How To Multitask On Android Phone Or Tablet
Whatever your take on multitasking may be, quite often there is simply no avoiding it. Our mobile phones are quite inviting to the idea, letting us listen to music when navigating our devices or have a game in the background when texting with friends. Even we do not realize it, we may easily have several apps running in the background – and the key to productivity and efficiency is being able to switch between them quickly and hassle-free.
Different phone models will take a different approach to multitasking capabilities, but practically all of them will offer shortcuts for faster access and switching between apps.
However, if you find your switching and swapping abilities limited, there are many other solutions at hand. Below are a few handy apps for efficient multitasking.
Swapps is all about- well – swapping. It will appear as a sidebar on your screen and will be visible with a swipe from the edge. Swapps is a pretty simple tool, but it will have you covered when it comes to switching between applications. As an extra, you can personalize the swipe area, by making it smaller, bigger or even see-through. You can also organize the apps you want to switch between and put a “star” next to the apps that you want to always appear on top.
Home Flip takes an iPhone-like approach to manage your multitasking and lets the home button be in charge of switching between opened applications. All you have to do is press the Home button to open Home Flip and press it again to go back. Once you run the app, you will be able to see all your current tasks and decide which apps to move to the front of the line as most popular. Using your home button to switch between tasks is easy and convenient – but make sure you don’t overload the button (if you already have lots of mobile actions starting fromthere).
Pie Control used to be a tool for rooted phones exclusively and you could get it as part of a custom ROM. However, these days this feature is available to all of us in the form of an app. You can download it from Google Play Store and make full use if its multitasking abilities. Just like with previous apps, you can drag it from the edge if the screen – but in the case of Pie Control, you will see your apps arranged in a half-circle, giving you quick and convenient access to them. The app offers all the standard features, but you may find its pie shape fun and more lightweight.
Dock4Droid may not be that different from other multitasking apps, but it features an interface that is a bit more Mac-like. It is also activated from the side of the screen with a simple swipe and will show your recent apps, contacts and shortcuts. With the default option you will have 4 slots for quick access, but if you feel like that is not enough, you can upgrade to a premium version and get more slots for your preferred applications and shortcuts.
Multitasking is a straightforward app that, that promises to help you manage your work with several applications simultaneously. It is much more suited for tablets – as you will be able to open several windows at the same time and it is way more convenient and efficient on a big screen. The app will offer you a number of tools: sidebar and floating panels to help arrange your apps and get easy access to all of them without closing any windows.