Why You Shouldn’t Bother with Android Task Killers

Why You Shouldn’t Bother with Android Task Killers

September 10, 2018 By kirsten

    When I use an Android smart phone, I constantly find ways on how to improve its performance and battery life. Installing apps, rooting the phone, tips and tricks, you name it! I’ve tried a lot of things and have been recommended to install a task killer to close unused apps running on the background in order to save battery and speed up my phone’s performance. Using the task killer is a pretty popular solution to improve Android’s performance, with people thinking that it’s an important and hassle-free tool for their phone. But in reality, they can actually make it worse!

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    What is a Task Killer?

    A task killer is an option on any Android smart phone wherein it force quits unused and running apps, removing them from memory and using the battery effectively. It’s usually done automatically, or some manually. While it may seem useful, an Android phone can actually do this itself! Here’s why you don’t need a task killer on your phone and how it can actually reduce battery life and performance:

    Android vs Windows:

    I’m sure you all know how Windows’ software works. When Windows’ programs are open and running all at the same time, they end up slowing down your computer and even leaving it hanging or forced to quit because the program isn’t responding, much to the frustration of a lot of Windows users. Closing unused applications are what help speed up a Windows PC.

    Because of this, the common misconception is that people think closing applications in all phones or gadgets help speed up performance. But that’s not the case with Android. An android does NOT process applications like Windows. While there’s an obvious way to close applications on Windows, there isn’t any for an Android, and that isn’t really a con or a problem in itself. When you exit an app on an Android, it does run and use the basic apps it needs, but it PAUSES in the background rather than keeps going. It doesn’t use any CPU software when you exit the application. Rather, it just pauses and only resumes performance once you reopen it.

    The Disadvantages of Task Killers:

    Basically, task killers are useless and take up more space on your phone’s storage. These apps think that an Android uses a lot of RAM from its apps, therefore needing to erase it all to speed up the performance. But what an Android does by itself is that if it senses that too much RAM is being used, it will automatically force quit apps you haven’t used in a while, without needing any task killers to do so. Basically, apps using RAM isn’t a bad thing, but is actually needed. An empty RAM is useless, so why keep quitting it in the first place?

    Not only that, but task killers can actually reduce your Android’s performance! If you kill an app using the task killer, the app will be slower to load when reopening it, using more battery and CPU just to do that. Some apps would even just restart and play again once the task killer kills them, using even more battery and slowing down your phone’s performance.

    What’s even worse is the fact that it may even quit important apps like your alarm, preventing it from going off. Popular ROMs won’t accept report problems from phones with task killers because apparently “they cause more problems than solve them”.

    But Task Killers Can Help:

    Of course, while a task killer has its cons, it’s also got its usages. Otherwise, no one would be interested in installing one! There may be a lot of people claiming that task killers do help in performance and battery life, which may be true. Task killers may also force quit “bad” and misbehaving apps running in the background, which helps your Android’s performance.

    But instead of using a task killer to keep force quitting these bad apps (which may not help in the long run but make it worse!), you can easily identify apps that aren’t needed and simply uninstall it. There are apps that can help check what apps are useless and need to be uninstalled. Other than that, there really isn’t much to do with a task killer than an Android already does itself, really.

    Task Killers – To Install Or Not?

    While task killers do help with bad apps and may improve on Android’s performance, it isn’t really the best solution. What you can do is to just simply identify a bad app and uninstall it and let your Android do its job and force quit unused apps itself. If you’re looking for other solutions on how to increase performance and battery life on your Android, there are many other apps, tips and tricks you can find online.