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[Tips] [Explore MIUI] How to Manage Your Apps in Background

2017-06-17 00:20:28
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Hello, Mi Fans!
Whilst Android is designed to pack its RAM with apps in order to provide the fluid experience, it's also true that in practice not every app will behave ideally while in the background and might waste the available resources in your system. Unlike vanilla Android, MIUI comes with a pre-installed solution to deal with these rogue apps. As a matter of fact, MIUI has this feature from quite a time now which many new users fail to understand and end up downloading third party tools.

In control hierarchy, MIUI puts the user at the top, it strictly manages which app can and which app can't run on startup, also it manages apps against their background presence in RAM. Let's check how you can better manage your apps for being in background.

1. Autostart - Nectar of Immortality
If you just installed some apps and they aren't providing you real time notifications or they stop functioning after some initial minutes of locking the phone, then don't worry as this is a customizable and well-thought behavior to fill the RAM only with the apps a user wants to, unlike stock Android. All you have to do is enable the autostart entry for the app in security app.

With Autostart,
  • App will start with the system
  • App will not be closed even after swiping up in recent
  • App will not be closed upon cleaning RAM
  • App will be able to connect to the network to check notifications while the phone is locked and a display is off.
  • App will be able to run its background services if it has any.

Although a word of advice, enable it only for the apps which actually needs to be in the background as this will cost you resources like memory, CPU & battery power.

  • Open security app > permissions > auto-start
  • Enable Autostart for desired apps.

2. Lock in Recent - Regent at Front
Not every app requires to start with the system and be in the background (active or cached), this is where locking apps in recent come handy if you want to keep some of them locked temporarily. Locked apps in recent will not get closed while cleaning RAM or when the system requires extra RAM to run memory intensive apps/games.

  • Press physical menu button to open the list of recent apps
  • Pull the app icon downwards to lock the app in recent

Once you lock your phone, after some time doze (6.0+) will kick in and hence locked app in recent panel might be put on doze unlike Autostart, it then won't be able to connect to the network, receive real-time notifications or work in the background.

3. Manage Apps’ Behavior While Battery Saver is ON
If you are using MIUI battery saver then you must have noticed some of the apps misbehaving. This is because turning on battery saver will put all the apps on by default rule which is ‘recommended settings of MIUI battery saver’ and some apps might need the exception for all the good reasons. All we have to do is put those specific apps on ‘no restrictions’ rule

  • Go to settings > battery > manage apps’ battery usage
  • Under choose apps, find the app and select ‘no restrictions’ rule for it

That's it for now folks! Long time users of MIUI must be knowing about this for sure, so did you know? Or do you have something of your own to share, why not write in the comments below?

What about the app with accessibility service, it gets closed how do I manage it?
If any app has accessibility service and its getting forced closed, then enable autostart for the app - the service belongs to.

How do I unlock the app in recent?
Swipe the locked app icon down again and press unlock icon.

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Wizard Bunny

Manjeet dahiya | from Redmi Note 3


good information
2017-06-17 00:47:39

Advanced Bunny

manu66 | from Redmi Note 4


thanks a lot ☺
2017-06-17 00:49:27

Master Bunny

Mashu MvT | from app


Excellent aricle,thanks
2017-06-17 00:50:28

Master Bunny

Animesh Singh | from MI 5


Thanks for good tips,
2017-06-17 00:52:50
Thanks for your information
2017-06-17 01:01:02

Pro Bunny

Yash keshari | from Redmi Note 4


nice info.
2017-06-17 01:10:44

Pro Bunny

Vimlesh Kumar singh | from Redmi 3S


good information
2017-06-17 01:16:46

Grandmaster Bunny

Prem | from Redmi Note 4


we see the ram is consumed upto 80%.Even after cleaning the ram it goes down only to I will check with you suggested steps and see. thank for the information
2017-06-17 01:18:25

Master Bunny

Vikram Kumar | from MI MAX


thanks for info
2017-06-17 01:25:51

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Vishal Pandey11 | from app


thanks for info...
2017-06-17 01:28:44
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