Service is a background process in Android, not to be confused with *nix daemons or Windows services

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How can I stop applications and services from running?

When my phone starts up there are several application/services running in the background that I would rather not. And when I press the Home button while using an app, that app usually goes into the ...
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SSH (and SFTP) server on Android discoverable through avahi/bonjour

I would like for my Android device (a Samsung Galaxy) to be discoverable through avahi/bonjour when it is connected to a WiFi network, and then to be able to access its filesystem via SSH (SFTP). For ...
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What's the difference between a service and a broadcast receiver?

I keep hearing about services and broadcast receivers. What's the difference between them, and how do they affect the operation of my Android phone from my point of view?
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How can I prevent services from running in the background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? Is there a way to prevent the service apps (or any other apps) from automatically running in the background?
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How can I find out what app is using my GPS from the background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to check which app uses GPS on Galaxy Nexus? I saw the location icon at the top while on the home screen of my Galaxy Nexus. There were only two running apps and I ...
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How can I prevent my Wi-Fi connection from glitching?

Occassionally my Wi-Fi goes into this weird state where the phone "thinks" I'm connected, but the connection simply doesn't work. Apps still seem to think I have connectivity, though they can't ...
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Is there NTP like time syncing for non rooted phone?

I need from time to time sync clock on android phone from internet. Traditional way on non mobile devices is to use NTP servers and daemon. To run NTP daemon and automatically set time on android ...
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Why does “Google Services” take up increasing RAM and spawn new services over time?

I have a rooted OG Droid which I install custom ROMs to frequently. I've noticed in all builds of Froyo and Gingerbread that I've tried, over time of being on, certain services will take up more RAM ...
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What does the “@” symbol in the Running Applications/Services mean?

What does the "@" symbol in front of the time given in the right column of Running Applications/Services mean? See screenshot below. Phone: Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) OS: 4.2.2 Screenshot (click ...
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Start services at boot [duplicate]

How to make applications start at boot? I have at least 2 which I'd like to start automatically but they don't (I need to manually start them to have services run in background): Skype Lookout
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Can I reinitialize specific core services?

Sometimes my phone gets into a state where one of the core functions - audio, wifi, bluetooth - is in a somehow broken state. Example symptoms: wifi cannot see any available networks wifi attempts ...
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Disable permanently or uninstall the exchange services

I'm fighting with the exchange services on my Samsung Galaxy S4. They can render the phone unusable, draining even 40-50% of battery during the day. I've deactivated the Exchange account mail ...
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Bypass memory manager; keep app alive

At my work we all have Android devices which are used to dispatch jobs to us. It uses a web-app accessible through any web browser. When a new job arrives we are notified with an audible alert. ...
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Difference between killing an app by clearing it from Recent Apps menu and “Force Stop”

What is the difference between these two methods when killing apps in Android? Clearing an app from the Recent Apps menu by swiping it to the right or left. Settings → App → Running → ...
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What running applications and services are safe to turn off? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Knowing which applications to stop I just got a used Nexus One and I see a lot of running services and applications. I'm wondering what negative impact there would be ...
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My Google Voice services keeps getting stuck on “restarting”

The "UpdateService" for Google Voice constantly keeps getting stuck on "restarting" and therefore I miss out on receiving SMS messages from Google Voice. I've already been trimming down on some ...
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How to stop Viber running without uninstalling it?

How do I stop Viber running, without uninstalling the app? When I go Menu→More options→Exit it just comes back. I want it to turn it off completely, so it's not waiting to come on in the background.
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How can I prevent apps from running in the background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? There is already a similar question to this one, but mine is narrower in scope and not addressed in the other ...
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Calling service intent fails with “not found”

I want to start a service intent of an application (com.urbandroid.lux). According to the developer, there is a service intent "com.urbandroid.lux.TwilightService" which can be called with extra ...
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Some applications seem to always stay open, even after I exit them. How do I close these?

When I hold the Home icon down, several apps appear that I thought I exited - how do I actually close these?
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Disable service permanently

I would like to disable some services/apps on the Android. Some run that I do not want to. I do not want to have to stop the service every time I turn off the phone for obvious reasons.
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How to keep a service from closing?

I am using the latest stock ROM for my phone (SGS3, Vodafone variant, although rooted) and I have installed a GPS live tracking program that stays on the taskbar as a service all the time (and that's ...
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What is HuaweiOnlineUpdataService?

I have just seen this line in logcat: I/ActivityManager( 235): Start proc com.huawei.updata for service com.huawei.updata/.service.HuaweiOnlineUpdataService: pid=24608 uid=10048 gids={2001, 3003} ...
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What does the IcsService process do?

Under running services, I see the IcsService or long name com.android.samsung.IcsService . What does that process do? I'm debating about removing it. Note I have a AT&T Samsung Captivate (Galaxy ...
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Different coloured journeys on location services

On google location services, my journeys are shown in dark blue, light blue and grey. Is there some significance to this?
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Galaxy S3 running CM11 - SystemUpdateService keeps getting disabled

SystemUpdateService is currently destroying my battery (phone awake 98% of the time) because it's not running (The update services acquires a wakelock to check for updates, but since ...
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Share USB Printer from Android Device to Network

Is there any form of printer sharing FROM an Android device (In my case, a generic AMLogic Android Box, 4.2 or 4.4, full sized host USB ports) to a network? Specific method doesn't matter, CUPS, IPP, ...
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How do you prevent pre-installed (unremoveable) Android tasks/apps from ever starting without rooting your phone? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? Some apps are necessary for notifications. For example, without the facebook process, there'd be no facebook ...
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Samsung Galaxy S4: what application is responsible for “Time to home” notices?

On my Samsung Galaxy S4, I constantly get notifications "Time to home XXX minutes". They are not only useless for me, but also apparently some app is accessing my location, internet, and is draining ...
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Will Android kill a Service if I uncheck “Show notification” option on Settings?

I was just wondering: will Android kill a Service (that uses persistent notification to keep itself alive) if I uncheck "Show notifications" on app settings? I am running Lollipop 5.1.
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Android applications automatically turning on when wifi is toggled on

First of all, I have permission management installed on my custom rom and this prevents apps from randomly starting up during boot. However, I have noticed that this is not enough to prevent some ...
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How to permanently disable mediaserver service?

I am trying to permanently disable the notorious power hogging mediascanserver or mediaserver (whatever it's better known) service on a rooted Jiayu S3. Here are my ADB commands: su pm disable ...
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How can I temporarily disable all autostart services while still allowing me to run apps?

Because I'm thinking of installing LinuxOnAndroid on my Galaxy Nexus, an old phone with limited RAM (1GB), I need a way to temporarily kill all background services, so they won't use up memory or CPU ...
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Preventing certain WAKELOCKS (NlpCollectorWakeLock, NlpWakeLock) with shell? (e.g. pm command)

As some of you might aware of, the notorious 'NlpCollectorWakeLock' and 'NlpWakeLock' are often the cause of considerable battery drain. I personally make some custom ROMs, and would like to ...
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Android - shell utility to perpetually disable headset device?

I have an HTC Desire HD device that has some schmutz in the wired headset jack, and the output from 'logcat' (http://pastebin.com/cNZC8Wwc) shows it vacillating between 'Headset=true' and ...
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OS services and Android OS using data

I have a question following up Locking applications to wifi only data connections: I followed the guide given in its answer and notice some applications (like Android OS) don't have the option to be ...
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Can Android app run without being launched at least once?

As much as I know, most apps won't ever start, unless you launch them at least once (even if they have a background service). But what about those, that for example, have the Receive Intent Boot ...
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How can I block a service without uninstalling the app?

There was a similar question (How can I prevent services from running in the background? ) but it has been marked answered without an answer to the OP. And so, I'm asking a narrower question because I ...
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How to read data pertaining to running applications?

On the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean interface of my Samsung Galaxy SIII, I have noticed there seem to be various places where an application's running state is documented. I would like to know what the ...
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Batty drain issue on CM10.2.1-yuga / Sony Xperia Z - NFC Service using over 50%

I've recently put CyanogenMod CM10.2.1-yuga on my Xperia Z and I've noticed the NFC server is using an insane amount of the battery. Even after disabling the service in the App section, the ...
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How to stop all but 1 one app including their services?

My HTC Sensation's battery does not last long. I'm going for a Marathon race which should last at least 5 hours and I'm going to use 1 app (RunKeeper) for that period. I would like to preserve as ...
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Preventing Application Startup [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? I have an LG-P690b and I've rooted the phone and un-installed several applications that I really didn't want. All ...
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Why is Widgetlocker app evading my task-killer?

The Widgetlocker app (a screen lock replacement app) has a service running which I can see in my app manager (under phone settings), but NOT in my task-killer app (Advanced Task Manager). How is its ...
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Show all running services on Samsung Galaxy S3

How can one show all running services on Samsung Galaxy S3? In system-menu Tinder service for example wasn't shown.
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“system_server” - BluetoothPhoneService Causes High CPU Usage

I am using Android 5.1 on Nexus 4 and noticed battery drain faster than usual a few months ago. Thinking I need to update Android to newer version I decided to check CPU usage first and found that ...
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Do-not-kill priority for user services

I have an antivirus which is prone to the garbage collector when there is little free RAM. I want to unconditionally prevent Android from killing the AV service. I am rooted. How do I do this? I am ...
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Does swiping from recent app screen kill the foreground service?

I have read certain posts and done by myself and i found that on my device android kitkat 4.4.4 when i swipe the app from recent screen the foreground service doesn't stop, So does this behavior ...
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Lollipop - Apps not autostarting

I have Alcatel 5054D with Lollipop (5.1.1) on board. I noticed that some apps are not starting on boot or on events that are fired by the OS. For example, when my phone was not rooted I tried to ...
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android phone keeps restarting after disabling some services

I have a rooted galaxy ace 3 (gt-s7272). it was fine till i disabled NetworlLocationServices, Fused location, Exchange service via Disable Service app and everything was fine till today that I wanted ...
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'Google Play Services is not working'

i recently flashed my Samsung Galaxy S4 with Resurrection Remix rom.My phone now doesnt support any of the official Google apps.Whenever i open any such app, it says that 'Google Play Services is not ...