What happens when you force stop an app on your Android phone
While searching for fixes for a broken app, you may have come across suggestions on how to “force stop” an app in your phone’s settings. This is a fairly common fix that can solve several types of problems. If you’ve ever had an app crash a lot, restarting it after a “force stop” can bring it back to its original functionality. Force stopping an app also works if you can’t get rid of a notification stuck on your smartphone screen. So how can a simple solution solve all these problems? In this article, we’ll explain what happens when you “force stop” an app on your Android smartphone.
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How to force stop an application?
Here’s how you can “force stop” a broken app on your smartphone.
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Step 1: Go to settings.
Step 2: Scroll down and select “Applications”.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap on the app you want to stop.
Step 4: Select ‘Force Stop’ from the bottom menu.
What happens when you force stop an application?
Apps on your Android smartphone are constantly running several processes in the background. For example, WhatsApp will always notify you when you receive a message because it works in the background. Similarly, your web browser performs the task of downloading a file in the background while you work on other applications. These tasks and processes do not stop even after stopping the app from the app switcher.
These background tasks consume power from your phone and take up some of your RAM at the same time. You can get detailed information about the power consumption of each application by looking for the battery status in the phone settings. This is also the reason why a large RAM contributes to the speed of your phone.
When an app malfunctions, you can’t reset it by simply removing it from the app switcher. This is because it hasn’t completely shut down yet and is accessing its cache to perform background tasks. This may also affect the operation of other applications on the phone and could lead to unwanted lags. This is when a “forced stop” is usually warranted.
“Force Stop” shuts down the app completely. This means that the app is unable to perform any background tasks or processes and is completely idle until you restart it. Force stopping also frees up RAM space that was allocated to the app and its background tasks. This results in your phone running faster than before. So why should you only use this fix if your phone isn’t working properly?
You might have already guessed it, but that’s because you need an app to perform background tasks to fully utilize its services. For example, if you force stop your web browser while downloading a file, the download will stop immediately and you may have a corrupted file. Similarly, force stopping the app will stop any recording done via Google Drive. WhatsApp will stop notifying you of any new messages and pause any media you are currently sending to the contact.
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This is what happens when you force stop an app on your Android smartphone. A “forced stop” is only guaranteed if the app malfunctions or interferes with your phone’s functionality. Once you restart the app, it will return to its original state and continue to perform background tasks as soon as you minimize it. If you found this article, let us know in the comments!
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