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I just bought an Android phone. It came with android 2.1 and on the main screen it had an active applications button and if you clicked it it would ofc. show all the active apps.

Today I upgraded to 2.2 and the active apps button is gone. Where can I now check what apps are running and close them.

And is there an other way to close apps e.g. When I open a browser, where do I close it? or do I just press the home button and it closes automatically?
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Check running apps go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Manage Application. This is where it shows what apps your running and you can force close if nessary.

Pressing the home button puts the current app in the memory or RAM. You dont really need to close apps because once the RAM has been charged and saved with the program it will not use any battery. By forcing a program to close you use more CPU thus using more battery

Just press home and the app will be gone, no need to close it.
post #3 of 10
task killer is a great free application.

Shows what programs are running, and you can close them at the tough of a button.
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if you long press the home button (at least on my captivate) it will open a task manager, which is probably the same thing as what Rittzy posted, but faster way of getting there.
    
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if you long press the home button (at least on my captivate) it will open a task manager, which is probably the same thing as what Rittzy posted, but faster way of getting there.
Does holding the home button not bring up list of recent used apps?
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Does holding the home button not bring up list of recent used apps?
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You don't need to worry about Android multitasking. Any services running in the background will show up in your notification bar. When you switch to another application Android will keep the old application in memory, but it won't get any CPU time, so its not draining your battery. It will only close an application if its been inactive for too long or you are low on memory.


Its a remarkably efficient system, and you should probably just leave it alone.
    
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Does holding the home button not bring up list of recent used apps?
On my captivate it does bring that up, but it also has a button for a task manager that I guess is exclusive to galaxy s phones.
    
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You don't need to worry about Android multitasking. Any services running in the background will show up in your notification bar. When you switch to another application Android will keep the old application in memory, but it won't get any CPU time, so its not draining your battery. It will only close an application if its been inactive for too long or you are low on memory.


Its a remarkably efficient system, and you should probably just leave it alone.
100% agree. Only time I force close apps is when I first boot my phone. For some reason, Launcher Pro boots up, despite my home launcher being ADW Ex.
    
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This.


You don't need to worry about Android multitasking. Any services running in the background will show up in your notification bar. When you switch to another application Android will keep the old application in memory, but it won't get any CPU time, so its not draining your battery. It will only close an application if its been inactive for too long or you are low on memory.


Its a remarkably efficient system, and you should probably just leave it alone.
Although this is a norm but it doesn't always that case.
e.q. would be Gallery and browser apps in samsung galaxy tab. It consumes battery even though you switch to another app or put them on standby or closing them. Reason being they may not be coded properly.

You guys can find a program called ActiveApps. It helps in identifying those problems. Another task killer but differs in many ways.
if you guys ever tried Samsung Program Monitor, it's designed based on that in mind.
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Many apps that are open in the background get picked up by these monitors. However, idle in ram and actually running are totally different things, and most of those you refer to are idle in ram.
    
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