Skip to content

How to close applications on Android and stop them running in the background

25 mayo, 2021

Our smartphones, as simple and cheap as they are, are extremely complex, they are machines that have to manage a multitude of processes even when we are not using them. That thing that we carry in our pockets or in our hands is continuously working so that, when you require their services, your experience is as agile and pleasant as possible.

The phone spends a good part of its time managing the applications that work in the background, so that when you want to use them, you can run them instantly. But sometimes those apps bother us, with what we need or want to close them. In this small guide we will explain how to do it so that they do not continue to run in the background.

Why would I want to close an app and have it not run in the background?

Facebook 1

The first thing to keep in mind is that there are many applications that need to work in the background to be fully useful. Some examples may be social media (to let you know when they react to your posts or comment on them) or the instant messaging apps (to receive notifications when they write to you).

It is also good to know that Background apps consume both your phone’s battery and resources, in normal cases a fairly small amount. However, these consumptions are worth it for many considering the benefits that this extra work brings.

But things do not always go well, it may happen that you receive too many notifications or that the consumption of both resources and battery is so high that it prevents you from reaching the end of the day. In most cases this happens due to an abnormally bad operation of the application, with which it may become essential to close it.

How to close applications so they don’t run in the background

Background Apps

With all of the above explained, it is time to move on to the task at hand. I’m going to give two ways to prevent apps from running in the background, both without the need to install any third-party app, though one of them is a bit radical and I would only use it on occasions when the battery is low.

The first method, the one that commented that it is something radical, is prevent any applications from running in the background. To do this, go to settings and go down to the developer options. Once inside, look for the option ‘Limit background processes’, click on it and select ‘No background processes’.

If you do not have the developer options activated, in the settings section go to ‘Phone information’ and press ‘Build number’ several times until it tells you that the developer options are already activated. You can select a limited number of background apps, but that doesn’t guarantee that the one you want will close.

Force Stop

The second method is much more accurate, because you can close only the applications you want, although you should know that this implies the risk (minimal, actually) that the app stops working correctly. Even so, it is the simplest method and you will be the one who controls which ones are running in the background and which ones are not.

In the settings section, go to ‘Applications’ and find the one you want to close, click on it and then on ‘Force stop’. This will cause the application to stop and stop running in the background. If what you want is not to see it and you cannot uninstall it, you can choose the option to ‘Disable’.

Battery Optimization

If your smartphone is in Android Marshmallow or Nougat, you can make certain applications stop running in the background when you close them. On some devices there are up to two ways to go about this process, and the way forward is a bit longer, but the end result is worth it.

The first way, and the one that may be more frequent to find, is to enter the ‘Settings’ section, then go to’ Applications’, click on the gear icon at the top right, go down until you find ‘Special access ‘and click on’ Battery optimization ‘. Choose the application you want and select the ‘Optimize’ section. The route, yes, may vary depending on the terminal, but in the settings search engine you can easily find it.

Hibernation Applications

The other way is, in the settings section, go to ‘Battery’, press the menu icon (the three points at the top right) and select ‘Application hibernation’, enable the upper switch and select the applications you want to run in the background, the others will go into hibernation and will not act except when you run them.

In case you prefer to use third-party applications


You may not trust the way the system allows you to “prevent” certain applications from running in the background or you do not want to continually worry about which ones are working and which ones are not. In cases like these you can go to Google play and its immense number of applications to find some that hibernate those applications.

One of them, which has gained popularity by not need root for the most important functions (in this case hibernate apps), it is Greenify, which was already known and loved by those who rooted their devices, sometimes just for using Greenify.

Its use is very simple, once you configure the application (it asks you to give access to the application manager, it asks you if you are root or not …) you just have to click the plus symbol (+) and add the applications you want to hibernate immediately after turning off the screen or after a short time with the device idle.

Another application, which does require root today, is Titanium Backup, which, in addition to allowing you to make backup copies of any app, allows you to hibernate those that you do not want to see. It is the same as hibernating them using the settings, but much more agile. Of course, there are more applications of this style, but these are the best known, and any suggestion of this type of apps is welcome.

Image | PexelsEn Xataka Android | Why is the Facebook application so busy?