Greenify speeds up your Android device by putting battery hogging, always-on apps in hibernation

Greenify is an app designed to optimize your Android device into running as smoothly as it initially did. It accomplishes this not by deleting stale data, but by helping you identify apps that misbehave, keeping their activity and eating battery life while you aren't using them...
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20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple fantroll running rampage again. The summary is choices. Android slogan is together and not the same.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Woop-tee-doo... namecalling again. Now that it's out of the way... and we all know I'm a big bad Apple fan (again).. subject at hand: What apps do you need/prefer to run in background and why? and just for you, joey, point to anything I said that was trolling?

30. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Like a typical Apple fan you are so loud when making your point that you did not listen to what others is saying. Yes iOS is a great mobile OS that is suited for some people. However, there are people that has different needs and want a different configuration to meet that need. Android is a more versatile mobile OS that can give full background multitasking to those who need it and no multitasking to those that want to stop background task from running. Just click 5 times on build version to enable Developer Menu and strict multitasking to a specify user preference or zero for no multi tasking. Android being a VM can be ported to any hardware platform be it ARM or x86. That itself is light years ahead of the competition from a software engineering perspective. I don't like to put down others people favourite platform unless they started the fight first.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

Like a typical Android fan, stating what I heard before... but ignoring a simple question that I'm interested from the Android users... not this "light years ahead of the competition" jibber-jabber...I'm fully aware of the selling points. Cant you guys just answer a simple question without namecalling... Look at my posts, and look at the damn question I've been asking on all these posts: What apps do YOU need or prefer running in background? there's no particular reason I'm asking - I'm just curious about a simple detail and I dont want to buy an Android device, when I have so many Android users right here to ask... why is it so hard to ask a damn question on PA? What apps do YOU need or prefer running in background?

37. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

uTorrent is one of the app i running on my Samsung HomeSync. Good enough for you. You are a troll. I am sure nothing will be good enough for you. TuneIn is another app i run in the background for my internet radio. Any other question? So are you going to climb down from your high horse now? Never! !??? LOL!

38. AlikMalix unregistered

what high horse, bro? but thanks.... Here's my point... downloading apps will continue downloading in background on iOS (granted we dont have ability to pirate movies and music illegally to device) We do have apps likehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bittorrent-sync/id665156116?mt=8 that will continue to download while in background while streaming music from TuneIn radio while the phone is locked and the screen is off (or) while surfing the net or whatever... I've been allover the options and features of Android vs iOS and so far I dont understand why you guys think that iOS is so limited or not as functional as Android (apart maybe from multiwindow and a file manager - which can be added with an app like Pocket Drive or many more with different options and settings)... Anyone else? Show me something that can run in background that iOS doesnt that I can say - yes that's one thing iOS does not do in background....

40. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So now who is name calling? Pirate. Torrent has a bad rep but its a mean to download just likeFTP. I use Torrent to download big ISO file like Ubuntu OS.

44. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm not calling you a pirate. I said we have no ability to pirate media - to some it's a huge minus when it comes to mobile OS. Very happy to hear that the app is used as originally intended. To prove I wasn't talking about you check out the link I posted in that same post - it's a torrent client that does the same thing on iOS - but not pirate illegal software or media. We're on the same page, here.

65. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Brrrrr... that iTunes it was the most hated thing on dealing with iphones.

64. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Again: see post 61.

22. Jonas_london

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Well i came down from windows platform so forgive my ignorance.. but when i used photo editing software like photo touch or cymera even when i done with that those apps remain open in background in cache memory so that i dont have to start em again when i click its fast in android... thats where greenify came into action that it just hibernate those apps so they dont hog battery but at the same time it doesn't kill the task.. I used greenify just to experiment and it does save the battery but not by much

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Thank you so much for your reply... It took forever to shuffle thru namecalling just to get my inquiry across... Quick question, if you run Greenify do you have to manually tell the app to suspend, or once you include the app, it does it automatically if lets say you get a sudden phone call or battery dies, etc. I do a lot of video editing on my phone and lots of work goes in... I can switch to game without saving and take a call, go to sleep, and come back open the app (or select from recent app menu) and it will be just as I left it and continue working.. I even tried restarting my phone leaving a cursor on a certain frame of the video and after my phone turned on - opened the app the cursor was still there on the project I had open.... Is Greenify it like that? Does it extend this "saving the spot" to other devices like a tablet, and/or PC? if you want to continue working on the project on a different device (the next day)?

39. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have taken the trouble to read your posting closely. I believe I do owe you an apology for calling you a troll. Too much fan war from different mobile OS supporter camp can get to me.

45. AlikMalix unregistered

Have u seen the replies. I'm not hiding that I love iOS. But with every inquiry on PA and some other forums I have to beat the same drums: it goes like this: 1. Can you do this or that on android. I like how iOS does it, but what about this on android? Relies: typical sheep, android is year ahead, iOS is the same as dumb phone, how you like your tiny screen etc etc. 2. iOS is great this is what it does and this is what it does that android doesn't, and this is what I like that I don't like on android. Now back to topic - how do u do this or that on android? Replies: you stupid troll we told you android is the best, it's got multitasking, removable batteries, and as storage, and launchers, etc. 3. I know all that, but can android do this or not? Replies: yes it's so much better than useless Apple, they just charge you money and u give that and pray to your god steve and you like it how he rips you a new one. Etc etc. 4. I just keep asking til this conversation gets socialized or give up. Problem is I should hide that I'm and apple fan - but it's hard when people are bashing you for the choice and completely irrelevant comebacks. Thanks for replies, finally.

41. Jonas_london

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Yes you guess that right greenify just hibernate that app and you can click it and get back from where you left the app... It basically happens when greenify app just deactivate the app without closing it completely like task killers and you can activate the app back from where to left just by clicking it.. .. since you ask the name of apps it, just two name a few its aviary and photoshop touch.. Hope you get my point and i am glad that you are in for a logical conversation rather then some ifan or fandroid mud slinging

63. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Since you ask forever about "What do you need/prefer to run in background and why?" go and see post 61.

66. AlikMalix unregistered

Those things are fully functional in iOS as well... I'm just trying to figure out from post #3... what "freedom" is it that Android people get with background tasks, that iOS users dont... so far NONE... as most people are misinformed - iOS has been doing background tasks since my first iPhone in 2009... the only difference is we cannot watch a tiny video while using a calculator on same screen..

32. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

But there is no choice! Or if you want: Apple decides for you... Can you decide if you get feedback from one mail account and not the other? Or if you want one game to send you reminders but not others? That's the difference you don't want to understand. Apple may have done a good job (in your opinion at least), but it doesn't have to suit to everyone. Greenify solves that issue on Android.

34. AlikMalix unregistered

YES, you can decide if you want feedback from one mail account and not the other!!! YES, you can have one game send me reminders but not others!!! This was available on iOS 3!! I can even choose if I want a little number on my app, show up in notifications menu, pop-up, and even use one app to access information in another app... tada!!! What else? I can work on one app, switch to another without saving, and come back - instantly it shows where I left off (even if I shut down the phone and restart a day later) the app does not need to be relaunched - it stays where you left it - iOS users do not reload apps when we switch, even if we got 20 tasks running in background... (yes there are always lots of things running in background on iOS) There..! now I answered your question... can you guys give me a collective of which Apps you prefer or need to run in background? (this is almost comical how you guys have posted so much and not remotely close to what I begged for?)

42. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It's because your question is difficult to answer and depends on personal preference. I normally have running: messengers, some mail accounts (but not others), the usual android services like google play, maps, etc Securty applications to connect to the computer/smartphone Cloud file systems Schedulers of tasks Book readers Google now Music/video stores transators/dicctonaries Optional keyboards Greenify Hope that helps

43. Jonas_london

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 02, 2014

Sorry just out of my curiosity did you greenify google maps as well.. . Will your device work fine after that, if so then i am gonna try

47. AlikMalix unregistered

Real quick question: why would you want to greenify Google maps? Wouldn't you need directions while the phone is locked for example?

49. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It works fine, greenify only "freezes" the application till you have to use it.

51. AlikMalix unregistered

Tyler, thanks so much for the list. I have questions now (sorry for all the questions, problem is 30 days is not enough to play on android phone before returning for exchange - I want to buy a cheap used one but they all runong early jellybean versions) So here we go: I understand the need to run Google play, maps, task scheduler, music, security apps, and greenify in background. But why run keyboards, translators/dictionaries, book readers, messengers, mail clients, if those things are typically on demand items that u don't use while using another app? On iOS im averaging about 20-25 apps open 24-7. But in iOS they're not open, but suspended. Some of these apps like music, maps, and tracking software are running if I'm listening to music while browsing or using photoshop, getting directions while driving and phone is on the seat turned off, or waiting to see if my kids left the school already. But apps like iMessage, or third party messengers, email, snapchat, Facebook, tweeter, reminder apps or calendars, do NOT need to run in background OR BE OPEN AT ALL and many other task oriented apps in order to recieve instant information or be notified of new post. So even though they're open - iOS automatically suspends them because they don't need to run in order to get notified. So here's my curiosity: what happens to Facebook notifications if you close the app on android? Do you still get updates or must u have it run in background all the time in order to recieve posts in real time?

56. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Why do you think mail is on demand? They run so you get your mails or messages as soon as they are delivered. I start to think you have a serious confusion about "services" and "list of recently opened applications". Most likely iOS doesn´t let you see that far in the OS, but that´s only my guess. Greenify doesn´t stop the applications, it freezes the services! Tell me if you don´t understand the difference and I´ll try to explain deeper. So in your example: if you close Facebook application it leaves a running "service" to feed you with the updates, does not matter that the application is closed. By the way: iOS does the same, just doesn´t show you the services, so you are unaware of them. And that´s where it seems you got confused of what Greenify does: control those services so they don´t run if you don´t want to.

48. h0rm1

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

I'll give you an example of an app which probably behaves differently. I just tested on android right now with the browser, typed the address, hit the load button and then the home button. The site loaded in the background while the app wasn't in focus. I don't know the behavior on iOS but i suppose it will just save the status of the browser and resume loading the site when in focus again.

52. AlikMalix unregistered

Thanks, I was gonna get to that... There was another conversation on PA not long ago where one guy said that safari crashes when he opens more than 3-4 tabs. I tested over 20 taps at once and hit refresh on all as quickly as I cour running thru all the tabs - not only my year old iPhone 5s not crash, but it didn't even stutter/lag, while all pages were loaded or loading (PA got lots of ads) while i was playing Real Racing 3 in foreground which is also a resource hog. That was to test multi-tasking in iOS by trying to overload the 1GB of ram - but it also proved that pages do load in background in safari!!!

57. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It does, the general complain is that as it has only 1GB of ram, most of the time it "reloads" the tabs pretty much every time you have some tabs opened. This takes more time that simply going back to your tab and also consumes more data. In Android you can keep more tabs opened and go back to them (of course if you have 2 GB of RAM at least)

58. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah I agree, even though the reload is quick it can get annoying sometimes.

2. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

am happy with greenify
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