In this article, we examine what is background applications on Android, what they serve for and are and how to disable background apps in Android.
Background applications launch background processes invisible for the smartphone owner. The application seems to be closed, but it still consumes system resources, occupies space in RAM and reduces the operation time of the device’s battery. Such processes will run without you knowing and work in the background mode — hence their name. In most cases, there are good reasons for the launch of these processes — it could be synchronizing, retrieving location data or any other activity related to the purpose of your application.
But not all background processes are needed. For example, some applications we use extremely rare, and unnecessary background processes only load your device in vain. Android system has built-in tools, with which you can always see what applications are running in the background, how much memory they consume and how they affect the battery life.
In order to see what kind of background processes are currently running, you need to:
In the window that opens, you will see all the information on the selected background application.
You can also see to what extent each application influence the consumption of battery power of your device. To do this, go to the battery settings, and select the menu item “Battery use”. You will get a list, in which the applications that may adversely affect the level of battery charge of your smartphone are sorted in the descending order.
Two main types of applications, the background processes of which you hardly need, are games that you do not currently play, and music players, when you’re not listening to music. Take a look at the other background processes. If you do not need a particular application at the moment, feel free to shut it down.
The applications necessary for the operation of your device won’t let you close their background processes – this is a way the Android system is arranged. However, it may be more convenient not to close the system background applications, as well as those that you constantly use. If for example, you close the processes of social networks and instant messengers, then you will not receive the notifications about the new messages. You should not also close most applications and services, the name of which starts with “Google”. Here are the most important Google processes:
You can either disable the background process or forcefully terminate the application.
Some applications themselves are automatically launched in the background even after you close them. You can use Greenify in order to “send them to sleep”. This utility does not let the applications to start automatically. If your device has ROOT-rights, you can completely remove the unwanted applications from the autoloading. If you want to find out how to get ROOT rights, you can read another article.
I hope you now understand how to disable background apps in Android. Still have questions? Write in the comments!