Task Killers! Must read for new Android UsersSupport


Force close apps/services?

  1. Yes, I force close apps/services with ____

    101 vote(s)
    44.9%
  2. No.

    69 vote(s)
    30.7%
  3. Sometimes...

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  1. sikclown

    sikclown Well-Known Member

    I am telling you, you will really never need it. You have to change your WinMo mentality. If you open a task killer on an Android phone you will see a lot of programs and processes running just like you would on WinMo however they aren't running... They are hibernating so to speak until an app needs them. If memory gets too low Android automatically closes apps that may be running. It is leaps and bounds over WinMo memory management

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  2. SirSlayer

    SirSlayer Well-Known Member

    +1
  3. Ky1e.YC

    Ky1e.YC Well-Known Member

    do have a question. will all those killed processes restart when u reboot your phone?
  4. SirSlayer

    SirSlayer Well-Known Member

    If the application they belong too starts up as well. If not then nope.
  5. Caloy

    Caloy Well-Known Member

    I understand what you're saying, but I never really had a WinMo device. I was talking more into Windows PC OS.... :D

    One question though, does ATK have the CPU load that WTM has? Because that's how I can tell which app is hanging and which are just hibernating. I don't think I'll encounter any poorly written apps, but at least I have an option to shut one down just in-case.
  6. Clock

    Clock Well-Known Member

    Good stuff to read in here. I'm also coming from WinMo.

    I think what I'll do is have a Task Killer installed, but I'll turn the automated stuff out and hang on to it strictly as a manner to shut down whacky / frozen processes.

    Probably a stupid question, but do most Android programs have an actual "Quit" or "Close" function such that if I'm done with an app and know I won't be loading it up again any time soon, I can tell the program to gracefully quit?
  7. SirSlayer

    SirSlayer Well-Known Member


    Some do and some don't. I have heard that even having the Task Killer apps installed can still cause issues. I would recommend Astro File Manager. It has a built in Task Killer for the rare times you might have an app out of control. Astro is non intrusive, is great for accessing and managing your SD Card, and offers task killing if its needed. There are other options in there too that are pretty cool.
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  8. keatre

    keatre Well-Known Member

    I'm semi-new to Android (I have the
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  10. keatre

    keatre Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the quick response. G-mail and K-9 were the two I thought of first, I meant it more as -- if the phone is running an app that I do not use (as I use another for it), would it be safe to kill.

    However, after reading the article, it answers my questions more thoroughly. Thanks again for the speedy response.
  11. SirSlayer

    SirSlayer Well-Known Member

    LOL speedy responses! Just sitting here working...to bad my boss doesn't think I respond that fast.......HAHA.
  12. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Well-Known Member

    If you're going to use K9 for gmail, just change the settings for gmail so it doesn't get email or show notifications. Pretty simple I would think.
  13. keatre

    keatre Well-Known Member

    Oh, sorry, perhaps I wasn't really clear as to what I was saying. What I meant was that if I dedicated K-9 for e-mail, Gmail would still run, regardless. The initial question was whether or not to kill Gmail at that point, as K-9 had all controls.

    Now as I said above, this is a bad example, as you never want to kill a Google or "android." app running. But was just the easiest example I could think of at the time.
  14. tomhagen

    tomhagen Well-Known Member

    Is something like the 'Uninstaller' app by rhythmsoftware from appbrain also potentially harmful?

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    v1.3.5: Fix force close on some devices.

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  15. SirSlayer

    SirSlayer Well-Known Member

    Woot first time poster! welcome to the forums.....

    I don't have experience using third party uninstallers except for using Astro File Manager to install and uninstall apps that I didn't get from the market. When you install from the market you can uninstall from the market as well. I would recommend that for sure. Use a third party uninstall app to remove them I know with Astro you can install and uninstall apps from the sd card which might be helpfull.
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  16. tomhagen

    tomhagen Well-Known Member

    Big ups! probably won't install it, cause seemingly your saying it is superfluous.
  17. SirSlayer

    SirSlayer Well-Known Member

    Well I am no expert on that app so I don't know its always worth a try if you feel you can use it. ;-)
  18. ShinyBrown

    ShinyBrown Member

    Good read. good info...but...I couldn't resist.
    Hyperbole and a Half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything
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  19. SirSlayer

    SirSlayer Well-Known Member

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  20. ShinyBrown

    ShinyBrown Member

    Thank You kind sir for having a sense of humor, I genuinely meant no offense; the use of ALOT doesn't bother me, it's a common mistake, but ever since I read hyperboleandahalf's tale on ALOT, every damn time I see it I chuckle, imagining what the ALOT would be doing! :)
  21. SirSlayer

    SirSlayer Well-Known Member

    HEHE none taken, I am ALOT hard to offend.
  22. jdk4asu

    jdk4asu Member

    Ok folks, after several years of a Palm Treo 700P and "standard" cell phones, I am changing over to the EVO tomorrow like everyone else. So I was wondering if you can answer a few things...

    What is a Task Killer?

    I own a Mac and am going to use Mark/Space to synchronize. Does anyone else use this set up or know about? It worked great on my Palm, but Palm was designed with Mac in mind.

    I use Earthlink for my email and MIGHT switch over to .mac since I have a Mobile Me account. Must you use G-Mail with a 'droid?

    Since most of the time it will only be able to run 3G, at least until the end of the year or until the start of next, will that preclude the use of the internet modem? I am purposely buying the EVO so I can utilize the modem with my old laptop.

    If anyone can help, that would be great!
  23. SirSlayer

    SirSlayer Well-Known Member

    Task Killers are used to close apps or running processes that may still be loaded after you have closed the app. Because the phone offers multi-tasking curtain parts of apps may remain loaded until needed again. Some people believe they should be closed, but Android was built to close them if memory is needed.

    A Google account is not needed but highly recommended. You can (today) create your Gmail account, add all your contacts and even add images to them, and tomorrow when you get your phone and add your GMail account all your contacts will be there in about 3-5 seconds.

    You can add third party POP/IMAP/Exchange email with ease.

    There are several tethering options out there. Might want to check out appbrain and do some searching for those. AppBrain - the best Android apps and games on the Android market. You can use wired options for tethering as well. I know PDANet can do that.


    Not sure about the other questions I never used MAC.

    BUMP on the mac questions.........
  24. Bnice

    Bnice Guest

    I have a mac and i'm new to mac but i have a hero and you need a g-mail account to access the app market so i use g-mail for everything.
  25. Putty

    Putty Well-Known Member

    Is this the same as a app killer? BB installed "advanced app killer" for me and told me to use that as much as possible. Is that good?

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