How to force stop Android apps on Samsung Galaxy S3

Google_android_logoEver experienced an app that refuses to respond? I bet you have! Occasionally your apps will stop responding or consume chunks of memory or even worse completely crash. I’ve experienced all these issues and more with the Samsung Galaxy S3 – even as recently as last week while at #CES2013. Maybe something to do with a firmware update? See this post 🙁

Rather than restarting your Android device or using Task Manager (see below), you can look to perform a force close, or force stop of an app. This is a useful way to kill an app process, so you can reload the app, rather than restarting your Android device.

Note: There are a number of different ways to perform a force close or force stop, depending on which Android device you use. For the benefit of this post I will be using a Samsung Galaxy S3

  • Pull down the notification bar
  • Click the > Settings sprocket
  • Scroll down to Applications manager
  • You should be presented with three tabs of apps – Downloaded; Running (these are your running app cached processes) and ALL. You should swipe left twice to move to ALL apps (see Bootnote)
  • Tap on the app you want to force close or force stop. You should see Force stop and Uninstall. Tap on Force stop
  • Once you tap Force stop you should now see it has greyed out – this means Force stop has worked
  • You can now exit > Settings and head back to where you installed the app
  • Tap to relaunch your app! This process is applicable to ALL Android apps

You might be wondering at this stage, if the app is behaving strangely will the above force force stop actually work? Answer is yes. Also, will doing a Force stop damage the app? Absolutely not.

TIP: If you hold down the Home button, you can access Task Manager. This option also allows you to Force close an app. Only applicable if you are running ICS 4.0 or above.

Bootnote: If you tap on an app on the Downloaded tab, you will see Force stop option, however you will only see the Stop option in Running cached processes. Running cached processes also allow developers to preview app reports i.e. system and event logs as well as Stack trace using Eclipse DDMS window.

Safe surfing folks!

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5 Responses to How to force stop Android apps on Samsung Galaxy S3

  1. Jo says:

    OMG! Just found this post after an hour of trying to close a childrens game, that was child locked/adult proof to. After restarting my phone 6 times and the app still loading, I found your post. THANK YOU! Most stressful hour of my life ahha

  2. france says:

    Awesome information. Thank you!!

  3. brakawe says:

    forces close

  4. Elaine Argaet says:

    How to you remove the Force stop? I hit the button by mistake and can’t remove the force stop.

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