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Why You Need To Stop Closing Apps On Your Android Phone
By TUSHAR MEHTA
Android has become progressively more demanding in terms of a phone's resources, such as memory (RAM) and storage, which is why the standard method of dealing with poor performance on Android devices has been to close any open apps. However, that perception has been refuted, and it may actually slow your phone down.
This is because the app power management system "Doze" already limits activity and puts unused apps to sleep, thereby reducing resource use without sacrificing much of the re-launching time. An app's state can be broken into three categories: "cold start," "warm start," and "hot start."
"Cold start" is when the App is booting for the first time and that uses a lot more resources than, say, a "warm start" which is where the App has been put on snooze, but still exists in the RAM for quick launching. A "hot start" is when you recently changed pages and the app was sent to the multitasking menu and this type of launch takes the least amount of time and resources.
Needless to say, despite all the under-the-hood automation that Android sports, apps can still malfunction. The easiest way to ensure an app runs as intended is by closing it and restarting it — if closing the app does not work, you can head to the app information page on your Android phone or tablet and tap Force Stop to ensure the app is killed.