Android Multitasking

For those with an Android phone:

The Android phones can multi-task. That is a two-edged sword. It allows you to run several apps at once but that functionality uses memory. When memory is low, even the primary app (in focus) can be slowed or crash.

So that we are all on the same sheet… The keys across the bottom (from left to right) are called, Home, Menu, Back, and Search.

When using an app, if you long-press the home key, the screen will display the icons for the last eight apps which ran. Most (or all) of those apps are still running. Just touch an icon to switch to any of those apps. Or, while you are using an app, short-press the home key to go to your home screen. From there, you can move around in your home screens, check data in any of your widgets, or run any installed app. To return to the previously viewed app, you can long-press the home key and select the app there or, just click on the app’s icon in any of your menus.

You can have MANY apps installed. However, some apps will run all of the time (or until you manually stop them). Unless you intentionally want to leave an app running, press the menu key & select EXIT to stop the app entirely. Otherwise, if you exit with the back key, the app may continue running.

So, how do you control this multi-tasking memory-eater?

  1. If you find that you don’t need an app, uninstall it to assure that it does not run & use memory without your permission.
  2. Best: Get “Advanced Task Killer” (or a similar app) to automatically stop unneeded apps.


We welcome your comments. Since I am a new Android user, if you find an error, you will be doing all of us a favor to provide the corrected info.

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