Responsive layouts for tablets, large screens, and foldables

Extending your app support to larger screens — such as tablets, foldables and Chrome OS — is a great way to increase your reach and engagement. Tablet growth has jumped 30% year over year (YOY), and Chrome OS devices increased 92% YOY. We've also seen the amount of time users spend on tablets increase by 50% YOY. Learn how to build apps that work seamlessly across the Android ecosystem.

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Start by familiarizing yourself with the guidelines for Large screens app quality and Material design responsive UI.

Also consider the larger screen space on tablets and foldables. This could be an opportunity to display richer content, enable multitasking, or create a unique experience not available on a phone.

Handling large screens

At a minimum, your app should be able to gracefully adapt its display layout to comfortably fit whatever screen it's running on.

  • Support different screen sizes. Android devices come in all shapes and sizes, so your app's layout needs to be flexible. That is, instead of defining your layout with rigid dimensions that assume a certain screen size and aspect ratio, your layout should gracefully respond to different screen sizes and orientations.

Responding to state transitions

Your app's windows can change sizes while they are being used. For example, it could be running on a Chrome OS device that allows multiple apps running in windows whose dimensions could dynamically change; or on a hinged foldable device that allows different folded poses.

Handling free-form multi-window and input device actions

Some user actions require your app to respond to dynamically changing states, such as window resizing and mouse tracking.

Case studies

Optimizing your app for large screens improves the experience for your users, and delivers on business results. We’re seeing an increased number of apps take advantage of the opportunities with large screens on Google Play. Read more about how the Google Duo team optimized their app to work well on tablets and foldable devices.

Duo before and after

In addition to Google Duo's enhanced user experience, we've modernized many other apps, like the ones shown below, to use adaptive layouts so they can take advantage of large screens and foldable devices:


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