How to Keep Apps from Running in the Background on Samsung Galaxy

This wikiHow teaches you how to stop apps that are running in the background on a Samsung Galaxy. Though it’s easy to close apps, there’s no way to prevent them from restarting unless you uninstall or disable them.

Closing Apps

  • Press the Recent Apps button.It’s the icon with two L-shaped lines at the bottom-right corner of the home screen. This displays a list of apps that are running on your Galaxy.
    • This method will help you close apps that are currently running. These apps will restart once you open them.
  • Swipe up or down to the app you want to close.
  • TapXon the app to close it.It’s at the top-right corner of the app.
    • To close all running apps at once, TapCloseAll at the bottom of the screen.

Uninstalling or Disabling Problem Apps

  • Open your Settings.It’s the
    How to Keep Apps from Running in the Background on Samsung Galaxy
    icon the app drawer. You can check your settings to find which apps hog RAM as they run in the background.[1]Once you know which apps are problematic, you can uninstall or disable them so they no longer run in the background.
  • Scroll down and tapAbout device.It’s near the bottom of the menu.
  • TapSoftware info.
  • TapBuild number7 times.After the 7th tap, you’ll see a message informing you that you’re now a developer.
    • If you aren’t returned to the Settings menu, tap the back button to return now.
  • Scroll down and tapDeveloper options.This menu is new.
  • TapRunning services.This may be calledProcess statisticson some software versions. Now you’ll see a list of running apps and their processes and services.
    • You’ll only see apps that are currently running by default. To see cached apps, tapShow Cached Processes.
  • Find the RAM usage for each running app.Each app in the list has the current RAM usage to the right of its name (in MB). It may be possible to regain better performance on your Galaxy by removing apps that use too much RAM.
    • If an app you don't use much is using as much or more RAM as other apps, you might want to remove it.
    • Tap an app to view further RAM information, such as how much is being used by by other processes.
  • Tap the back button until you return to the Settings menu.Now that you know which apps use too much RAM, you can uninstall them.
    • Stock Samsung apps cannot be uninstalled, but you may be able to disable them.
  • Scroll down and tapApplications.
  • TapApplication manager.A list of apps will appear.
  • Tap the app you want to remove.This opens the app’s info screen.
  • TapUninstall.You may have to tap it again to confirm that you really want to remove the app. The app is no longer on your Galaxy.
    • If you don’t seeUninstall, tapDisableinstead. This will stop the running process and prevent it from restarting.
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