Prevent autostart for the apps I install without having to root the smartphone


The F-Droid Autostarts - Block apps from starting automaticall application needs root rights to make changes (like disabling autostart).

The F-Droid Battery Tool | Hibernate Unused Apps application also needs root rights.

Is it possible on /e/OS to prevent application autostart without having to root the smartphone ?

There were a feature in phone/system settings -->apps in older android (nougat-pie based), but i can’t find it in my R based


As you can see here, Autostarts is just a elaborated front-end to ADB pm command :wink:

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pm disable is not what is needed here because the disabled applications must be re-enabled before being able to launch them.

Is there another way to prevent the apps I install from auto-starting ?

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Which apps have you installed that do autostart?

Any app installed by the user on Android autostarts when the system boots. Isn’t it the case for /e/OS ?

Not that I had been aware of in /e/; here your issue is described How do I stop apps from auto-starting on Android

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I don’t believe that is the case. What evidence do you have for this statement?

@petefoth I don’t have any. On my Android 8.1.0, the apps I installed start when the smartphone boots. Preparing to buy a /e/OS compatible smartphone, I just wanted to know how to prevent auto-start for the apps I install without having to root the smartphone. But if you say /e/OS does not have this pb., then it’s fine with me.

@aibd Thanks for your procedure for Android to stop the apps from auto-starting. If /e/OS does not have this pb., I suppose they use a mechanism. Do you know of it ?

Thank you; so that is a starter; now you have to finish the assertion with some evidence - just what seems to you is happening is ok. :slight_smile:

@aibd The “FORCE STOP” button, in the “App info”, is clickable which mean the app is running although I did NOT launch it. This happens for any app I pick at random to check in the “App info” on my Android 8.1.0 smartphone. Let’s hope /e/OS is not concerned by this problem.

Thanks @sebm I hear the logic. If something can be stopped; then it must be going.

I cannot possibly write an answer to that, there are plenty of things I do worry about in Android, but I think you may find this a useful read.

I believe it is false logic: the ‘Force stop’ functionality is always available, even when an app is not running or has never been run.

This article explains why you don’t need to force stop or close apps

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Not starting apps at boot you “don’t” need for me is still a goal from a ressource / speed perspective but also privacy wise. Especially on devices with “low” memory e.g. <= 2GB

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So what apps are actually running when you boot your phone? The place to look is in Settings | System | Developer options | Running services. (Don’t be fooled by what is appearing in the ‘Recents’ view - i.e when you tap the square button. Those apps aren’t actually running when you boot up.

When I look at what is running immediately after boot, up all I see is my Launcher, and apps that are listening out for notifications or push messages. If there are any apps waiting for notifications that you don’t want, then you could try removing the Notifications permission (Settings | Apps and notifications | Notifications) though some apps may not work properly without notifications enabled.

If there’s anything else in the list of running services, then how to stop it will depend on the app. In my list there is nothing that I can see that isn’t doing something I want it to do.

If you are really keen, you can enable the local terminal app in Developer options, fire it up and use the ps command to look at all the processes that are running. Running ps --help will give you some information on how to use it.

I hope that is some use, but I still think that leaving Android to manage which apps are running is the easiest and the most effective option.

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Thank you for detailed considerations! E.g. I used Amazon Alexa to install some Echos on a spare phone for an “outpost”. But I use it seldom and I don’t want it to hover around on my phone active when I don’t need it. Please no advice regarding Amazon, their Echos or installation of their app ;- )

A ps | grep amazon gives me four hits, not checked for the memory footprint nor if there are more processes or related processes with other names.

This is only one example, same for some games etc. which nerves me sometimes with reminders that I should play more & pay more ;- )

ps: ps --help won’t get you help ;- ) at least not on my phone

@petefoth On my Android 8.1.0 device, once I click on the “FORCE STOP” button, the app stops, and then the button is greyed out and is not clickable anymore.

Good morning @sebm Did you read the second article? Having read the second article, does not the first (concerning this urban myth) sound more spurious?

Having read the article, you will recognise that @petefoth described logic we develpped around “stopped” and “going”!

Did you read going as one of the 4+ states of an Android application?

My bad. I haven’t read those articles yet.
I answered according to facts taken from my Android 8.1.0 smartphone.
I’m sorry, guys.