Force stop Android Applications

Settings > Manage Applications> Menu button > Filter by “Running.” > Select application > Force stop

Not for the faint of heart: You could also try the Advanced Task Killer to manage running apps more easily.

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36 comments on “Force stop Android Applications
  1. breon says:

    Also, try Advanced Task Manager Lite from the Market. No need to go through all the settings mumbo jumbo. No ROOT required :)

  2. rajendran says:

    can some one tell me how to do that same in my application.

  3. Jennifer Brown says:

    I have a Droid Incredible and I just tried to use the advanced task killer and even after clicking on all the programs I wanted killed. They were still running. One I don’t even use so it has no reason for even running.

  4. mayur says:

    Hi, i faced a same problem..i used advance task showed me that the application has been closed..and when i click and hold home tab i still see that app running..
    how to solve this issue??

  5. Marx says:

    Mayur – the home button doesn’t show running tasks… it shows recent tasks.

  6. Mayur says:

    but then we does this mean that whatever tasks we see by pressing and holding of home button, all of them might not be running???

    for example if i just accessed gtalk, then went to access i killed gtalk using task killer….still i will see gtalk in recent tasks??? is this behavior correct??

    so we can see the current running tasks through –

    settings -> applications -> manage applications -> menu -> filter -> running taks

    m i right???

  7. mark says:

    when i goto my task killer, the video player is always on the list, but i never use it, why the hell does it always run

  8. Pattie Duffy says:

    I have an android 2.2 (HTC G2). Tried Advanced Task Killer (free version) and it did stop the apps (everything except wi-fi sevice. However, all of the appa IMMEDIATELY started up again. I want to stop the apps and have the stay OFF until I decide to run a progam. Any suggestions?

  9. Marks says:

    thanks for sharing guys.

  10. Raymond says:

    I have the same thing when i use task killer and kill all, within 1 seconds most app are back again. Adn when i go to service, click app and stop it, ist even coming up again. What to do? Apps like Agenda, Maps, HTC Sense, Google services etc…

  11. ThunderBolt8347 says:

    I also use AVK. Certain apps continue to refresh themselves, but luckily AVK has an option to force stop any apps so that they don’t open again until you use them. If you would rather not force stop apps then try restarting your phone after heavy usage.

  12. patricia says:

    I was trying to save battery life so I went to the applications running in my Samsung Admire cellphone, and apparently I stop the message application. Now is not working. How can I restore the application?
    Please help

  13. Heidi says:

    I have an android 2.2. I am force closed on everything. I cant even get into the market application. I have even tried to reset to factory settings. When I do this everything still comes back! I think I have a lemon. Any suggestions.

  14. Kalmeenow says:

    I’m using HTC Wildfire, whenever I’m connecting to Wi-Fi or Mobile Network or both are disabled. Most of the application had communicating to the internet or running automatically. So I tried to use Advance Task Killer (ATK). Whenever I select KILL Selected apps in ATK it close the selected application but after a second it show me the same application which I closed before.
    In a single selection I need to stop running all the applications. Please advise me.
    Below is the list of application running by itself:
    Maps, TuneIn Radio.

  15. harry says:

    all you guys look here.don’t use any task killer.when you kill some task,it uses internet and drains battery.and after sometime all the application restart on restarting again it consumes battery.

  16. harry says:

    task killers are also called as battery killers:)

  17. Rivis says:

    I need help with the Package Access Helper force-closing. Any reasons to why this keeps happening all the time?

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