After installing so many apps on my Android device, the device started taking a long time to boot. The device also performed slow and choppy. I started to realize there were tons of apps loading at startup. Many of the apps had no setting to prevent them from running at startup.
Fortunately, there are some solutions to permanently prevent apps from running at startup.
Option 1: Freeze Apps
Some Android devices provide a way for you to “Freeze” apps. Also known as “Disabling”, the feature is useful for those apps that came with your device and cannot be uninstalled.
You can usually freeze an app with these steps:
- Open “Settings” > “Applications” > “Application Manager“.
- Choose the app you wish to freeze.
- Select “Turn off” or “Disable“.
Note: Options can vary depending on the device you own and version of the Android OS you are running.
Option 2: Startup Cleaner
There is a third-party app solution called Startup Manager. The app runs at startup and prevents selected apps from running when you boot the device. Follow these steps to get going:
- Download and install Startup Manager from Google Play. You can find it by searching for “startup“.
- Launch the app and tap the minus (–) next to the apps you don’t want to run at startup.
Note: You may only want to disable items listed under the “User” tab. Be sure you know what you’re doing if you disable items under “System“.
That’s all there is to it. Now the selected apps won’t run whenever you restart.