The best task manager for Android apps
Task managers used to be a really big deal. Back in the days of FroYo and Gingerbread there weren’t a lot of ways to deal with applications and if you opened one, it remained open to sap what precious RAM was available on phones back then. Since Ice Cream Sandwich and the inclusion of the stock Android task manager, there is no reason to use an app like this anymore. It’s true we can probably go with not writing one of these at all, but we care about everybody rocking Android. Even the less than 1% running a version of Android that actually needed these. Here are the best task manager apps for Android!


Advanced Task Killer

Price: Free / $4.99
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ReChild really hit a home run with their Advanced Task Killer. It has over 50 million downloads. It was among the best back when task management apps were actually necessary. The app stopped receiving updates around 2016. That makes it more up-to-date than most task killers these days. It does the standard task management things. It also has extra stuff like an ignore list for apps you never want to kill and various levels of task killing. Most of the features are available for free. You can pay the $4.99 if you want to. We don't recommend it.
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Advanced Task Killer

Advanced Task Manager

Price: Free / $2.99
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Advanced Task Manager is another one of the more popular task management apps. It has sort of evolved into a phone booster. That's not the best news because booster apps don't work well. However, this is a task manager that works on Nougat. That's fairly rare. You can use it to kill apps and games, clear out RAM, and a few other things. It has an ignore list for those apps you don't want closed. This is one of a few that works on newer versions of Android. We wouldn't recommend you do that, though. It's still good for older devices as well.
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ES Task Manager

Price: Free
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ES Task Manager is by the same developers who do ES File Explorer. This one looks better than most. It's also one of only a few task management apps that have Material Design. Unlike many of these, the feature list is ridiculously long and includes all the standard features of a task management app along with pretty much everything in ES File Explorer. The two apps integrate fairly well. It’s also a free app. Do beware of those snake oil features. The app won't speed up your phone. We tried.
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ES Task Manager

Smart Task Manager

Price: Free / $2.49
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Smart Task Manager was previously Android Task Manager. Google Play cracked down on developers using Android in their names. Hence, Smart Task Manager was born. It works like any of the classic task management apps. The app can auto-end tasks, put apps on a whitelist to be ignored by the task manager, and you can even shake your device to clear your tasks out. It can also show app information, and backup some of your info. It's about as good as it gets as far as task management apps go. You can get it for free or pay out $2.49 for the full version.
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SystemPanel 2

Price: Free / $1.99
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SystemPanel 2 is one of the only task management apps that is still worth using. Instead of boasting some magical one-click solution, it just shows you a bunch of information. It'll show you how long apps have fun on any particular day. It'll also show active apps, app CPU usage, and more. It can also backup some data. There are root features as well, including disabling app services and more. It should work really well up through Android Nougat at least. You can get the app for free or get the paid version as an in-app purchase.
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SystemPanel 2

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Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!