1. Check out our companion app, Forums for Android! Download from Google Play

Support Apps open without me opening them

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by firemedic4321, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. firemedic4321

    firemedic4321 New Member
    Thread Starter

    Aug 19, 2010
    Okay, I am still trying to learn this thing but I keep getting a low memory message on my DroidX and I get into my advanced task killer and apps that I never even open appear to be opening and running in the background. I kill all apps but they keep popping back up.....Any ideas??? HELP!


  2. colchiro

    colchiro Well-Known Member

    Jun 4, 2010
    Web developer/IT
    There's lots of topics regarding Task Killer.

    Why don't you try uninstalling TK and let Android run things the way it was designed? I bet you have less trouble.
  3. malek9696

    malek9696 Active Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    That's standard android operation now. It keeps apps in the background memory to speed up opening them the next time you run them. Not to fear though, android will automatically close those if it needs the extra cpu or memory.

    I know at this point it's become almost a habit to end all running apps we're not using, but we don't need to. From what I've seen it doesn't hurt battery life or speed.
  4. Aggie12

    Aggie12 Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Android handles memory a lot better than most PC users are used to. It uses its own 'task killer' (quotes used lightly) to control which apps can take up a certain amount of space. RAM that is not being used is inefficient. Apps will still be in your RAM even if you aren't using them. If more space is needed the system will kick off a low priority app and make space available.

    Hi dbrock1973, welcome to the forums. We don't talk to others like that here and we would appreciate it if you didn't either. We have rules to follow that make this the best community out in the interwebs. Talk like this will make us like the inferior others. I'd also like to point out that your first post was bashing other members. This is not the best way to introduce yourself. It's also funny but I found their posts to be pretty useful! Colchiro gave him the best advice that could be given and malek9696 explained it pretty well! Before you post again please read the forum rules and guidelines so you can be sure to be in accordance with them. Also, check out the Zero Tolerance Policy.
    colchiro likes this.
  5. pool_shark

    pool_shark Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    Enterprise Server Engineer
    I agree that an automated task killer isn't needed, but some apps do use more cpu than others and therefore could hurt battery life, in which case those apps should be killed or uninstalled.

    I've been playing with connectbot for connecting to my PC with ssh. It's always running even when I'm not using it. There is no setting to prevent it and autostarts can't even see it so I can't set it there not to start.

    Web browsers take a lot of cpu, so if you're using the default browser which doesn't close, it needs to be killed.

Share This Page