Streamline the process behind "clear all recent apps"

Ted Penner
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The fastest way to make my phone more responsive seems to be to click on the box in the lower right corner of my android.

This brings up the "Recent Apps" list.

Swiping down on this list moves all the recent apps to the bottom, which allows you to click on the "Clear All" button.

This is essentially three steps.

I would like to find a way to make this process of clearing all the recent apps much more seamless and less hassle.

Assistance is greatly appreciated.
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Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
Distinguished Expert 2018
Commented:
Hi frugalmule,
I have made a habit of opening the recent apps list pretty frequently and closing apps after I'm done using them so they don't take up memory. This could be an easy behavioral change on your end if you can get in the habit of it. Another thing you might want to do in general to see what apps are taking up resources is go to into Settings -> Apps, and see which apps are running after you've closed all your apps. Some apps run in the background and you might want to disable them from doing so if they aren't something you need.

In regards to clearing out your app list quickly, you can look into a task killer app that can automate the process for you. Task Killer has an option that will kill apps at a set interval, which may be something you're looking for.

Personally I try to avoid adding apps which needs more permissions like that, hence the habit of swiping away apps immediately after I use them, but it can be tedious and an automated app can be useful.

Hope this helps!
Martin
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Top Expert 2010
Commented:
"The fastest way to make my phone more responsive seems to be to click on the box in the lower right corner of my android.

This brings up the "Recent Apps" list.

Swiping down on this list moves all the recent apps to the bottom, which allows you to click on the "Clear All" button."

Most users have the same misconception like yours that your phone will be more responsive by doing the above.

Clear recent apps is not the same of removing the apps from memory.

Instead, you should get a full picture of what apps are running in real time and restrict the app background usage one by one.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/android-apps-background-kill/

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