How to Delete Background Apps on Android?

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by Alex Gustman

Updated: July 21, 2021

New smartphones usually work excellent and fast until crowded with various apps. After several months of active usage, various issues start appearing. The battery is draining faster; there is no more RAM available; the device starts working slower, consuming more power than before.

However, there is a simple and effective solution (cheaper than buying a new device right away) to mend this frustrating experience. Simple app management will not take a lot of time, freeing you from checking for free power sockets whenever you go. Let’s have a look at how you go about that on your Android device.

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Check for most energy-consuming services

Firstly, it is useful to have a look at the top energy-draining apps. You can do that by:

1. Pressing the cog icon on the home display to enter the Settings or swiping from top to the middle of the screen and tapping it there.

application menu on smartphone.
main settings

2. Searching the menu to find yourself in the Battery section.

battery section
hidden menu.
battery optimization.

3. Observing programs located in the upper part of the list.

choice of application type.
all applications.
application selection Aida64.
energy optimization.

Typically, Android System and Screen are the top consuming items there, together with Network. However, if you see applications that you never use there – it might be worth to delete them. This will help to save your battery as well as free some space.

Secondly, it is a good idea to have a look at your RAM offenders. To do that, you need to tap seven times on your Android version in the About Phone menu item located under the main settings. In most cases, the pop-up message will notify you have succeeded. In some cases, however, it does nothing. The “lucky” users will have to google how it is done for their devices.

Once this is done, enter Developer Options and find the list of Running services. You can stop each item by choosing it from the list. Look primarily for the apps you installed yourself since closing system processes can force restart the device. If you wish to uninstall a program completely, head to the Applications menu, find it on the home screen, or in the drawer.

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Close background apps from the home screen

However, most of the time, you will need only to close the apps running at the moment. To do that, follow these steps:

1. Press the cube icon while you are on your home screen to open the list of running applications.

opening running applications

2. Swipe the ones you do not need away – typically, a right swipe will work.

button close application

3. Close all of them at once by hitting the cross (or trash bin) icon in the lower part of the display.

Keep in mind that you will probably lose more energy by starting the app again after you closed it. It is better if you shut down only the ones you will not use in the nearest future.

Close the apps from the Settings

In one of the previous steps, we have already looked at the Applications menu item. After choosing All apps, you will see the list of programs that you can either stop or delete. Make sure you close only the ones you do not need at the moment.

Though you usually do not have an option to wipe off the system apps, you can shut them down. This can limit the functionality of your device until you restart it, though.

Follow the instructions to stop running applications and services.

1. Open the system settings.

main settings

2. Select “Developer Options.” If it is not, select “About Phone” and tap on your Android version seven times, and the menu should appear.

developer section in settings.

3. In “Developer Options,” click on the tab “Running services.”

running services.

4. Chose the application that you want to stop.

closing the application.

5. Press “Stop” to close the application or service.

stop button.

6. If there is no application on the list that you want to stop, go to “Cached processes.”

cached processes tab

7. Find the app that you need and open it.

selecting an application from the list

8. Press “Stop” to close the application.

stop application button.
the program is closed

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Setting up RAM purging

Some manufacturers install battery monitoring services that look after the device and unload the apps if you forget to do that yourself. One of the most widespread examples is MIUI – Android-based operating system that most Xiaomi smartphones run on. To take advantage of using it, do the following:

  • in the main Settings, scroll down until Battery and Performance menu item,
  • press the icon located in the top-right display corner,
  • in Clean cache, choose the purging interval or pick Never to disable the feature.

There are ongoing debates as to whether this option helps to save the battery or not. However, now you know how to disable it if you do not wish to automatically unload the apps after the device is locked for only several minutes.

How to shut down background apps on Android 10?

In Android 10, in the settings, open the applications section.

  • Select the app whose background activity you want to limit or stop.
  • Then open the “Advanced” tab, where you select the item “battery”.
  • Then open the item “background restriction” and confirm the action.

For other system versions where background restriction is not provided, you can close the application with any cleaner or manually in the section for developers item “running applications”.

Use apps to close the apps.

If you happen to have a stock Android, you can still install one of the RAM monitoring and optimizing software options available in Play Store. Most of them work fine on every device and do not require root access. You might need it, though, if you wish to fine-tune some options.

It is worth noticing that developers take further steps to enhance battery life with each new Android version. In this respect, it seems illogical to have another app continually monitoring the processes in the background. The optimizer might consume more energy than it is saving. The situation is getting worse if there are apps that you are using all the time. You will continuously reopen the program closed by the optimizer, which will take way more power than if it was hanging paused in the background.

There are simple and more advanced options to get rid of the running applications. However, you might be draining more power if you manually shut them down. You can always monitor energy consumption to see if your methods are working the way you want. Sometimes it is worth uninstalling the greedy ones to improve the overall battery performance.


How to automatically close background apps on android?

You can restrict the application to run in the background or install an application: Greenify or Naptime. Applications will disable programs running in the background, which will increase the device’s battery life.

How do I know what apps are running in the background?

Open the section for developers, then select the item “Running applications” or “running services”. The menu will display the running programs and applications in the cache.

How do I close all running apps on Android?

You can run any cleaner that supports the automatic offloading of programs from RAM. As an option – Droid Optimizer. The application will close only programs that are not currently active or those stored in the cache. Completely close all the programs can only by turning off the power of your phone.

How do I permanently stop apps running in the background Android?

You can disable optimization and don’t limit the operation of programs in the battery settings. In this case, the system will unload unused and inactive applications if it needs to free up additional memory space. If your device has enough memory, the system is unlikely to unload running applications. In that case, it’s best to use a smartphone with 8 or more gigabytes of RAM.

Is it good to close background apps?

This makes no sense because the system will run the program if necessary. In addition, unloading active applications deprives the owner of certain functionality and a number of features.

Is it necessary to close apps on Android?

No. The system automatically allocates resources for different applications, opening and running services as needed. Therefore, you can only disable certain applications that are currently unstable and are consuming an excessive amount of resources.

Should I allow apps to run in background android?

For certain applications, running in the background is essential. For example, communication or navigation apps, apps that measure user activity, and so on. If apps are disabled, messages and notifications are delayed or don’t arrive at all until the app is restarted.

What apps should I delete from my Android?

First of all unused programs, pre-installed programs by the manufacturer of the device or operator.

How do I make sure apps are not running in the background Android?

You need to go to the developers section and open “running services”. If the program is not running in the background, the corresponding application will not be found in the list.


Here we’ve described how to delete background apps on Android. You can close the background apps from the home screen, phone settings, or clearing the cache.

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