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 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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Advanced Task Manager

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

Simple System Monitor

Price: Free / $1.99
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Simple System Monitor is, well, a simple system monitor. It shows a variety of system stats, including RAM and CPU usage, GPU usage, network activity, and some root options. It also includes a task manager, a cache cleaner, and some other tools. The CPU usage only works on pre-Android Oreo devices, though, thanks to changes Google made in the OS. Otherwise, it works quite well as both a system monitor app and a task manager app.
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Simple System Monitor

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

Taskmanager

Price: Free
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Taskmanager is an old school style task manager app. It shows you a list of tasks and the total amount of RAM used. The app also features a dark theme, the ability to kill apps if needed, and a one by one widget that kills apps for you. It also boasts no in-app purchases, unnecessary permissions, and a somewhat modern design. It's definitely good for what it is and it's a weird modern app killer in an era when they aren't really needed anymore. Still, it's good for older devices.
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Taskmanager

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