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How to get Android 7.0 Nougat features on your phone right now

The Android N Developer Preview is out, but only for a select few. If you don’t have a recent Nexus, such as the Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P, you’re out of luck. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of their functions right now.

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Can't wait? You can get some of Android N's best features right now. / © ANDROIDPIT

There are several ways in which you can get some of Android N’s features on your phone right now. There’s an Xposed module designed to bring Android features to rooted devices, but we have some useful alternatives for those of you who haven’t rooted or don’t want to root your device.

Get Android 7.0 Nougat features on a rooted device

Multiple Window

Android N’s multiple window support was actually in Marshmallow, but it wasn’t turned on. You can activate this feature quite easily by editing the build.prop file. You’ll find that’s much easier if you’ve installed the BuildProp Editor application.

BuildProp Editor

In build.prop, look for the line that says and change its user to userdebug. Save, restart and go into Settings > Developer Options. You should now see a new option to enable or disable Multi-Window Mode; all you need to to is tap it to switch it on.

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Editing build.prop can bring buried features to life. / © ANDROIDPIT

Get Android 7.0 Nougat features with Xposed module AndroidN-ify

This Xposed module offers a good set of Android N features, including quick access to the most recent application by double-tapping the multitasking button; night mode; notification, shortcuts and information on the lock screen; and Doze with the screen off.

You’ll need a device running Android 5.0 or better; in this XDA thread you’ll find information on how to install Xposed on Marshmallow or Lollipop.

To download the AndroidN-ify module, use the Xposed Installer and search for it by name; once you’ve installed it, activate it in the Xposed Installer and restart your device. Once your device restarts it’ll have lots of nifty new N features for you to play with.

Android N-ify is an Xpose module that offers some of Android N's features. / © AndroidPIT

How to get Android 7.0 Nougat functions without root access

This section is relevant not just to people without rooted devices, but to anybody: we’re going to discover the apps in the Google Play store that deliver the same functions that Android N will deliver in the near future.

BuildProp Editor Install on Google Play


There are several apps that deliver a similar (but not identical) multi-window effect to Android N, with applications floating in boxes like a cross between widgets and desktop apps. The two most interesting apps are Floating Apps Free - Multitask and C Floating.

Floating Apps FREE - multitask Install on Google Play C Floating Install on Google Play


With Floatify you can make notifications behave much as they do in Android N. Notifications appear on the lock screen and you can reply or access shortcuts with a quick swipe.

Floatify - Quick Replies Install on Google Play
Floatify makes notifications behave like they do in Android N. / © AndroidPIT

Night Mode

What looks great in the daytime can be a bit too bright in the dark, so Android N’s night mode changes the screen tones to make everything a little warmer when the sun goes down. There’s some evidence that warmer screen temperatures - essentially making whites move from bluish to yellowish tints - don’t mess with our sleep as much as colder, more blue displays. Here are some of the best apps to make your Android easier on your eyes at night.

Twilight Install on Google Play f.lux (preview, root-only) Install on Google Play
Twilight makes your screen warmer so it won't mess with your sleep. / © AndroidPIT

Bring up the last-used app

In Android N, double-tapping on the multitasking button launches the most recently used application. With Easy App Switcher a floating button does the same job. Alternatively you could install LAS: Last App Switcher.

LAS: Last App Switcher Install on Google Play
Easy App Switcher offers shortcuts for commonly used tasks. / © AndroidPIT


Last but not least, what’s better than the official Android N wallpaper to make your device look like it’s been sent FROM THE FUTURE? Exactly. Here it is:

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You can't quite get the OS, but at least you can have the wallpaper. / © Google

Are there any other new Android 7.0 Nougat features you’re desperate to get? Do you have apps that you prefer to the ones listed above? Let us know in the comments.


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  • CJ Brown 5 months ago Link to comment

    I recently got Marshmallow OS 6.0.1

    I don't know if I'm ready for OS N

    (have we guessed on the name yet?) ;-)

  • Looks worth the try:)

  • I like the app oogbeschermer more than the twillight app mentioned. But that is a personal thing of me, I do not like apps ask for permissions like location etc. I can turn oogbeschermer on or off when I choose it's time ;-)

  • BruinGuy 5 months ago Link to comment

    I've had mult-window on my Samsung devices (phones and tablets) for years. It's something I've only used to brag to iPhone lemmings. Other than that it's basically useless. I bought a 5.7" phone because I wanted a big screen, not because I could get two little screens.

  • Thanks for sharing! It seems so nice.

  • adding lot of apps for android n features will slow ur phone n even we cant sure abt reliability of these apps.......all the non nexus phones already have these features........dont rush for android friends without android n features ur phones is able to do alll tasks

  • Alex R. 5 months ago Link to comment

    I already have much more better features than this because I'm using cyanogen os device which is being operated by cyanogenmod and it has all features and better features than this and I got nova launcher prime also which is also better add-on to this.

  • For recent apps and night mode you can use Nova Laucnher.

    • Thomas S 5 months ago Link to comment

      Nova Launcher's night mode only apply to Nova settings, app drawer, folder and google search bar. If you want a real night mode, you need Twilight (or equivalent but I use this one)

    • How please

  • jeseniasspringer should be banned for future postings...

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