Picture in Picture mode: improving multitasking on Android
Among the additions of Nougat and Airing to the functions of Android, there are several that stand out for helping to improve multitask with these devices. For example, pressing the recent apps button twice in a row will immediately switch to the previous app. Holding it down will enable the option to split screen so you can check two apps at the same time. And it is in this line that the Picture-in-Picture mode.
This new feature allows an application to be displayed in a smaller window on another. For example, YouTube supports this mode if you pay for YouTube Red. By activating it, you can keep watching the video while chatting on WhatsApp. It is a way of not losing track of what you are doing and being able to use other applications in a slightly more immediate way than with the split screen and making sure to see at least one app in full. However, it is a function that, like so many others in Android, not all apps are supported yet.
How to find out which apps installed on your Android phone support Picture in Picture mode
Luckily for everyone, Android offers an option with which it is very easy to know which of your installed applications are compatible with Picture in Picture mode. Go to the Settings from your device and enter Apps and notifications. Extend the Advanced Options and enter Special application access. You will see a category called Picture in Picture. Press it and you will have in front of you a list of your apps compatible with this mode ordered alphabetically.
Thanks to this, at a glance you will know without problems if you can use it or not. In addition, from this same menu you can enter each application and disable mode if you prefer. If you’re wondering how to use it if it’s on, it’s usually as simple as pressing the Home button while you’re using the app. The box will automatically be created, which you can use in two sizes and place in any position on your screen. Through the same new window or using the recent applications menu you can return to full screen.