What Does It Mean to Put an App to Sleep?

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What Does It Mean to Put an App to Sleep

Smartphones, especially Android phones, have a feature called up Sleep which enables you to put applications that you are not actively using to sleep.

So, what does it mean to put an app to sleep?

What Does It Mean to Put an App to Sleep?

Putting an app to sleep simply means stopping the application from running both actively and in the background. This means that no processes associated with the app are running, whether actively or in the background.

As a result, when the app is put to sleep, you are not able to actively take advantage of its features, nor is it able to perform any actions like sending you notifications.

When an app is put to sleep, you have essentially stopped it from working temporarily. It is quite similar to putting your laptop or PC in sleep mode.

So, even though you have not uninstalled or disabled the application, it is no longer performing any actions or using any resources on your phone.

All the processes that control the application have been stopped from running until you remove it from sleep or open the application again.

There are many reasons why you may want to put an application to sleep, from battery saving to letting you have some dedicated focus time away from notifications and use of your smartphone. Read on to find out more.

What Happens When You Put an App to Sleep

1. Stops Consuming Battery Power

As long as your smartphone is turned on, all the installed applications on the phone are running either actively or in the background. This means that they are constantly consuming battery power on their smartphone.

Of course, applications that are running in the background consume a lot less battery energy than applications that you are actively using.

However, putting applications that you are not active or you do not use for long periods to sleep enables you to save even more battery power.

You may already be aware of the battery saving plans on your smartphone, which include battery saver and super battery saver, or any iteration of these depending on your smartphone brand and model.

What these battery-saving options do is actually essentially the same thing as putting some applications and processes in the background to sleep.

But because of the unwanted effects of putting your phone on battery saver or super battery saver, such as causing important notifications to stop.

It is best to use the sleep function to specifically target applications that you are not actively using and put them to sleep. When you do this, you will notice that your battery will start to last a lot longer than before.

So, once you have observed your smartphone use over time and determined applications that you do not actively use for long periods, you should go ahead and put those applications to sleep so that they do not consume battery power in the background.

2. Notifications Stop

Applications on your phone send notifications from time to time. These notifications usually come in the form of push notifications to alert you on the status, usage, or new activity on the application depending on the type of application in question.

When you put a particular application to sleep, it is no longer able to send you any notifications, whether in the form of a push, message, or email.

This comes in handy when you want to limit the distractions and messages that you receive from applications on your phone. It allows you to build healthy focus times and electronic device use.

3. Stops Consuming Power

Applications and processes on your phone make use of a memory called Random Access Memory. This Random Access Memory determines to a large extent, how quickly your phone processes requests.

Every application and process on your phone, whether they are in active use or in the background, make use of a portion of the Random Access Memory. And, the more applications you have running, the more the usage of the Random Access Memory, and the less processing speed you have available to you.

Therefore, putting unused applications to sleep reduces the number of processes running on your phone, which in turn reduces the load on the Random Access Memory. This allows you to increase the speed or processing power of your smartphone.

Is It Bad to Put an App to Sleep?

No, it is not bad to put an app to sleep. So far, there has not been any indication of an adverse effect of putting an app to sleep, whether on the application or on your battery, or on the smartphone in general.

On the contrary, it is very good practice to put applications to sleep from time to time. This allows you to save battery, reduce distractions, and improve the processing speed of your smartphone.

Many users worry about how to determine which applications to put to sleep so that they do not miss important notifications and functionalities on their smartphones.

We understand this concern, and so we have provided a general guide on how to determine which applications you should put to sleep.

One quick and very reliable way to determine which applications to put to sleep is to actually observe which applications on your phone you make use of frequently. Go through the list of applications installed on your phone.

This includes pre-installed applications and user-installed applications.

When you find the applications that you hardly ever use, you can simply go ahead and put them to sleep. Just be sure not to put applications whose notifications may be important to you when they do come up.

To be on the safe side, you can review the list of applications that you have put to sleep every couple of weeks to be sure that you really do not need those applications at the time.

Most Android phones have a feature that suggests to you put applications that you have not used for a long time to sleep. Your smartphone constantly observes your use of applications installed on the phone.

If you do not use an application for more than 14 days, your smartphone is likely to prompt you to put the application to sleep.

So when you receive these suggestions, which usually come as push notifications, do not swipe them away. Instead, open the notification, review the list of suggested apps, and select the ones that you can actually afford to put to sleep.

Remember when we mentioned that putting applications to sleep helps you to improve your focus time and electronic device usage well-being?

The Digital well-being and parental controls feature on your smartphone provides a comprehensive analysis of your use of your smartphone, including the applications that you spend the most time on and the applications that you use the least.

Making use of this feature will allow you to have a good idea of the applications that are actually important to your daily usage of the smartphone.

You can then select the applications that you use the least and put them to sleep in order to enjoy the advantages of using the sleep feature on your smartphone.

To access this feature, simply follow the steps below:

1. Open settings on your Android phone

2. Scroll down and select digital well-being and parental controls

3. Next, select screen time. If you did not immediately see screen time, then click on your displayed usage statistics and then select screen time from the next window.

4. In this window, you will see your most-used apps first. And then, in descending order, you will find a list of your least-used apps. This means that the apps that you spent the least time on will appear toward the bottom of the list.

If you do not immediately see all your applications, you can click on View All to see the full list of your installed applications and your usage statistics of them. You can then select the applications that you use the least and put them to sleep.

How to Put Apps to Sleep on Android

Once you have used any of the methods described above to determine which applications you need to put to sleep, you can then go ahead and put the applications to sleep in order to enjoy increased battery life, fewer notifications and distractions, and increased processing speed on your smartphone.

Follow the steps below to put your unused applications to sleep:

1. Open settings on your Android phone

2. Scroll down and select Battery and Device Care (this applies mostly to Samsung phones, but the feature is similar on all Android phones)

3. Tap on battery and then tap on background usage limits

Here you will be presented with a few options which you can select to suit your purpose. They include:

Put unused apps to sleep: this feature allows you to automatically put applications that you have not used in a while to sleep.

When you turn this on, applications that you do not use for long periods will be automatically put to sleep without the need for further action from you.

We recommend turning this feature on only if notifications from such applications are not particularly important or urgent when they do come up.

Sleeping apps: Sleeping apps displays all the applications that are currently sleeping.

These applications will only start to run in the background again when you open them on your phone. To add an application to this list, you simply have to tap the plus sign and then select the application that you want to put to sleep.

Deep sleeping apps: Deep sleeping apps are applications that will never run in the background, even if you have recently opened them.

That is, they will only run when you are actively using them. The moment you close the application will not run in the background.

Deep sleeping apps are an advanced form of sleeping apps in that it ensures that the application never consumes battery power or processing power if it is not currently in use by you.

Never sleeping apps: You can set important applications never to sleep.

This means that even if you have not used the application in a long time or you are not currently actively using it, the application will never be put to sleep.

The application will always run in the background and be able to send notifications or perform any other action whenever required.

How to Unsleep an App on Android

Putting an application to sleep is not a permanent process. When you determine that you no longer want an application to be put to sleep, you can easily unsleep the application so that it starts to run again in the background.

Follow the steps below to remove an application from sleep:

1. Open settings on your Android phone.

2. Scroll down and select Battery and Device Care (this applies mostly to Samsung phones, but the feature is similar on all Android phones).

3. Tap on Battery and then tap on Background Usage Limits.

4. Here you will be presented with a few options which you can select to suit your purpose.

5. Tap on Sleeping Apps.

6. Next, tap on the three vertical dots to reveal more options.

7. Then tap on Remove Apps.

8. Here, you can select the applications that you want to remove from sleep and then tap on Remove.

Once you have done this, the application will start to run again in the background and be able to send notifications or perform any other required actions.

Alternatively, you can remove an application from sleep by going to the same menu option and long pressing on the application. When you long-press the application, you will see the option to remove the application from sleep.

Click on Remove to remove the application from sleep. To remove more than one application, long press one application and then select the other applications that you want to remove from sleep, and then tap on remove to remove all of them from sleep.

Does Putting Apps to Sleep Save Battery

Yes, putting applications to sleep saves battery. When you put an application to sleep, it is no longer running, whether actively or in the background. This means that it is not making use of battery power to perform any processes.

As long as an application is running actively or in the background, it is making use of battery power.

You need to understand that even if an application is not running actively but is only running in the background, the battery has to hold the application in temporary memory so that the application can quickly perform any actions when needed, such as sending notifications.

But when you put the application to sleep, your smartphone’s battery no longer needs to hold the application in memory and so the application does not consume any energy from the battery.

Does Putting an App to Sleep Stop Notifications

Yes, putting an application to sleep stops it from sending notifications completely. As we explained earlier, applications that run in the background are able to send notifications because your phone is holding them in temporary memory.

However, when you put the application to sleep, the phone no longer holds the application in the temporary memory, and so it is not able to send notifications even when it needs to.

This is important when you need to limit the number of notifications that you receive on your phone and reduce the distractions that come with such notifications.

Some users even put some of their social media and dating applications to sleep from time to time just so they can reduce the amount of time they spend on such applications.

So this feature is not only important for apps that you do not use often but is also important for limiting the time you spend on applications that you feel you may be spending too much time on.

App Won’t Work After Unsleeping

Some users have reported that some applications won’t send notifications even after removing them from sleep. As you already know, putting an application to sleep stops it from sending notifications.

However, when you remove the application from sleep, it should be able to start sending notifications again.

If you remove an application from sleep and it still won’t send notifications, simply restart your phone. Restarting the phone will cause the application to reload all its necessary components afresh and start working normally as it should.

Brady Klinger-Meyers is an experienced tech writer and marketer who currently writes for Techzillo as well as other popular sites like MakeUseOf. At Techzillo, he focuses on consumer technology in general with his interest being Android OS. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.

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