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For questions relating to the recent apps list. Older devices access this list by long pressing the home button, whereas newer devices (without hardware buttons) have a dedicated button on the right of the button bar.

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Recent Screen not working after accidentally uninstalling System Launcher on Vivo Y20i

I am removing some bloatware apps in my Vivo Y20i because it is getting slow and lagging too much, storage space is not an issue but the RAM consumption of default apps that I can't uninstall is too ...
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recents/overview screen swap for launcher swap

is it possible to swap the default recents screen / overview screen that show up when we click the recents button? the default view, I believe is an activity of the default launcher(Quickstep) after ...
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How can apps hide their content on recent apps screen?

Does anybody know what exactly a functionality is in recent apps, means I have seen in Android 13 that when any of the payment apps is in the recent apps screen, then one blank screen is there along ...
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Does "app lock" on the recents list keep an app alive?

I can't find a clear answer as to what "Lock app" on the recent apps list actually does, other than prevent apps from being killed or swiped away from the recent apps list. Does it also ...
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Why "Messages" app is never seen in the app list?

This has been puzzling me for years. Why it is impossible to switch back to Messages app from any other app using app list? Two scenarios: Messages is an active one. I press the three dash app list ...
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Can't lock Apple Music app to Recent Apps on Samsung devices running Android 12

I'm using Apple Music app on Samsung Galaxy S10e, Android 12. I used to be able to lock it in Recents so it wouldn't close with Close All. Now when I tap "Lock this app," nothing happens. No ...
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Issue in "apps overview" ( applications windows are white)

Redmi Note 10 Pro, Android 13, MIUI 14, Nova Launcher Prime. What happen: in the "recent app overview", suddenly, some applications are shown as white windows: What I tried to do: Clear ...
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"Close all" does not always close all on Samsung's recent apps list

I have noticed something peculiar regarding the "Close all" option, that appear when you press the three vertical lines (recent apps list) in the lower left corner: Often, all visible apps ...
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How to keep apps from being removed from recent apps list

With Android 7 (aka nougat), behavious of the recent apps list changed: instead of being "kept forever (until swiped out)", apps now get removed by whatever criteria (from my research it now ...
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Recent Apps won't show on Other User on Android 9

I have an Android 9 phone and the Recent Apps button works just fine on my ADMIN (main) user, but ever since I created a new user, it doesn't show. I have to force quit my apps all the time to stop ...
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Do the recent apps screenshots/snapshot thumbnails in data/system/recent_images get deleted when the app is closed or overwritten?

I recently discovered how the recent app switching works, and I saw this thread: XDA thread here (and there were a few other questions on here on the same topic, but were different questions) and have ...
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Are snapshots of apps stored somewhere?

Had an instance recently where a 'snapshot' of an app appeared in the recently used section of my phone months after it was last opened. Wondering how this could happen if the app hasn't been ...
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No recent apps screen after disabling the launcher

My phone came with a launcher I didn't really like very much. So I installed Nova Launcher and disabled the in-built launcher. Now the recent apps screen won't come up. I looked up and most of the ...
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How do I keep a .pdf open/quickly accessible

When I open a .pdf, such as a longer article, I'd like to keep it open, in the sense that it's available in the recent apps list. How do I do that? The problem in more detail: say I open article.pdf ...
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Unlocking apps on "recent apps" screen on AOYODKG Tablet 10-inch

I have AOYODKG Tablet 10-inch updated all the way. On the "recent apps" screen, there are locked apps, and I want to unlock them. I've looked through many websites and tried through ...
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What package is responsible for the "Recents" button to work?

Background: I wanted to customize my phone a little bit, a Samsung Galaxy A70 (SM-A705FN), and that process included de-bloating it. I opened xda-developers, looked around, and finally found a list of ...
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Is it possible to use Recent Apps to close all open apps less the one I want to stay open?

I have a scenario, or many, where I end up opening a ton of apps, and later on want to close them all at once, but keep 1 or 2 open. As an example, I use WhatsApp at home, and as we all know you ...
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Constantly changing app "shortlist"

I have a shortlist of five app icons at the bottom of my home screen, usually Phone, Messaging, Chrome, Google and Camera. These tend to remain constant (I've not seem them change). When I swipe up ...
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Can't unlock apps on the recent apps screen to close them

I cannot unlock apps to close them in the recent apps screen on my new phone. Pressing the lock icon only open the app.
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What is this animated icon on the recent apps screen

I noticed this animated icon on some of my apps. Trying to understand what is its purpose. It appears to be clickable because when I touch it its background changes. Here is the image. If you know ...
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How to get vertical recent/overview navigation in Android 10?

I updated my OnePlus 6 to Android 10 (OxygenOS 10.3.2) recently and having a hard time to use it because of the horizontal overview navigation introduced from Android 9. I am in want of replacing ...
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Remove the recent apps part on Xiaomi Mi A2

I am using Android 10 on Xiaomi Mi A2 and want to remove the "recent apps" part from my menu, but there aren't the options shown above. How to remove it?
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Home Screen, Recent apps, pull down menu not working multi user nexus 6

Hi two days ago my phone shutdown due to low battery, charged it and powered it on. With the power on came all the issues listed below: can not switch users (have three user accounts created each ...
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Full App Usage History

The procedure described here (code *#*#4636#*#*): https://thegeekpage.com/view-app-history-android-even-someone-cleared/ worked fine in my phone. Is there another way to obtain a full log of each ...
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Remove “Recently opened apps” from "Apps & notifications" screen in Android 8 or later

Using Android 8.1: Tap Settings. Tap Apps & notifications. This displays a list of "Recently opened apps." I would like to prevent the phone from storing, tracking, or otherwise remembering any ...
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Apps showing up as blank white screens in recent apps list when in landscape orientation

I've noticed some odd behavior on the recent apps screen on Android that I can't find an explanation for anywhere. When I open apps on a phone while in landscape view and switch to the recent apps ...
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How to remove an app from recent apps list?

We have had the recent uninspired idea to let a SmartPhone upgrade itself to the "Pie" Version of the "Google" "Android" Operating System. Now, although everything went smoothly, we have discovered ...
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How to Limit Number of Recent Activity Screens

I'm amazed that A) I haven't looked for this sooner, and B) I couldn't find something that does this. I simply want to limit the number of recent activity screens (cards) that appear when I hit the □ ...
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Recent apps getting closed without closing them

Samsung S9 - In the recent apps view, the apps that were used recently are getting closed automatically. If you do not use an app for more than one hour, then the app gets closed. My phone forced me ...
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Android 9 recent apps... How to make them reasonable?

I upgraded my phone to Android 9/Pie and I can't stand the 'new improved' recent apps list which takes ages to scroll through. My phone is Motorola G6. What is the easiest and surefire way to get ...
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Where Recent Apps specific files are stored?

Android 7.1. Messed up with «Eternal Process Lock», the xposed module. Activated its features, but forgot to activate the module. Now recent apps stopped working, reboot doesn't help, activating/...
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How to get back colored app headers in recent apps list on Samsung devices running on Android Oreo?

Before, in recent apps list of my phone (Samsung Galaxy Note8), headers of apps were colored. Now, they are all white. I am not sure whether it was caused by the transition from Nougat (7.1) to Oreo ...
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How to launch recent apps menu in Android 8.1(AospExtended)?

I have installed AospExtended's official build for my device last night, since then I'm unable to launch the recent apps menu. Through deep investigation, I found that there exist settings to ...
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Home button, recent button, notifications, pull down menu all stopped working

I have a Nexus 9 running Android 7.1.1, and the home button, recent button, all notifications, and the top pull-down menu all stopped working. The home and recent buttons respond to being tapped in ...
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Changing/reverting Samsung's "Recent tabs" color theme to Nougat (based on app's theme) on Oreo device

On Samsung devices running on Android 7.0 Nougat, the recent tabs have different colors based on the apps' theme. On Android 8.0 Oreo, they are all the same color. I want to find a way to revert to ...
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Remove "recently opened apps" from Apps & notifications

Using Android 8.1: Tap Settings. Tap Apps & notifications. This displays a list of "Recently opened apps." I would like to prevent the phone from storing, tracking, or otherwise remembering any ...
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LG G6: Remove the "Clear All" button from the recent apps menu

My LG G6 has a "Clear All" button in its recent apps menu which annoys me big time because I often hit it accidentally. Is there a way to remove it? I found a petition on Reddit, and a ...
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How to quickly switch between two apps on one half of the split-screen view?

I'm in this scenario a lot: I'm using split screen opened to App1 taking the first half of the screen and App2 taking the second half of the screen. I frequently need to switch between App2 and App3 ...
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Get All Recent Windows For Specfic App

I am running Lineage OS Oreo and as an example the default browser opens all web browser windows as seperate processes/windows. There is no option to change this that I could find, but it actually ...
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Navigation bar becomes transparent in "recent apps" panel

My navigation bar becomes transparent in the recent apps panel, so it collides with the recent panel buttons at the bottom of the screen. How to fix this?
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Why the Slack app is not in the "Recent Apps" list?

My phone: Samsung S7 Edge OS: Android 7.0 Nougat Almost all the apps can be shown in the recent apps list, which can be seen by pressing the left soft touch button, except the Slack app.
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Recent apps list repopulates on Samsung S7 (Nougat)

I've got a question for the experts here. I've recently begun clearing my recently used apps list before bed. When I awake, I check it to find that a bunch of apps that have popped into the list - ...
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Where does Android store the snapshots used on the recent apps?

iOS takes a screenshot of an app every time it is sent to the background (maybe to show as a thumbnail when viewing recent apps. Details are available on this Stack Overflow question). I did a little ...
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How to delete this trash can icon Android 6.0

I have an Elephone P9000 and it has this annoying icon at the bottom that makes the most recent app disappear almost. How can I go and delete it? I have root.
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What determines how long the task switcher stays up?

Samsung Note II running OctOS M, but I have seen this phenomenon with multiple phones and versions of Android going back to 2.x When you bring up the task switcher in Android, sometimes it stays up ...
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Recently Used Apps crashing in portrait mode

When I try to switch to the "Recently Used Apps" screen (by holding the home button), the process com.android.systemui crashes. However, in Landscape mode it works as usual (and rotating the device ...
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What lock/unlock button does on recent apps screen?

On recent apps screen there is a lock/unlock button on each and every app, I want to know what's it's function. I am attaching screenshot for reference.
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Multitasking after changing device date

I'm running Android 6.0.1 on a Nexus 6P. I've been having some trouble with the multitask button, specifically right after changing the device date/time. The multitask button does not work at all, ...
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Keep Hangouts from opening links inside the same task?

I just opened a link to a friend's Medium post inside Hangouts, and when I view all running apps (the recent-tasks list), the task with the Medium post in it is my Hangouts rather than a separate ...
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How do I drag apps from one home page to another?

I upgraded from Galaxy Mega to Galaxy S6 Edge +. In Mega, I can drag one app from one home page to another without going through the ones in between. In S6E+, it seems that I have to go through each ...
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