Dan Gookin shows you various tricks for managing apps, storing them on the Apps Drawer, and accessing their controls in the Settings app. Learn when to force stop an app and what the Clear Data and Clear Cache buttons do.
- [Narrator] Like any chore, managing apps can be a pain, but it's beneficial. To keep your apps organized and running smoothly, a modicum of management is necessary. On this device, in the apps drawer, installed apps appear in alphabetical order, in rows and columns all on a single screen. Frequently opened apps also appear on the top row. And the search bar above that let's you locate apps which is really handy when your Android has a ton of apps. Some Android devices may page the apps drawer left and right.
You have the option to rearrange the apps and even organize them into folders, just as you can do on the home screen. If so, here's a tip. Place those apps you don't want, but can't uninstall, into a folder. For example, apps pre-installed by the phone's manufacturer or cell phone provider, can be put into a folder on the apps drawer where they won't get in your way. This phone doesn't offer that feature, but if your phone does, take advantage of it. App management when called for, takes place in the settings app.
There you can truly control the apps and review their settings. To do so, access the Settings app. Choose Apps and Notifications. On some devices, this item is titled Apps, or perhaps App Manager. And if you don't see a list of apps right away, choose app info. I'm going to choose the Dropbox app. This is the main control screen for the app, and it presents a lot of options. To uninstall the app, for example, you would tap the uninstall button, and then tap okay to confirm.
For stock Android apps, such as Google Drive, the uninstall button is labeled disable. You cannot remove stock Android apps, such as Drive, Maps, or Gmail, but you can disable them. Use the force stop button, when the app is run amuck. For example, it's stuck. This trick is not how you quit an app, but it's how you deal with an app that's become unresponsive. Permissions let's you review which device features the app can access.
Permission cards will prompt you to allow or deny access when you first run the app. Here is where you can resend your decisions. Of course, resetting a permission here doesn't prevent you from seeing the prompt again, but if you don't want an app, for example, to use the camera, then ensure that this item here, is off. Storage is about more than how much memory the app consumes. The clear data button, resets the apps configuration. For example, with a game, choosing this button clears your high scores and other retained details.
The clear cache button, can often fix an app that doesn't work properly or is stuck. For example, say an app is always downloading an update. If so, tap the clear cache button, it's not magic, but it may make the problem go away.
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