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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Droid Incredible, task killer question

I dl'd Task killer because I was told it would automatically kill apps I'm not using so it doesn't max out my battery.
My question is.....how do I know if it's running? I have these tiny icons on top of the screen now....they are so small I can't tell what they are...kind of look like something with a white check over it. ?

How do I make sure it's working? Is downloading all I need to do?

Also.....how do I usethe music that I dl'd from "Music Ringtone" for a ringtone? I can't find the songs on my phone. I looked under Music and it's not there.

Oh...I have so many questions....but I DO love this phone!!

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Old March 11th, 2011, 08:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I dl'd Task killer because I was told it would automatically kill apps I'm not using so it doesn't max out my battery.
My question is.....how do I know if it's running? I have these tiny icons on top of the screen now....they are so small I can't tell what they are...kind of look like something with a white check over it. ?

How do I make sure it's working? Is downloading all I need to do?

Also.....how do I usethe music that I dl'd from "Music Ringtone" for a ringtone? I can't find the songs on my phone. I looked under Music and it's not there.

Oh...I have so many questions....but I DO love this phone!!
Manually killing a task on an Android phone is bad for the system. Read this article to understand why.

  • Android is hard coded to automatically kill a task when more memory is needed.
  • Android is hard coded to automatically kill a task when it’s done doing what it needs to do.
  • Android is hard coded to automatically kill a task when you haven’t returned to it in a long time.
  • Most services (while possibly running in the background) use very little memory when not actively doing something.
  • A content provider is only doing something when there is a notification for it to give. Otherwise it uses very little memory.
  • Killing a process when it isn’t ready only causes it to have to reload itself and start from scratch when it’s needed again.
  • Because a task is likely running in the background for a reason, killing it will only cause it to re-spawn as soon as the activity that was using it looks for it again. And it will just have to start over again.
  • Killing certain processes can have undesirable side effects. Not receiving text messages, alarms not going off, and force closes just to name a few.
  • The only true way to prevent something from running at all on your phone would be to uninstall the .apk.
  • Most applications will exit themselves if you get out of it by hitting "back" until it closes rather than hitting the "home" button. But even with hitting home, Android will eventually kill it once it’s been in the background for a while.

Task killers are actually worse for battery life because the tasks just have to restart in order to do what they were supposed to do.
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Thanks for the quick reply.
So, you are saying I should remove it? Is that what most seasoned droid users do?

Also, is there a good tutorial anywhere that really explains the phone? I got a
so- called "Manual" with it, but it doesn't go into much detail at all!
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Thanks for the quick reply.
So, you are saying I should remove it? Is that what most seasoned droid users do?

Also, is there a good tutorial anywhere that really explains the phone? I got a
so- called "Manual" with it, but it doesn't go into much detail at all!
I agree with ardchoille. Get rid of the task killer.

And this looks like a pretty decent tutorial (The Complete Android Guide - Complete Guides). There are probably other one's out there, this is just the first one that popped up in Google that looked ok.
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