Why do I have all these apps running?

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    If I go into my advanced task killer I find a fairly large number of apps running that I have not been using (eg. Skype). I mean, if I leave the phone just sitting, after awhile I can go to it and find as many as 10 app running in the background. These aren't processes that are supporting other things so I don't know how/why they start.

    Is there a way to control this?

    -Jim
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    You need to check settings in each of those apps. A lot of my news apps, for example, are set to periodically refresh/update. I turned that off on the ones I use infrequently.

    My guess on Skype is it's polling to check for voicemail/messages, and you should be able to override that to manual.
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    -.- please use the search
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    I did. Nothing pertaining to what I'm asking came up.
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    There are tons of threads on this. Mostly task killer threads. It's discussed beyond death on every Android forum site. In short, you don't need to do anything unless you're actually having issues. Android isn't like other mobile OS's.
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    OK, so my phone has been sitting idle next to me after killing all the apps. It has been about 30 min. I opened task killer and what I have is:

    Voice search
    gmail
    corporate calendar
    alarm clock
    messaging
    wheres my droid
    gps tracker
    smrtguard
    google voize
    qwiklist
    androsms
    togglewifi

    The messaging apps I understand as I did get one text message. But all the others?
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    Thank you. I realize exactly what Android is. However, this doesn't explain the need for many of these process to be running unless I use them. I can see something like the calendar periodically checking in but I don't see why it needs to remain running.
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    OK I am in sledge hammer mode...

    REMOVE THE TASK KILLER!!! ATK BAD! BURN IT! BURN IT WITH FIRE!!! AHHH!!!

    /end rant
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    I know what you mean, but I am looking at this more from an educational standpoint then a complaint. But, without a task killer you will eventually overcome the capabilities of the device as everything you launch never closes, or am I not correct in that.
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    Your incorrect. As Droid needs available memory it closes apps that are not in use.
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    not exactly.. stuff "running" in the background isn't actually doing anything or really using any resources.. see the link backnblack posted
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    As noted frequently in these threads, there is a confusion between an app "occupying memory" and "running." For those interested in determining what is actually running, what is sitting in the background, and what is inactive (usually an app that ceased running recently), a good app is "System Panel."

    It will distinguish among these different states and show you in real time what is actually "running."

    And for those bound and determined to kill tasks, System Panel supports it.
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