Manage active apps and background processes

Slow smartphone? Here’s how to manage active apps and processes

Nowadays there are smartphones with 12 GB of RAM, but most mid-range devices still have 4 GB of RAM. And with the system occupying about 2 GB, the space for apps is reduced to the bone making the smartphone slow . In the past, we tried to solve this problem with RAM managers ( apps that would allow you to close other apps to free up RAM ). Ironically, this would only use more system resources, as apps reopen after being closed.

Today, however, Android has its own integrated RAM manager , which can help you free up memory if used improperly.

How to manage active apps and processes in Android

  • Enable developer options
  • Manage active apps and background processes

1. Enable the developer options

Before proceeding, make sure you have enabled the developer options hidden in the system settings. If you haven’t already done so, know that the process is the same for all Android smartphones, but the location of the settings may vary by manufacturer.

  • First you need to go to Settings -> About phone ;
  • Then just tap seven times on the item ” Build Number “;
  • Once this is done, a warning will appear with the phrase ” You are now a developer ” and you should find the Developer Options in the Settings, under Info on the phone.

Manage active apps and background processes
At this point we can move on to the next step.

2. Manage active apps and background processes

Now go to the developer options menu and once inside, select “Services running”, which should be at the top of the list. Now you will see all the active services . Services are components of apps that perform background operations ( for an extended period ) without a user interface ( eg services handle RCS messages ). Usually, these work perfectly well without you ever needing to interact with them or even be aware of their existence. However, the possibility of running into some problems is not excluded, especially if you have limited RAM.

How to manage active apps and processes in Android Enable developer options
From this screen you can stop any running service or report it if you are having a problem. By default, apps are organized by RAM usage in descending order. If you feel that your phone is running slowly, we do not recommend stopping processes indiscriminately. The app will reopen a few seconds later, making this unsuccessful. What we recommend is to use the data provided to better manage the selection of your app.

After analyzing the graph above, we have to determine if the problem is the scarcity of available RAM. If about 1/3 of the total RAM is free, you probably don’t have RAM problems and you should look for the problem elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you have little RAM available, look at the list of apps with the highest RAM usage for services. Do you need these apps? If the answer is no, uninstall them.

Also, if an app uses too much RAM, you may need to uninstall it until you update your smartphone or its developer releases an update to reduce RAM usage. For smartphones with less than 4 GB of RAM, you must be selective on which apps to keep on your smartphone if you do not want to incur frequent and irritating slowdowns and find yourself with a slow smartphone.