Each time you buy a new phone, you will in a good mood for its beautiful looking and fluent operation. However, over time your new device slows down and even becomes sluggish. Certainly this terrible experience that I told sounds familiar to you. Sometimes your apps become difficult to switch from one to another and you worry about that you can’t go back home before battery begins to run down.
Under the circumstance, you would like to find out and stop some of the useless apps which is taking up the space of your phone. But do you really know which apps are safe to stop? If you stop some key apps, your phone may crash.
Therefore, if you don’t want your app/phone to crash, err on the side of caution and use some common sense. The app marked ‘Google Services’, or pretty much any app that starts with ‘Google’ shouldn’t be manually stopped.
On the other hand, if you look through the list and see messengers and music players idly draining your battery in the background, then you can go ahead and stop them in relative safety. Truly crucial apps usually won’t allow you to force stop them anyway.
- To stop an app manually via the processes list, head to Settings > Developer Options > Processes (or Running Services) and click the Stop button. Voila!
- To Force Stop or Uninstall an app manually via the Applications list, head to Settings > Applications > Application manager and select the app you want to modify. Don’t delete any apps that appear when you select the Show System Apps option.
So, in the above example, we had no use for Kik, Facebook Pages Manager or a few other running services, so stopped them without error. In some cases, you may find the service starts back up again automatically. If you tap the More/Settings (depending on your phone model) option, you can also review the RAM used by cached processes. The same rules of which apps are safe to stop apply to cached, as well as running, processes.
If you tap the More/Settings (depending on your phone model) option, you can also review the RAM used by cached processes. The same rules of which apps are safe to stop apply to cached, as well as running, processes.
With apps that just won’t quit, like Kik for us (if you kill it via the processes tab, it simply restarts), you can navigate to Settings > Applications > Application manager to perform a Force Stop, or you can just uninstall it directly.
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