How to Stop Background Running Apps in Android

How to Stop Background Running Apps in Android: Is your phone’s battery flowing faster than you expected? One of the reasons for this is that apps keep running in the background long after you move on to another task altogether. These apps flow to your battery and also consume your device’s memory.

You can stop Android apps from running in the background and save your phone’s precious memory and battery life using some of the methods we’ll show you in this guide.

Note: for this guide, we used a Samsung Galaxy phone running Android Pie (9) version. The steps may vary depending on the make, model and version of Android your device is running.

Turn off Background Apps

To stop Android apps from running in the background, you just have to force them to stop.

Go to Settings and tap Apps. Scroll down to the list of apps and find the one you want to stop. Tap it and then select “Force Stop.” This will stop the app in the current session, even if it reboots when your phone reboots.


Some phones have the option for you to avoid autostart by itself. If your phone has an option, select it.

If you no longer need the app, you can hold down its icon and select Uninstall or on the same screen, tap Uninstall and confirm your action.


Alternatively, you can stop the app in the apps list from the memory usage section under Optimization settings. To do this, go to “Settings -> Device care” and tap Memory.


You will now see a blue Clean button, and apps that consume memory are selected using a checkmark. You can tap the blue button to free memory by pausing the background apps in this list.


How to find out which apps are running and drain most of the battery life

This will help you know what is up and running, how long they are running, and the amount of RAM they are consuming.

To do this, go to Settings and tap “Developer options.”

How to find out which apps are running and drain most of the battery life

If you don’t see the Developer Options in Settings, go to “Settings -> About Phone.”


Tap Generate Number seven times. You will get a notification that you now have in Developer Mode. From here, you can go back to Settings and scroll until you get to Developer Options.

Select “Running Services.”


On the Running Services screen, you’ll see a list of background apps running on your device.

2-4To see the apps draining your battery, go back to Settings and Device care.


Scroll down and select Battery.


On the new screen, you can see the apps on almost all of your batteries.


Optimizing your phone

Tap the three dots (vertically) in the upper right corner of the screen.

Tap Settings.


Next, tap “Optimize settings.” This feature optimizes battery usage by automatically adjusting your settings to save battery life.


You can toggle the switch to on blue, and your phone’s settings are optimized for brightness, media volume, and screen time.

Update Your Android device

Android updates have many features that help you optimize your phone’s memory consumption and battery life among other performance issues.

Android Pie and higher versions have great power management features that extend the life of your phone or tablet’s battery by placing limits on apps running in the background.

Among these features is Adaptive Battery, which shows the apps you want to use and the ones you won’t use that day using machine learning. It detects your usage patterns and breaks down commonly used apps in one of five App Standby Buckets: Frequent, Active, Working Settings, Rarely, and Never.

Wrap up

We hope you now know how to kill those pesky background apps that flow into your device’s battery and its hog resources. Let us know in a comment below if these steps worked for you or if you experienced any challenges.

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