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How to close Android apps in the background on your smartphone

The Android app in the background they can be a real thorn in the side for those who use this operating system. Although they can be very useful, as in the case of messaging services, in some cases they go to occupy smartphone resources that could be useful in other contexts.

As if that were not enough, their operation (especially if they are varied) is going to impact disastrously on battery performance. Precisely for this reason, background apps are one of the main reasons why smartphone batteries often have unsatisfactory life cycles.

In this guide, therefore, we will show you how to intervene to close the less useful apps that work in the background, saving resources and memory.

Note well: a telephone was used to create this guide Samsung Galaxy with Android Pie. The steps may vary depending on the brand, model and Android version of the device in use, although the settings should have similar names after all.

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Closing Android apps in the background: a necessity to preserve batteries and memory

To stop running Android apps in the background, just go to force them to close. To carry out this task, you just need to:

  • Go to Settings and touch the item App
  • Scroll down in the list of applications and find the one you want to stop
  • Once selected, the item must be selected Ends

This will stop the app during the current session. Keep in mind that, if the phone is restarted, the application will automatically restart as if nothing had happened.

In this sense, it must be taken into account how some phones have, among the various features, an option to prevent the app from starting automatically on its own. If your phone has this option, it may be a good idea to use the same option.

Alternatively, you can stop the app in the list of apps from the section Memory usage in Optimization settings. To do this, you need to go in Settings and choose Memory. Here, at the bottom of the screen, there should be a button with the writing Cleaning. Memory-consuming apps can be selected with a check mark. You can touch the blue button to free up memory by stopping the background apps in the list.

How to find out which running apps are consuming the most battery?

Obviously, there are applications that need to be blocked as they are expensive in terms of energy / memory and others that have a minor impact. In the second case, unless extreme demands are made, it is not even worth taking action. To identify which software is more "cumbersome" from these points of view, it is possible to act in this way:

  • Go to Settings and then Developer Options
  • on the screen Running services a list of background apps running on the device appears
  • to view the apps that drain the battery the most, go back to Settings is Device care
  • scroll down and select Battery

Here you can finally see (and eventually sort by consumption) the apps that have a greater impact on the battery. At this point it is possible to force the closure as already seen in the previous steps.

Optimize your smartphone

In order to optimize your smartphone from this point of view you will need to follow this procedure:

  • Touch the three vertical dots in the upper right part of the screen
  • Select Settings
  • Tap on Optimize settings (this function optimizes the use of the battery by automatically adjusting the settings to save energy)
  • From here you can activate the blue switch. In this way you will obtain a global optimization of the phone's consumption: some of the parameters that will be changed are brightness, volume and timeout.

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Update your device

Android updates bring various features that help users optimize the phone's memory consumption and battery life as well as a whole host of other performance issues.

Android Pie and later versions come with fantastic power-saving features that extend the battery life of your phone or tablet by placing limits on apps running in the background. Among these features there is adaptive battery, which identifies the most used and least frequently activated apps, using machine learning. This particular advanced function learns the usage patterns and inserts commonly used apps in five particular usage modes included by frequent to ever used. In this way, Android only runs applications that actually serve that specific user in the background.

Use third party software to control apps in the background

For older versions of the operating system or for those who want to rely on third parties, other applications can be used to better manage Android apps in the background. In this sense, for example, we can quote Greenify: it is an app that provides extremely accurate controls on software that works in the background.

It also works on non-rooted phones (even if with limited functions). However, it must be said that the same application we are talking about can in some cases slow down the smartphone itself during its work.