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How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

The “Recent Apps” screen allows you to quickly return to recently used apps. It’s similar to the Alt + Tab feature in Windows. Pressing the “Home” or “Back” buttons on your device does not completely stop the app. It still runs in the background.

You may want to remove some apps from the “Recent Apps” list that you aren’t currently using so you have easier access to those apps you use more often. Or, you may want to free up some memory. Although, in Android, you don’t have to close apps , because the system is designed to keep its RAM relatively full. If the system needs more RAM for a newly opened app, it will close a less recently used or unused app on its own.

We will show you how to remove an app from the “Recent Apps” screen in Android. Our example includes a Nexus 7 and a Samsung Galaxy S4. Accessing the “Recent Apps” screen is different on each device and the Galaxy S4 has a feature on the “Recent Apps” screen that the Nexus 7 does not.

On the Nexus 7, touch the “Recent Apps” button, outlined in red on the image below. Large thumbnails of recently used apps display with each app’s icon. To remove an app from the list, hold your finger down on the thumbnail for the app you want to remove until a popup menu displays. Touch “Remove from list” on that menu.

NOTE: Notice the “App info” option available on the popup menu. That option opens the “App info” screen for the selected app allowing you to perform tasks on the app, such as force stopping an app, clearing data for an app, and uninstalling an app.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

You can also remove an app from the “Recent Apps” list by swiping that app off the screen. If you are in Portrait mode, swipe the thumbnail off the screen to the right or left. If you’re in Landscape mode, swipe the thumbnail up or down.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

If you’re using a Samsung Galaxy S4 (or other Galaxy S series phone), press and hold the Home button until the “Recent Apps” list displays. Then, you can hold your finger down on a thumbnail and select “Remove from list” to remove an app, just as you would on a Nexus. You can also swipe the thumbnail off the screen to remove it from the list.

However, the Galaxy S series phones allow you to remove all apps from the “Recent Apps” list using the “Close all” button, outlined in red on the image below.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

So, what happens to an app when you remove it from the recent apps list? How-To Geek did some research to find out and you can read our findings.

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  • Updated : 19:48, 13 Feb 2022

THE Joker malware, which sparked a mobile security crisis last year, has reportedly struck again.

A new strain of the malware has been detected by the mobile security solutions firm Pradeo which is thought to be infecting seven Android apps.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

While Google took action against the malware it has managed to reappear after bypassing the security measures which were introduced, reports say.

Tatyana Shishkova, an analyst with the cyber security firm Kaspersky, has found the Joker malware in at least 14 Android apps.

The malware was first discovered in 2017 causing problems for Google to successfully tackle it.

Applications like Color Message are the latest to have been hit by the malware, according to Pradeo.

The malware appears to be making connections to Russian servers.

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The Joker malware is considered to be a form of “fleeceware” where the intention is to steal money from the Android user without their knowledge.

It simulates clicks and intercepts text messages or SMS, subscribing the user to unwanted paid premium services without permission.

It can also click on ads automatically when online and secretly approve online payments.

Most users will not usually notice anything is wrong until they check their bank statements.

Pradeo has found that the following apps are currently infected by this malware:

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The Joker malware has been found in hundreds of apps in the past two years, according to Pradeo.

The advice is to remove these apps at once from your phone to help protect it and run an anti-virus scan.

Then, keep an eye out for other symptoms of malware.

For example, if apps are crashing for seemingly no reason, your phone could be infected.

Also, if there is a sudden spike in your data or battery usage, it could be that malware is running background tasks on your device.

Check to make sure none of your friends have received mysterious messages from you, especially with strange links.

Malware can use your phone to send messages to people in your contacts list, and further infect your network.

Your best options for protection: installing strong antivirus software and doing regular security checks, and making sure you’re always on the latest operating system.

Use a privacy-focused browser and make sure your security settings are locked down tight to prevent malware from infecting your phone from seemingly innocuous websites.

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How did you spend the last 12 months?

By David Nield | Published Dec 21, 2021 6:00 PM

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The end of every year is a time to dream about the future and reflect on the past, but you’re not the only one looking back. The apps that have kept you company over the last 12 months have been logging your listening and viewing habits, and stand ready to present your year in review. You might find that these apps know you better than you know yourself.

Spotify Wrapped

Spotify is rather proud of Wrapped, so you should find this end-of-year summary feature promoted heavily on the front page of the Spotify app when you open it during December. If it doesn’t show up immediately, tap the search button at the bottom, enter “wrapped”, and you should find what you’re after.

The main part of Spotify Wrapped works as a story-style slideshow. It will show you how much time you spent listening, your top songs, the music moods and genres you focused on, your favorite artists, and various other statistics. You’ll also get two playlists featuring your favorite songs and artists of the year.

YouTube Music Recap

If you’re more of a YouTube Music fan, you can still get an end-of-year review, but it’s called Recap instead of Wrapped. At some point during December, it should appear as a large box on the Home tab, and you can tap Explore Now to view it. If you don’t see the box, tap your profile picture (top right), then 2021 Recap.

YouTube Music will show you a few highlights from the year, including the artist and song you listened to most. Tap the play button under the main 2021 Recap heading to play some of your favorite tracks from the past 12 months.

Apple Music Replay

Apple Music listeners, meanwhile, have Replay. At some point during December, it will show up under Top Picks on the Listen Now tab in the Music app, and you can tap the 2021 Replay card to see a playlist of your most listened-to songs of the year.

You can find more detailed stats by heading to https://music.apple.com/replay on the web. Once there, click Get Your Replay Mix to see your most-played artists and songs, and to access the same playlist you get on mobile (plus your Replay playlists from previous years).

Instagram Playback

When it comes to social media, you can use your Stories to take a look back at what’s happened on Instagram for you over the last 12 months. In December, you should see a big Playback banner appear in the app when you open it, and you can tap View Playback to see it. Otherwise, you can find it by viewing someone else’s year in review and tapping on the 2021 sticker.

Playback will show you 10 highlights from your Stories over the past year, but Instagram doesn’t share how they’re picked. You can, however, edit the picks—either tap and hold on a Story and then select the trash can icon to remove an image or video, or tap the plus button to add one. You can also share the Playback reel with your Instagram contacts, if you’d like to.

Facebook Year Together

Facebook has a year in review feature like Instagram, as you would expect considering they’re both run by the same company, Meta. You’ll find it under a Year Together heading in your main feed when you open the app, and it’ll be split up into sections such as friendships and places.

Tap on any of the sections to view your highlights, and use the Share button to post what you’ve watched to your profile for everyone else to see. If you can’t see the Year Together card, try searching Facebook for “year together Facebook 2021”, and you should see the option to create your own.

Snapchat Year in Review

Snapchat lets you look back on your year in review too: You may see a notification about it pop up inside the app, but you can also access it from the main camera screen by tapping the Memories button (the icon of two pictures to the left of the shutter button).

Select A Look Back at 2021 to see some of the snaps you shared during the year—although Snapchat doesn’t specify the criteria for picking them out of the pile. You can, of course, share your Year in Review with your followers too.

Other apps

Not every app has a year in review feature: After showing personal recaps in 2020, TikTok settled for a general overview this year, for example. It’s also worth bearing in mind that some of these highlights packages can only be viewed for a limited amount of time, so if you can’t find yours, it might be too late.

But plenty of apps let you look back at your viewing or listening history even if they don’t do year-end roundups. In the YouTube app, for example, tap Library and History to see what you’ve been watching; in the Netflix app, tap your profile picture (top right), then Account, your account name, and View (next to Viewing activity). There are also many ways to manually record the content you’re consuming.

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David Nield is a freelance contributor at Popular Science, producing how to guides and explainers for the DIY section on everything from improving your smartphone photos to boosting the security of your laptop. He doesn’t get much spare time, but when he does he spends it watching obscure movies and taking long walks in the countryside.

Lori Kaufman is a technology expert with 25 years of experience. She’s been a senior technical writer, worked as a programmer, and has even run her own multi-location business. Read more.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

The “Recent Apps” screen allows you to quickly return to recently used apps. It’s similar to the Alt + Tab feature in Windows. Pressing the “Home” or “Back” buttons on your device does not completely stop the app. It still runs in the background.

You may want to remove some apps from the “Recent Apps” list that you aren’t currently using so you have easier access to those apps you use more often. Or, you may want to free up some memory. Although, in Android, you don’t have to close apps , because the system is designed to keep its RAM relatively full. If the system needs more RAM for a newly opened app, it will close a less recently used or unused app on its own.

We will show you how to remove an app from the “Recent Apps” screen in Android. Our example includes a Nexus 7 and a Samsung Galaxy S4. Accessing the “Recent Apps” screen is different on each device and the Galaxy S4 has a feature on the “Recent Apps” screen that the Nexus 7 does not.

On the Nexus 7, touch the “Recent Apps” button, outlined in red on the image below. Large thumbnails of recently used apps display with each app’s icon. To remove an app from the list, hold your finger down on the thumbnail for the app you want to remove until a popup menu displays. Touch “Remove from list” on that menu.

NOTE: Notice the “App info” option available on the popup menu. That option opens the “App info” screen for the selected app allowing you to perform tasks on the app, such as force stopping an app, clearing data for an app, and uninstalling an app.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

You can also remove an app from the “Recent Apps” list by swiping that app off the screen. If you are in Portrait mode, swipe the thumbnail off the screen to the right or left. If you’re in Landscape mode, swipe the thumbnail up or down.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

If you’re using a Samsung Galaxy S4 (or other Galaxy S series phone), press and hold the Home button until the “Recent Apps” list displays. Then, you can hold your finger down on a thumbnail and select “Remove from list” to remove an app, just as you would on a Nexus. You can also swipe the thumbnail off the screen to remove it from the list.

However, the Galaxy S series phones allow you to remove all apps from the “Recent Apps” list using the “Close all” button, outlined in red on the image below.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

So, what happens to an app when you remove it from the recent apps list? How-To Geek did some research to find out and you can read our findings.

I guess that Android won’t let people to do this, because they think they have perfect handle for the task/applications. However, I really need to do this in my case.

I have an activity A acting as the entry point of my application. In that activity, it reads the preference and decided which activity to start, say B or C. After that, it finishes itself. So, activity A never appears to the users.

My application stores things on sdcard, and reads from it constantly. So, when the sdcard is unmounted, I need to display a message to the user that the sdcard is unavailable, instead of opening B or C. I set a check in A to display that message when sdcard is unavilable. When that message is displayed, A will not try to start B or C.

Things works perfectly if user only enter my application from application launcher. However, I found that user can also enter my application by long pressing home and choose it from the recent application list, if he has opened it recently. When user does that, it skips A and goes directly to B or C. I don’t have the check in both of them, so exception is thrown while I am trying to access sdcard, and force close dialog pops up.

I can simply move my check to both B and C to fix this problem. But in the future, the number of activities started from A will increase. If there are 6 of them, I’ll need to copy this check to 6 places. Needless to say, this looks very ugly, and is a maintenance nightmare.

I know that Activities can be declared in manifest as being excluded from recents with android:excludeFromRecents : http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/manifest/activity-element.html#exclude

However, that’s not what I’m looking for, I would like to know if there is a way to remove the app from recent apps programmatically

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

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Yes, generally when you want to have special properties for an Activity when starting it you supply special flags to the Intent . In this case FLAG_ACTIVITY_EXCLUDE_FROM_RECENTS .

Updated:

If you need to hide the current already running activity, you might be able to use this flag in combination with FLAG_ACTIVITY_CLEAR_TOP which would send the new Intent to the existing Activity . You’ll have to think and perhaps experiment with what happens as the user moves around your stack though and whether that will make your app re-appear in the recent apps.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

This can be done using the ActivityManager.AppTask functionality (starting in API 21)

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Add these lines to the Activity from which you are exiting the application:

Following is the definition of the flag android:excludeFromRecents (which i know you have already seen):

Whether or not the task initiated by this activity should be excluded from the list of recently used applications (“recent apps”). That is, when this activity is the root activity of a new task, this attribute determines whether the task should not appear in the list of recent apps. “true” if the task should be excluded from the list; “false” if it should be included. The default value is “false”.

so to remove the app from the list of recent app you can set this flag on the first activity in your application since that activity launches the the task for you application. If you have multiple tasks (unlikely for most apps) in your application then you need o set this flag for root activity of all the task.

I know this question is common and asked many times on Stack Overflow, but after visiting nearly the four pages of search engine results and nearly the 20 question of Stack Overflow regarding this issue, I found that none of them is resolved or answered correctly.

What I want:

I want to show my app in recent apps list when it is running but when I close app then my process should be killed and application should be removed from recent apps list.

Some answers I found:

And one common suggestion I see in every answer that add below code in manifest:

because after adding this when user presses home button while my app is running then user cannot see my app in recent Apps List.

And many other suggestions on this but none of them do both tasks close application and clear application from recent apps list. Also if you go in Settings>Apps>yourApp>your Application see that still it asks for “force stop” means application is running!

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

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I based my solution on guest’s above, as well as gilsaints88’s comments below (for Android L compatibility):

Add this activity to your AndroidManifest.xml file:

Then create a class ExitActivity.java:

Then whenever you want to force close your application and remove it from the recent’s list, call:

This solution works for me instead of declaring android:excludeFromRecents=”true” because I want the user to be able to see the app in the recents list UNTIL the point where my app triggers closing the app programmatically.

Before I present my attempt at this, I want to make it clear that what follows won’t address the availability of “force stop” in the application info. Android allows you to force stop an application even if it does not have any processes running. Force stop puts the package into a specific stopped state, where it can’t receive broadcast events.

Now that that’s out of the way, on with my cheesy idea for this. The gist of it is to replace the task that you want to exit with one that the system will exclude from the recent apps list.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Since our privacy is always in question, Android integrates more and more news to enhance it and put more power in our decisions. Applications are more controlled than ever, as we can manage permissions individually precisely. However, within all these privacy options, there are those that go more unnoticed, but that can be enormously useful when we discover them. For this reason, we are going to take a look at the function of our mobile that allows us to hide the preview of the applications that we have seen used.

The menu of the applications that we have recently opened is very useful to switch from one to another quickly. Otherwise, as happens when they are closed, we will have to go to the desktop and run it again. However, there may be many circumstances in which we do not want certain applications to show their preview screenshot in the newly opened menu. The reasons for each and the applications can be almost endless. However, a good example may be the Christmas season, since if our mobile ends up in the hands of a child, we can make them not see that we have had the Amazon app open or any other shopping portal that makes them suspicious.

How to turn on hiding recent apps

Like any privacy option worth its salt, we will find it within the corresponding menu: Settings / Privacy. Once inside, we will see the option “Preview recent applications” to access the function, where we can mark the applications.

Choose the apps

Once inside, we will see the switch that activates the function. Doing so will remove the preview of the chosen apps. Right at the bottom, we will see the list of applications installed on our mobile. It is enough to select each switch, to mark those applications that we do not want to be shown . What the function does is create a “blur” that prevents the recent content of the app from being seen.

This is also very useful, when there is a recent WhatsApp conversation, since if someone has our mobile and goes through the recent apps, they will not be able to see their content, as shown in the example that you have just below. When we want everything to look as before, or we no longer need to hide the contents, we can retrace our steps and uncheck the selected applications again.

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Too many apps on your phone can clog up space. Some of the apps taking up your memory may be redundant. Others may be violating your privacy.

Take this Android app, for instance, with more than 500,000 downloads hiding money-stealing malware. It’s not just dangerous apps you need to be aware of. Your phone may be loaded with unnecessary apps that offer features your phone already provides.

But, of course, they won’t tell you that. If they did, they wouldn’t be able to sell your data for a quick buck. That’s why we put together a list of five redundant apps you should delete right now.

1. QR code scanners

If you had never heard of these before the pandemic, you probably recognize them now. To limit unnecessary touching, many restaurants forego traditional menus in favor of QR codes. You’ve probably seen them: They’re tiny squares with black squiggles that wind around in a vague maze shape.

QR codes give you a convenient way to distribute a website’s URL without remembering the full web address. For example, you can snap a photo of a QR code at a restaurant, and your phone immediately directs you to an online menu.

Do you have an iPhone with iOS 11 or a more recent version? If so, your smartphone has this native capability. There’s no need for a QR code scanning app.

Do you have Android 8, 9, 10 or Oreo? Good news: Your phone has this built-in feature. That means you don’t need to download a specific app to scan QR codes, so save some space on your phone and delete any code scanners you might have downloaded.

2. Scanner apps

Speaking of scanning, do you have a PDF you want to take a photo of? You may be using a particular app for that. They may seem appealing: they let you adjust the lighting in one app.

But you can save time and money by using your camera. Fiddle with your smartphone’s image editing features, and you’ll be able to eliminate shadows, brush away smudges and get your documents picture-perfect in no time. If you’re new to the world of photo-editing, tap or click here to see how to enhance your favorite pictures.

By getting rid of scanning apps, you’ll be saving space in your phone and stopping a third party from potentially collecting your data.

3. Facebook

How long have you had your Facebook app? If it’s been a few years, this app could be eating up a considerable chunk of space on your phone. That’s because, over time, this app will connect with other programs in a complex web of data.

While that can make life convenient in the short term, it can lead to a slower phone and less space for new stuff in the long run. That’s why we recommend deleting Facebook and redownloading it. This is a great way to clear a ton of space.

Do remember, though, that this is a temporary solution. The only way to stop this app from taking up so much space is to delete it permanently.

4. Flashlight apps

These apps were super popular when smartphones first came out. Nowadays, though, software updates and newer phone models come with a flashbulb built-in. They’re handy when you’re walking around in the dark, and they can save you a few bucks since you don’t have to buy a physical flashlight.

Thanks to these updates, flashlight apps have largely fallen out of style. Surprisingly, you can still find a ton of them available for download on the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. You may wonder why they’re available if they have nothing new to offer.

That’s because they want your personal data. Many of these apps will request permission to track your location; others can work as a Trojan horse for malware. Tap or click here to see what these creepy programs are capable of.

So cut off your flashlight app and trust your phone’s natural abilities. It’s not a bright idea to keep these apps on your phone.

5. Pop the bloatware bubble

It doesn’t matter if you’ve got an iPhone or Android: Your phone comes pre-loaded with apps you’ll never use. These apps are called “bloatware” since they gobble up your phone’s space without serving you in any way, shape or form. Even worse, some of them are locked by the device manufacturer to ensure you can’t uninstall them.

For example, if you have an iPhone, you’ll automatically have YouTube. Buy an Android, and you’ll see PowerPoint, Play Music and Word automatically uploaded.

You can delete some pre-installed apps on an iPhone, like FaceTime, Weather, Podcasts, and the iTunes Store. Here are all the apps you can get rid of if you choose to.

If you’ve got an Android, you’ve got more options for cutting the fat. You can delete, disable and uninstall unwanted apps from your Android device. Tap or click to clean up your Android phone.

The recent apps list in Ice Cream Sandwich added the ability to swipe apps out of the list, thereby dismissing them permanently (and as far as I know this is a vanilla function, not a CM/custom ROM one). The documentation and platform highlights don’t appear to cover the under-the-hood workings of this functionality, but I’m curious to know what the system is actually doing.

Further adding to my curiosity, I decided to do a quick test: I started up Music on a CM9 install, then backed out of it. I then checked the recent apps list and saw it was indeed there (and in the proper state, based on the thumbnail). I then went into Settings->Applications and force stopped the Music app, but it was still listed in the recent list, leading me to believe it’s not connected to processes lingering in the background.

Realizing now that Music may have been a poor choice, I also tested with the USA Today app. This exhibited basically the same behavior, and it seemed like it was forced to “relaunch” after the force stop (which makes sense) though the thumbnail in the recent apps list didn’t reflect this (cached, I’m guessing?).

So, what actually happens at the OS level when you swipe an app out of the recent list? Does it simply clear the app’s data out of RAM and garbage collect it, destroying its saved state?

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Swiping apps out of the recent apps list is vanilla, and yes, not well documented. This has been the topic of a decent amount of discussion on various Android forums. the consensus seems to be best described here in some comments: that the behavior is similar to but not exactly the same as closing an app — in general (for apps that don’t define explicit back button handling) it’s the same thing as hitting back enough times from within an application that you exit out of it.

The link has some more details on the specifics, but overall you can think of it as quitting the application.

Specific to the Music app, I believe it starts a service, so while the task itself (the Music app/UI) may be closed, the service continues to run in the background so that your music doesn’t suddenly stop just because the task got cleared out for memory management reasons. That may have affected what you saw.

I appear to have found the magical search terms that led to some explanations from Google employees. Specifically, I found a couple of different places where Dianne Hackborn explains what happens when you swipe something out of the recent list. The first is a comment on one of her Google+ posts:

[W]hat specifically happens when you swipe away a recent task is it: (1) kills any background or empty processes of the application (see http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/fundamentals/processes-and-threads.html#Lifecycle for what this means), and (2) uses the new http://developer.android.com/reference/android/app/Service.html#onTaskRemoved(android.content.Intent) API to tell any services of the application about the task being removed so it can do whatever it thinks is appropriate.

Actually, removing an entry in recent tasks will kill any background processes that exist for the process. It won’t directly causes services to stop, however there is an API for them to find out the task was removed to decide if they want this to mean they should stop. This is so that removing say the recent task of an e-mail app won’t cause it to stop checking for e-mail.

If you really want to completely stop an app, you can long press on recent tasks to go to app info, and hit force stop there. For stop is a complete kill of the app — all processes are killed, all services stopped, all notifications removed, all alarms removed, etc. The app is not allowed to launch again until explicitly requested.

So, it looks like the summary is that swiping an app out of the list will first kill all background processes for the app, then use onTaskRemoved to notify the app that the background task was removed. At that point it looks like it’s up to the app to decide what happens, so I guess there technically isn’t a hard-and-fast rule about what happens to the app beyond that point.

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How to use Android Pie’s recent apps feature

Don’t worry if you’ve upgraded to Android Pie and can’t figure out the new recent apps feature. Jack Wallen shows you how this gesture-based interaction works.

In previous incarnations of Android, there was a clear and present method for scrolling through your apps. To see what apps were recently opened, you just tapped that square icon to reveal a card-like list of applications. You could then either tap on one to open it, or swipe to the right to fully close it.

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With the release of Android Pie, and the unleashing of gesture-based navigation, that process has changed. Gone is that square button and swiping right to close. Replacing that tried-and-true button and swipe-right combination is a gesture and new swipe direction. This new method makes working with Android, using only one hand, much more efficient.

Let me show you how it’s done.

Opening the recent apps overview

In order to make use of the recent apps overview, you have to first open it. At the bottom of your home screen, you should see a small pill-shaped button (Figure A).

Figure A

To open the recent apps overview, tap on the Home button, and then swipe upward. Make this swipe short (if you swipe too far, you’ll open the App Drawer instead). I’ve found the swipe only needs to reach just above the “dock” on the home screen (so about an inch above the Home button).

You should now see the recent apps overview (Figure B).

Figure B

Opening and closing a recent app

With the recent apps overview open, you can do three things:

  1. Swipe right or left to navigate through the open apps.
  2. Swipe up on the centered app to close it.
  3. Tap the centered app to open it.

If you don’t find the app you’re looking for, tap the Home button to return to your home screen.

That’s all there is to using the Android Pie recent apps feature.

Getting back the default method

What if you don’t like this new method of interacting with recent apps? You can return to the previous interface. This will disable the gesture-based navigation of Android Pie. If that sounds like a more efficient means of interacting with your device, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Settings on your device.
  2. Locate and tap System.
  3. Tap Gestures.
  4. Tap Swipe up on Home button.
  5. Tap the On/Off slider until it’s in the Off position (Figure C).

Figure C

That’s it. You successfully disabled gesture-based navigation and can use Android in the same fashion as you did Oreo and earlier.

Love it or hate it

Personally, I really like the new gesture-based navigation and how seamless the recent apps feature has become. However, this new method of interaction won’t be for everyone. You will know, right away, if you love or hate the new Android UI. I believe you should give it a fair shake. It took me less than a minute to realize I preferred the new method of navigation to the old. It makes one-handed interaction with Android much easier than previous incarnations. Anyone who is constantly on the go will appreciate that.

Google recently disabled 16 Android apps infected with Joker malware, but only users can uninstall them.

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One of the most persistent pieces of malware targeting Android devices has reared its head again, this time appearing in 16 apps on the Google Play Store.

As security company Zscaler explains (Opens in a new window) , the apps in question were infected with the Joker malware. It steals SMS messages, contact lists, and device information, but the most serious threat it poses to users is automatic sign-ups to premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services. With WAP billing, users get a shock next time they receive their mobile phone bill as the service costs are charged directly to it.

The Joker malware circumvents the Google Play app vetting process through a combination of code tweaks, execution method variation, and changes to how it downloads the payload allowing it to function, steal information, and trigger the WAP service sign-ups. Google has removed the 16 infected apps from the Play Store and disabled them on devices where they are installed, thought to be in the region of 120,000 devices. The list of apps includes:

All Good PDF Scanner

Hummingbird PDF Converter – Photo to PDF

Mint Leaf Message-Your Private Message

One Sentence Translator – Multifunctional Translator

Paper Doc Scanner

Style Photo Collage

Talent Photo Editor – Blur focus

Tangram App Lock

Unique Keyboard – Fancy Fonts & Free Emoticons

Editors’ Note: This list initially included 17 apps, but Zscaler has since confirmed that one of the apps was placed on the list twice in error. We’ve reached out to clarify whether it will be replaced with a 17th or if the list stands at 16.

As ZDNet reports (Opens in a new window) , the one thing Google can’t do, however, is remove the (now disabled) apps from a device. That task is left up to the user. If you have any of these apps installed, simply open Settings on your device, open Apps, find the app in the list, select it, and tap uninstall. You’ll know the uninstallation is complete when Android reloads the list of apps. Rinse and repeat the process if you have more than one of the apps listed above installed.

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As the Joker malware is so difficult to thwart, it seems unlikely this is the last time we’ll hear about infected apps being removed from the Play store. If you’re unsure about installing a new app, do some checking first. A quick search for the app name could reveal it’s one to avoid or perfectly safe to install and use. And to help keep your Android phone secure, install a top-rated Android Antivirus app.

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How to make use of the Android Nougat recent apps lock

Android Nougat brings something new and very handy to the Overview feature. Here’s how recent app locking can help make this often overlooked feature a must-use.

How often do you make use of the Android “recent apps” button (officially called the Overview)? Do you every so often tap it to reveal (to your surprise) how many apps are there, or do you tend to use it to switch back and forth between apps? If you are of the latter sort, you know that list of apps can be very useful. Instead of tapping the home button to dismiss an app (so you can then open the App Drawer to locate the new app you want to use), you can skip a step or two and tap the Overview to launch the app you want.

But what if the app you want isn’t there? Then you’re back to square one. Wouldn’t it be handy if you could lock the apps you use most often to the Overview? Then you could rest assured those apps would always be but a tap away.

With Android Nougat, that feature has finally arrived. You can now lock apps to the overview, so that, even after a reboot, or a clear all (using the Overview clear button – Figure A), those locked apps will remain.

Figure A

Usage

This new feature is built into the 7.0 platform and is incredibly easy to use. Here’s all you need to do.

  1. Tap the Overview button
  2. Locate the app you want to lock
  3. Tap the lock button in the upper right corner of the app in question (Figure B)

Figure B

Once you’ve locked the app, the lock icon will change (Figure C) and the app will remain in the overview.

Figure C

At this point, the apps you’ve locked cannot be removed from the Overview until you unlock them. As you might expect, to unlock an app, all you have to do is tap the lock button. Once the app is unlocked, you can swipe it to the right to dismiss it from the Overview.

If you’re concerned with locked apps interfering with the split screen function, don’t. Locked or not, you can still add an app to the split screen view for handy Android multitasking.

One handy feature

If anything, this addition to the Overview tool should sway you into making more usage of one very handy feature. Having the ability to lock apps to the Overview means those apps will always be a quick tap away. Use this new locking feature in conjunction with the split screen view and Android becomes an even more powerful platform.

Something you might notice whenever you switch from iOS to Android is that you don’t get all of your notifications as soon as they arrive. This is thanks to the various tools that have been built into Android to help conserve battery life. Google has introduced a variety of tools, namely Battery Optimization and Adaptive Battery, which will automatically “kill” any apps in the background.

While this may be great for battery life, this also means that you won’t receive notifications from time to time. This is especially true if your phone is just sitting on your desk or in your pocket for long-ish periods of time.

It’s a constant frustration and one that doesn’t need to be as frustrating as it is since you expect an app to send you a notification whenever there’s one to be sent. Thankfully, Google and other phone makers have made it possible to turn off this battery optimization on a per-app basis, so that you can get continue getting the notifications you need even if you aren’t using the app on a regular basis.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Here’s how you can stop your phone from killing apps in the background.

Google Pixel

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It’s not all that often that you’ll come across an app on your Pixel that prevents an app from notifying you. However, it does happen from time to time, and you’ll need to remove the specific app from being included in the battery optimization list.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Apps & notifications.
  3. Locate and select the app you wish to change.
  4. Tap Battery.
  5. Switch from Not optimized to All apps in the drop-down.
  6. Locate your app on the list.
  7. Select Don’t Optimize.
  8. Tap Done.

Samsung Galaxy

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With recent software updates, Samsung has gotten much better about killing apps in the background. But even with the Galaxy S21 Ultra and our Galaxy Z Fold 2, it does still happen. In the event that your Samsung Galaxy phone is killing apps in the background, here’s how you can stop that from happening.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Apps.
  3. Select an app that you want to turn off Battery Optimization.
  4. Under App info, tap Battery.
  5. Tap Optimize battery usage.
  6. At the top of the list, tap Apps not optimized and select All from the drop-down.
  7. Find your app in the list, and tap the toggle to turn it off.
  8. Repeat for any other of your most-used apps.

OnePlus

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According to ‘Don’t Kill My App!‘ OnePlus is the second-worst when it comes to killing apps in the background, only behind Samsung. If you need to stop your OnePlus phone from constantly killing a certain app in the background, here’s how you can do it.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Apps.
  3. Tap the Gear Icon in the top right-hand corner.
  4. Select Special Access.
  5. Tap Battery Optimization.
  6. Switch to All apps in the top right corner.
  7. Locate your app on the list.
  8. Select Don’t Optimize.

Huawei

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Although new Huawei smartphones will not be powered by Android 11 or Android 12, there are still plenty of folks using older hardware. The company ranks #3 on the ‘Don’t Kill My App!’ board, making its software one of the worst when it comes to killing apps in the background. But you can still remove the battery optimization features to get your apps working correctly.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select Battery from the list.
  3. Tap App Launch.
  4. Tap the toggle next to Manage all automatically.
  5. Locate and select your apps in the list.
  6. Tap the toggles next to the following options:
    • Auto-launch
    • Secondary launch
    • Run in background

On some Huawei devices, there’s another potential culprit known as Startup Manager. This built-in “feature” does essentially the same thing as Battery Optimizer, preventing apps to run after the phone has been restarted.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap All.
  3. Select Startup Manager.
  4. Tap the toggle next to the apps you want to run after the phone has been restarted.

Xiaomi

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Rounding out the most-egregious offenders when it comes to battery “optimization”, Xiaomi phones are phenomenal from a hardware perspective. But MIUI still needs a bit more work, especially if you want your downloaded apps to work as they are intended to.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Apps.
  3. Select the app that you wish to change the battery permissions for.
  4. Tap the toggle next to Autostart.
  5. Select Battery saver.
  6. Tap Background Settings.
  7. Tap No restrictions.

If you happen to still be running MIUI 11 on your Xiaomi device, the process is a little bit different.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Scroll down and select Apps.
  3. Select the app that you wish to change the battery permissions for.
  4. Select Battery saver.
  5. Tap Background Settings.
  6. Tap No restrictions.

The key difference here is that there is no “Autostart” toggle to deal with, and you don’t need to mess with any of the other permissions.

Did you know that if you close Android apps on your smartphone, they don’t actually stop working? Yes, indeed, those apps just keep running in the background and consume a lot of the power and other resources on the phone. While this fact may give the benefit of a quick start when you want to go back to them again, ultimately, they do slow down the phone. It’s basically similar to windows being minimised on the computer. These apps that are running in the background on your Android smartphone can slow down your device and consume battery power at the same time causing stress and frustration and leading to wasted time. You must have noticed some of these negative impacts on your smartphone when it slows down without a reason or sometimes even crashing unexpectedly. The idea is to close them permanently when you are not using these apps. So, how to close them on your Android phone?

Close apps from home screen on Android

The simplest way to close all the apps that are running in the background on your Android phone lies on your homescreen only. What you will need to do is use the Android swipe gesture. Swipe up till the middle of your display, which will show up the list of all the recent apps. Here, you will get the ‘Clear all’ option, just tap on it to close all the running apps. You can swipe and stop a specific app too. This option is not the same on all Android devices. However, it varies only a little. If the sliding up option is not available on your smartphone, then you can find the small box at the bottom of your screen, simply tap on it which will pop up the same list of running apps in the background, which will allow clearing them all at one tap.

There can be another problem with an app that you may be facing. This deals with the times that an app misbehaves and refuses to work. Solution for this problem is simple. You need to force-close the app. But do note that enabling ‘force stop’ for an app may sometimes cause it to lose its integrity or function. In that case, you might have to uninstall and reinstall the app if this happens. However, many issues can be resolved simply by forcing the application to stop. And the process is quite simple. Here’s how.

How to force close apps on Android

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Android apps don’t actually stop running when you return to the Home screen or switch to another app. And that’s totally fine, you shouldn’t close apps unless you really need to. We’ll show you how to do that in case one is crashing, laggy, or just needs to be forced to quit.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

The only way to fully “close” an Android app is to “force close” it. This stops the app from running and closes all background services. You only need to do this if an app is unresponsive or misbehaving in some way. You do not need to close Android apps when you’re done using them.

First, we’ll show you how to close an app in a less aggressive way. This method will close the app but not kill all the background services entirely. In most cases, this will solve your issues.

Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause halfway up to show the recent apps.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Now simply find the app you want to close and swipe up on it to dismiss the app.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

That’s it for the simple method!

“Force Closing” an app requires a few more steps. First, open the Settings app on your device and navigate to the “Apps” section.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Find the app you’d like to close. You may need to tap “See All Apps” to view the full app list.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Now select “Force Stop” or “Force Close.”

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

A confirmation screen will ask if you really want to force stop the app. Tap “OK” to finish.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

That’s it! The app and its background services will be killed. Most of the time this will fix any issues the app was having. If not, you can try rebooting the phone as well.

As a prudent Android user, you wouldn’t download apps from sources that can’t be trusted, isn’t it? Yet, sometimes websites trap you into clicking on a link that can lead to unwanted apps installing without permission on android device. Sometimes, it is not just one app but several apps that forcefully enter your Android device without your consent. And, then you might want to know how to stop unwanted apps from automatically downloading on Android?

Note: Talking about trusted sources other than Google Play Store, we have curated a list of some of the best Google Play Store alternatives that you can try.

It is indeed important to get rid of these apps as soon as possible since such apps could be prospective viruses, adware and can soon steal all your personal information.

So, here’s how you can stop unwanted apps installing without permission on

Android device without your permission –

How to Stop Unwanted Apps Installing Without Permission on Android:

1. Disable Auto-Updates For Apps

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

To stop the entry of unwanted apps installed without permission in your Android device you can disable the Auto-update feature in Google Play Store.

1. Open Play Store

2. Tap on the three horizontal lines 9hamburger icon) at the top left

3. Tap on Settings

4. Select Auto-update apps

5. Tap on the Don’t auto-update apps radio button

2. Log Out Of Your Google Account, Change Its Password And Remove It From Your Android Device

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

As a matter of safety, first log out of all your Gmail accounts (if there are multiple accounts) and then, immediately change your passwords for all those accounts.

1. First, sign out of Google Account on your Android device and then change the password of your Google account

2. Next, again open Settings

3. Tap on Accounts (In Samsung phones, the option appears by the name “Accounts and backup

4. Tap on Accounts

5. Tap on your Gmail account and then click on Remove account

3. Block The Entry Of Malicious Apps

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

If you are wondering “why is my Android phone downloading apps by itself?”, chances are a malicious app is trying to barge into your Android device. Worse! It might already. Now, keeping tabs on malicious apps can be difficult unless you have a dedicated tool that completely bars any malicious apps from making their way into your device. Systweak Anti Malware is one such fantastic app that keeps malicious apps at bay.

Let’s have a look at some of its modules that could possibly stop the entry of apps that are trying to get into your device without your consent.

1. Blocks you from installing apps from unknown sources

Such apps could be potential adware, spyware or virus

2. Whitelist apps which are safe to use

Whitelist only trusted apps which you believe are safe

3. Systweak Anti Malware offers safe web browsing

It even protects you against malicious web URLs which might inject malware infused apps

4. Restrict Background Data

Restricting background data can also help you stop any unwanted apps installing without permission on your Android device without your prior permission. The settings and steps mentioned below might differ model to model.

1. Go to Settings

2. Tap on data usage

3. Select apps whose data you want to restrict in the background

4. Scroll down and select Restrict Background Data

5. Disable The “Installing Apps From Unknown Sources” Option

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

There are several models of Android devices which let you completely stop downloading apps from unknown sources. This option can be medicinal in case you mistakenly tap on a malicious app. The steps are simple and mentioned below –

1. Go to Settings

2. Head to Security and tap on it

3. Under the Device administration option look at Unknown sources option and push the slider against it towards the left

6. Reset Your Device To Factory Settings

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

This should be your last resort and should be undertaken if no other method seems to have solved the issue. Remember, once your Android device goes back to factory settings, all your data will be wiped off. Consider taking a backup, if you will.

1. Go to Settings

2. Tap on General Management

3. Tap on Reset

4. Tap on Factory Data Reset

Conclusion

It is rightly believed that prevention is better than cure. And, if how to stop unwanted apps from automatically downloading on Android has struck your mind, great! Because now you are all set to use measures like the ones mentioned above to stop the entry of unwanted and possibly malicious apps from making your Android device their home. If the blog has been of help, do give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends and family. You can also follow us on Facebook and YouTube.

Either while in the troublesome app or from the Android TV home screen, double-press the Home button on your remote to bring up the “Recents Apps” menu.

How do I see recent apps?

Google Play Store – View Recent Apps

  1. From the Play Store™ home screen, tap the Menu icon. (upper-left).
  2. Tap My apps & games.
  3. From the All tab, view the apps (most recent appear at the top).

How do I view all apps on Android TV?

In the Settings menu, go to Device > Apps. You will see a list of all the apps installed on your device. The list is split into two sections: Downloaded apps and System apps.

How do I close the apps on my smart TV?

There are 2 ways to terminate a TV application: Through user interaction, when the user long-presses the remote control “Return/Exit” key. Long-pressing the “Return/Exit” key forces the application to terminate.

How can I speed up my Android TV?

Make Your Android TV Run Faster Without Lags

  1. Remove Unused Apps.
  2. Clear Cache & Data.
  3. Disable Automatic Software Updates & Automatic App Updates.
  4. Turn Off Usage Diagnostics & Location Tracking.
  5. Use LAN Connection Over WiFi.

How do I restart an app on my TV?

With the TV turned on, hold down the power button on the remote until the TV turns off and back on, or you can unplug the TV and plug it back in after 30 seconds. Doing one of those two steps will reboot the Samsung TV and force any and all apps to quit and be restarted once you open them again.

How do I force close an app?

  1. Open the Settings app on the Android device.
  2. Scroll the list and tap Apps, Applications or Manage apps.
  3. (optional) On certain devices like Samsung, tap Application Manager.
  4. Scroll the list to find the app to force quit.
  5. Tap FORCE STOP.

What is the current version of Android TV?

Android TV 9.0 home screen
Initial release June 25, 2014
Latest release 11 / September 22, 2020
Marketing target Smart TVs, digital media players, set-top boxes, USB dongles
Available in Multilingual

How do I find all my apps?

On your Android phone, open the Google Play store app and tap the menu button (three lines). In the menu, tap My apps & games to see a list of apps currently installed on your device. Tap All to see a list of all apps you’ve downloaded on any device using your Google account.

How do I open Android system apps?

In Settings, tap Apps & notifications, then tap See all apps. The app list also displays system files and apps, which make the Android operating system run correctly. To show these, tap the three dots in the upper-right corner, then tap Show system.

Can we download apps in Android TV?

Download or delete apps & games

  • From the Android TV Home screen, scroll to “Apps.”
  • Select the Google Play Store app .
  • Browse or search for apps and games. To browse: Move up or down to view different categories. …
  • Select the app or game you want. Free app or game: Select Install.

Can we install any app in Android TV?

Not all apps for other Android™ devices such as smartphones can be used with the TV. Apps can be purchased through Google Play Store if you are logged in using your Google ID. You can also install apps you have already installed and paid for on your Android mobile devices for free if there is an Android TV equivalent.

Is meWATCH available on Android TV?

Watch us on these devices

The meWATCH App is available on iOS, Android and HUAWEI Mobile Services devices.

Using an Android Marshmallow-powered device? Have you ever noticed that separate row of app icons which appears on the top when you launch your device’s app drawer? Those are basically suggestions that pop up based on your usage of apps.

For example, in my case, the row contains icons for Gmail, Chrome, WhatsApp, and YouTube.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

These app suggestions might be of help to users in some cases. For example, if you use WhatsApp frequently, it’s likely that the icon for the app will be present as a suggestion in the top row, saving you some time that you otherwise would spend scrolling the list of app icons to find the messaging app.

However, there may be users who don’t use these app suggests and would like to turn the feature off. If that’s what you are looking for, you’ll be glad to know that in this tutorial, we will quickly discuss how you can do this.

But before we do that, it’s worth mentioning that all the instructions presented in this article have been tested on Google Nexus 5 running Marshmallow version 6.0.1.

Disable app suggestions on Marshmallow devices

Turning this feature off isn’t complicated at all – all you have to do is to long press on any empty area on your phone’s home screen:

Then tap the SETTINGS icon. A Settings menu should open.

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Once here, scroll down to the bottom, and you’ll see the entry for ‘App suggestions’ under ‘Home screen’ sub section:

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Use the slider corresponding to the entry to turn the feature off. Doing so should produce the following message first:

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Tap the TURN OFF option, and you’ll see the feature gets disabled.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Now head to the app drawer to confirm that we’ve achieved what we wanted.

Most Android users know that you can disable or uninstall apps from an Android phone if you don’t want to see them anymore. But what if you don’t want to delete the app data, or still want the ability to readily use it whenever?

Maybe you’re trying to hide work apps from little fingers or dating apps from inquisitive family members or friends. Regardless, you’ll be glad to hear that hiding apps keeps them from appearing in your regular scrolling, but enables them to still appear in your app drawer when you search for them. However, it’s important to note that hiding apps will not achieve full privacy of your data, as the apps are still searchable.

How to hide apps on your Android phone

Depending on what type of phone you have, there are a few different methods you can use to hide apps on an Android OS.

How to hide apps on a Samsung or LG phone

1. Long-tap on any empty space on your home screen.

2. In the bottom right corner, tap the button for home screen settings.

3. Scroll down on that menu and tap “Hide apps.”

4. In the menu that pops up, select any apps you want to hide, then tap “Apply.”

How to hide apps on a phone that runs MIUI (Xiaomi Redmi Phones)

1. Open the Security app.

2. Tap the icon for App Lock.

3. Select the apps you want to hide.

How to hide apps on a OnePlus phone

1. Open the app drawer.

2. Swipe from left to right on the screen to open the Hidden Space.

3. Tap the + icon in the top right corner.

4. Select the apps you want to hide. Return to this space when you want to use them.

How to hide apps on a Huawei phone

Note: This method only works for apps that haven’t been downloaded yet. If you’d like to hide an app you already have using this method, you’ll need to delete it and redownload it during this process.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Go to Privacy & Security.

3. Tap PrivateSpace.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up PrivateSpace.

5. Download any apps you’d like to keep private.

How to hide apps on an Android phone with a third-party app

If none of these options are available, you can also use a third-party app to allow you to hide apps.

One popular app is Nova Launcher — though it’s worth noting that the paid version app will change the feel and use of your Android phone. If you don’t want that, skip to our next suggestion.

1. Download Nova Launcher Prime from the Google Play Store.

2. Set it as your default app launcher.

3. Open the Nova Settings App.

4. Tap “App & widget drawers.”

5. Tap “Hide Apps” under Drawer groups.

6. Check the box next to the apps you want to hide.

If you’d prefer, you can use Nova Launcher’s free version to disguise apps you don’t want seen by changing their name and icon. To do so:

1. Open the app drawer.

2. Long-tap on the app you want to disguise.

3. Tap “Edit.”

4. Change the name to whatever you want, then tap the icon to change it.

We use the recent apps button on our Android device frequently to switch between apps, kill the process of various apps, thereby preventing apps from being cached and so much more. But, what if you find that the recent apps button is not working on your Android device. This is an issue which is observed by many Android users especially those who have Android devices running Android 10 and 11.

In this blog, we’ll look at some of the ways you can resolve the issue –

Things You Can Do If Android Recent Apps Button Is Not Working –

List of Contents

  • 1. Restart Your Phone
  • 2. Lock And Unlock Device
  • 3. Reboot Your Android Device In Safe Mode
  • 4. Try Switching To A Different Launcher
  • 5. Keep An Eye On The Update
  • 6. Factory Reset Device

1. Restart Your Phone

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

The first thing that you can do if you encounter that your recent apps button is not working is to give your phone a quick restart. Restarting the phone is a troubleshooter for most issues and this might even work in this case as well. When you restart your phone, everything from your phone’s RAM is cleared out. Also, the fragments from your previously running apps are removed. To restart phone –

1. Press and hold the power button

2. Tap the Restart option

2. Lock And Unlock Device

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Another basic step that you can perform on your Android device to resolve the “recent apps button not working” issue is to lock and unlock your device. Something as simple as unlocking your device can help you get your list of apps.

3. Reboot Your Android Device In Safe Mode

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

You can even try rebooting your device in Safe Mode. Although it limits your functionality on your Android device, it blocks all third party apps and unecessery widgets, and helps you get down to the core of issues in a more effective and quick manner. Now, if you are able to access the recent apps button again, quite possibly a recently installed app is the culprit. So, you can again go back to the normal app and remove all the apps that you have installed recently.

Let’s quickly get down to how you can restart Android device in Safe Mode –

1. Long press power button

2. From the given options long hold the power off menu

3. Tap on the Safe Mode

Your device will now restart in Safe Mode.

4. Try Switching To A Different Launcher

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

An Android launcher is that part of your Android’s interface which let’s you launch apps, customize home screen, receive/ end phone calls and perform other tasks. All Android smartphones come with their own native launchers. However, if the recent app button is not working on your Android phone chances are that an update might have caused some issue with your default launcher. In that case, you can switch to alternative Android launchers which won’t just help you resolve the issue but offer you tons of other features such as hide apps, customize app drawer, change search engine, create custom shortcuts. Here are some of the best Android launchers to revamp yours Smartphone.

5. Keep An Eye On The Update

Some Android 11 phones have started to face the “Android recent apps button not working” issue after a quirky bug crept in. It is well within Google’s reach and soon an update fixing the bug could be rolled out.

In case you are running an older version, you can simply check if there is a pending update which you didn’t pay heed to. Here are the steps –

1. Open Settings (cog icon)

2. Tap on Software update

3. Tap on Download and install

4. Tap on Download

Note: The steps to update an Android device may differ from one phone model to another

6. Factory Reset Device

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Factory resetting the device is the last resort and should be opted for, if none of the above steps seemed to have resolved the issue. That’s because once you have factory resetted your phone, you will lose all your apps, photos, videos, audio files and everything that resides on your phone. So, it is advisable to take a complete backup of all your data before performing the factory reset.

1. Open Settings

2. Tap on General Management

3. Tap on Reset

4. Tap on Factory data reset

5. Tap on Reset

Note: The steps to Factory Reset an Android device may differ from one phone model to another

Conclusion

Recent apps button is such an important feature of Android and if it stops working for some reasons, things can become really tough. We hope that the above workarounds have been able to resolve the issue for you. If yes, do give us a thumbs up and share the blog as much as possible. For more such content keep reading Tweak Library.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Google just banned 151 different apps that were all part of a scam campaign called “UltimaSMS.”

Before Google deleted them, the apps had been collectively downloaded more than 10.5 million times, so it’s worth checking your phone to make sure you don’t have any of them on your own device.

The apps look like they offer a wide range of perfectly normal uses, from video and photo editors to spam call blockers to games. It’s another reminder to anyone on the internet to be wary of downloading anything, even from a perfectly mainstream source like the Google Play store.

The List of Fraudulent Apps

Here’s a partial list of actual app names that can give you an idea of the general vibe these apps are going for. I’d describe it as “a jumble of far-too-innocent-looking buzzwords.”

  • Ultima Keyboard 3D Pro
  • VideoMixer Editor Pro
  • NewVision Camera
  • Wi-Fi Password Unlock
  • GT Sports Racing Online
  • Fitness Ultimate 2021

The entire list of 151 app names is available online as well, courtesy of cybersecurity software company Avast. Flip through it to see if you recognize any. They’ve been advertised on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok to lure in more victims.

Once one of these UltimaSMS apps are installed, they’ll use their access to your phone’s location to guess your language and area code. Then, they’ll use that to phish for additional information including your phone number or email address.

There’s a (very thin) silver lining to this particular scam, which is that you won’t have to worry about common internet threats like ransomware or identity theft. These apps just want your money.

Double Check Your Phone Bill

The point of the swindle? Charging customers through the nose for apps that won’t even work. Most of the apps charge a weekly price that’s the maximum possible amount allowed by the Google Play store in whichever country they’re living in.

Here’s how Avast explains it in a recent blog post about the scam app campaign:

“Upon entering the requested details, the user is subscribed to premium SMS services that can charge upwards of $40 per month depending on the country and mobile carrier. Instead of unlocking the apps’ advertised features, which users might assume should happen, the apps will either display further SMS subscriptions options or stop working altogether. The sole purpose of the fake apps is to deceive users into signing up for premium SMS subscriptions.”

Some of the apps include the fine print explaining their cost, but others don’t, leaving the scammed users in the dark about their new phone bill upcharges. If you’ve been targeted, you’ll likely need to contest the charges with your credit card provider in addition to deleting the app itself.

Staying Safe Online

As always, the internet remains a wretched hive of scams and villainy, even on the relatively well-cultivated Google Play store. Before downloading anything, make sure to check reviews from a trusted third-party source to make sure someone has vetted that particular app.

VPNs won’t save you from scam apps, but there is one tech tool that will help a lot: A good password management service will autofill passwords and suggest strong new ones every time you need to start a new account online. This saves you from the understandable urge to re-use the same password more than once, and ensures that even if you get scammed, the login information that the scammer swipes won’t allow them to break into any more important accounts.

Our top picks for Android password management are LastPass and 1Password, but whatever you wind up with, just remember: Check your phone bill regularly for unexpected $40-a-month charges.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Android is the world’s most powerful mobile operating system developed by Google. It is not necessary for a normal person to know all the features of Android, nor is it possible. With every software update, new features are added to Android, so we do not know about its hidden features. If you have handed your unlock phone to someone and now you are interested in knowing what activities he has done on the smartphone then you are in the right place.

In this post we will tell you how to check recent activity on your Android smartphone as well as know which app has recently been used.

How To Know Recent Activity On Your Android Phone

1) First Method

Starting with the first option, The myactivity.google.com is a online database that provides history of your browser and all apps (Whatsapp, Netflix, YouTube, facebook etc…) activities which is connected to the Internet. details such as last used apps, webpage history, YouTube watched videos are recorded under the my-activity option in your google account.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

2) Second Method

the second method is an offline figures of used apps. Open your phone’s default dialer and type *#*#4636#*#*. It would open a window named Testing, then click on usage statistics option. it displays the usage statistics for various apps according to how long the app has been used in the phone.

If you want to see recently opened apps on the android smartphone, So select “last time used” from the options given above, here you will find all the used apps in chronical order.

With the number of apps for Android growing each day, people are at increased risk of downloading malware that may damage the phone or, worse still, steal your data from the phone. This article takes a look at some of the most recent Android Malware Apps. We will discuss in detail while providing you with a list of known Android malware apps, i.e., a list of infected android malware lists or known Android malware apps in the last section of the article.

The latest list of known Android malware apps

Note that this is not a comprehensive list of malware apps for Android phones. There may be many more malware inflicted applications available on the Internet – including Google Play and other popular marketplaces.

  1. Security Defender
  2. Advanced Boost
  3. Fake Fortnite Game
  4. Others

Remember that there is no official Android virus removal tool, so this list of infected Android apps (2018/2019) will help.

1] Known Android Malware #1 – Security Defender

Since the chance of Android Operating system to become vulnerable is very high, users most often tend to install the anti-malware or antivirus apps. It is where hackers and cybercriminals use their skills to poison smartphones. There are lots of apps available in the Google Play Store, aimed to protect the smartphones from malware. But, some of them are malware but imitates as the antivirus tool.

The app named “Security Defender” is one of the popular phony Android malware list 2018. Recently, the Google Play Protect team had found the app spreading malware, showing unnecessary ads, and tracking the user data. Therefore, the app is no more available in the Google Play Store.

2] Known Android Malware #2 – Advanced Boost

The App is almost similar to any other so-called battery booster app available for Android smartphones. As you know, the battery boosting apps are not great for raising battery life, and they could even affect adversely. The Advanced Boost is just the same with malicious codes injected.

The app was found to be showing constant notifications about the device’s health, even though the smartphone is running fine. Also, the app runs in the background for the entire time, only shows ad cards and scam notifications. It stores the device ID, smartphone vendor, model, locations, etc., and transfers it to a remote server. Fortunately, Google removed the app from the Google Play Store listing. You need to keep in mind that there is no need for using device performance booster apps, thinking they would enhance the user experience.

3] Known Android Malware #3 – Fake Fortnite Game

Fortnite, one of the popular action survival games on cross-platform, is currently available only on the iOS platform. The developers have not released an Android version of the game. As there are a lot of fans for the game, Android users often search on play store for the availability of the game.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Some criminals seem to have been exploiting the chances with fake Fortnite apps. The are many Fortnite imitating apps available on Play Store, which dismantle the level of trustworthy. After installation, it shows a Fortnite icon in the apps drawer, but it is a spyware. The app spies on the users who installed it on their devices. Also, some of them come with crypto mining codes.

4] List of Other Known Android Malware

  • Music Mania
  • Subway Sonic Surf Jump
  • tube.mate
  • Snaptube
  • KingUser
  • Kingroot
  • Fake Google Maps
  • AlphaBear Emoji Keyboard-*+

That concludes our list of most recent Android Malware Apps. The best you can do is to be very selective when downloading apps for your device. I would also recommend you to go through user reviews to know if it is a valid Android app. Reviews are readily available on the Internet when you search using the “review + APP_NAME” keyword (replace APP_NAME with the name of the app). If you still doubt the application, better leave it for good.

Joe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has been covering consumer technology for over a decade and previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers. Joe loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, and dozens of reviews. Read more.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Moving to a new Android device can feel stressful. Your old device is full of apps and games that you’ll want to bring over. We’ll show you how to restore anything that gets missed in the process using the running list of previously installed apps in the Google Play Store.

During the setup of your new phone, you’ll be asked about installing apps and games from your old device (synced from your Google account). This usually works pretty well if you’re switching to a new device from the same manufacturer as your old one. However, it isn’t perfect.

Thankfully, the Google Play Store keeps a record of everything that you’ve ever installed. You can easily see a list of apps and games associated with your Google account, including your past purchases, which can also be restored. We’ll show you how to do it.

First, open the Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet. It will be on your home screen or in the app drawer.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Next, tap your profile icon on the right side of the search bar.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Select “My Apps & Games” from the menu.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

You’ll be brought to the “Updates” tab on the My Apps & Games page. Switch to the “Library” tab.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

The “Library” tab shows all of the apps and games that you’ve downloaded from the Play Store that aren’t currently on your device. You can sort the list by “Recent” or “Alphabetical.”

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

It’s pretty interesting to scroll through this list, especially if you’ve been an Android user for a long time. To restore an app, simply tap the “Install” button next to it.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Apps and games that aren’t compatible with your device won’t have the “Install” button.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

If there are apps or games that you don’t want to be associated with your account anymore, tap the “X” to remove them from your library.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

That’s all there is to it. Your apps and games from Google Play will always be available in the Library tab.

Android’s task switcher is not quite an app “killer”

In its earliest days and versions, opening a whole bunch of apps in a row on an Android device would leave many of them in that device’s memory, causing your short attention span to gum up the works.

Memory usage improved, though, and popular “task killers” became an unnecessary utility. Then, in Android 4.0, there appeared a list of recent applications, which seemed meant for easy app-switching. And yet: you could swipe apps away. What did that do? Well, it seemed to “close” them, because they’d load up fresh, from their launch screen, the next time you tapped on them. But then again, if it was something like an email app, or Twitter, you’d keep getting notifications. So what does “swiping” do, exactly?

As is often the case: ask an experienced developer, one who can write in Plain English. Dianne Hackborn works on Android at Google, and uses Google+ to spark a number of discussions on the platform and its intricacies. Here’s what Dianne says about “swiping” an app, per a Android StackExchange discussion, via a Lifehacker post on that topic:

Actually, removing an entry in recent tasks will kill any background processes that exist for the process. It won’t directly causes services to stop, however there is an API for them to find out the task was removed to decide if they want this to mean they should stop. This is so that removing say the recent task of an e-mail app won’t cause it to stop checking for e-mail.

So if, say, Facebook is being wonky at uploading a picture and you want it to stop trying, you can swipe it out of the recent apps list and it will stop that action. It’s the same as if you went into Facebook and tapped the “Back” button until everything went away. But Facebook will still be able to ping you about messages, event invitations, and all those things that people are doing with their lives that are so much more fulfilling than whatever it is you are doing at that moment.

So what if you want to actually triple-kill-and-bury an app, one you believe is sucking up battery life or killing your data connection or just generally being bad? Do this, Hackborn writes:

. (L)ong press on recent tasks to go to app info, and hit force stop there. For stop is a complete kill of the app — all processes are killed, all services stopped, all notifications removed, all alarms removed, etc. The app is not allowed to launch again until explicitly requested.

Sometimes the Android answers are just falling from the sky. Into StackExchange. Have a great weekend.

This story, “‘Closing’ Android apps by swiping them away—what that actually does” was originally published by ITworld .

Google’s Android operating system is ruling the roosts nowadays. This OS has become the most popular OS for mobile devices like smart phones and tablet computers.

When one uses their Android based smart phone or tablet for the first time, they take a bit of time to know how to go around among various features and screens. One of the features that people often look for is the list of recently used apps. This feature makes it easy to invoke an app which you often use.

Well, it depends on the device you’re using. Android, being an open source OS, is often customized by phone or tablet manufacturers to give the device a signature touch of their own. Some manufacturers, like Samsung, provides a button to the left of Home button which brings up the list in question.

Some other manufacturers program their device so that if you press and hold Home button –the list of recent applications is displayed.

If you are using Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android, and none of the above methods work for you, you can install a free app from Google Play Store. Using this app you will be able to view and manage your recent apps.

Once you get this list, you can remove an item from it by swiping / dragging the app icons to the left hand side.

Please not that this list is indeed only of the apps that you have lately used. It is NOT the list of applications that are currently running in background. Learn how to view Android apps that are running at present and occupying RAM (memory).

I hope this little tip was useful for you. Do, let me know if you have any questions about it.

The recent apps list in Ice Cream Sandwich added the ability to swipe apps out of the list, thereby dismissing them permanently (and as far as I know this is a vanilla function, not a CM/custom ROM one). The documentation and platform highlights don’t appear to cover the under-the-hood workings of this functionality, but I’m curious to know what the system is actually doing.

Further adding to my curiosity, I decided to do a quick test: I started up Music on a CM9 install, then backed out of it. I then checked the recent apps list and saw it was indeed there (and in the proper state, based on the thumbnail). I then went into Settings->Applications and force stopped the Music app, but it was still listed in the recent list, leading me to believe it’s not connected to processes lingering in the background.

Realizing now that Music may have been a poor choice, I also tested with the USA Today app. This exhibited basically the same behavior, and it seemed like it was forced to “relaunch” after the force stop (which makes sense) though the thumbnail in the recent apps list didn’t reflect this (cached, I’m guessing?).

So, what actually happens at the OS level when you swipe an app out of the recent list? Does it simply clear the app’s data out of RAM and garbage collect it, destroying its saved state?

5 Answers 5

Swiping apps out of the recent apps list is vanilla, and yes, not well documented. This has been the topic of a decent amount of discussion on various Android forums. the consensus seems to be best described here in some comments: that the behavior is similar to but not exactly the same as closing an app — in general (for apps that don’t define explicit back button handling) it’s the same thing as hitting back enough times from within an application that you exit out of it.

The link has some more details on the specifics, but overall you can think of it as quitting the application.

Specific to the Music app, I believe it starts a service, so while the task itself (the Music app/UI) may be closed, the service continues to run in the background so that your music doesn’t suddenly stop just because the task got cleared out for memory management reasons. That may have affected what you saw.

I appear to have found the magical search terms that led to some explanations from Google employees. Specifically, I found a couple of different places where Dianne Hackborn explains what happens when you swipe something out of the recent list. The first is a comment on one of her Google+ posts:

[W]hat specifically happens when you swipe away a recent task is it: (1) kills any background or empty processes of the application (see http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/fundamentals/processes-and-threads.html#Lifecycle for what this means), and (2) uses the new http://developer.android.com/reference/android/app/Service.html#onTaskRemoved(android.content.Intent) API to tell any services of the application about the task being removed so it can do whatever it thinks is appropriate.

Actually, removing an entry in recent tasks will kill any background processes that exist for the process. It won’t directly causes services to stop, however there is an API for them to find out the task was removed to decide if they want this to mean they should stop. This is so that removing say the recent task of an e-mail app won’t cause it to stop checking for e-mail.

If you really want to completely stop an app, you can long press on recent tasks to go to app info, and hit force stop there. For stop is a complete kill of the app — all processes are killed, all services stopped, all notifications removed, all alarms removed, etc. The app is not allowed to launch again until explicitly requested.

So, it looks like the summary is that swiping an app out of the list will first kill all background processes for the app, then use onTaskRemoved to notify the app that the background task was removed. At that point it looks like it’s up to the app to decide what happens, so I guess there technically isn’t a hard-and-fast rule about what happens to the app beyond that point.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

If you download an application from the App Store that you don’t like or want to hide from others, then simply deleting it from your device isn’t enough. The app will show up on the purchase history section of your account for eternity, or would it?

Many people don’t know that you can hide or remove apps from App Store purchase history page. Once the apps are removed they no longer show up on the purchases page on any of the connected devices. Follow the steps below or watch the video above to see full tutorial on how to remove apps from App Store purchase history page.

Remove Apps From App Store Purchase History

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

1. On your iPhone or iPad open App Store app’s Today page.

2. Tap on the Apple ID profile picture and then on ‘Purchases‘.

3. From the next page tap on ‘My Purchases‘ and wait for the list of apps to load.

4. Once the list has loaded find the app that you want to remove and slide left on it.

5. Now tap on the ‘Hide‘ button to hide it from the purchase history page. Repeat until you are done hiding apps.

Even though these apps are now hidden they will remain on your devices until you delete them manually. Also, the apps you have paid for can still be downloaded even after you have removed them from the purchase history. To download paid apps simply search for them in the App Store, tap on the price button and enter your password.

The App Store will verify that you have already paid for the app and let you download without any extra charge.

How to view hidden apps and unhide apps

You can view all the apps that you have hidden in one place using iTunes. Follow the steps below.

1. Launch iTunes on your computer and make sure you are signed into your Apple ID.

2. From the menu bar click on the ‘Account‘ option and then on ‘View my account‘.

3. Under iTunes in the Cloud you will find Hidden purchases option, click on the ‘Manage’ button located next to it.

4. Now click on the ‘Apps‘ tab from the top right.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

5. On the next page you will see all the apps that you have previously hidden. From here you can unhide individual apps or unhide all by clicking on the button.

That’s how you can remove or hide certain apps from your App Store purchase history. If you have any questions, then feel free to leave a comment below.

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It’s 2020, and the start of the new year means letting some of the worst parts of 2019 fade into the background. But let’s be frank: Did you really expect the year to slide by without a single mention of malicious apps on the Google Play store?

It’s understandable if you did. After all, there’s been a renewed focus on cybersecurity in recent months, with glitches and zero-day flaws being patched in record time. Tap or click here to see how TikTok found and removed a dangerous security flaw.

But at this point, it has to be tough for Android fans to feel optimistic about cybersecurity. There were 17 apps on Google Play recently found to contain delayed malware effects that bombard your phone with annoying advertisements. We have the complete list, so if you have any of these apps, delete them now.

A new kind of malware: ‘Riskware’

Cybersecurity researchers at Bitdefender have published a new list of malicious apps available for download on the Google Play store. All of these apps were previously vetted and approved by Google, and they likely remained online due to their special “delayed” effects that happen days after download.

It’s all part of a new, tricky malware pattern researchers are calling “Riskware.” These programs pretend to be ordinary apps, and get away with app store approval due to how boring they initially appear.

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But then, usually 48 hours later, the masks slip off. The apps hide their icons, work in the background and start spamming their victims’ phones with ads. To make matters worse, many will display the apps at random intervals, which can make it difficult to detect if the problem is endemic to your phone or not.

Thankfully, Bitdefender’s efforts exposed the problematic programs and prompted Google to begin removing them from its store. As good as this is, wouldn’t it have been better if Google just worked a little harder to block them in the first place? Tap or click here to see how deep the Google Play malware problem runs.

Am I at risk for Riskware? What are the names of the malicious apps?

Unlike previous incidents where Google quietly removed the offending programs before anyone has a chance to do any research, Bitdefender kindly provided their names. If you have any of these programs on your phone, you should delete them immediately:

Have you recently noticed duplicate app icons on your home screen? It might be a sign of adware or a virus. Check out the best methods to remove duplicate app icons from the Android Home screen in 2020.

Recently, a few Android users have messaged us regarding an unusual problem on Android. Android users are noticing duplicate icons on the Android home screen and the app drawer. Duplicate icons is not a good sign and can lead to confusion and annoyance.

So, if you have also noticed the duplicate icons on the Android home screen, then you need to follow some of the simple steps given below. So, in this article, we are going to share a few best methods that would help you to remove Duplicate icons on Android.

How To Remove Duplicate App Icons From The Android Home Screen

Since there could be various reasons behind why you are getting the duplicate icons on Android’s home screen, we have listed some of the basic methods. These methods are easy to implement and can fix the duplicate icon problem in no-time. So, let’s check out the best ways to remove duplicate icons on Android.

1. Update The App

If you are noticing the duplicate icons for any particular app, then the problem may rely on the app itself. To fix that, head to the Google Play Store and check whether there’s an update available to the app or not. If there’s an app update available, then install it.

Update The App

If there’s no update available, then it’s recommended reinstalling the app. So, uninstall the app from your App drawer and reinstall it again from the Google Play Store.

2. Update The Operating System

You may be noticing duplicate icons due to a bug in the operating system. So, updating your Android is the next big thing that you need to do. To update your Android, head to the Settings > About Phone. Under the About Phone Option, tap on the ‘System Update’ option. Now it will check for the available updates.

3. Check For Adwares

Well, you can use Malwarebytes on your Android device to detect and remove adware from your smartphone. Sometimes, adware creates duplicate app icons. Once you click the fake icons, it will start to display ads. The duplicate app icons will reappear every time you restart your device. So, in that case, you need no find and remove the app that contains adware. You can check out our article – 10 Best Adware Removal Apps For Android to explore the best anti-adware app.

4. Disable The Launcher Apps

If you are using any third-party launcher app over the default launcher, then you need to disable it. It won’t fix the issue permanently, but some launchers were set to create an app icon by default, leading to multiple app icons. So, in this step, you need to identify which launcher your phone is using.

Disable The Launcher Apps

Once identified, clear the cache and force stop the launcher app. Once done, reboot the app. If that failed to fix the problem, then download & install a new launcher from the Google Play Store and use it as your default launcher.

5. Scan for Virus and Malware

Well, if the above methods have failed to fix the duplicate icon error message, then the possibilities of malware or virus attack are quite high. So, if malware or virus is the problem, then don’t click on any unknown app icons or links. Just head to the Google Play Store and install Malwarebytes.

Scan for Virus and Malware

Open Malwarebytes and then complete a scan to see if anything is found or not. If there’s a virus or malware, then Malwarebytes will most probably remove it from your Android smartphone.

6. Remove App Cache

Few Android users have claimed that they have fixed the duplicate app icon problem by clearing the cache files. So, in this method, we are going to remove the cache file of problematic apps to fix the problem. Just head to the Settings > Apps. Under the Apps, search for the app that’s showing duplicate icons on the home screen. Clear the cache of those apps, one at a time.

So, these are the five best methods to fix duplicate icons on Android. If you know any other method to fix the problem, let us know in the comment box below. I hope this article helped you! Share it with your friends also.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

It is not impossible for one to accidentally delete Android apps. If you have, you are now probably trying to find your deleted apps on Google Play Store. Do not panic as through this article, we shall provide you an easy way for you to be able to recover all of your deleted apps on your Android phone or tablet.

Possible Reasons for Deleted Apps

  • It is not impossible nor uncommon for you to accidentally and unintentionally delete apps.
  • You could have restored your phone and has done factory default settings. This would delete all non-essential apps on your phone
  • Your app is corrupted or has viruses and you have decided to use a virus removal tool which ended up in deleting the app/s.

Whatever the reason is, do not worry as there are ways to recover deleted apps.

How to Recover Deleted Apps on Android Phone or Tablet

To recover your deleted apps, all you need to do is follow the steps below:

  • Visit Google Play Store. Ensure that you are at the homepage of the store.
  • Tap on the 3-line icon. This will open the menu
  • Tap on My Apps and games option
  • Tap on library tab. You will find updates, installed and library. Tap library. In this area, you will find a complete list of all your deleted apps which you have downloaded but are no longer on your device.
  • Reinstall deleted app – go over your list of deleted apps and install those you would wish to recover. Wait for it to process and you are good to go.

The apps found in the library section are often arranges in order they were deleted/downloaded. Hence, the most recent deleted apps will be found on top of the list while those that were deleted for quite a while will be seen at the bottom.

That concludes our article, how to recover deleted apps. We hope that through this article, we were able to provide you useful information which you could use to guide you in recovering your deleted apps on your Android device. Let us know what you think and leave us a comment.

Shut off running apps to free up memory and declutter

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What to Know

  • From the Home screen, view all running apps. Close an app by swiping it up and off the screen. For vertically listed apps, swipe left or right.
  • Some devices have an exit button in the upper-right corner of each app. Tap the exit button to close the app.
  • If you see a three-line button with a small X, tap it to close all recently opened apps.

This article explains how to close apps on an Android device from the Home screen. It also includes information on closing apps from the apps manager and shutting down running services,

How to Close Apps on Android From the Home Screen

To close apps on Android means to shut the apps down. You might shut down an app if it isn’t responding normally, if your phone or tablet is low on memory, or to clear up the screen.

Closing running apps from the Home screen is the quickest way to shut them down.

Start by viewing all running apps. How you do this depends on your phone and the Android version. If you’re not sure how your device shows running apps, try the different methods that are available:

  • Swipe up from the bottom of the screen (but don’t swipe too far up or the app drawer opens).
  • Tap the small square icon on the bottom of the screen.
  • Press the physical button on the bottom of your phone or tablet that looks like two overlapping rectangles. You might not see it light up until you press in that area next to the Home button.
  • On Samsung Galaxy devices, press the Recent Apps button to the left of the Home button.

Swipe up and down or left and right (depending on your phone) to find the app you want to close down.

Swipe up on the app you want to kill, as if you were throwing it off the screen. This works if your apps are listed horizontally.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Or, for vertically listed apps, swipe the app left or right to close it immediately.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

On some devices, there’s an exit button in the upper-right corner of each app when in this view, and you can tap it to close the app. If you see a three-lined button at the bottom with a small x on it, tap it to close all the recently opened apps.

Some devices have a Clear all option if you swipe all the way to the left. Tapping that kills all the apps at once.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 to close the other running apps. When you’re finished, select an empty space next to the edge of the screen or press the Home button.

How to Close Apps Using the Apps Manager

Your phone or tablet has a built-in manager for apps that you should use if you need to close background apps (apps that are running but don’t show up when you follow the method above).

When you use the settings to close running apps, there are more options than what you find in the swiping method. This option isn’t as friendly and is geared more toward killing unresponsive apps rather than exiting gracefully.

Open the settings and tap Apps & notifications. If you don’t see that, look for Apps, App Management, Application manager, or General > Apps.

Tap See all apps and then locate the problem app that you want to shut down. If you don’t see that option, you may be viewing a list of the apps on your device, in which case you can scroll to find the one you want to close.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Select the app and choose Force stop.

Depending on your device, this screen is also where you can uninstall the app if you’re not sure why you have it in the first place.

Tap OK or Force stop to confirm that you want to kill the running app.

Once the app has stopped, you can open it again normally. However, the destructive nature of forcing an app to close down may cause some corruption or unintended behavior.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Closing Apps Isn’t Usually Necessary

It’s not usually required that you shut down apps on Android because your device should handle the apps appropriately, shuffling memory back and forth between apps you’re actively using and the ones running in the background. Constantly shutting down apps might make your device run slower. However, if there’s a reason you want to clear the apps, you can do so easily.

Shutting off, killing, or clearing away Android apps isn’t the same as deleting them. You need to uninstall an Android app to remove it completely.

How to Shut Down Running Services on Android

Services are usually not something the average person needs to deal with, especially considering that the ability to do so isn’t available by default. However, if you know what you’re doing, and you need to terminate a service that a particular app is running, it’s a straightforward process.

Enable developer mode. This is a special mode that lets you view and edit settings that a normal user can’t see.

Go to Settings > System > Advanced, then tap Developer options. Some older Android devices store these options in Settings > System.

How to remove an app from the recent apps list in android

Select Running services, and scroll through the list to find and select the app that’s running the service you want to kill.

Choose Stop next to the service you want to end. Depending on your device, you might need to press OK to confirm.