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How to Add or Remove Apps to Sleeping Apps List on Samsung

Samsung Android phone lets you put any app to sleep. Here’s how you can add or remove any app to the Sleeping Apps list on Samsung.

In Android, you can install almost any application either from the Play Store or using an APK file. Every app you install can start or stop automatically. The app auto-start feature is pretty helpful as it allows the app(s) to send and receive notifications and provide other app-specific services.

However not every app needs to auto-start or always run in the background. This is especially true for apps you only use occasionally. After all, when there are more apps running in the background the system memory (RAM) fills up quickly and even the phone battery drains faster. To avoid these kinds of situations, you can put unused apps to sleep using Samsung’s Sleeping Apps feature. Apps added to the Sleeping Apps list are automatically put into sleep if the apps are not used for a while. This prevents the apps from auto-starting and draining battery and system memory unncessarily.

In this quick and straightforward guide, let me show the steps to put unused apps to sleep by adding them to the Sleeping Apps link on a Samsung phone.

Put unused apps to sleep – Add app to Sleeping Apps list

To add an app to the Sleeping Apps list, follow the steps shown below.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select the “Device care” option.
  3. Tap on the “Battery” option.
  4. Here, tap on the “App power management” option.
  5. Turn ON the “Put unused apps to sleep” option.
  6. Next, select the “Sleeping apps” option.
  7. Scroll all the way down and tap on “Add apps”.
  8. Select the app(s) from the list.
  9. Tap on the “Add” button to add it to the Sleeping Apps list.
  10. Close the Settings app.

Detailed steps

You can enable the “Put unused apps to sleep” from the Device Care section in the Settings app and then add apps to the Sleeping Apps list.

1. First, open the Settings app from the app drawer. In the Settings app, scroll down and select the “Device Care” option.

Note: If you cannot find the Device Care option in the Settings app, you can find it as an app icon in the app drawer.

samsung device care

2. Since the Sleeping Apps feature is considered a power management feature, tap on the “Battery → App power management” option.

samsung app power management

3. Once you are here, turn on the “Put unused apps to sleep” option.

4. Next, tap on the “Sleeping apps” option. This is where you will be able to add apps to the sleep list.

turn on put unused apps to sleep on samsung

5. Scroll all the way down on this page. At the bottom of the page, tap on the “Add apps” option.

add apps to sleeping list samsung

6. Your phone will now show all the apps that are not on the sleep list. Select the apps you want to put to sleep and then tap on the “Add” button.

select apps to add to sleeping list samsung

7. As soon as you tap on the add button, the selected apps will be added to the Samsung sleeping apps list. You will generally find the newly added apps at the top of the list with the “N” indicator on the icon.

8. You can now close the Settings app.

apps added to sleeping list

From now on, the apps you put in the Sleeping Apps list will automatically put into sleep mode if you don’t use them for around a week or so. Once an app is put to sleep, it might not be able to run in the background or send you notifications.

That being said, you can still manually open the app like always. When you manually open the app, the sleep clock for that specific app will reset. So, if you don’t use the app again for a week or so, it is deemed unused and Samsung will put the app to sleep.

In case you are wondering, as of writing this there is no way to change how long the phone will wait before putting an unused app to sleep.

Remove app in Sleeping Apps list

Just as you can add apps, you can also remove apps from the Sleeping Apps list. Here are the steps to follow.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the “Device care → Battery” page.
  3. Tap on the “App power management” option.
  4. Select the “Sleeping apps” option.
  5. Tap on the “Dustbin” icon on the top-right corner.
  6. Select the apps to remove from the list.
  7. Tap on the “Remove ” button at the bottom.
  8. Close the Settings app.

That is all. It is that simple to add or remove to sleeping apps list on a Samsung Android phone. If you need any help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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