aNewDomain.net – I can’t tell you how many different Android devices I’ve had over the years. A dozen, or perhaps more. I love the platform, but as anyone who frequently installs apps knows, Android devices bog down over time.
In many cases, the problem involves apps using system resources while they’re running in the background. Some apps work in the background (your music player or any app that gets updates, such as email) many of them do not. It’s the constant activity of these resources working in the background that slows down the device and drains valuable battery power.
What if we can stop that behavior?
Greenify is a free app that runs on any rooted Android device and allows you to stop this unruly behavior. You can specify apps to “hibernate” which stops them from doing anything at all. Unlike other solutions, such as task killers, you can still use the app normally. This give you more freedom to choose which apps to hibernate.
You can see a number of apps here that are currently running in the background. Greenify has them categorized as “May slow down the device when…” Almost everything here is something I want running in the background (especially Pebble) except for Astro File Manager. It’s a nice app, but I have no need for anything it might do in the background.
Let’s hibernate it.
Here we have the list of hibernated apps, now including Astro. It’s a very quick and easy process – literally three taps on the keyboard and you’re done. You can see that Astro is now in such fine company as Adobe Flash and Dropbox.
I can’t promise that Greenify will solve all your phone performance problems, but as a free app that will run on any rooted Android device, you should give it a try. Even if your phone runs well, any process to save battery life is worth exploring. You can download Greenify from Google play for free and then donate if you feel so inclined.
Tags: Downtime,Gadgets & Devices,Mobile Apps