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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

78
votes
7answers
17k views

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.
46
votes
1answer
234k views

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 ...
16
votes
0answers
1k views

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 ...
12
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
6answers
7k views

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 ...
9
votes
7answers
14k views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
533 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

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?
6
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
364 views

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 ?
6
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
171 views

Why are disabled apps still running?

I've noticed that apps (such as Google Contacts Sync) that have been disabled using the stock Android (KitKat) app manager still show up as running when using process observer tools. This is true ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

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. ...
3
votes
1answer
171 views

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 → ...
3
votes
1answer
911 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
414 views

Is there a realtime Task Activity Viewer for Android? [closed]

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
197 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
657 views

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. ...
2
votes
3answers
590 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
20k views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
531 views

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, ...
2
votes
3answers
510 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
11k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
627 views

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?
2
votes
2answers
5k views

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.
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
810 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
55 views

So, what type of process is Android Keyboard?

I've recently installed CyanogenMod 11 on my (now very old) LG Optimus 2X. After some tweaking, I managed to make it work much snappier than the original ROM, one of the main things being setting the ...
2
votes
0answers
281 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
162 views

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?
2
votes
0answers
176 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
984 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
265 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
384 views

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, ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
604 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
297 views

Are there options to modify the task manager for Android's new update Lollipop?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S5, and for the past few months I have held back on getting the Lollipop update. One of the big reasons why was because of this- not being able to go to the home screen through ...
1
vote
1answer
63 views

How works exactly the option disable App notifications

Some Apps like Facebook also when aren't used slow down the device because of their associated autostart tasks. In android settings in Apps section there is the option to enable or disable the ...
1
vote
1answer
561 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
248 views

Phone's battery is draining unusually fast even when not in use

The hardware I'm using: OnePlus One, bought late december 2014 Stock Cyanogenmod, version 12.1 - YOG4PAS1N0 (= Android 5.1.1) no apps to improve battery life in any way Basically, the battery is ...
1
vote
0answers
62 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
142 views

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 ...