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    Default Newbie Question - "closing" apps

    Is there a way and/or is it necessary or advisable to CLOSE apps? Right now, I just move on to other functions - am I leaving a "trail" of open apps that impacts device functionality? Thanks for any help illuminating this little puzzle....
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    Default Re: Newbie Question - "closing" apps

    There 2 ways to close app after ICS, you can do that in application list in settings (in which you can also close services not normally visible) or in recent used apps list (recent apps button or hold home button if you don't have it) you slide off the app you want to close. If you have Samsung you also got Task Menager in which you can also close apps there.

    In general you should not think about closing apps, system will handle that for you if you lazy, but if you fell that something slowing it down or eating battery a lot then it's recomanded to close the app manualy. In devloper setting you can also make it so it will close app after you leave it, it will free your memory but will increse your load times... there even huge disscusion if it is even worth it

    I hope i undersood the quastion
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    Default Re: Newbie Question - "closing" apps

    Generally it is advisable to close apps if you are not using them as some can really drain the battery, especially if they are constantly trying to get a GPS fix. Depending on the app, there are 2 ways of immediately closing it. In some, simply backing out of the app will close it. In others, you have to go to the settings and chose close or quit. (Pandora would be a good example of that.)
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    Default Re: Newbie Question - "closing" apps

    There is also an option in system settings under developer options under the APPS category "Kill app back button" (Kill the background app by long-pressing the back key)
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    Default Re: Newbie Question - "closing" apps

    Quote Originally Posted by iusemyfingers View Post
    There is also an option in system settings under developer options under the APPS category "Kill app back button" (Kill the background app by long-pressing the back key)
    That's a great option. I'm getting my forst Android today and was worried if it had that feature.
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    Default Re: Newbie Question - "closing" apps

    I just looked for that within 4.2 and could not find that option in the apps section (after restoring/activating the developer option by tapping the software version number a bunch of times).
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    Default Re: Newbie Question - "closing" apps

    Btw in developer options you can turn on CPU usage monitor of each process so you can check if there something on background that doing somehting heavy. Keep in mind porcess in memory does not drain power :>
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    Default Re: Newbie Question - "closing" apps

    Quote Originally Posted by iusemyfingers View Post
    There is also an option in system settings under developer options under the APPS category "Kill app back button" (Kill the background app by long-pressing the back key)
    That appears to have been removed in 4.2. It was in 4.1 as I recall.
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    Default Re: Newbie Question - "closing" apps

    You don't really need an app killer. Apps being in memory is different than an app using CPU/battery. And killing an app can work to your detriment.

    Android Task Killers Explained: What They Do and Why You Shouldn't Use Them

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