How to Manage Background Apps on Your Android Phone: A Step-by-Step

Background apps can drain your battery and slow down your phone. Here’s how to manage them:

Method 1: Force Stopping Apps

This stops a specific app from running in the background until you open it again.

Open Settings: Find and tap the Settings icon on your home screen or app drawer.

Access Apps: Navigate to the “Apps” section. Depending on your phone’s brand, it might be called “Apps & notifications” or similar.

Find the App: Look for the app you want to stop. You can scroll through the list or use the search bar.

Force Stop the App: Tap on the app to open its settings page. Then, find and tap the “Force stop” button. Confirm the action if prompted.

Method 2: Restrict Battery Usage

This limits an app’s ability to run background processes, which can improve battery life.

Open Settings: Follow step 1 from Method 1.

Access Apps: Navigate to the “Apps” section as in Method 1.

Find the App: Locate the app you want to restrict.

Access Battery Settings: Tap on the app to open its settings page. Then, look for a section called “Battery” or “Battery usage.”

Restrict Background Activity: Within the battery settings, you’ll find options to restrict battery usage. Choose “Restricted” or similar wording to limit background activity for that app.

Additional Tips:

Quick Settings: Some Android versions let you close background apps directly from the Quick Settings panel. Swipe down twice from the top of your screen and look for a card with app icons or the text “Apps (# active)”. Tap to see the list and close individual apps.

Developer Options (Advanced): For more granular control (not recommended for beginners), enable Developer Options and access “Running services” to see and stop background services for any app.

Important Note:

Force stopping essential system apps might cause unexpected behavior on your phone. It’s best to stick to stopping apps you know you don’t need running constantly. Restricting battery usage is a safer option for most cases.

These steps are general guidelines. The exact wording and menu options might differ slightly depending on your Android version and phone manufacturer