How to shutdown/quit applications

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How can I tell what is running on the back ground and how can I kill all those background application, how to I quit / shutdown everything that don't need to be running....

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How can I tell what is running on the back ground and how can I kill all those background application, how to I quit / shutdown everything that don't need to be running....

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To see what is running, go to Menu->Manage apps->Running.

If an app is giving you problems, you can force it to close in this area. However, with more recent versions of Android (say, 2.1 and higher), there is little need to kill all running apps or to use any sort of third-party memory or app management programs. Android will handle that all for you. In fact, the first question most developers will ask when a mysterious bug is reported is, "Do you have a task killer running?" If so, they'll ask you to stop the task killer, reboot the phone, and try to replicate the bug without it running.
 

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From everything I've read, there are two schools of thought on this.

1) Get yourself a good Task Killer app.
2) Don't worry and let the OS take care of managing the resources.

When I initially got my phone, I immediately got a Task Killer and used it religiously ...

After I read more about this topic, I uninstalled it and am letting the OS manage everything and have sen no ill effects.

I turn off the phone every night anyway, so the next morning it will re-boot to a fresh environment.

I hope this helps.

Rob
 

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there is alot of discussion on this topic in many threads.

with android 2.2, the system was made to manage application better than in previous versions. with 2.1, the task manager was somewhat useful as android did not always manage the apps properly. with 2.2, that all changed. it is now recommended to not use a task manager with 2.2 and let the system manage it. many apps that you close via task manager will actually start back up as they are a backgroup process. killing them only makes the phone work harder as it has to relaunch the app. if you let it be, it'll sit quietly in the background not using any resources until it is brought to the foreground and your attention.

as stated above, many developers will ask you to uninstall or disable a task killer before reporting bugs as they can cause more than they can solve.

i personally don't use a task manager but one of my applications (quick system info) has a task killer that you can use when you are testing new applications and one runs rampant on your system. i will use it to kill the task before i uninstall it.

there are also application out there that can monitor your system and tell you if you have apps that are process or memory hogs. this is very useful in finding whats eating your battery or downloading all that data.
 

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Being that all I have to do 9+ hours a day is play with phones I've spent a lot of time investigating the subject.

The short story is, as the previous posters have mentioned, Android devices running 2.2 do not need any additional help managing apps. The amount of power/processing used to hold an app in hibernation is minimal.

The only time an app is actually using any real resources is when your directly accessing it, OR the app is in an ongoing, running state (IE: navigation, Pandora).

Keep in mind that all of my research is based on actual usage. I have 4 active Android devices (Evo, Epic, Optimus, Zio) that I use daily for product knowledge and education. I also currently carry the Optimus as my own personal device.
 

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Well can I at least see what is running ?

Here is the issue, I have been running my phone stock as it came for two days and it kept a very cool temperature...

Today, I decided to go wild and I have installed Pandora, tunein radio, PS Express, face book for android, I have started the browser, market place, voice search by mistake and the email application which I can't get it to work...

Now the phone is running really HOT and I am worry that I have too much running at the same time, but there is just no way for me to shutdown certain application, they just don't have a exit button....

So, if I started the browser, and I am done with browsing, is there a way for me to not leave the browser on the back ground, but to actually kill it ?

Also, I just moved from the Boost blackberry 8530 which was a pleasure to setup and use and a delight to type with no errors. But hard headed me needed to have an android so I gave up my blackberry and took a venture with the optimus V... To this point, I still can't setup my yahoo/hotmail account on this phone. It just keeps telling that either my email or password is not correct... How can I get around this ?

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yahoo is a pain to setup with the stock email app. hotmail i don't use so i have no advice on that one

you need to set yahoo up as an imap acct.

the settings are

imap.mail.yahoo.com
smtp.mobile.mail.yahoo.com

and with these i have found that you can only check the mail via 3g. whenever i try with wifi it will not connect.

the other option is the yahoo mail app for android. i personally don't like having redundant applications though.

as far as overheating, the phone will get warm. thats normal. it's got a good processor in it. for the most part, you don't have to worry about temp. if something is running too much, you'll notice it on battery.
things like the browser, just back out and it'll stop running. if there is no exit button, then the apps are usually made to run silent in the background. alot of devs do this with their apps so the next time you run it, it's right there for you. you don't have to wait for it to load up.
 

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Manage Application

To see what is running, go to Menu->Manage apps->Running.

If an app is giving you problems, you can force it to close in this area. However, with more recent versions of Android (say, 2.1 and higher), there is little need to kill all running apps or to use any sort of third-party memory or app management programs. Android will handle that all for you. In fact, the first question most developers will ask when a mysterious bug is reported is, "Do you have a task killer running?" If so, they'll ask you to stop the task killer, reboot the phone, and try to replicate the bug without it running.

Well, I went to the application home screen list, choose settings and then manage application, then running, and it listed all the running app, including the OS, the keyboard and the phone dialer...

If I clicked on an application it gave me the option to force stop, which I did for thing apps that I remember starting, but there must be a better way of doing this... Does anybody knows of an alternative ?
 

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there are alot of task killers in the market if thats what your heart is truly set on. i would take the advice given in this thread and avoid it though.
 

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The built-in email app is pretty weak. If you only have a Yahoo mail account, "there is an app for that" (LoL) in the Market. The way it works is you type in your email address and password once, it connects to the server and syncs up all the folders. It does not download any emails until you want to read them, just the headers. So it doesn't take up any space on the device to speak of. It checks periodically with the server and notifies you if anything new has arrived. If you read some emails and delete them, they are gone from the inbox to the trash folder, period. Careful to not delete emails that you want to look at later using your PC, though ... because they will be gone from the inbox on the server.
Of course, when you're on the PC, you can manage the folder as you wish including the spam and trash folders.

Also, it looks like Hotmail has a mobile phone interface that's similar but I have no experience with that.

I hope this helps.

Rob
 

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