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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by ChrisR2021, Jan 30, 2022.

  1. ChrisR2021

    ChrisR2021 Lurker
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    I was wondering if anyone was having this issue with their ZTE phone?A lot of my apps tend to not want to stay running very long in the background like with my browser Firefox when I just exit the app it restarts but I don't want it to do that or sometimes my no root firewall will just shut off sometimes my VPN will run for a few hours in the background then randomly shutoff and my YouTube app constantly restarts after I exit the app.I want those apps to run at all times unless I stop them.The phone does good overall I just have issues with certain apps not wanting to stay running long in the background.It's funny on my older phone which I still use my Droid turbo I had trouble keeping apps turned off now it's the opposit sighs.Oh and sorry if this was long or posted in the wrong area.

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  2. DonB

    DonB ♡ Truth, Justice and the American Way !! ♡ ™

    What ZTE model do you have, if you don't get the responses here, I'll move it to the Device model section for you.
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  3. ChrisR2021

    ChrisR2021 Lurker
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    I have a ZTE Avid Z5156
  4. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Modern phones have extensive battery control of background apps.

    Most of this is in settings under battery optimization.
    Turn battery optimization off for apps that you want to remain on for longer.

    Apps & notifications
    Special app access
    Battery optimization
    (arrow down)
    All apps

    Also, browsers tend to not run in the background well- like for streaming music and such.

    An app usually requires a wakelock permission or some other way to remain active, or else the system will shut it down.

    Tell us what you are trying to do in the background, and we nay be able to help more.
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  5. ChrisR2021

    ChrisR2021 Lurker
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    Just normal stuff browsing streaming playing games and my vlc app when I'm watching a movie or TV show it does fine when in the foreground but if I pause the video I'm watching it'll restart after I exit and I'll lose the spot I was at so that's why I always screenshot before I exit the app to do something else.I just want to keep certain apps running for a long time.I know I can't have a bunch of apps continuously run in the background but I'd like a few to at least.I also get sick of YouTube constantly restarting after exit it acts like it's afraid I'll miss some latest video upload.
  6. ChrisR2021

    ChrisR2021 Lurker
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    Also do I battery optimize to keep the app always awake or do I set it to not optimized?I get confused with that.
  7. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Turn optimization off to keep apps running.

    Also, if you are using VLC, as you said you are above, that app has a setting to remember where you left off in a movie or song.
  8. ChrisR2021

    ChrisR2021 Lurker
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    Thanks I appreciate the help.Also do you know what the setting is so I can make the app remember where it left off at?
  9. Pintrop

    Pintrop Newbie

    This is not a problem with your smartphone, this is a problem with the Firefox browser!
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  10. ChrisR2021

    ChrisR2021 Lurker
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    So then what should I do to fix that closing issue with firefox?
  11. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I would use a different browser.
    I use what I consider to be the best, or at least a few varients of it- Lightning Browser.

    Here's the deal, though.
    Browsers are not generally set up to run in the background.
    I have one that does, but it is a downloading browser- so it stays awake while it is downloading something.

    That is why I would recommend a dedicated app to stream what you want.

    If you tell me what that is, then I may be able to help with that.

    As far as VLC, even though I used to use it a lot, I had issue with the 'parsing media' thing and the devs were pretty snotty about the whole thing.

    I found other apps that work better and left the ugly cone behind.
    There are enough of those things in the road anyway, lol.

    So I do not have VLC installed anymore.

    I will download it, install it, and then find the setting for you, but it may take a few hours, as I have things that I hate to do that need to be done.

    Here is a link for Lightning.
    Unlimited tabs, unlimited bookmarks, and extremely fast.

    I doubt you will miss Firefox at all.


    There are various versions of this browser, each has small differences.
    If something is not to your liking, let me know and I can post links to the others that I know about.

    I have used derivatives of this browser for years, so I can answer questions about it as well.
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  12. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I downloaded VLC, and it has changed quite a bit since the last time I tried it.

    What hasn't changed is the very annoying 'parsing media' crap on startup that no other media app seems to need to go through.

    I literally fell asleep waiting for it.

    Anyway, after it is opened:

    swipe down to reveal the bottom menu
    Resume played videos

    I don't know about the audio, it used to reconnect where it left off years ago when I used it.

    It still appears to be a mess like it was, but I will play with it for a bit before I decide if I will ditch it again.

    Like I said, I have apps that are much easier to use that made VLC irrelevant.
    Also, for some reason, VLC is huge in comparison- taking up five times as much space as the two apps I replaced it with.
    If I remember correctly, the longer it remains on a device the bigger (and slower) it gets- until it becomes unbearable.

    That and I seem to remember it repeating only a few songs (5-10) when repeat all (there was about 1000 songs on the device) was selected.

    Actually, the first thing I replaced it with was X-Player, which is very similar but much faster and easier to use.
    Once I found out that (at the time) VLC had been abused by hackers to spy on users, then got a sense of the developers attitude, along with my other complaints about it, I was done with it.
    #12 puppykickr, Jan 31, 2022
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2022
  13. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Found the setting for audio restart on VLC:

    Go into VLC settings, and go into: Interface
    Show last playlist tip

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