How to stop Android background running apps


Process stats and battery usage

First of all, if you want to know which apps are running background processes and how power hungry they are, both in terms of processing power and impact on battery, Android has these monitoring options built in.

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Process Stats lets you know which apps are running all the time. 

  • Enable Developer Options by going to Settings > About Device and tapping the Build number until you are notified that Developer Options have been enabled.
  • Go to Settings > Developer options > Process stats to see how much of the time your key apps are running. Tap any app to see how much RAM it's using.
  • Next, go to Settings > Battery then tap the individual apps to see how much battery they're using.

Which apps should I stop running in the background?

A big culprit of background memory and battery usage is games you're not playing, and music players you're not using. If you can see no logical reason for an app you know well to be running in the background, then you should probably close it.
As a general, you should leave most apps/services starting with the word 'Google' running. So DON'T STOP THE FOLLOWING APPS (really essential services won't let you force stop them anyway):
  • Google Search, Google Play services, Google Contacts Sync, Google Keyboard, Google Play Store
In the Process stats list, you should have a pretty good idea of which apps you want to leave running in the background simply by knowing how much you use them. The list is a good place to stop bloatware from running (like Moto Care, which you see in the picture), or services you might not use like Google Play Music.

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Digging into your Battery settings, you can see which apps are keeping your device awake, as well as how much battery and processor power they are 

How to disable, stop and uninstall background apps

If you have an app that you think is using an unreasonable amount of processor power or seems to be running in the background way more than it should, then you can either:
  • Disable it in your App Manager by going to Settings > Applications > Application manager, tapping the app, then tapping Disable
  • Since the Lollipop update, you can close recent apps easily by tapping the Recent Apps navigation button on your phone (to the right of the home button), then swiping left or right to close apps you ran recently.
  • Delete it from your phone by going to Settings > Applications > Application manager, tapping the app, then tapping Uninstall
  • Or Force Stop it by going to Settings > Applications > Application manager, swiping right to the Running tab, tapping the app, then tapping Force Stop
Remember, if you have no clue what an app or service is, then you probably shouldn't stop it, unless it's using up a lot of RAM or battery, and you don't mind risking your phone crashing.

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Less crucial apps (left) can be uninstalled. Crucial system services (right) can't. / 


Greenify is an app hibernation app, letting you put apps to sleep when you're not using them. It's basically an automated version of force closing or disabling apps every time you stop using them and then turning them back on when you need them. But doing that manually is a pain. Hence Greenify is one of the best app management apps around.
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