Prevent apps on Android from launching automatically

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Prevent apps on Android from launching automatically
Prevent apps on Android from launching automatically
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This article will teach you how to prevent apps on your Android phone or tablet from starting automatically.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Using Developer Options

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Step 1. Open your Android's Settings

That is it

Android7settings

icon that usually appears among the other apps.

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Step #2. Scroll down and hit About at the bottom of the menu

  • This option can also About this device or About this phone to be named.
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Step 3. Find the option 'Build number'

This may appear on the current screen, otherwise you can find it in another menu. On some Androids, it's under "Software Information" or "More".

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Step 4. Press Build number 7 times

Stop pressing once you see the message 'You are now a developer'. This will take you to the Developer Options screen.

  • If you are taken back to Settings, scroll down and press under the 'System' heading Developer options.
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Step 5. Tap on Ongoing services

A list of apps will appear.

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Step 6. Tap on the app you don't want to launch automatically

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Step 7. Press Stop

The selected app will stop and usually will not restart automatically.

Try another method if this method doesn't work for you

Method 2 of 3: Using battery optimization

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Step 1. Open your Android's Settings

That is it

Android7settings

icon that is usually located between the other apps.

If you have Marshmallow or later, apps may launch randomly due to lack of battery optimization. This method helps to optimize apps so that they no longer launch automatically

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Step #2. Scroll down and tap on Battery under the "Device" heading

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Step 3. Press ⁝

A menu will appear.

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Step #4. Press Battery Optimization

If there are any apps in the list, they may launch automatically and waste your battery.

If you can't find the app you're looking for, try another method

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Step 5. Tap the app you don't want to launch automatically

A pop-up menu will appear.

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Step 6. Select 'Optimize' and press Done

This app should now no longer start automatically.

Method 3 of 3: Using Startup Manager (rooted devices)

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Step 1. Search startup manager free in the play store

This is a free app that allows you to customize which apps are launched when you start up your Android.

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Step 2. Press Startup Manager (Free)

This is a black icon with a blue clock inside.

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Step #3. Press Install

The app will now be installed on your phone or tablet.

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Step 4. Open Startup Manager and press Allow

This will grant root access to the app. You should now see a list of all apps that are set to launch automatically.

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Step 5. Press the blue button next to the app you wish to disable

The button will turn gray, which means that the app will no longer start automatically.

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