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UpdatedJul 10, 2017, 2:40 pm EDT| 4 min read
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Google Play is full of task managers for Android. These utilities can show you apps running in the background, kill running apps, & otherwise manage your apps — but you don’t need lớn install any third-party software to vị this.

We’ll show you how to lớn quickly and easily kill và manage your running apps using only the software included with your game android phone. Third-party task managers are unnecessary & many include harmful features, like task killers.


Automatic Task Killing

Task managers và task killers are often one và the same. A task killer promises to speed up your phone by automatically killing apps running in the background. It stays running in the background, automatically removing apps from memory when you’re done using them.


However, we’ve already explained why you shouldn’t use a task killer on Android. In a nutshell, app android doesn’t manage processes like Windows does. Properly behaved apps running in the background aren’t actually doing anything — they’re just remaining in memory và using no CPU or other resources. When you access them again, they’ll quickly open, as they’re waiting in memory for you khổng lồ return. If they were removed from memory, they would take longer to lớn re-open as their data would have to be transferred from system storage back into RAM — in this way, a task killer can actually slow things down.

Android includes its own automatic task killer — if its memory fills up and it needs more memory for other reasons, it will automatically kill running apps, removing them from memory. You don’t have to lớn install any software to take advantage of this.

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End a Running app — The Easy Way

If you would lượt thích to manually close an app & remove it from memory, this is extremely easy on the latest versions of android — app android 4.0 and up.

First, mở cửa the multitasking screen. On a Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus, simply press the dedicated multitasking button. On a phone without a multitasking button, like a Galaxy S4 or điện thoại htc One, you may have lớn long-press or double tap the trang chủ button to mở cửa this screen.


Next, swipe a recent phầm mềm to the left or right of the screen và its thumbnail will disappear. In addition lớn removing this ứng dụng from the menu of recent apps, cleaning up the list, app android will also remove the app from memory.

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Killing an tiện ích is generally not necessary. However, it can help if the tiện ích is misbehaving — killing và re-opening the ứng dụng may cause it to work properly.

End a Running phầm mềm — The Hard Way

You can also kết thúc running apps from Android’s settings screen. First, xuất hiện the Settings screen và tap the Apps category.

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Scroll down in the list, select an app, & tap the Force stop button to over the app’s running process và remove it from memory.

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Managing Apps

From the app’s info screen where the Force Stop button is, you can also prevent the apps from showing notifications, view the amount of storage the tiện ích is using, clear its data or cache, prevent it from being a mặc định application if it’s set as a default app, & view its permissions.

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View Apps Running in the Background

From the Apps settings pane, you can also swipe over to the Running category lớn view apps that are running in the background. These apps aren’t just remaining in memory. They may start automatically at boot và stay running in the background so they can automatically bởi vì things. For example, chat apps lượt thích WhatsApp may remain running in the background so they can automatically receive messages.

If you would like to prevent these apps from running in the background, your best bet is to lớn uninstall them from your phone — you can over their tasks, but they’ll just restart anyway.

Note that these apps may use very few resources, so you shouldn’t necessarily worry if they’re running in the background. If they’re running in the background and you don’t see them consuming much memory, battery, or network resources, they’re safe to leave alone.

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Tap the Show Cached Processes option at the top-right corner of the screen to view apps that are cached in memory, but aren’t actually running in the background.

You can kết thúc such apps’ processes from here by tapping them and tapping Stop, but there should be no reason to bởi vì so.

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View Memory Use

At the bottom of the Running apps screen, you’ll see a RAM meter. This shows you how much of your phone’s memory is being used & how much is free. Note that this can be misleading — your RAM may appear lớn be rather full, but it may just be full of cached applications. This will tốc độ things up later — it’s good that your RAM is full, as apk is using your RAM as a cache khổng lồ speed things up.

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The Running apps screen also displays the memory used by running services và cached processes, so you can identify which apps are the most RAM-hungry.

View Battery Use

To view app-specific battery use, open the Settings screen and tap the Battery option. You’ll see a list of phone functions & apps, sorted by how much they’ve used your battery. This screen can help you see how apps are using your CPU và other resources. You’ll probably see apps you frequently use near the vị trí cao nhất of this list. If you see an ứng dụng you don’t use here, it’s likely consuming resources in the background — you’ll want to uninstall it if you don’t use it.

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The various task management features in app android should be more than enough for most people. The biggest feature available in third-party task manager apps is the task killer, but you shouldn’t need khổng lồ automatically kill applications. Android will bởi vì that for you when it’s actually necessary.

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Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about công nghệ for over a decade và was a PCWorld columnist for two years. Chris has written for The thủ đô new york Times and Reader"s Digest, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV stations like Miami"s NBC 6, and had his work covered by news outlets lượt thích the BBC. Since 2011, Chris has written over 2,000 articles that have been read more than one billion times---and that"s just here at How-To Geek. Read Full Bio »