01-06-2017 01:43 PM
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  1. PeltFrelken's Avatar
    Why doesn't Marshmallow allow you to close all windows with one-tap? Like the OnePlus One, for example. Seems like an easy & useful feature.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-04-2015 12:03 AM
  2. N4Newbie's Avatar
    Easy, yes. Useful? No.

    Under the Android OS, there is no good reason to be concerned about open "windows" and lots of good reasons to not close them.
    12-04-2015 12:55 AM
  3. Trigati's Avatar
    Exactly. Under early versions of Android, killing tasks may have been necessary, but since ICS, ram management is handled extremely well by the OS. Closing all windows will only end up making Android *inefficient* at its job.
    12-04-2015 06:14 PM
  4. zorak950's Avatar
    Also closing windows in the app switcher doesn't close them anyway.
    12-04-2015 09:46 PM
  5. hal1's Avatar
    I know I can hit the box to open all my apps and then I can close out of them by swiping or hitting the X, but there must be a way to close all of them at once? I'm sure it's something obvious that I'm missing.

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    weatherlover1 likes this.
    12-04-2015 10:30 PM
  6. Aquila's Avatar
    No, there isn't. Android closes them automatically when it needs to.
    12-04-2015 10:56 PM
  7. doogald's Avatar
    I know I can hit the box to open all my apps and then I can close out of them by swiping or hitting the X, but there must be a way to close all of them at once? I'm sure it's something obvious that I'm missing.

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    Power off the phone and power back on. That's the only way.

    As previously posted, there is no reason to close all apps at once. Android isn't Windows.
    12-04-2015 10:59 PM
  8. 1901Madison's Avatar
    Download Greenify from the app store. That will let you close all apps at once. However, I agree with everyone who has said that it is not necessary, and maybe even a bad thing, to always close out of your apps. Android regulates its memory and resources better than you can.
    12-05-2015 07:03 AM
  9. hal1's Avatar
    Maybe I'm not getting it. I thought the square app button shows all open apps? Or is it just most recent used apps. When I press it, this is what opens, even though I used the 'exit' option, when available, when closing each of these.

    12-05-2015 01:10 PM
  10. Aquila's Avatar
    It is a recent app list, not all are open. Android automatically closes what it needs to do there is no reason to force close it exit apps unless you are troubleshooting a very specific performance issue.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    12-05-2015 01:15 PM
  11. hal1's Avatar
    Okay, that was my confusion, I thought they were open apps.
    12-05-2015 01:45 PM
  12. kmf1's Avatar
    The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a Close All option when you open the Recent apps. While it isn't necessary to close these, I wonder what amount of memory would be consumed if a year or more goes by without cleaning up the Recent apps tray?
    12-05-2015 06:01 PM
  13. doogald's Avatar
    The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a Close All option when you open the Recent apps. While it isn't necessary to close these, I wonder what amount of memory would be consumed if a year or more goes by without cleaning up the Recent apps tray?
    What else will the memory be used for if not running apps?

    Don't worry about it. Android handles ram usage just fine. If an app is consuming resources, of course close it. Otherwise, just let android manage it.
    kmf1 likes this.
    12-05-2015 06:26 PM
  14. Aquila's Avatar
    The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a Close All option when you open the Recent apps. While it isn't necessary to close these, I wonder what amount of memory would be consumed if a year or more goes by without cleaning up the Recent apps tray?
    While this is sort of a backwards question, as it implies that you want to use less memory (which while true in Windows, is not true in Linux and Android), I don't think the number would be very large. The system is always going to be using some RAM to do its background processing and the ideal situation is for it to use as much as possible to either hold apps in RAM or be able to front load the runtime processes and have just enough left over to fluidly facilitate dynamic switching between threads when the use switches tasks (ie, returns to home, opens a new app). Android will automatically free up whatever resources it needs in order to seamlessly accomplish these tasks - and it will do so with what it believes to be an optimal ratio of working vs ready RAM.

    If we make the assumption that a person is going to open any given app approximately X times per day - it is definitely less RAM intensive (and less resource intensive overall) for the app to be held in RAM and re-accessed without having to start it up anew each time. While ART (Android Run Time) does take some of this inefficiency out of the equation by doing much of the processing the first time an app is installed/accessed (and accessed per boot), there is still an efficiency loss when closing an app and reopening it versus freezing it and reopening it. Most apps are meant to behave in the dynamic resource management environment and can misbehave when constantly closed and re-opened - which makes users think that they need to "restart it" by closing and reopening it and/or rebooting - and the cycle continues. Letting things handle themselves is much better.

    And again, the recent apps tray isn't a list of open or "cached" apps, it is a list of apps that have been opened recently. Clicking on one does one of two things: 1. If the app was recently opened and is still held in RAM, it will be re-opened where you left off. 2. If the app was closed by the dynamic resource allocation processes, it will open the app. Both of these actions take place exactly in the same manner as if you clicked on the icon from the home screen or app drawer - unless you have taken action to close the app otherwise (back out of apps that code for that, selecting exit from a menu, force closing it, etc).
    Laura Knotek, tphg, TTQ225 and 1 others like this.
    12-05-2015 06:36 PM
  15. Forest Dane's Avatar
    Easy, yes. Useful? No.

    Under the Android OS, there is no good reason to be concerned about open "windows" and lots of good reasons to not close them.
    I find it annoying to have lots of open windows in the app switcher or whatever it's called.
    I've gone back to using tabs in chrome though to minimise that, perhaps the OP could try it?

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    12-06-2015 05:47 AM
  16. LeoRex's Avatar
    Also closing windows in the app switcher doesn't close them anyway.
    I closes the app that's running... Not associated services, but the app gets nuked.
    12-06-2015 06:16 AM
  17. N4Newbie's Avatar
    I find it annoying to have lots of open windows in the app switcher or whatever it's called.
    I've gone back to using tabs in chrome though to minimise that, perhaps the OP could try it?

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    I agree about reverting to tabs in Chrome - but not for the reason given. Frankly, I don't need for anyone who picks up my phone to easily see hundreds of recent browsing sessions...

    But as for the app switcher, I have so rarely used it that I honestly don't see the point of it. Every app I use with any regularity is no more than two taps away - the important ones are in folders on my home page - and so returning to a particular app is always going to require more effort through the app switcher than simply locating its icon and tapping.
    12-06-2015 06:55 AM
  18. metallifan33's Avatar
    I used to have an LG G4 and whenever it would start to lag, I found that closing all the apps, powering the phone completely off and then back on always helped speed things back up a bit. I always assumed it was because it "cleared the cache" or something. Are you saying that Android will automatically close an app if it needs more memory?
    12-06-2015 10:36 AM
  19. metallifan33's Avatar
    Also closing windows in the app switcher doesn't close them anyway.
    I don't understand this. I closed out the AC app I'm using to type this (in the app switcher window) and when I launched the app, I had to re-navigate back to this thread like I opened the app for the first time. So if it doesn't close the app, what's it doing?
    12-06-2015 10:39 AM
  20. zorak950's Avatar
    I don't understand this. I closed out the AC app I'm using to type this (in the app switcher window) and when I launched the app, I had to re-navigate back to this thread like I opened the app for the first time. So if it doesn't close the app, what's it doing?
    Think of it like a web history. It's just keeping track of where you've been and giving you a shortcut back: it's not actually keeping things running.
    12-06-2015 02:53 PM
  21. Snareman's Avatar
    Sometimes though, you get so many apps open that it would just be nice to clean up that recent apps tab and close them all to start fresh. I get the it's not necessary part. Its just an ease of use thing,
    kmf1 likes this.
    12-07-2015 12:58 AM
  22. Tim1954's Avatar
    In any case, since some apps will just restart again if you kill them, you are using battery and resources unnecessarily.
    01-18-2016 02:46 AM
  23. LeoRex's Avatar
    Are you saying that Android will automatically close an app if it needs more memory?
    Yep. It monitors memory usage and once memory passes a series of different thresholds, it starts to close out apps that are in memory. There are a bunch of different metrics, but it is usually largest and oldest first. It's these 'memfree' settings that are the root cause of a lot of the complaints people have with the newer Samsungs. On those, the kernel is extremely conservative, so it starts kicking apps out of memory even though there is ton of free memory.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    01-18-2016 02:59 PM
  24. LeoRex's Avatar
    If people really want to keep that app list in check, I have a significantly better solution that wholesale closing... There's an excellent app in the Play Store called 'Recently' (link). It's developed by chainfire, an extremely well known and respected developer (if you've rooted your phone recently, you can thank him for that). It does require root to operate.

    It monitors that app list and closes them out based on how strict or how permissive you want. It can go in and clean out all the non-running apps you have in your Recents/Overview window.... along with a bunch of other options. It's a much better way to clean up things... and it leaves the running apps alone. There is an option to add a 'close all' button, but I suggest you leave it there as a reminder that there is a better means to manage things.
    01-18-2016 03:13 PM
  25. sgorch's Avatar
    Yes there is. Don't be so presumptuous. Different people think in different ways.

    Sometimes I want to clear the recent apps list. I'm starting a new "project" and haven't used anything recently. I only want the apps I'm going to switch between in the next little while to be in the recent apps list, because only they will be "recent" according to my thinking. 50 "recent" apps is an arbitrary and ridiculously high number for most users.

    The recent apps button is too crowded to be very useful with 50 apps in there. I would much prefer 10-20. If it's further back than that, then I haven't used it recently, and its faster just to launch it from the home screen or app drawer. 50 is an arbitrary number.

    If google would allow me to change the number of recent apps in the list, that would be a partial fix. But there are still cases when I want to clear the entire list, and start fresh, and only have the truly-recently used apps that I'm about to use, show up in the list.
    Snareman likes this.
    03-17-2016 06:44 PM
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