How to stop apps running in background mode?????

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Apr 5, 2013 9:11:14 PM

I am confused & can't figure out why andriod does not allow the user to be in charge of all the apps!

I Googled for hours but no one seems to know the answer for the simple question: "how to stop any app that I want to stop, and let it off line until I want it back.". I think it is really stupid that a app is in charge of starting again by itself, after I shut it down. App killers are not the answer as they stop apps for about 5 seconds, I want to stop all apps: period. And I do want to use the apps, so uninstall is not the answer.

A lot of so-called experts say "you do not need to kill the apps in android"... (sorry, but that is crap, I need be able to shut apps down because I want to and it is my tablet/phone. Another issue is the privacy.)

For example: Right know it's impossible to logoff Hotmail and facebook! So when my son or daughter or someone else play with the tab they can see my mail & sent message with my name, simply by clicking the icon!

So where is the app which enables the user to simply block any app, or put a password-shell around every app I want?

Jun 27, 2013 4:00:59 PM

The only app I can't get to stay closed, is Google Play Music. I've tried all of the suggestions here but it still starts up all by itself. It was pre-installed on my phone, but because my phone isn't rooted, I can't uninstall it. Like another poster said, it's my phone and I want to be able to have control over it!

Aug 18, 2013 2:07:29 AM

"I Googled for hours but no one seems to know the answer for the simple question...
For example: Right know it's impossible to logoff Hotmail and facebook...
they can see my mail & sent message"

There are a few solutions to the problem.

One is multiple user profiles on the device, so you have to log on with whatever level of security you select to view ANY of your personal profile.

Also, if you have selected for the system to remember a password... it remembers it; not a problem with the system, it's doing what it was told. Change the settings so the browser does not remember the password or login data for the sites you want secret, or log off apps.

Also, if you tell the app to refresh data every X minutes, it will, of course, need to start the app in order to collect that data you told it to collect.
Again, not a problem with the system, you told it to check. It's doing what it was told. change the settings within the app so it does not check for messages or updates as frequently or manually.

Now, finally, if you really want security and to prevent your kids from seeing your secret messages... don't lend them your phone.
I know from experience if you give me your phone for a couple minutes unattended I can install software to collect every GPS fix, email, text message, web page browsed, picture taken, etc... and view it remotely on a web page. On iOS and Windows too, so don't even...!

Oh yeah... use this; Startup Manager (Free)
or this; Autorun Manager
or this; Advanced Task Manager - Killer

Or upgrade to Android 4.3 which will support advanced control of app startup.

Aug 18, 2013 2:12:05 AM

To take control of your phone you pretty much have to root it. It's not that hard or scary, and after you do you can uninstall Google Play Music, Books, Movies, Weather, Calculator, Partner Setup, etc...
I can understand Google Play Music having frequent activations because it is setup to steam audio to the device and has to respond to queries quickly or have a poor user experience.
The upside is that it doesn't use much resources or data to keep the connection live and in memory, and as many, many, many users have explained over the years, Android will close these apps if there is high demand from a foreground app anyways.

Aug 28, 2013 6:23:55 PM

jay desai
cant we just press and hold the center menu keys,and when the list of active apps popup we can just swipe across and close them one by one ?!

Everyone, it's really quite as simple simple as Jay has stated:

1. Select Settings, then Application Manager.
2. Select the app you want to disable, and press Force Stop.
3. On some Android devices, you can also view all your running apps by holding down the Home button. All your running apps will appear. To disable one, simple swipe the app to the right. Or, to deactivate all apps, select the Storage button on the bottom left, and then select Active Applications. Press End All.

I found the above information on a site to make it easier to post.

And I have a Galaxy S4 and before that I had a Samsung Captivate Glide; both Android systems; and I use #3 to disable them. I think this will work with everyone's Android phone.

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Sep 17, 2013 2:21:58 PM

You may go for some task killer apps from the play store. But as far as I know they don't work good enough they do close the apps for some time but then they just pop back up. The main issue is with the Social media apps, e.g. the Facebook app. They do use lots of you data and even eat up your battery.

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Sep 17, 2013 11:36:51 PM

Agreed Henrique. I have one but I never use it. I find it to be redundant. The first task killer I ever installed bugged up my whole system, one very shady app. I learned my lesson since then. I do everything manually now and I seem to have control of my device just fine. It's like slaying a dragon. Well, you know what I mean.

"You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here & So Am I" - FZ

Apr 13, 2014 2:21:33 PM

Just install Greenify ! Then select the apps that you want to greenify. [Greenify means force stop ;) ]

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