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There might be apps installed on your Android device that you don’t use all the time, but you may not want to to remove them, yet you also don’t want them hogging up precious resources. If you have a rooted phone, you can do something about those apps to the tune of removing them. If, however, your phone isn’t rooted, what do you?

You turn to Greenify.

With this free app, you can hibernate those apps you don’t want running in the background. It’s easy to use and can save data, battery, and performance.

Installing Greenify

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for greenify.
  3. Locate and tap the entry by Oasis Feng.
  4. Tap Install.
  5. Read the permissions listing.
  6. If the permissions listing is acceptable, tap Accept.
  7. Allow the installation to complete.

You should see a Greenify launcher in either your App Drawer or on your home screen. Tap that launcher to open the newly installed app.

Hibernating apps

The first thing you need to do is add an app to hibernate. From the Greenify main screen (Figure A), tap the + button.

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Greenify running on a Verizon-branded Droid Turbo.

Once Greenify analyzes your apps, it will list everything running in the background (Figure B). Locate and tap the app(s) you want to hibernate and then tap the check button.

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Adding apps to the hibernate list.

After you’ve added apps to the list, you might find a new warning on the main page informing you that added permissions are necessary to detect and avoid hibernating foreground apps. If you see this warning, tap the SETTING button and then enable Greenify so that it can view general information about apps on your device (Figure C).

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Enabling Greenify with the proper permissions to view all apps.

Tap the device back button to return to the Greenify home screen and then tap the Z button to hibernate the selected apps. When you do this, you will most likely see yet another warning. If your device is not rooted, you must force stop certain apps in order for them to be placed in hibernation and then tap ENABLE AUTOMATION (Figure D).

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Force stopping an app so it can be hibernated.

Once you hibernate an app, it will remain in this state, even after a reboot. When you want to remove an app from hibernation, long press it in the Greenify main screen and then tap the X. The app will be removed from your hibernation list, and you can use it as normal.

Summary

Greenify enables you to move installed apps into a hibernated state, so that they aren’t using up your resources. No, this isn’t a means to get rid of bloatware, but for those apps you don’t want to uninstall but rather just tuck away for a while, Greenify is what you need.

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