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Remember that time when your device lost 50% of battery life during the night because a gazillion services from careless apps kept keeping your device awake and you have no way to disable them?

Or when Facebook kept waking up your phone for no reason and you find no way to fix it other than uninstalling it?

Servicely to the rescue!

First of all make sure you're ROOTED (it won't work otherwise). You'll be able to select which apps will be put to sleep when the display goes off. Just like magic!

You can also disable/enable permanently any service on your device. It's useful if you have services that tend to auto-restart and keep your device awake, or if you have games sending you never-ending notifications.

This app is somewhat powerful so act responsibly when using it. I'm more than happy to help if you contact me :)

The apk in the Play Store is free with ads, but I've disabled the ads for the apk below. You can still purchase the key from inside the app which helps me keep producing stuff for you, but you don't have to do so.

You can choose between two "sleep" modes. The soft mode I assume it's probably similar to what Greenify does. The hard mode completely disables the apps you've choosed during screen off, and re-enabled during screen on. This mode removes any shortcuts or widgets from those disabled apps, but this is the most secure way to guarantee those apps won't wake up or do something crazy. That said, you'll be fine with the soft mode.

Play Store download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.franco.servicely

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wietse1988

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Really like this app! This is like the perfect version of greenify. And probably with more features to come. I was just wondering, is it save to add google play services to list? Or wil I loose allot of functionality with the apps that rely on google play services?
 

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Another possible improvement for your new app:
- With the pro Version there is the option to start the service automatically with the boot. If you boot the device there is no information like "set on boot service has been..." Dont know if you need this message on the boot like in FKU for you new app, but maybe you could make it as an option:)

and: if you close the app from the task manager, you see the normal action: app is restarting. After the restart the settings/killing apps applies again?


i instantly bought the pro version, before even using it:D

And if you add a new app to the service, it will be killed after 60 secs? or is first a reboot needed?

And if you kill an app like google keep, can the changes still be synced?

Sorry for the large amount of quetions, i´ve never used apps like this :)
 

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So if a service is idle, let's kill it every minute. The service restarts - which would come with a CPU/memory expense greater than if it had remained idle - and repeat this every minute?
This doesn't seem like an informed decision. It could just be a checkbox in an application's settings that would alleviate the service from repeating.
I don't see why you don't educate people on looking at application's checkboxes.
 

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Turned it off for Google play music, google keyboard, Google play services, lmt. I ran into issues with app fc here.
turned it on for google play services and no issues so far.

Yeah... does this have the background sync feature which I believe Greenify has??
no if an app is selected, it has nor background sync - tested it with telegram (btw with greenify donation it doesn´t work too...)

will test Servicely for a while and report back. If it does a well job, then goodbye Greenify ;)
 
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dcop7

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I don't understand the difference from a task killer. Task killers drain more battery. If it kills a service, it autorestarts, right? Or it is like greenify, keeps the service from starting?

I've tried this with whatsapp and didn't work. I know that is not suppose to kill services in the background, but what does it is suppose to kill? If it is not in the foreground, it is in the background... For an intense, having facebook installed, there is always a background service, this will never kill it, right?

It would be great if if would work better thank greenify, and stopping services from getting started.
 

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    Remember that time when your device lost 50% of battery life during the night because a gazillion services from careless apps kept keeping your device awake and you have no way to disable them?

    Or when Facebook kept waking up your phone for no reason and you find no way to fix it other than uninstalling it?

    Servicely to the rescue!

    First of all make sure you're ROOTED (it won't work otherwise). You'll be able to select which apps will be put to sleep when the display goes off. Just like magic!

    You can also disable/enable permanently any service on your device. It's useful if you have services that tend to auto-restart and keep your device awake, or if you have games sending you never-ending notifications.

    This app is somewhat powerful so act responsibly when using it. I'm more than happy to help if you contact me :)

    The apk in the Play Store is free with ads, but I've disabled the ads for the apk below. You can still purchase the key from inside the app which helps me keep producing stuff for you, but you don't have to do so.

    You can choose between two "sleep" modes. The soft mode I assume it's probably similar to what Greenify does. The hard mode completely disables the apps you've choosed during screen off, and re-enabled during screen on. This mode removes any shortcuts or widgets from those disabled apps, but this is the most secure way to guarantee those apps won't wake up or do something crazy. That said, you'll be fine with the soft mode.

    Play Store download: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.franco.servicely

    DISCLAIMER
    I take no responsibility for any fault caused by any procedures of the app. No warranties of any kind are given.
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    I think most users are misusing this app. These are my takes:

    Android/Linux kernel know how to handle most "APPS". If your system needs memory it will kill some apps running in the background, although it could be slow at doing this... some of these apps could be rogue apps (apps that forcefully stay running) get to know them using your wakelock stats dectector or any other app that can do this... Better Batter stats is what I use. If you are app is not rogue, e.g Gmail, Chrome, Whatsapp, leave the alone, they won use your battery. For example, open Chrome once, leave it open for a day in the background, you willl not see it on the battery stats top apps, might not even show at all!

    Now, where this app is useful, an app like Google Now, or a service like Google Play Service, etc, they keep your phone away by creating applications/kernel wakelock. This is where this app comes handy...Those services/apps might keep your phone away for over 10% to 100% of the time (Google play service, i am talking about you b**ch) and this app might help you kill them. Therefore, releasing the wakelock and your phone going to sleep because there is no need to keep the CPU running.

    So in short. There is no point in killing messaging apps, browsers and apps you use all the time, etc. When you kill them, and you open them, they will reload. if you dont kill them and leave them open, they will resume were you left them. Its more convenient/quicker... how it was intended IMO. Apps that depends on the location services, such as Google Now, and Google Play services, can be battery hoggers. Those are the ones you want to kill. Linux/Android knows when an app is in the background and remove its resources. Now, if you have a phone with say 1GB of memory, you might benefit by killing everything. You cant multitask much anyway with such low memory.

    My take on other apps, as it seems everybody keeps asking about them:

    Greenify: hibernates app. it forces them to sleep. It doesnt kill/break wakelocks, but it might try by hibernating the rogue app (not its services).

    Amplify: Kills wakelocks and alarms (scheduled process to run at certain times). and it schedules them to run at your desired scheduled time( say every 120 to 800 seconds for example) They wont be allowed to run at will.

    iOS: iOS do not let app create long wakelocks like Android does... once they get the estimate location for example, they are put to sleep, some of them are not even allowed to request location access unless they are opened by the users. That is why the iPhone is a sleeping beauty. Android, on the other hand, can get abused by any app. Yes, you can now allow apps location access individually (in Settings -> location), but once you do, they can request and create wakelocks at will, no user interaction required. That's why you will never get over 90% of sleep time, heck even over 85% unless you use one of all the apps available to limit other apps runtime.

    What i do: I use a combination of PowerNap, Greenefy, Amplify, DS Battery Saver (when available because now im running 5.1.1 with no Xposed) and Servicely. Few days ago, i was getting 98% of sleeping time at night time. My phone will lose exactly 2% to no more than 4% in 9 hours of sleep. Now i am just using App Ops/Privacy Guard to block apps from waking my phone and keeping it awake, it works wonders. My phone can sleep for about 95/96% of the time and best of all, i dont need Xposed.

    I hope this helps. and correct me if I am wrong. I am just a Unix/Linux sysadmin with over 10 years of experience, but i do not know everything. I am not a software developer nor i can build an OS from scratch. I wish i could :p
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    The point of Servicely is kinda emulate how iOS deals with background services, it just closes the apps after a while, that's why idle power consumption is so amazing.

    I guess you can say that this is kind of a task killer - sure I accept that. But normal task killers either are too dumb and start killing all your apps, or you can't select which apps/services you want killed. And they are generally pretty heavy.

    Here you can have the best of both worlds, you can choose what to kill and when, it's lightweight, it's free, has good design etc.

    I know how the ServiceManager and ActivityManager and how the whole process->binder->userspace thingy works, and I can usually be against force closing all apps that you don't need running, but at least have some granular control over the ones that you absolutely do not want to run unless they're running on the Foreground.
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    Pushed a new update which allows you to disable individual services. Please, be careful with this functionality.

    Apk: http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/francisco-franco/servicely/servicely-1-1-android-apk-download/
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    Just posted version 4.0.4 with some fixes and portuguese translation.
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