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Background Apps On Galaxy S8 And S8+ Plus – How To Stop Them

Having a smartphone like Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus gives you lots of options. From games and social media or Internet browsing to more useful activities such as checking emails, chatting with your business partners or editing documents, you can do pretty much anything on it.

The thing is, however, that the more you want to do, the more apps you need to run. And sure, at the beginning, your smartphone might look like it can handle all that. But if you’re not paying close attention, at some point, you might notice that the device is running slow, it overheats, the battery drains out fast and it’s not so easy to do all the things you used to do on it.

The good news is that you might still be able to fix all that. If it’s the extra apps running in the background that are slowly choking your Galaxy smartphone, you can interfere.

By extra apps, we mean email or social networking, but also daily lifestyle apps. You might haven’t properly closed them, letting them run in the background. It is also possible that they are set to automatically search for updates, which means they will be silently running in the background looking for new versions, consuming not just your phone battery, but also your internet data.

Long story short, you can put some order into this mist by manually closing down all these apps. Your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus will soon regain its powers and you should be much happier with its performances.

In this article, we’re going to show you some general tips and some specific tips, depending on what kind of apps running in the background you are trying to terminate.


General instructions for terminating background apps:

  1. Open your smartphone;
  2. Head to the Home screen;
  3. Tap on the button labeled as Recent Apps;
  4. Tap on the icon labeled as Active Apps;
  5. Choose an application that you want to turn off and select the End button available next to it;
  6. If you want to close all the active apps at once, feel free to use the option End All;
  7. When prompted, tap on the OK button.


General instructions for disabling background data on all services:

  1. Open your smartphone;
  2. Head to the general Menu from the notifications bar;
  3. Select the Settings icon;
  4. Select Data Usage;
  5. Tap on the three dots symbol at the upper right corner of your display;
  6. From the Context menu that will automatically show on the screen, uncheck Auto Sync Data;
  7. Tap on the OK button.


Now that we’ve moved the general instructions out of the way, you should know that there are also a few particular apps. Google’s apps and services, just like a couple of social media apps require special attention when looking to turn them off.


Here are the instructions on how to disable background data for:

Gmail and Google services

  1. Go to the general Settings of your smartphone;
  2. Tap on Accounts;
  3. Tap on Google;
  4. Tap on your account name;
  5. Uncheck the boxes next to all those Google services you want to disable from running in the background.



  1. Launch the Facebook app;
  2. Open the Settings menu;
  3. Tap on Refresh Interval;
  4. Select the option that says “Never”.



  1. Go back to the general Settings of your smartphone;
  2. Select Accounts;
  3. Select Twitter;
  4. Look for the “Sync Twitter” option;
  5. Uncheck the box next to it.


The entire above is pretty much all you need to know about how to close apps in background on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus. If we’ve overlooked something or you’re having problems with terminating a particular app, write us and we’ll be happy to help.


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