, this guide requires you to have a rooted device. We are not going to delve into details on how each device can be rooted so you will need to find that out for yourself. Furthermore, the Xposed Framework will need to be installed in your rooted device so that you can get the multi-window module. Other than that, there are no other requirements though there will definitely be huge differences between devices, something that you will also need to test for yourself.
Set up your device
Before we continue, make sure to take a look at our “Xposed: Power-Up Your Android” article for more information on Xposed Frameworks, its modules and how you can install everything. I will assume that you have a basic understanding of these concepts so feel free to drop a comment down below or visit the forum if you have any questions.
- Launch Xposed in your Android device.
- Find the XMultiWindow module by going to the Download tab or searching for in in the respective field. You can also find the module here.
- Tap on the module, download it and enable it.
- You will be asked to reboot your device. Do so immediately as the feature will not work otherwise.
Your device should now be properly set up but you still need to configure XMultiWindow before you can start multitasking on your Android device. To start with, open the XMultiWindow app. Go to Sidebar Settings > Sidebar App Settings and choose the apps you want to work with in the multi-window mode via the Add button.
Once you have added all the apps you want, tap on the “Open Sidebar” option in the main XMultiWindow interface. This will open a sidebar on the left side that will list all the apps you chose before. Basically, the sidebar acts like a floating app so you can use it exactly like one of those. Whenever you want to open one of those apps in split-screen view, long-press their icons on the sidebar. You will get two different options which will vary depending on your screen’s orientation. On the vertical position, for instance, the options will read “Add to up WorkSpace” and “Add to down WorkSpace” whereas in horizontal mode the options will correspond to the left and right sides of your screen.
Obviously, some apps will behave better than others but most of the burden will fall upon your device. If you have a powerful tablet with a big screen, for instance, the multi-window feature should perform quite well. Less powerful devices may have trouble with this and there is little chance it will work great in small Android phones though you can always try and see if it works for you.