Greenify update adds Aggressive Doze mode and Shallow Hibernation in v2.8

by: Kris CarlonFebruary 3, 2016

Greenify teaser

Greenify, the app that lets you tell your apps when to go to bed, has just been updated to v2.8 with some very cool new app doze features. Aggressive Doze mode is a new feature for Android Marshmallow that doesn’t require root and there’s also Shallow Hibernation mode, which does require root. Both experimental features add even more value to the best app hibernation solution around.

android 6.0 marshmallowSee also: Android 6.0 Marshmallow features50

In typical Greenify fashion, Aggressive Doze mode lets you force a Marshmallow device into Doze Mode much more quickly than it would otherwise occur. The best thing is that this is a non-root feature. Typically the best Greenify features are reserved for root users but this one works for all devices on Android 6.0 and above.


The next experimental feature, Shallow Hibernation, does require root privileges, but it is very cool. Shallow Hibernation is an all-new hibernation mechanism that puts apps to sleep without killing them.

Shallow Hibernation basically means that when an app is closed, its last state is preserved ready for your next interaction, just as it would be when you normally switch apps. The difference is that Shallow Hibernations tops the app from running any background processes when you’re not actively using it.

Greenify aggressive doze shallow hibernation

There are some other updates too: non-root hibernation now dims the screen, foreground apps never hibernate, Greenify is now Smart Lock compatible and there’s some other stuff in there too. A previous update added non-root auto-hibernation for Android 4.1+ devices, but the method required a non-secure lock screen setting which isn’t exactly advisable just to save some battery life.

Do you use Greenify? How do you manage wake locks and background processes?

  • PapaWangsta

    My phone is running android 5.1.1. For some reason I don’t see the Aggressive doze mode? Maybe doze mode is for android 6.0 and up?

    • Александр

      yes. read the article:
      “Typically the best Greenify features are reserved for root users but this one works for all devices on Android 6.0 and above.”

      • Cole

        Yes he either didn’t read the entire article or missed some of it when skimming through it. We’re all brothers & sisters here united by what Google gave us. Please try & be respectful to one another. We’re united not divided, we’ve all got Android devices and not iSheep, so please once again be nice. What if you had made that error and someone commented the way you did to you or even worse. You don’t have to heed my advice though.

        • SyCoREAPER

          That post makes you sound like a hippie.

          • Vishal2

            Cole’s reply is very gentle and helpful. It was not the usual tough reply of forums: “read it again”.

    • Cole

      Yeah bud, aggressive doze mode only works with 6.0+ the Shallow Hibernation works on 4.1+ as long as you’re got root.

    • SyCoREAPER

      How about you read. It’s in the article and in the picture.

  • fatspirit

    Face Unlock friendly screen locker become broken in this update.

  • imran

    Actually I want to know if just by installing greenify app on my non root device would Battety performance increase n background apps won’t run? How to auto hibernate? I couldn’t understand how it functions, tx in advance

  • dkking

    weird, Im using MIUI Android 6.0 Beta and Greenify is not showing me these options :/

  • dotAge

    The hibernation and doze mode caused my GPS logging apps stop working when the phone went to black screen for a while. So I have to disabled them both.