How to manage running tasks and processes on your device. This is not about "todo list" kind of tasks.

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Do I really need to install a task manager?

Does one really need to install a task manager? My phone does slowdown on rare occasions but it's not something that hampers regular usage.
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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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apps automatically starting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? I noticed that some apps automatically starts without me opening it. Some of them runs everytime I turn on the ...
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How do I identify apps or settings that cause performance problems?

If I am having performance problems, what tools can I use to identify where my performance lags are coming from? I have used a System Panel Task Manager, Android System Info, System Manager Free and ...
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Power saving tips for Galaxy S2 that don't involve turning it into a dumbphone

My Galaxy S2 has always shown not more than 8 hours of battery life. This is with the stock ROM, as well as the recent 2.3.5 update and a rooted kernel. All the battery saving tips I've seen ...
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How to close (shutdown/kill) the Android web browser?

I did read this question What is the right way to close apps in Android? but I want to know how to close - that means close - application to save power and download limit. My observations tell me ...
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How can I get the stock browser to exit? [closed]

Unlike most apps, the Android browser doesn't seem to exit when you hit the Back key to exit to the home screen. This happens even when I have no web pages open. There doesn't seem to be an Exit ...
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How can I tell why my sleeping phone occasionally gets warm (and battery is draining abnormally)?

My two Android phones are doing the same thing, Motorola Milestone and Samsung GS3. From time to time, it is sleeping in my pocket and it will start to get warm and the battery is then draining quite ...
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Is it advisable to run a task killer app on Android [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I really need to install a task manager? Should I run a task killer on Android or does Android manage applications well enough on its own?
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Do task killers actually work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I really need to install a task manager? I am using ASUS Transformer. I think it uses Ice Cream sandwich, from the UI. I tried many task killers but wonder if they ...
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How do I find a list of open applications / switch to open applications

Where can I find a list of open applications ? Is it possible to switch to them using that ?
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Is there a way to list all Intents and all processes associated with them?

Is there a way to list all Intents and all processes associated with them? Specifics: Droid X, 2.2 stock ROM, rooted. I'm perfectly fine with any approach, as long as it gets a guaranteed complete ...
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Can you Modify or Increase the Size of the Recent Apps List?

I tend to rely on Recent Apps list to bounce between apps I use most often, as a sort of day-long history, for example. Is there a trick to increasing how many apps are listed in the default Recent ...
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How to exit from an application which doesn’t exit on press back button?

I am using Maverick application for GPS navigation. In previous versions the back button caused to quit the application. (Which is also correct behavior according to question: What is the right way ...
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Is there a realtime Task Activity Viewer for Android?

Is there an Android app that can show the nature of activity going on with running apps? Something like XP Task Manager. There are many times when an app just stops responding and I'm not sure whether ...
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Root Terminal command to kill or stop a service?

The latest LiveView Application for my device keeps appearing on the status bar even if the LiveView device isn't connected. Since I can't find any means to disable this behavior, I want to create a ...
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Are there specific cases in which a task-killer or “fast reboot” program is helpful?

I know there have been previous questions regarding task killers, but I wanted to ask about two specific cases. I've heard a debate raging here and on several forums about Android's way of managing ...
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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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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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Knowing which applications to stop

Looking at my currently running apps screen, I see many applications by htc and android, probably running the UI, and sync and stuff like that. Is there a list or a site that explains what each app ...
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How to prevent apps running in background [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I stop applications and services from running? i've an Xperia X10 Mini. This Android devices is limited in hardware: a 600Mhz processor and 128 mb ram. So i'd ...
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Is there a task widget that only shows todays tasks? [closed]

Is there a task widget that only shows todays tasks? I have a had a few that I have downloaded, synced with my google account, and all was fine. I then added that task app as a widget and started ...
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Removing or blocking default Android apps

I have developed a software for a company, not for a personal use, and I need to block some app access on Android. I need to block the user from making calls, sending sms, using the Android Market, ...
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How can I auto-end the media process on Android?

Media is consistently topping the list for battery usage at 80%+. I can go and force stop it, but it restarts by itself, when I use things such as camera or download things etc. Task manager does ...
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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 does Startup Manager block startup apps?

I am using the market app Startup Manager on Android, but I am a little bit concerned in the way that it operates. Is it effectively runnning every time as a daemon and thusly keeping the apps from ...
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Are there cases where Android would start an app/service other than due to Intents or explicit user start?

I'm trying to understand how/why some of the processes that are running on my phone (DroidX, stock 2.2 ROM). It's obvious that 2 likely reasons for a process to start are: A direct action by the ...
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Is it possible to schedule closing a named app

Is there an app (or other way) to schedule the closing of only one named application at a particular time each day? My situation is I use the Night Mode app at night to reduce the screen brightness ...
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How can I view only one task list in Jorte?

Suppose I'm at the store, and all I want to view is my "Stuff to Buy at the Store" list in Jorte. How can I view only that list instead of all the tasks on any list?
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Alternate (keyboard) task switching method for CM9

I frequently switch between a terminal and a web browser/kindle while working on the device with a bluetooth keyboard. The method I used on the stock 3.2 (with TouchWiz) ROM: press the home key on ...
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Battery usage for keeping apps open

How much of an effect does it have on the phones battery life to keep applications such as the contacts application open. I ask because that app sometimes takes long to open the first time depending ...
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1answer
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How to have the OS launch applications at startup time?

I am running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on a Samsung Galaxy SIII. I am trying to figure out how to configure applications such a Skype to start up automatically once the system has gone through the ...
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Can I program Tasker-like programs to do stuff if specific WiFi network is in range?

I'd like to try out Tasker, Llama or some such automated program. However, I do NOT want to program events based on GPS or other location information (for a variety of reasons not germane to this ...
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Apps that start on their own [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: apps automatically starting? Hello! I am using Android 2.2. I've downloaded and installed an application called Advanced Task Manager from ReChild. It always shows lots ...
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How to access app menu without app button?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S5 and my app menu button is broken. (I accidentally destroyed it while replacing the screen.) Is there any other way to access the app menu or view a list of running apps, ...
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Protect music player from being killed?

I am using an SGS+ with 512 MB RAM (which leaves about 380M for the OS) running the CyanogenMod 10.1 Beta build 2013-04-15 (Android 4.2.2 on Linux 3.0.73-rc1-PhenomKernel-V3) and as soon as firefox ...
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How to use Tasker to kill apps on/after device boot?

I have several apps auto start at boot, and it's really not necessary. So I'm trying to use Tasker to kill them on/after device boot. Tasker has a "Event - Device Boot" option, but it seems that does ...
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Close Application with locale?

I use the locale app to automaticly start an obd-app (Torque) when I enter my car. This works well. Now I want to automaticly close that app when I leave my car. As there seem to be no Plugins to ...
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What apps does “Clear memory” actually clears?

What apps does actually get closed when one goes for the option of "Clear Memory" in the Task Manager? It obviously doesn't closes all the apps, as this screenshot shows: As the screenshot clearly ...
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How to give more Java process memory (RAM) to games?

I have a developer background, but this is not a game development question. I have several games that are struggling to be playable with 128MB of RAM allowed for them in Android. I have a Galaxy S4 ...
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How can I prevent apps being killed prematurely on my Moto G 4G?

I have a Moto G 4G (XT1039, Android 4.4.4, non rooted) which aggressively kills apps, even while they are in use. Apparently one of the few Motorola 'enhacements' (read bloatware) compared to stock. ...
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Is there a way to black out screen for a particular app when viewed via task switcher?

I have a Nexus 5 and I recently installed Android 5.0 (Lollipop). The task switcher in Lollipop makes is much easier to see the screen contents of each background app as you are switching between ...
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What is the correct way to exit an app [duplicate]

When I open an app and then I'm dong using it I usually just push the home button. The problem is that leaves the app open and if you do that too many times it slows down your phone. My question is ...
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Recent vs Running vs Downloaded apps

What happens when you: Swipe out an app from Recent section? Stop an running app by going into Running section? Force stop an app by going into Downloaded section? Even if you remove an app from ...
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Some apps closing, crashing, some not starting, flashing [duplicate]

I can very well see in the Settings > Applications > Manage Applications screen that internal memory (ummm I think thats the ROM) of my phone is almost filled up. Although I can see in Running ...
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How to prevent the android system from killing an app?

I have rooted my phone and use Swapper. an app that creates a linux like swap simulation w/o actually partitioning the sd card... I observed that this app gets killed every now and then thus not ...
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Stop applications that are unnecessary

I have a Droid X and this has frustrated me since I got the phone. When I look at the currently running tasks, it seems everything is always running, which is unnecessary. I know this is a hot topic ...
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apps(tasks) restarting even after killing them [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I really need to install a task manager? apps automatically starting? How can I stop applications and services from running? I have some apps running in ...
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Do some running apps not show in Task Manager?

I was using the Navigator app and I was still hearing voice directions even though Task Manager showed no apps running. How can Task Manager show no apps and there could be an app still running?