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    Default Active Applications widget, is it necessary?

    I am constantly finding myself going into to the Active Applications widget and exiting open applications, or basically shutting them down. Is this even necessary?

    The only time I really need to do this is when my Chrome browser locks up, which seems to be often BTW.

    Am I wasting time by closing all the open apps all the time? I'd imagine there are a lot of owners that don't even use this widget, therefore have tons of apps open at once. I'm not even sure the widget is there on the home screens when you take the phone out of the box as a default widget.

    (I'm not rooted)

    Any advice?

    Thanks!!
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    Default Re: Active Applications widget, is it necessary?

    This is not a default widget, but I have it added and find it quite useful. You can get ot the same thing from Applications > Task Manager, or on the home screen do a long press on the Home button and click 'Task Manager'. This is something everyone should know about because not all apps exit when you leave them or will only exit if you exit the right way. I find applications which do not have an exit app button, most of them if you back out of the app all the way to the home screen that kills most apps, but not all. This is a good way to save your battery life. You never know what night not have closed and still be sitting in the background killing all your battery life.
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    Default Re: Active Applications widget, is it necessary?

    I use it all the time. I just hold the home button to access it though, I don't use a homescreen widget. I'm a firm believer that it's there for a reason.
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    My older daughter and I have android phones with the widget on our home screen. We never,ever go over our data plan. Daughter no. 2 has an IPhone with no such warning. She ALWAYS goes over. I also have an IPad, and have to remind myself all the time to check on those running apps. Love love love to android...
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    Default Re: Active Applications widget, is it necessary?

    I find it useful I had it on my T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy SII SGH-T989 with ICS 4.0.3 until I upgraded to Jelly Bean 4.1.2 now it's gone.

    Thanks cyberdman and uglyfido for the tip of hard press the home screen It worked on my Galaxy SII with 4.1.2.

    Love the widget though move one screen to the right and see how many apps that didn't close, press on it and press exit all and BAM WAM they all close.

    By the way it came stock on my Galaxy SII and with my Galaxy Exhibit 4G, both from T-Mobile.
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    Default Re: Active Applications widget, is it necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by tchafes View Post
    I am constantly finding myself going into to the Active Applications widget and exiting open applications, or basically shutting them down. Is this even necessary?

    The only time I really need to do this is when my Chrome browser locks up, which seems to be often BTW.

    Am I wasting time by closing all the open apps all the time? I'd imagine there are a lot of owners that don't even use this widget, therefore have tons of apps open at once. I'm not even sure the widget is there on the home screens when you take the phone out of the box as a default widget.

    (I'm not rooted)

    Any advice?

    Thanks!!
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    The app hasn't been updated for two years? That's a problem for me. Anyone having any issues with it?

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    Default Re: Active Applications widget, is it necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyberdman View Post
    You can get ot the same thing from Applications > Task Manager, or on the home screen do a long press on the Home button and click 'Task Manager'...
    ...You never know what night not have closed and still be sitting in the background killing all your battery life.

    Thanks for that tip on holding the HOME Button for the Task Manager. didn't know about that one! Now i can remove the widget and have more room on my home screens
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    Default Re: Active Applications widget, is it necessary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed_Strong View Post
    Thanks for that tip on holding the HOME Button for the Task Manager. didn't know about that one! Now i can remove the widget and have more room on my home screens
    Well that works with Jelly Bean not sure with ICS
    Personally I liked the widget move one screen over and could see whats still open.
    Although my battery seems to be lasting longer with JB then it did with ICS.
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    Default Re: Active Applications widget, is it necessary?

    Hi all. I have yet to see a result of comparative tests between dummy closing apps one by one. Has anyone noticed that if you close this way an audio player on playback you will keep hearing until you restart and stop it the normal way? also, when you go to app manager after such massive closure,many apps will still be waiting for their turn.
    This makes me think those app miracle makes notifying that by their auto closing of 25 apps they saved you 3h 47minutes are not what they claim to be else than drain on memory themselves.
    Or those that divide the reg process into 3 healthier stages.

    Or maybe it is weaker, one day batteries that help realise the value of this unproductive procedure. It would be funny to see google Android testers swipe 25 times at a turn to release the resources.

    My bet is the long gone menu is just for dealing with GUIsnot so draining, especially because only one at a time can be operational.

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