Android – the OS is in many ways similar to its older relatives – Windows and Linux. Operations with file systems are similar here, the graphical add-ons needed to run three-dimensional applications are practically the same, and the work with memory is identical. The RAM of any device contains all applications running or running in the background and has a finite amount. The more it is loaded, the slower new programs start, since for their execution the operating system must unload part of what is already in RAM.
To make this process more efficient, and the user himself could manage it, the task manager was invented. It is available in home systems, but such an application will have to be installed separately on modern phones. We'll talk about the best task managers for Android in this article.
Application Manager by Android Rock
The simplest of the programs under consideration: it is lightweight, easy to use, does not require special permissions other than access to the history of use. This permission allows her to get data from RAM and does not give any other privileges.
It is very easy to use it, just install it from the Play Store or download the apk file from any reliable site, for example w3bsit3-dns.com. After installation, the user will be warned about the transfer of access to history and then the Application Manager can be used.
The main screen contains the only function that is available here – cleaning the RAM:
All information is divided into blocks:
- At the top there is a scale by which the user can visually see the state of the device's RAM. The occupied space is displayed in green, and free in gray. Above the scale, the exact percentage of used RAM and its expression in megabytes of the total volume are displayed.
- In the middle part there is a list of all running applications with the option to mark them with a tick. System resources are not displayed here, since the Dispatcher is focused on a novice user and he does not need such information.
- At the bottom is the 'Finish Selected' button. As the name suggests, if you click it, all marked applications in the list will be removed from RAM.
The application settings window looks like this:
As you can see, here you can only set a timer for automatic program operation and add processes to the exclusion list. By default, there is only the main component of Google services, which must be in memory to ensure constant synchronization.
- Small volume.
- Suitable for almost all versions Android.
- There is a possibility of automation.
- Few settings.
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Task Manager by Rhythm Software
Similar to the previous utility, but with more advanced features. Works with or without root. With superuser rights, it becomes possible to kill a process, that is, to completely remove it from RAM and prevent it from starting for a while. Display of system processes for advanced users is supported. There is a widget that starts automatic cleaning without entering the application, it looks like this:
The main window has a similar layout to the previous application and displays a list of running and installed applications:
It shows all applications available for cleaning, loaded into RAM and checkboxes opposite each of them, which, however, have a contextual nature. This is the responsibility of the menu, which is called by the button in the form of a gear.
There are three options for interacting with the selected items in the list:
- Green button 'Close' on the main screen. Stops and unloads all marked applications from RAM.
- 'Selected to ignore' – all marked items are added to the list of exclusions and are not unloaded during the next cleanup.
- 'Selected in Auto-Killer' – marked programs are added to the auto-completion list, the behavior of which can be adjusted separately. A very handy feature for combating startup applications and viruses (if you cannot remove them from the system).
The settings screen is quite detailed and allows you to control various features of the utility:
In the 'View settings' section, system tasks are shown and highlighted in a separate, contrasting color. After activation, the main window looks like this:
The behavior of notifications in the curtain is also configured here.
The 'Auto-Killer' item contains all the features of this add-on. You can turn it on or off, set up notifications and even make it so that the ignore list will also be cleared despite the manual mode settings. In this case, the activation of automatic cleaning will be performed every time the phone is locked.
In addition, you can customize the behavior of the widget, enable autorun and configure root functions.
- A large number of settings and modes.
- Contextual cleaning.
- There is a handy widget.
- The output of system processes is supported.
- Not a very good translation.
- The kill command requires root.
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Smart Task Manager (Flashlight 2020)
Despite the fact that the application is very versatile and efficiently fulfills its tasks, it is worth noting for a start the very poor, sloppy Russian localization. This is practically its only drawback, which, however, does not affect the usability in any way. Looking ahead, I will say that the language in the settings of the utility itself cannot be changed, it is tightly tied to the locale of the phone.
The main screen immediately meets the user with all running applications, including system ones. This may scare off newbies, but there is a lack of selection of all elements, so you should not worry about stopping an important process.
As you can see, there are several status bars at the bottom, showing visually how many applications are running out of the total, how much memory is used, and what is the current battery charge. In this case, the RAM is read with an error, this is due to the fact that the utility does not fully support Android Pie.
In the left side menu, in addition to task management, there is access to application management.
Here, at the bottom, there are status bars showing the total and displayed number of applications, and the state of internal and external storage. All programs can be uninstalled in batches, but the process will proceed gradually, in order.
There is also the possibility of backing up applications, which works through its own explorer.
The inscription at the bottom edge of the screen warns that only the applications themselves can be saved to the backup, but not their data.
Application settings are detailed and look like this:
Everything is configurable: from the behavior of the notification in the curtain to long-tap actions for task and application managers. The display of system processes is also disabled here, and utility widgets are configured. There are several of them here, there is both quick access to certain functions, and just general information about the memory or processor load.
In the 'Settings' there is a shortcut to the previous item and several links to standard parameters Android like display, date and time or language.
- Cleans memory well.
- There is a built-in application backup.
- You can uninstall programs.
- Many settings.
- Large selection of widgets.
- Advertising is almost completely absent.
- Terrible Russian localization.
Download QR-Code Smart Task Manager Developer: Flashlight 2020 Price: Free back to content
Advanced Task Manager
A great app that is perfect for beginners as it offers a simple, straightforward interface and many features. The first window the user sees is a list of processes in memory.
When you click on the 'Boost' button, all checked items are removed from RAM. The number displayed next to this button is the approximate amount of memory that can be freed. As a result, due to the dynamic behavior of modern mobile operating systems, this volume may be somewhat less. Free memory and current battery power are displayed at the top of this screen.
There are several items in the menu that opens by pressing the button in the upper left corner of the screen. The first one is 'Exceptions', it looks like this:
By clicking on the lock icon, an exception starts to act on the corresponding application – it can no longer be unloaded from memory.
Another feature available from the application is the program uninstaller. They can be removed from the phone either individually or all together.
Next to each application, its size is displayed, which is already composed of its apk and data that were created in the process.
Application settings are quite rich:
Here you can assign autostart when you turn on the phone, set up exceptions in the same way and enable a special icon in the curtain that displays the battery percentage and the percentage of RAM used.
The Auto Kill function, placed in a separate block, does not require root rights, but it will not work in full force without them. It is unable to prevent restarting for a short period of time after completion. There are three modes:
- Auto complete when screen off.
- Regular Auto kill (after a specified period of time).
- Startup kill – activation when the phone is turned on.
There is also a widget, which in the parameters can be configured as needed, setting the frequency of its refresh and the information displayed for quick access.
- Multifunctional application.
- There are widgets.
- Auto-completion without root with multiple modes.
- Built-in batch uninstaller.
- Good localization.
Download QR-Code Advanced Task Manager Developer: MDJ Studio Price: Free back to content
A more standard looking application, similar in appearance to the task managers on home operating systems. Has the ability to read indicators from various sensors and summarize them by category. It can be used by both experienced and novice users. For the former, there is incredibly detailed information about all the hardware components of the phone, and the latter will have visual graphs of the operation of the main nodes of the system.
The main window just consists of these diagrams, which are updated in real time:
There are monitors of processor activity, RAM and permanent (built-in) memory, Internet connections both via W-Fi and via mobile networks. There are also graphs that show the battery temperature and give a signal if it has increased significantly.
The very last item here is disk activity. It does not work with solid state or flash memory, which is installed in most smartphones at Android today and is only suitable for laptop users on this OS with hard drives inside.
The Tasks tab contains all running processes.
In the image you can see how detailed the information is for each package, not only the name is displayed here, but also the version, process name and service information for debugging. There are two ways to clean up processes:
- Manually stopping each. First you need to make a long tap on the name, and then select 'Finish' from the pop-up menu.
- Press the 'Clear' button, finding it in the menu that is called in the upper right corner of the screen.
In the second case, the process will be automatic, which will save the user a lot of time, but the processes necessary for the operation of the OS itself will be restored almost immediately. For complete termination there is only a manual method with the choice of the 'Emergency terminate' option from the menu.
The 'Proc' tab is for advanced users or software developers. Here you can get any information about the system on a chip installed in the smartphone, down to the characteristics of each core.
The 'Information' tab displays a complete report on all telephone subsystems and their status. Here you can find the mobile operator, full display characteristics, summary information about the processor and its architecture.
- Interface familiar to every PC user.
- Ability to kill processes manually and automatically.
- Formation of complete information about the hardware and software components of the device.
- Tracking all indicators in real time.
- No detailed app settings.
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