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Galaxy S6 owners: here's a feature you should never use

I’ve been taking a fresh look at the Samsung Galaxy S6 ahead of the imminent release of the Galaxy S7 (it's looking good, right?) and have some advice for you: don’t use Samsung's Smart Manager tool. Not sure what I'm talking about? Read on. 

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Smart Manager: the Galaxy S6 app you should never use. / © ANDROIDPIT

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What is Smart Manager?

Smart Manager is found in the Galaxy S6's (and other post-Lollipop Galaxy devices) app drawer. It gives quick access to four pages: battery, storage, RAM and device security, as well as a one-tap performance boost called Clean All, which "clears the "RAM status" and "deletes unnecessary data stored on your device"

It's supplied by Cheetah Mobile, creator of the popular 'Android optimization' app Clean Master (boost and applock). There's a chance you may not have even encountered it before, because certain operators, including AT&T and Verizon, don't let you access it. If you haven't, best keep it that way.

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The Smart Manager interface (left) with the RAM screen (right). / © ANDROIDPIT

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Why shouldn't I use Smart Manager (Clean All)?

While Smart Manager could be used as a widget or shortcut to battery and storage settings, you should avoid using the frankly pointless Clean All optimization feature. This feature is said to improve device performance – as the Clean Master app aims to do – but its actual impact is questionable. 

Apps have varying impacts on the amount of RAM used, and while some can use a lot, it does not inherently mean they are rogue, out of control or using too much. Android is designed to manage RAM effectively and automatically, and does by default much of what Clean All does manually. Reason number one to not use Clean All for this is that it’s entirely unnecessary.

But the second is that it's wildly ineffective. The apps deactivated after you tap the Clean All button simply don't stay inactive for long. In a test I conducted earlier (see the screenshot below), it took less than a minute for the processes I had ended to be back up and running again. 

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Processes ended, 68 percent RAM in use (left). Less than a minute later, 29 apps awake again (right) 73 percent in use. / © ANDROIDPIT

Many of the processes that the RAM manager stops either should be running, or will restart soon anyway. What's more, the Galaxy S6 comes with 3 GB of RAM, which should be more than enough to manage the demands thrown at it.

Supposedly performance-boosting apps like Clean Master are extremely popular because they bank on the idea that the person using them doesn’t really understand how the Android platform works. There are countless stories about the inefficiency of so-called task killers on Android. Smart Manager's Clean All plays on the same idea.

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A look at some of the processes that can be ended in RAM manager. / © ANDROIDPIT

If Smart Manager is dropped from the Galaxy S7, the device will be better for it. And if you use it on your current Galaxy device, consider stopping – unless you just really like tapping buttons for no reason.

Have you used Samsung's RAM management tool? What are your thoughts on it? Tell us about it in the comments.




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  • I always had this app and all it's sister processes disabled until yesterday, when my Android 7 Nougat Non-Beta finally went live for the S7 Edge T-Mobile variant. Unfortunately now the battery category and optimizations usually found in settings will aldo be disable when disabling thid app... I am mad :[

  • K Mo 2 months ago Link to comment

    I disagree that this is useless at best. I recently acquired a "new" S6 and due to this, I found a lot of pre-installed programs (including Facebook?!) that I refuse to allow on my devices. It was a straight-forward view of programs I may not ever want running, and due to root, I was able to disable/delete them as I saw fit.
    On the other hand, for people who should not be mucking up their phones... maybe it will teach them what all is going on without them realising it. That's how I first discovered it on my first Android. Yes, Android handles memory wonderfully, but it also hides a lot of things that should make you wonder. ;)

  • Does anyone knows on which baseline an app is reported as "abnormal battery usage"?


  • I think the smart manager was a great app in lollipop which auto stopped apps in my Galaxy J7.I mean i rest in peace without worrying about battery drainage at all.I miss that great feature on marshmallow

  • How do you do a smart manager widget? I have smart manager on my Galaxy Note 4 too, but I didn't find the widget..

  • Adam pls find something intresting....dont bore people with it

  • Wow how pointless.... More bloatware

  • storm Feb 8, 2016 Link to comment

    I used CleanMaster when I first switched to Touchwiz Lollipop Rooted, and later the TW ROMS. I don't know precisely why, but TW Lollipop ran brutally hot. Apps seemed to go on full core runaway processes. And CleanMaster made TW Lollipop usable. But it was only the Touchwiz ROMs that had this problem.

  • Luka Feb 8, 2016 Link to comment

    "...unless you just really like tapping buttons for no reason."
    Hahahaha. (I do...)

  • I have it disabled loooong time ago so uneccesary

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