Apps running in the background affect your system speed, resources, battery, and data usage. Operating system background services are crucial to the operating system. However, many app background services only contribute to the entire OS being slower and less efficient.

In this article, we discuss how you can find and close apps running in the background in every popular operating systems, including Windows, Android, and IOS.

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How to Close Apps Running in the Background in Windows 10?

There are two ways of stopping apps running in the background in Windows 10. You can use any method that is convenient to you.

By Using Privacy Settings

Follow these steps to stop background apps in Windows by using privacy settings:

Step 1: Go to Start
Step 2: Click on Settings (Alternatively, you could also search for Settings in the Windows Search Tab)
Step 3: Click on Privacy
Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the list on the left-hand side until you see Background Apps. There, you will see the list of applications that are processing in the background.
Step 5: Toggle the switch for apps that you don’t need to run in the background.

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How to Stop all Apps from Running in the Background in Windows 10?

Go to Start > Settings > Privacy > Background Apps, and then toggle the switch that says “Let Apps Run in the background”.

Stop Background Apps in Windows by Using System Settings

This time around, we will use your battery settings to stop unnecessary background programs from eating up your battery:

Step 1: Open Settings
Step 2: Click on System
Step 3: Select Battery
Step 4: Under Battery Saver, toggle on the switch for “Battery Saver status until next charge”. This will stop all the background apps in your Windows PC until you plug in a charger.

How to Let Some Apps Run in the Background Even When Battery Saver is On?

Sometimes, you wouldn’t want some apps to stop operating even when you need to save your battery. They could be an alarm or email. For that, go to Battery Saver Settings as you did in the previous step, and add apps in the Always Allowed List. 

How to Stop Background Processes from Running in Windows

If you think your system is unexpectedly slow, it may have something to do with the processes running on your computer. To see which processes are taking up what amount of resources, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then start task manager. Alternatively, you can right-click on the Taskbar, and you run Task Manager.

There, you can view the processes along with their Disk, Memory, CPU, Network, and GPU usage. To close a process, click on it and select End Task.

Make sure you leave system processes alone. You will get a warning if you attempt to stop a system process. In some cases, stopping a process can cause your computer to crash. A good idea would be to see the processes running on your computer, and monitoring their resource usage. If they still do not stop eating resources, you can Google up those processes so you know what they do before addressing them.

How to Stop Apps Running in the Background on Android?

The first step to closing background apps in Android is identifying them. In most cases, you find the ones that are taking most of your data and battery and stop them. 

Find Apps Taking the Most Battery in Your Android

Follow these steps to find the most battery consuming apps in your smartphone.

Step 1: Go to Settings
Step 2: Tap on About Phone
Step 3: Find Battery

There, you will see a list of applications taking up the most battery in your phone.

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For a more detailed overview of this, we have another article on our website: Locate Battery Draining Apps and Maximize Battery Life on Android.

How to Stop Apps that are Taking a Lot of Battery in my Phone?

Now that you know which apps are draining your battery, you have two options to kill them. You can either use Application Settings or stop processes from Developer’s options. 

Stopping Background Apps in Android from Application Settings

For this, you need to go to Settings > Apps or App Settings > Applications > Application Manager. Once you are there, you will see a list of applications in your device. Tap on the one taking up most of your battery, and then tap on Force Stop, and they will stop immediately. Don’t stop system apps – you will get a warning if you try to close one.

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Stopping Background Processes in Android By Enabling Developer’s Options

Enabling the developer’s options will give you a better overview of the resources your apps are using. You need to follow these steps to stop background processes in Android with Developer’s Options:

Step 1: You need to Enable Developer’s Options. The process is different in various devices, but in most cases, you will need to go to Settings > About Phone and then tap on the Build Number for some time. You will get a notification that the developer’s settings have been enabled. 

If you don’t get a notification, you can look at your device manual or run a Google search to know about enabling Developer’s Options on the specific model.

Step 2: Go to Settings > Developer Options > Process Statistics or Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Running Services. Instead of Running Services, you may also find Processes and Processes Stats.

Step 3: Recognize and disable the services that are taking up the most resources. Again, be wary of system processes.

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Find and Stop Apps Consuming Data on Android

In some cases, you may want to stop certain apps with background processes that are consuming data in your Android device. To do that, go to Settings and find Data Usage. You will see a list of applications with their most recent data usage. Either tap on specific apps and Restrict Data for them or tap on the three dots on the top right (options) and check the Restrict Background Data option to disallow any application from using background data.

You can alternate between WiFi and Data by tapping on them.

How to Stop Background Apps on IOS?

You don’t really need to close any background apps in IOS. The operating system is fast and smooth, and apps terminate when you close them. 

Actually, closing background apps may make the device slower. When you close an app on IOS, the system takes it away from the CPU and adds its data to the RAM so you can easily access it the next time you open it. If the RAM is full, the system intelligently detects and removes the apps that are not very important.

The RAM doesn’t consume the battery when you are not using it. 

If you Force Stop an App, you will end up removing its data from the RAM. Thus, the device will need to load it again from scratch the next time you open the app. 

How to Stop Background App Refresh in IOS?

The background app refresh feature in IOS allows applications to look for updates, or download new resources. If you look at many “how to save battery on IOS” articles on the internet, many will tell you to disable it. Actually, background app refresh happens in a smart way. It takes place in a controlled manner when your device has enough battery and resources. 

If you want to disable background app refresh, simply go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Turn off the notch for individual applications or for the system as a whole. You can scroll to the bottom, and turn off “WiFi Assist” – doing so will not let your iPhone enable mobile data when the WiFi signal is weak.

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How to Stop Background Data Usage on IOS?

If background data usage is a concern to you, you can turn off the background app refresh as discussed. You can also go to Settings > Cellular to see the data usage for each app, and turn off data for applications that shouldn’t be using your cellular data plan.

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Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store and turn off Use Cellular Data to prevent iTunes and App Store from downloading media or updates until they get WiFi Signal.

Background apps can drain your resources, especially on Windows and IOS. They make the system less efficient by eating up your data, CPU, and battery. Fortunately, every operating system provides multiple ways for us to stop such apps.

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