How to view the Running Applications in Android Phone

Most of the Android mobile phone are high-end mobile phone with smart capabilities and most of them includes a processor which can handle multiple of application which can run together but the only side-line is they get slow and shared processor speed. Not a problem, I would say, its good as you are doing multiple works together and until you finish the response from one app you are ready to go with the other app. So its count by running many apps together.

Just like Windows or any other PC task manager, the Android OS too includes task manager. You can view task manager to show which apps are running on your mobile phone. Here is the procedure on how to know which apps are running in your mobile phone.

As a multi input available on your mobile phone, you would be looking to switch from app to app.

Android Running Apps

To view running apps on your mobile phone you need to go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Running Services. This will list down all the apps which are running on your mobile handset.

Now to kill apps you need to use an application available for free download named Advanced App Killer.



  1. eunice

    August 31, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks! there is the running app ting, but after i close the applications there, and return to the page 5mins later, the apps runs on its own accuweather,yahoo finance,calendarstorage,buddies now,voice commands,game hub,social hub and ALOT more !! All of these starts running again(automatically) even if i close it thru the ‘settings>application>Running applications’ mtd…

    • Yogesh Patel

      September 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

      Most of the app like Facebook, Twitter keeps continuously sync with your twitter account. Instead of continous sync you can set them to sync at 2 hours or 5 hours interval. You need to go individual apps settings and look out for settings which can allow that.

  2. eunice

    August 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    How do you close other apps? I mean if you go to settings>application>Running applications there are always a list of things still running even if you use d ‘press home button>task manager>ram>clear memory’ mtd…Everytime i stop the runnin apps, it will stil b running automatically aft awhile..example like:software update,social hub,email,drm content..etc..How cn i reduce it?? cause my batt is draining VERY fast..

    • Yogesh Patel

      August 23, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Few mobile phone provides touch to stop an application under settings>application>Running applications. Check if this is available on your mobile phone or else use Advanced app killer.

  3. Harmeet Sing

    August 4, 2011 at 8:28 am

    1. The long pressing of the home button doesnt show applications which are running currently but it shows the recent applications used.
    2. Could you tell us how to see which apps are running in the back ground , other than the Adv Apps Method?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      August 4, 2011 at 10:51 am


    • Yogesh Patel

      August 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      Which mobile phone does you have and the OS of it?

    • Kurt Kirton

      May 20, 2013 at 3:10 am

      At least on the Samsung Epic 4G, on the same window that comes up after a long hold of the home button, tap the Task Manager button to see currently active apps.

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