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You’re probably used to opening and using a single app on your Android phone at a time. But did you know that it’s possible to greatly increase your productivity by multitasking?
Using some Android tricks and apps, you can keep two apps open at once, switch between apps effortlessly, and even watch videos while working in another app. To accomplish this, let’s look at the many ways to multitask on Android.
Nougat - Features - Shortcut - Apps - Recents
Android 7.0 Nougat and above features a handy shortcut for instantly switching between the current and last-used apps. To use it, simply double-tap the square-shaped Recents button (the one that pulls up all active apps) on the navigation bar. Execute this shortcut once to go back to the last app you had open, then again to return to the original one when desired.
If you’re running Android 9.0 Pie or above, you won’t have the older navigation buttons at the bottom of your screen. Instead, you need to flick the pill-shaped home button to the right to switch apps. These gestures are just one of the new features of Android Pie.
Pie - Features - Tour - Improvements - Android
Android 9.0 Pie is here and it offers some awesome new features. Here's a tour of the most exciting improvements in Android Pie.
Do note that while this is a native Android function, it may not be present on your phone (or may take a different form) depending on the manufacturer.
Android - Option - Side-by-side - Instance - Document
Android also has a multi-window option for running two apps side-by-side. For instance, you could have a document open in Google Docs in the lower half of the screen with a Google Search window in the other for research.
Plus, Android allows you to drag text from one app to another in the split-screen mode. You can even adjust the window’s size depending on your use. Nearly every major app supports multi-window on Android...
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