Android Task Killers are apps that should prolong your battery life and enhance your device’s performance. However, they often don’t live up to that promise. There are many conflicting opinions on this topic, so I’ll try to break it down for you.
In this article, I’ll explain how these task killers work and why you should use some other ways to boost your battery.
Android’s App Management
The truth is, most Android users have many apps running in the background most of the time. Even though Android should be able to manage apps and processes quite well on its own, some users still turn to the task killer anyway. With a task killer, you can force close applications manually, and that way free up your phone’s resources. It is true that the more apps you have running, the more resources your phone hogs. But is this reason enough to use the task killer?
Why your Android keeps apps running in the background is simple – to make their next launch as quick and seamless as it can be. This app is then stored in the random-access memory. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that it is using a lot of your phone’s resources and lagging your phone. ‘The fuller the memory, the slower the phone’ is a really common misconception among users. On the contrary, if your RAM is full, it only makes your apps fast and ready to use. Besides that, Android automatically force-closes apps that you haven’t used in a while if there’s a need for it.
Actually, your phone can be lagging because of active apps which use up a lot of CPU. CPU usage is what most people refer to when they say that their phone is ‘slow.’ Still, it’s not a good reason to use a task killer.
How Android Task Killers Actually Work
Apps such as Advanced Task Killer and Smart Task Manager usually present you with a list of apps that you can choose from. You can kill all of them if you want. There’s also an option to compare how much memory each running app uses on your phone. Also, you can see how much space you’ll have on your phone after you have closed the apps. This option indicates that apps use up RAM and that, by deleting them, you can free up space. Thus, you will make your phone’s performance ‘better.’ As I mentioned previously, this is not true. Having a full RAM does not make your phone lag and drain your battery. CPU is what you should look out for. And, of course, these task killer apps have no option for you to see how much CPU an app is using.
Android Task Killer Shortages
Moreover, by vigorously force-closing apps, you can even make your phone’s performance much worse. An Android task killer uses a lot of CPU itself. So, by making it close so many apps at once, you are actually burdening your phone with CPU. Not to mention the autokill option! You are just killing apps that aren’t even doing anything and making it worse. The task killer is basically useless and damaging to your phone.
In addition, killing some apps can cause severe issues with your phone and other apps. For example, there’s a possibility that you will not receive messages or your alarms won’t work. Some apps might also suddenly close for no reason, while you are using them.
Furthermore, some processes can just start back up again after you’ve killed them and use up CPU as they previously did.
Basically, task killers really have no benefits; they just cause issues.
On the other hand, there have been users who declared that a task killer had helped them. But, what could have happened is that the user killed an app that was badly coded and resolved issues that came with it. Again, this has nothing to do with freeing up memory. It was just luck.
Another reason why you should avoid task killers is the risk. By killing a process or an app that might be essential to your device, you can seriously damage it. You can be stuck with an annoying Android bug that is caused by a faulty task manager. In that case, I suggest you stop using it immediately.
Many app developers frown upon task managers and killers. If an app is experiencing bugs, it’s often because of the task killer, and developers cannot and will not help you with that.
How to Actually Improve Your Phone’s Performance
Manage Runaway Processes
There are good task manager apps out there. These apps will not tell you how much RAM an app is using. Instead of that, it will notify you when an app is using up way too much CPU all of a sudden. You can then kill it, reboot your phone, and the problem is solved.
In case this does not work for you, and there’s an app that still keeps hogging up CPU, try the other suggestions.
Delete Faulty Apps
Often there’s an app that constantly drains your CPU and battery when it’s running. This usually happens because it has not been coded well. You should try uninstalling this app. If the CPU is now used regularly, the issue is then solved. There’s really no need to keep such bad apps on your device since they probably do more harm than good.
Root Your Device
Anyone who knows anything about Android devices also knows how much rooting can help. Rooting is the process of obtaining full control over your device. The best thing is – it will stop all those CPU-hogging apps from even starting up.
Additionally, after rooting your device, you can delete all of those redundant apps that came pre-installed. They usually just kind of sit there, since they are useless, but cannot be easily uninstalled like the normal apps.
Believe it or not, rooting can seriously help enhance your phone’s performance and battery life. And it only takes a few minutes to complete it
Use The Power Control Widget
The Power Control Widget is a handy thing. Just place it wherever you want on your screen, and the most important commands are just a touch away. WiFi, GPS, screen brightness, etc. drain your battery the most. When you don’t need them, you can turn them off, and it will noticeably improve your battery life. And this widget certainly helps you do this more efficiently.
Charge Your Phone, Obviously
It seems silly, but it is helpful. There’s nothing more aggravating than having a low battery, especially with no charger around. Whenever you’re at home, at work, or some other place where you can easily charge your device, do it. Have a backup charger with you. Doing this will help you worry less about your phone’s performance and battery draining.
Having said that, if a bad app is using up your CPU, you should get rid of it. It’s not normal. Charging your phone won’t solve that, either.
In conclusion, there are quite a few mixed opinions about Android task killer apps. On the one hand, some users say that they were helpful. On the other hand, the majority of experts and even app developers have strongly negative opinions of them.
What we do know for certain is that they can cause many problems with your device if they are not used properly. That is why you should probably stay away from them if you are not sure.