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[Q] Is there a list of un-needed services running in TF101 & a way to disable?

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By Cal, Senior Member on 20th February 2014, 02:44 PM
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In windows one can disable useless running services. Is there a way to do the same in Android? Seems that would save some resources - such as battery. I searched, but could find no real info...

23rd February 2014, 04:22 AM |#2  
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Yes and no. In Android only one foreground app can run at a time, but there are background services too. They are usually important system services, but apps can add them too (they're needed to receive push notifications for example).

Go to Settings > Apps, swipe right to "Running". Then you can toggle between "Cached background processes" and "Running services". Killing a cached process (a previously active foreground app) doesn't really make a difference since it wasn't running anyway. Killing a service sometimes has an effect, but usually the service restarts automatically.

To permanently shut down a service, use the app Greenify. It "hibernates" apps with background services but still lets you run the app when you need it. Keep in mind that you lose the functionality of that service (e.g. if you hibernate Facebook, you won't receive notifications when you receive Facebook messages).

But honestly, unless you installed some badly coded apps that use too many services, you probably don't need to.
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23rd February 2014, 06:01 PM |#3  
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Thank you very much for the reply and info. I installed the app "Greenify" - and it is great the way it's set up. Like you said, if not all - most apps will start-up if stopped running in the background when not using, and *that*, IMO, is a great way to stop wasting the poor battery performance (mainly because of age) of the TF101 (tablet only).

Many thanks!

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