Android is great at resource management, but every so often an app or two will be running in the background draining valuable power and battery life. In these cases, it’s necessary to force close the app yourself to prevent further drainage.

You might also come to discover some apps are running that you thought shutdown. There is a way, in fact, to check and see what apps are currently running and which are using heavy resources.

1. Enable Developer Options Android

To see running apps we must first enable the Developer Options menu where it provides a list of all those in operation.

In order to enable developer options:

Notification tray Android

  1. Pull down the notification tray and select the settings icon (gear).

About Phone

  1. Scroll down to About or About Phone and select it.

Software information

  1. Find Build Number. On some phones you may find a field titled Build Number, this is what you should look for. If you do not see the option then select Software Information and scroll down to Build Number.

Build number

  1. Tap on the Build Number field seven times. After three taps you will see a message letting you know how many are left to unlock the hidden menu. Confirm your lock or pattern and then return to the primary settings menu.

2. See What Apps are Running in Background

Now that the Developer Options menu is enabled, it’s time to see what’s running.

Developer Options

  1. Tap on Developer Options in Settings.

Running services

  1. Scroll down and tap on Running Services.

List of running apps

3. A list of all the running apps and services will display. There will also be a brief summary of available and used RAM.

Be careful what apps you close in this menu, it is possible to shut down intensive system apps which could freeze or cause issues with the Android operating system.

3. Close Running Apps and Services

Now that you know how to see what’s running, it’s time to close the offending apps and services. There are several ways you can do this.

The first involves using the recent apps function.

Close all apps

  1. Select Recent Apps from the Android tray.
  2. Tap Close All to shut-down everything that’s currently running. Or, sort through the list of recent apps and swipe to close them.

The second method involves navigating to the apps menu.

Force close apps

  1. Pull down the notification tray and select the settings icon (gear).
  2. Select the Apps option.
  3. Find the app you wish to close in the list and tap on its name.
  4. Select Force Close (Force Stop) to shut down the app and stop it from running in the background.

The third method calls for the use of the Running Services menu, which can be found in the Developer Options.

Stop running services

  1. Pull down the notification tray and select the settings icon (gear).
  2. Scroll down to Developer Options and select it.
  3. Choose Running Services.
  4. From the list of available apps find the one you want to close and tap it.
  5. Tap on the Stop button.

In the end, it does not matter which method you choose the result will always be the same. The app or apps you close will be shut down and cannot run in the background until you open them again.

Bottom Line

For the most part, Android is great at resource management and will either close apps using a lot of resources or hibernate the ones that you’d like to leave running in the background.

Every once in a while, however, it’s necessary to close down the apps yourself so they stop using RAM and consuming battery life. Now, you know how to do this.

If you run into any problems or need assistance, feel free to leave a comment below and I will do my best to help.