1. DroidForums.net is currently undergoing a major software upgrade. If you are experiencing any problems logging in please: Contact Us

developer option.. "don't keep activities" ??

Discussion in 'Droid RAZR MAXX' started by russel5150, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. russel5150
    Offline

    russel5150 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Cleveland Oklahoma
    i spent a lot of time reading the droid forums yesterday, learning about my razr maxx, and also the samsung galaxy tab 2 7 that i recently bought...

    there was a "tips and tricks" kind of post about the tab 2, and as i was reading it there was an option mentioned to help preserve battery and data.

    the post said that under developer options, activate the option " dont keep activities" so i did that, and also did it to my maxx.

    unless im wrong it seemed to close recently used apps, because on my tablet when i went to the ram manager it quit showing which places i had just been to on my tablet. it also seemed to work on my maxx, except that my text notification quit making sound.. i wondered if it was because i use the zedge app for all the sounds on my phone?

    i re powered my phone and it worked, but i also turned off the "dont keep activities" in case it was killing my zedge sound settings.

    anyone know a little more about this that can maybe tell me if that option is a good one to have on the phone or if it was just a coincidence?

    thanks

    Russel the cop
  2. Squeak87
    Offline

    Squeak87 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2012
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Plantersville, Texas
    I am curious about this as well, when I have time to research more tonight I will post my findings.

    <<--{Droid Razr Maxx ┬░Celcius .215}-->>
  3. Sydman
    Offline

    Sydman Premium Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2010
    Messages:
    3,416
    Likes Received:
    201
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    It was recommended that you do not use that option on a day to day basis because of exactly what you are experiencing. It will kill anything that is running in the background, so that could also affect battery life.

    It is basically auto killing apps that are just going to load back up to be auto killed again, thus battery will be impacted. As well as what you are experiencing with it killing Zedge and not playing your tones.
  4. bsweetness
    Offline

    bsweetness Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    Messages:
    2,496
    Likes Received:
    95
    Trophy Points:
    48
    It's included in the developer options because it's something that's meant to be used by developers for testing apps. As Sydman said, it's not designed to be used all the time. If it was, it wouldn't be included in the developer options menu.

    Basically, "don't keep activities" is designed to test whether or not apps that are being developed properly save their data when closed out. Here's what Google has to say about it on their developer website (it's called "immediately destroy activities" on the page, but it's the same thing). So, it kills absolutely everything, which is a bad thing on Android. Many processes are designed to be running in the background, and if killed, it could cause problems. It will also contribute to draining the battery faster because many of these processes will immediately try to restart after being killed, resulting in a continuous cycle of kill/start/kill/start/kill/etc. Additionally, it can slow down the system and the opening of apps and processes since they'll have to restart from scratch every time they're used.

    So, in short, it's not the best idea to have that option selected unless you're testing an app that you're building.
    3 people like this.
  5. russel5150
    Offline

    russel5150 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Cleveland Oklahoma
    Ok thanks for the info!
  6. jaseman
    Offline

    jaseman New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2012
    Messages:
    64
    Likes Received:
    10
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I selected that I like the post from bsweetness above. I used that option for a little while not understanding the full ramifications. Now I do not use it at all. The only way any task killer will work as we want it to is if the task in question does not continue to restart itself all the time. SOmething we have little control over. :icon_eek:
  7. Squeak87
    Offline

    Squeak87 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2012
    Messages:
    313
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Plantersville, Texas
    Thank you for the info, not sure what I would do without the forums.

    <<--{Droid Razr Maxx ┬░Celcius .215}-->>
  8. FoxKat
    Offline

    FoxKat Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2010
    Messages:
    8,606
    Likes Received:
    820
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    And THAT ^^ is how we show others that someone like bsweetness has provided helpful content! Bravo!
Search tags for this page

developer options don't keep activities

,
developer options dont keep activities
,
developer options razr maxx
,
do not keep activities
,
do not keep activities galaxy s4
,
don't keep activities android
,
don't keep activities developer option
,

don't keep activities droid razr

,
ehat is do not keep in s3 developer options
,
galaxy s3 developer options don't keep activities
,
how to on don't keep activities on galaxy note 3
,
razr maxx developer options
,
samsung galaxy s4 developer options don't keep activities
,
what does don't keep activities do
,
what does don't keep activities do