The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus smartphones are notorious for their batteries that don’t last too long. If you think of it, with all those apps, features, and services that normally run on it, there’s no wonder that the battery drains throughout the day. Nevertheless, one culprit that most users never suspect is leaving apps to run in the background.
It doesn’t really matter if it’s an email app, some social networking apps, or some daily lifestyle apps. Every single one of them, when allowed to run silently in the background, may be taking both your Internet data and device battery. They search for emails and software updates, they synchronize in the cloud – whatever they do, you probably don’t need it to happen right then so why not stop it?
In this article, you’re going to learn how to gain back the control over your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus. After all, you’re the one who should decide what and when happens with your device. Since you can manually update these apps, here’s how you can close the background applications:
- Tap on the Recent Apps button – it is available right on the Home screen;
- Select the Active Apps icon;
- Select the End option next to the app you want to disable;
- Select OK when prompted.
Note – if there are too many apps that you are trying to close and you don’t want to do it manually, use the End All button.
At this point, you have simply closed the apps that were running in the background without your knowledge. But there are still a couple of other things you can try, such as:
How to disable background data for all the services
If you want to make sure that none of the services currently active on your smartphone will take up data without your permission, follow these steps:
- Go to Settings;
- Select on Data usage;
- Tap on the three dots menu symbol at the upper right corner;
- Tap on Auto Sync Data to uncheck it;
- Select OK.
The steps we described by now will work for the majority of apps and services. Nevertheless, there are a few exceptions from the rule, that need different steps for disabling background data:
Gmail and Google services: go to Settings >> Accounts >> Google >> select the account >> uncheck all the Google services you’d like to disable;
Twitter: go to Settings >> Accounts >> Twitter >> uncheck Sync Twitter;
Facebook: launch the Facebook app >> Settings >> Refresh Interval >> Never.
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