We all have those apps on our phones that we never use. We think that they are just there without any harm. However, inactive apps also use the processing power of our phone, ultimately affecting the performance of android smartphones. These apps sometimes tend to launch and start running by themselves as soon as the phone is turned on.

You can adjust your android app start-up settings to prevent these problems. Along with that, you can also control which apps open when you turn on your phone.

  1. Go to Settings and select Applications or Installed Apps to access the Application Manager.
  2. From the list of downloaded apps, select the app that you want to disable.
  3. Either Disable or turn on Autostart.
  4. Repeat the same for all the other apps that you want to freeze.

The ability to disable and autostart apps is a convenient feature. Still, it’s not an all-powerful tool, so you might want to try other options brought out below.

Use Developer Options

The developer options built-in to every modern Android smartphone allows modification of more complex settings, including those involving active or inactive apps. Here’s what you need to do :

  1. Enable Developer Options. For enabling Developer Options on your phone, open Settings > About Phone > Software Information.
  2. Tap Build Number seven times, or until a text appears on your screen, displaying, “You are now a Developer!”. You may need to type in your PIN to proceed. If successful, you can now turn on the developer options from the Settings menu.
  3. Under Developer Options, scroll down to the section that controls the behaviour of your apps. These options will not be the same for every phone. In some phones, there will be an option for Inactive apps. Here, you can select which apps you want to prevent from being activated upon booting up the device.

Developer Options also manages how apps should behave when they are inactive or abandoned. For example, try turning on Don’t keep activities under developer options. Enabling this setting will prevent the phone from running any background app. For phones that have limited RAM, this can be very useful. 

android startup applications

In order to limit the number of apps running in the background instead of cutting them out completely, the Background process limit option can be used.

Use a third-party app

If you do not get a satisfactory result by going into your Applications Manager and Developer Options,  you can try using a third-party app to control your apps flexibly.

Here are some suggestions for apps that can get the job done.

  1. TaskManager

Taskmanager might be the right solution if you want to end processes that are potentially slowing down your device. It is one of the most popular task manager tools available on Google Play. Taskmanager can track apps that are behaving maliciously or inconveniently, like, starting itself without user permission. This tool can intercept and kill (turn off) an app in an instant. If such apps can’t be killed automatically due to the permission settings of Taskmanager as a third-party app, the app will prompt you to kill them manually instead.

However, bloatware built-in to your phone by the manufacturer, considered as system apps, cannot be eliminated by this app.

All said Taskmanager is worth a try and an effective solution.

Developer: ByteHamster
Price: Free

2. Boot Apps

Boot Apps works differently when compared to Taskmanager. Instead of disabling apps, Boot Apps is a tool that enables essential apps to start automatically.

Boot Apps allows you to choose which applications you wish to start once your phone is booted up. Since it doesn’t require rooted access, the app is user-friendly, particularly for those who do not necessarily understand developer system settings.

This app also saves you the inconvenience of manually opening individual apps that will most likely be used, such as messaging apps, social media apps, etc., on a daily basis.

Boot Apps
Boot Apps
Developer: Argon Dev
Price: Free+

Final Words

It is to be kept in mind that most of the time the Android smartphone system manages your apps for you. For instance, when you run out of RAM space, unneeded apps running in the background are terminated instantly without any intervention from you or any third-party app.

Having said that, Android is not a perfect OS. Any configurations or tools mentioned only aid in performance optimization. Also, they may not work 100% of the time.

We can only hope that an official service like Task Manager found on Windows PC will be developed by Android smartphones. This will give us more freedom in controlling startup apps.