Taskbar puts a start menu and recent apps tray on top of your screen that's accessible at any time, increasing your productivity and turning your Android tablet (or phone) into a real multitasking machine!


On devices running Android 7.0+, Taskbar can also launch apps in freeform windows for a PC-like experience! No root required! (see below for instructions)

Taskbar is also fully supported on Chrome OS - use Taskbar as a secondary Android app launcher on your Chromebook!

  1. Check the box for "Freeform window support" inside the Taskbar app
  2. Follow the directions that appear in the pop-up to enable the proper settings on your device (one-time setup)
  3. Go to your device's recent apps page and clear all recent apps
  4. Start Taskbar, then select an app to launch it in a freeform window

For more information and detailed instructions, click "Help & instructions for freeform mode" inside the Taskbar app.


Taskbar can be downloaded as a standalone Android app from:

Taskbar is also included as part of the following Android distributions for PCs:

How to Build


  • Windows / MacOS / Linux
  • JDK 8
  • Android SDK
  • Internet connection (to download dependencies)

Once all the prerequisites are met, make sure that the ANDROID_HOME environment variable is set to your Android SDK directory, then run ./gradlew assembleFreeDebug at the base directory of the project to start the build. After the build completes, navigate to app/build/outputs/apk/free/debug where you will end up with an APK file ready to install on your Android device.

Icon Pack Support

Taskbar includes support for ADW-style icon packs. If you are an icon pack developer and would like to include support for applying the icon pack from within your app, simply use the following code:

Intent intent = new Intent("com.farmerbb.taskbar.APPLY_ICON_PACK");
intent.putExtra("android.intent.extra.PACKAGE_NAME", "com.iconpack.name");