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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Papou, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Papou

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    G'day gang:), anybody tell me how to identify and stop apps running in the background with my Samsung Galaxy S2 Please??.
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  2. Russell Ng

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    What background apps are you talking about? And stop it running how?
     
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    In "Apps" you will find an app called "Task Manager".
    Tap on this app to open it and it will display what apps are running in the background. You then then choose to end any one or all of them.
     
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    Nope, no task manager in my apps???. reason for asking is i was told the phone runs better and faster if i turn off all apps running in the background.
    Hence i wanted advice how to do so:)???..
    As well as any other advice in this arena....
    Any good apps to download to help as well.
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    Hi, try advanced task killer. That's what I use. Free on market or Play as its called now.
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    Whatever he said.
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    If you long press home underneath your recent apps you will find task manager. You can kill apps from there. I however wouldn't recommend it or using a task killer. Android is designed to manage apps itself. It will close them itself when necessary. Using a task killer or doing it yourself can actually use more battery as it will take more power to open the app up the next time and its likely to reopen the app you just killed.
     
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    Also after long pressing the home button and selecting task manager there are some tabs at the top, one of which is RAM. I tend to clear the memory in that too for good measure, clearing inactive background apps etc in hope that it will make my battery last a little longer :)
     
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    Whatever he said.
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    Honestly I wouldn't bother clearing ram either. Android phones can run perfectly with very little free ram. Clearing ram will close some apps which will just get reopened minutes later which will actually cause more of a drain on the battery than leaving them open.
     
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    I think the OP finally clarified that he wanted to stop background apps for the purpose of improving phone speed (and maybe better battery life). In that sense, playing around with task manager and clearing RAM is NOT going to give you much of an effect. For example clearing RAM forces the launcher to reload the wallpapers again, so it actually takes up more juice at that point.

    The only real way is to root your phone so you can specifically control which app runs and which doesn't. Don't ask me how though because I didn't root since I am perfectly happy with my phone currently.

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    The only task I think would be worth killing in task manager would be your Internet browser.

    If one of the pages you were on is a live feed (eg. football scores etc) then this could be updating constantly in the background. I can't confirm that this actually happens, (I would hope it only occurs if the page is actually active with focus), but theoretically this could be the case.
     

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