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Is it still useful to use Greenify on newer Android versions?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Daniel Fernandes, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. Daniel Fernandes

    Daniel Fernandes Android Enthusiast
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    So recent Android versions (I believe Android 7.1+?) have Greenify like features built-in. Apps no longer run in the background and stay there as annoyingly as they used to, leading to better battery life without any third party apps like Greenify.

    But I see that Greenify has this other interesting feature called Aggressive Doze. Here's the description of this feature:
    "If this feature is enabled, your device will enter Doze Mode in minutes (instead of hours stationary normally) after the screen goes off if not charging, to improve its power-saving efforts.

    Doze mode is a new power saving mechanism introduced in Android 6.0. In this mode, background behaviors of all apps (except white-listed) are strictly prohibited, until next user interaction or charging. The device will also periodically (in hours) exit doze mode briefly."

    I wanted to know if Android still waits for hours before entering Doze Mode. If it does, this might be one way to get some extra battery life out of my phone.

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  2. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert

    I am also intrested in knowing the answer Greenify was last updated on Oct 21, 2018 and Android 10 was introduced on Sept 3 2019 is something to consider.
    #2 MrJavi, Oct 15, 2019
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  3. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    I haven't used Greenify since Lollipop. I found that it didn't offer anything different when Doze started appearing in Marshmellow.
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    MrJavi Android Expert

  5. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert

    #5 MrJavi, Oct 15, 2019
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  6. Daniel Fernandes

    Daniel Fernandes Android Enthusiast
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    It does offer some pretty useful features in Marshmallow, actually. Apps could still run in the background, and Doze Mode would actually take hours to activate (at least that's what I read about, I don't know of any way to test this on my own). Greenify fixed both of these problems.

    Android 7.1+ now gives users control over which apps can run in the background, so one doesn't need Greenify for that. I just don't know if it also enters Doze Mode much faster than it used to. I'm kind of unsatisfied that my 5000 mAh phone lasts just as long as my old 3000 mAh phone...
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  7. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Non rooted.

    I don't root anymore because the phones now are just too good and fast and I'm lazy and slow
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  8. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    I wasn't on Marshmallow for long so I didn't really dig deeper into all that.
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  9. Daniel Fernandes

    Daniel Fernandes Android Enthusiast
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    Ah okay. I guess I'll just try it out on my own now and I'll let you guys know if I find any difference...
  10. Daniel Fernandes

    Daniel Fernandes Android Enthusiast
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    I tried it out, and yes, it does make a difference!

    To test this, I noticed that Greenify offers a feature to check when the device enters doze mode. It's under debug options in agreesive doze. And it shows the results in a notification.

    I tried it for a whole day with no aggressive doze and noticed that my phone entered doze mode usually in 30 minutes, sometimes hours.

    I tried it again with aggressive doze enabled, and noticed that my my enters doze mode in less than 10 minutes every time so far!

    I'm not sure how impactful this difference is, it might depend on how one uses their phone and other factors. But it's still something I will keep using.
  11. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    What phone and android version do you have?
  12. Daniel Fernandes

    Daniel Fernandes Android Enthusiast
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    I'm using the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 running Android 8.1.0


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Never should your phone or tablet become slower and battery hungrier after lots of apps installed. With Greenify, your device can run almost as smoothly and lastingly as it did the first day you had it! Greenify help you identify and put the misbehaving apps into hibernation when you are not actively using them, to stop them from lagging your device or leeching the battery, in a unique way! They can do nothing without explicit launch by you or other apps, while still preserving full functionality when running in foreground. Please report bugs in the XDA forum (http://goo.gl/ZuLDnE) or G+ community (http://goo.gl/MoszF). Greenify NEVER EVER collects your personal data despite the capability of accessibility service, it just takes advantage of it to automate the hibernation procedure.
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Note: Greenify does need background running services for auto-hibernation to work. It is designed and implemented in extremely lightweight and nearly zero CPU and battery consumption. === PERMISSIONS === DEVICE ADMIN: This app uses administrator privilege to turn off the screen immediately after automated hibernation on non-root devices. This permission will be requested explicitly for your consent only if required. DRAW OVER OTHER APP: To dim the screen during automatic hibernation when the screen is expected to be off. DISABLE SCREEN LOCK & BIND ACCESSIBILITY SERVICE: For automatic hibernation to work on non-root devices. GET ACCOUNTS & WRITE SYNC SETTINGS: Control the account sync of apps if its sync task is too frequent. This app uses Accessibility services, to automate the hibernation procedure. === FAQ === * It seems that automatic hibernation is not working. * Some of my greenified apps (e.g. Google Maps) seems not hibernating. * I want to greenify system apps! * De-greenified apps still got no push notification! …… Read here: http://goo.gl/99lNYp === Translation === All translations are created by community volunteers and open for contribution: http://goo.gl/zCCDce === Donation === If you love Greenify, please consider the "donation package" (http://goo.gl/fpz5l) for extra experimental features: * Greenify system apps * In-depth details about how apps behave on your device * And more

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