Meanwhile I have many running apps in my phone and I found that a lot of apps keep running because they "trick". They register as a boot receiver so they start with the phone, then register as a "new app installed" receiver and so on. The do everything to keep running. If you kill them, some of them start again because the creat a service which checks if they are running. I guess these apps do that because they want to transmit information about the user or phone.

What can I do against those apps when the phone is not rooted? The task killers that I checked do not work. I think they are fake.

(With a rooted phone the Autorun manager seems to work good)


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Perhaps you may want to look into hibernating the applications as opposed to killing them with a task-killer.

The former is advantageous, since it takes care of all background services of the given app and prevent them from waking up, until such a time when the user executes them.

One candidate in mind perhaps the popular one is Greenify. One XDA user(lioux) has been generous enough to provide a detailed mechanism of Greenify;

It (Greenify) is a GUI (graphical interface) that lets you select applications that you don't want running on the background, starting automatically when the phone boots or responding to intents.

It provides useful data about running applications so that you may make an informed decision. It uses the android command am to stop an application. It will no longer start during phone boot, respond to registered intents or be triggered by alarms from the system:

 am force-stop package.name
 am start package.name

Everything it does is temporary. The am command does not touch the installed files or any configuration information. It merely tells the system to "forget" about the application.

The system re-learns some of the intents again the next time the application is executed: launched by the user or launched by another application.

If the application does not behave as expected after being awakened, remove it from Greenify then reboot your phone.

Some applications do not re-register events when executed. Sometimes, they only do it at boot. Furthermore, applications might have specific "relationships" that might be disturbed when one is stopped (location service for instance).

Up to date, Greenify has been constantly updated, to include handy features even for non-rooted device (although the functionality is limited compared to using it on rooted device and even much better when integrated with the Xposed module)

Most of the basic features of Greenify work out of the box on non-root devices, still some useful additional features require a one-time privilege escalation procedure different than normal permissions, which is enforced by Android system, using

For that see: How to grant permissions required by some features on non-root device?

Note: Some users have observed some certain functions are still limited despite granting permission through adb (may possibly be a bug in experimental releases)



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