08.1–Task Manager-2012-10-14

One important and often overlooked application in Android is “Task Manager”. Task Manager has two important roles:

  1. allow the user to identify tasks that are running concurrently and terminate unused tasks, and
  2. to move around between concurrent applications.

Terminate unused Apps

While using a smartphone, we may start over time several applications and forget that they are running and affecting memory and computing power. Therefore, it is a good idea to check Task Manager regularly to identify and terminate Apps that are no longer required. This will assure you that you are always functioning at optimum performance.

Navigate between concurrent applications

When one first gets a new smartphone, there is a lot to learn and it’s not always obvious how to operate it. The initial reflex, once you have initiated an App, is to back out of it in order to get into the next App. Many times you would like to stay where you are in one App, go to another one and come back where you were. Task Manager is very useful to do just that.

Once you have initiated an App, if you want to go to the next App and come back, do the following:

  1. Press the Home Key button.
  2. Find and start the next App.
  3. To come back to the previous App or any other App currently running, Press the Home Key, and then start Task Manager. You will see all the currently running Apps. Touch the one you want to access.
  4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to access any other App.
  5. One you are done, you terminate the Apps you don’t need anymore, as described above.

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