Truth About Android Task Killers, What They Do and Why You Shouldn’t Use Them

Android task killers improve your phone’s performance while also boosting battery life—or at least that’s the much-debated promise. Here’s a look at how task killers actually work, when you should (or shouldn’t) use them, and what you can do instead.

A task killer is an app from which you can (sometimes automatically) force other apps to quit, the hope being that the fewer apps you have running in the background, the better your Android’s performance and battery life will be. Not everyone agrees with this premise, though. The argument about whether task killers are effective rages all over the internet: Android forums are full of threads with constant bickering and conflicting anecdotal experience, making it difficult for most users to make sense of the situation.

Below, I’m going to dig into the truth about Android task killers: that apart from maybe some older phones, Android manages tasks fairly well on its own, and how task killers present quite a few problems. I’ll also take a look at the rare occasions when they’re useful, and offer some alternatives you should try to improve your phone’s performance and battery-life quirks. Continue reading

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