Google has finally released its Android N device on its Nexus devices and we can now talk about some of the new features that this operating system comes with. Today we will teach you how to enable two hidden features that have been introduced alongside the developer previews.

Night Mode

One of the best additions to Android N’s developer previews is the Night Mode. However, for some reason, the big search engine company has decided to not include it in the final release. This new feature works very similar as “Night Shift” on iOS, which means that it tints the screen red to filter out blue wavelength light. According to reports, this light can negatively affect your sleep and this is the reason why you should use this feature.

It is good to know that Night Mode can still be used on the Android N and you can enable it by taking these steps:

  • Enable the System UI Tuner on your Android N device by long-pressing the settings icon in the notification shade;
  • Download and install Night Shift Enabler from Google Play Store;
  • When the installation is complete, open the application and select Enable Night Mode. Once you do this, you will bring back this feature, but keep in mind that you will most likely have to close the app and reopen it to perform the process again.

Freeform apps

The “Freeform apps” is a mode that allows any application on your device to run in a window, just like an application on a desktop operating system. This mode is awesome for Android tablets and even if it’s not yet finished, you can enable it on your Android 7.0 Nougat device and test it out.

To enable Freeform apps on your device take the following steps:

  • First of all, you will need to enable “Developer Options” by heading to your device’s Settings->About Phone and tap on the “Build Number” until you see a message which informs you that the developer options have been activated;
  • Once you see that message, head to the bottom of the screen and enable the “Force Activities to Be Resizable”;
  • Reboot your mobile device;
  • Download and install Taskbar from Google Play Store;
  • After the installation is complete, open Taskbar, scroll to the bottom and make sure that “Freeform Window Support” is enabled;
  • Turn on Taskbar by activating the toggle at the top of the screen and an app drawer icon should then appear in the lower left corner of your display;
  • Finally, clear “Recent Apps’.

After completing all the steps we’ve told you above, tap on the Taskbar’s app drawer icon and select an application. Once you do that, the Taskbar will launch the application using Android’s freeform mode that will allow you to resize and move the application around on your display.

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