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I have some apps that I open on occasion. One in particular is a game that likes to push notifications up reminding me to play again.

Is there an app I can use to automatically freeze an Android app when I exit it, and automatically thaw and open the app when I want to open it again? I hate how many apps have background services or receive intents that I don't care for.

With my ROM, I can specifically deny permissions to apps based on certain intents, but that doesn't always help.

I know you can freeze and thaw an app using Titanium Backup Pro, which I have. But that would require manually going in to TiBu and doing the freeze/thaw commands each time.

In an ideal world, I would like a list of apps to be frozen as soon as I exit. And instead of the app listed in my app drawer, I would have a shortcut to first thaw the app and then open it (and have the same icon as the app). I don't care if this takes an extra few seconds; I simply want certain apps to only be running when I say so. Does this exist in any form on Android, whether in a kernel patch, an app, or a simple script?

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I know you can freeze and thaw an app using Titanium Backup Pro, which I have. But that would require manually going in to TiBu and doing the freeze/thaw commands each time.

You're wrong about that part. Try this:

  1. look for a free place on your homescreen
  2. long-press there
  3. select to add a widget
  4. scroll to Titanium Backup
  5. select the item to (un)freeze an app
  6. select the app

This gives you a toggle-widget to freeze/unfreeze the selected app.

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Didn't know about that, that's awesome. I might actually use the Freeze feature now! –  Matthew Read Nov 27 '12 at 22:34
    
Yepp! Great for Google Maps: I need it maybe 3 times a year -- but it is constantly running in the background. Next time it causes trouble, I punch the widget I already prepared #-) –  Izzy Nov 27 '12 at 22:35
    
This is really neat. I didn't know that widget existed! However, there is still the small problem that it is a widget and not a shortcut, and thus can't be put into folders (why did they have to make it a widget anyway? It looks just like a shortcut!). But I suppose I could still live with it. Thanks! –  Stephen Schrauger Nov 28 '12 at 13:59
    
I noticed that, too. Didn't check if it's available as shortcut as well. If not, put it on your wishlist to the dev -- Joel is quite responsive normally. –  Izzy Nov 28 '12 at 14:13
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