If you use a device with the Ice Cream Sandwich variant of Android, you may find this tip really useful. With the almost 500.000 apps available in Google Play ( the App Market as Android users from the day are familiar with), some of those thousands are sure to reach your Android ICS device. Which is cool, we love apps - take a look at the site we suggest some of the best for what you need done with your phone / tablet. Many apps running in the background, often towards no end, keep your processor busy which can slow down the device and eat up that battery real fast.

Time to get things under control!

There are a few apps out there (kind of ironic, but there you have it) to control running apps in the background, disable and enable them individually. However, that can get a bit complex, and it - obviously - implies you search for and install a third-party app. There's a native such controller to manage background running applications, so if you don't feel like installing an app for a feature that Android can already manage, read on.

  1. First, from  from your home-screen go to Settings. As an alternative, ICS devices also have a quick shortcut to settings from the notification bar when pulled down from the top.
  2. Once you’re into settings, choose ‘Apps’ from the list there.
  3. Here, you will see three tabs on the top namely ‘On SD Card’ , ‘Running’  and ‘All’ .
  4. Tap on All and you’ll be taken into the screen displaying all the installed apps on your phone along with default stock apps of Android.
  5. Choose the app that you want to stop and you’ll get two boxes named ‘Force Stop’ and ‘Disable’ .
  6. Tap on the ‘Disable’ button and a warning notification pop-up box might come up asking if you’re sure in executing this action. Tap ‘OK’ .
  7. Now the app is disabled and is pushed towards the end of the list. To enable, choose the app again and choose Enable.

The disabled app will not show up in the apps list/ app drawer, until you go back in the Apps List as shown at point 2.


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