How To: Get Multi-Window On An Android 6.0 Marshmallow Device

The Multi-Window On An Android 6.0 Marshmallow Device

The update to Android 6.0 brings a lot of changes to the core Android system.  Focus has been placed on improving software security, enhancing performance and making the entire thing more intact.  This is a change from the Lollipop update which focused more on aesthetics.

Google has also embedded some features in Marshmallow that are not apparently accessible but are included in the system.  One of these “hidden” features in Multi-Window which will allow users to get multiple apps in one window.  This feature is currently still in the experimental stage, which is why Google has locked it for now, making it inaccessible for naive users.  If you’re a power user, however, and you want to get Multi-Window on your Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can do so by following our guide below.

The methods we’re going to be showing you hear are from XDA senior member xperiacle and XDA recognized contributor Quinny899.  The method from Quinny899 will require you to have a custom recovery installed.  The method from xperiacle requires you to have root access.  Choose which method suits you better.


Enable Multi-Window On Android 6.0 Marshmallow Via Root

  1. Install a file manager, we recommend Root Explorer, on your device.
  2. Open root explorer, grant it root rights and then go to “/System”
  3. From “/System”, you should see the R/W button on the top right.  Tap it to activate Read-Write mode.
  4. Still in /System directory, find “build.prop” file.
  5. Long press build.prop  to open it through a text editor.
  6. To the bottom of the build.prop file, add the following code: persist.sys.debug.multi_window=true
  7. Save file.
  8. Reboot device.
  9. Multi-feature should be enabled on your device now.

Enable Multi-Window On Android 6.0 Marshmallow Using Custom Recovery

  1. Unlock your bootloader.
  2. Install and setup on your computer, ADB and Fastboot drivers of Minimal ADB and Fastboot drivers. Either of these will work.
  3. Boot your device into custom recovery.
  4. Connect the device and the PC.
  5. From custom recovery select Mounts > Tick system to mount your system. The Mount option can be hidden under the advanced options in CWM recovery.
  6. Click the Minimal ADB & Fastboot .exe fileand open cmd in ADB mode if you installed Minimal ADB & Fastboot drivers. If you installed full ADB & Fastboot, go to drive C > ADB & Fastboot > Platform Tools.
  7. Open a command window by holding down the shift key and right clicking on any empty space. In thecommand prompt, type in the following:

adb pull /system/build.prop

This will pull build.prop file to Minimal ADB & Fastboot folder or Platform-tools folder under the ADB & Fastboot folder.

  1. Open build.propfile with a text editor like Notepade++ or Sublime Text on Mac.
  2. Find text: build.type=user
  3. After “=user”, change text to “=userdebug“.
  4. New line should look like: “build.type=userdebug
  5. Save
  6. Open the command window again
  7. Issue the following commands.

adb push build.prop /system/
adb shell

cd system
 644 build.prop

  1. Reboot your phone.
  2. Go tosettings> developer options. Scroll to the bottom and find the drawing category, you can locate multi-window feature there. Activate multi-windows feature.

Have you activated and used the Multi-windows feature in your Android 6.0 Marshmallow device?

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