Background apps are sneaky. They run without you even knowing about it. They take up your smartphone’s memory. They drain the life out of your battery. They go behind your back and try to automatically update, keeping an active internet connection when you don’t want to. They can even make your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus run slowly.
And throughout that time, you might be clueless on what is going on with your smartphone and why isn’t performing as it was supposed to. Turn them off and your device will run smoother, the battery should last longer, you should be happier with your Galaxy.
Worried that you will be missing important updates for those apps? You just need to keep in mind and, every now and then, manually check for updates. It’s really not a good idea to let all those apps running in the background.
So coming up next will be a couple of specific instructions that will help you get over this problem. From simply closing background apps or just disabling data services to shutting down specific applications, we got you covered. Read the following instructions on how to turn off background apps on Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus.
Want to close all the background applications of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus?
First, you’ll need to identify all those active apps. But once you do that, it only takes one tap to end them all:
- On your smartphone, select the Recent option;
- Look for the Active apps tab and tap it;
- Identify and tap on the End option;
- Hit the OK to confirm the command.
Want to disable all the background data for all your running services?
First, you’ll need to access the Data Usage center. But once you get there, it only takes another tap to end those ones as well:
- On your smartphone, select the Settings menu;
- Look for the Data Usage tab and tap on it;
- Once you see the three dots symbol, tap on it;
- From the context menu, identify Auto Sync Data and uncheck it;
- OK, to confirm the command.
Want to disable background data for Gmail or other Google services?
You will have to find your way to the Google Services options, under Accounts:
- Turn on your device;
- Access the Settings icon;
- Look for the Accounts icon and click on it;
- Select the Google option;
- You will see your Google account name under it, so select it;
- Under the extended options, there will be a Google Services feature that you need to uncheck.
Want to disable background data for your social media apps?
At this chapter, things are a bit trickier because not all apps can be tweaked from your Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus menus. Facebook, for instance, is a bit more special, requiring you to do the changes from the app’s menu. But it’s not difficult at all, you will see:
To disable Twitter background data – follow the above steps to reach the Accounts, in Settings. Yet instead of the Google account option, tap on Twitter and uncheck the option that says Sync Twitter.
To disable Facebook background data – run the Facebook app and head to its menu, tap the Refresh Interval field and select Never.
Now you’re pretty much covered with the most consuming apps that might be running in the background. If you have extra questions about other apps, let us know in the comments below!