Do stock Android apps still use phone memory if replacements are installed?

Manish Rajpal November 26, 2012
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Do pre-install application still use the memory if we install another application with similar use. Like if we install “Go Launcher” and make it default, do original launcher still use phone memory. Similarly, is this true for the contacts and message applications?

  1. Rohit Jhawer
    December 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Few services run in the background but they consume very less memory. Services like Music app and Maps, these run all the time and few apps which are from the service provider do run. If your phone is rooted you can try titanium backup to freeze apps and save some memory.

  2. Felix Göhringer
    December 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Replacements don't uninstall any apps from your phone. Thus those apps still use memory.

  3. Vishal Srivastava
    December 6, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    If you close your old app by killing it in the task manager and it stays that way, no memory for running it will be used. I have 5 Launchers on my phone other than my default Samsung Launcher and none of them consume memory as I kill them instead of switching from one to another. I also clean the cache.
    However, it consumes memory on your device for storage and of you've not got any app to SD applications installed, you'll be filling up internal memory quite fast (unless you've got loads of internal memory). Best way to clean it is uninstall apps.

  4. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 30, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Well of course. You replace them but not uninstall them, so they will still occupy the space unless you go and delete them manually.

  5. Alex Perkins
    November 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    They shouldn't, if you really wanted to un-install the default app and said device is rooted then you can use titanium backup and un-install it.

  6. Drew Butler
    November 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    above comments answer sufficiently.. just to add if you are rooted you can use titanium backup to freeze system apps that you have replaced wih something else. ALWAYS BACKUP before making any changes... have a good one.

  7. saad ahmed
    November 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    hmm un fortunately yesss!:(

  8. Dhaval Patel
    November 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

    yes, also upon closing them they will restart automatically.... you have to gain root access and some geeky knowledge to remove it. only after removing you can save the memory allocated to them....

  9. Kannon Y
    November 28, 2012 at 6:15 am

    It depends on the application's design:

    Some apps won't run in the background, while others might run constantly. There are various reasons for this, but the majority are related to the so-called "start up receivers", which are essentially triggers that lead to the program starting.

    For example, some music programs are designed to start up when the user plugs in a headphone. Others startup on boot. And the worst class of boot receiver is the autostarter, which is designed to start up even if you disable it using a third party app.

    Many of these apps' startup behaviors can be configured from within the app itself. However, some apps lack this feature and require third party apps to properly remove startup intents.

    There's a number of analysis tools out there that can tell you which apps are starting up, but interpreting this data might require some research on Google. For the most part, though, if you reboot the phone and then run a startup analyzer, if you see programs running that are never used, you may want to consider uninstalling it.

  10. Jim Chambers
    November 28, 2012 at 2:52 am

    All installed apps are stored in memory. Running apps use RAM memory.

  11. Duy Nguyen Minh
    November 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

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  12. susendeep dutta
    November 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    They do run behind unless and until you freeze them or remove them(which can be detrimental to your phone's performance).

    You might have noticed that whenever you update GoLauncher,and go to home,you are presented with two options - default home launcher and GoLauncher which proves that both are running in background.Similar is the case with other apps too.

  13. ha14
    November 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

    unless you uninstall them or they are not running then they will not use memory. You can use a task manager to see which applications are running and using memory.

    normally should not eat memory unless somehow the default launcher stays in the memory! if the launcher uses defaulr launcher then yes memory will be required.

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