Even though you may not be using a certain app, chances are it’s still running in the background and unfortunately this means it’ll be using some of your device’s RAM. Having numerous apps running in the background can lead to issues with your device’s overall performance. Tasks can take longer to complete, while navigating between menus and apps can be a bit of a chore.
That’s not to say that all background processes are detrimental to your device, as the small number that are linked to your device’s core processes need to be running at all times to keep your phone or tablet safe from intermittent restarts and crashes.
The Google Play store has a plethora of utility apps that can cut out background processes for you, and in turn can generally speed up your device in certain areas. In this tutorial we’re looking at the Hibernate, which temporarily freezes background processes but leaves the user with complete control on what they want to freeze at any time.
Import app details
When you first open up Hibernate, you may find it needs some time to import your app details. This isn’t the case for every device and is usually determined by the number of installed apps on it. You’ll automatically be taken to the app’s home page upon completion.
What to freeze?
Scroll through the apps and tick the box next to each one you want to freeze. As you scroll, you may notice some apps listed in yellow. This represents a core service on your device and should generally be avoided when hibernating as it could lead to problems on your device.
Press the Android symbol to freeze the processes, which should then automatically remove them from the list. Open up the Settings and enable ‘Run service for background’ before selecting how often you want the app to check your background processes below.
Is it working?
After making your initial selections, it’s best to have a quick look to see if the effects are working. Your device should feel nippier from the start, but you can also venture into the battery monitor screen to see if the changes have increased the battery life on their device.
Venture back into the app and explore some of the other apps you can hibernate. Each app listing will have a numerical value of how much RAM it’s currently using by just running in the background, so ideally these are the apps you’ll want to prioritise when making the selection.
Take a closer look
Instead of manually going through your apps, simply long press on one of them to open up an overview screen. In this menu you can select the types of apps you want to highlight. Select the Background option and back out of the menu to see a newly formed list.
Explore the new list
After selecting the background list of apps, you’ll find the list of apps slightly different. Some will no longer be able to be selected and only the power-hungry background apps will have tick boxes that work. Again, make sure not to freeze any core services that could damage your device.
The final checks
There’s a multitude of ways to check if your background processes have been frozen. The best way is to go to the ‘Show cached processes’ screen in the Settings app and any app you’ve frozen shouldn’t be listed. If it’s listed, simply go back to Hibernate and de-list it again.