Switch Across Running Apps on Android Phone

If you are the one who use various apps simultaneously on your Android device and wish to get rid of the traditional way of switching over different apps i.e tapping on the ‘home’ icon, then tapping on the ‘menu’ icon, selecting the other app and then finally starting using it – a pretty lengthy, boring process, isn’t it? Well you can save yourself from this burdensome procedure of switching from one app to other using the Taskbar Task Switcher app. This app enables you to get all your recently used apps in the Notification drawer on the top of your screen and you can have the access to all of them from one place.

The features and functionality is pretty simple and to-the-point. You can set the number of applications you want it to display(maximum 8), choose apps that you don’t want displayed within the notifications drawer, set the text color of your choice for app names, choose to have dots representing the apps that are displayed, there’s also an additional (optional) “return to desktop” button. Simple yet effective application.


Note : We recommend having the ‘start with system’ option at the top of the Preferences/Settings screen enabled, so that you don’t have to run the app every time your device reboots.

Another similar app that does the same for you is Perfect Task Switcher app. One step ahead, this one covers your other activities too, like the music, messaging etc along with the applications. There are 2 options to get started with the app – press the ‘home’ button or long-press the ‘search’ button. Easily switch tasks by scrolling through the list and tapping onto a task preview and close a running task by long pressing its preview and flinging it out of the task list.


My personal favorite would be the Smart Task Switcher app that gives you various options like Recent, Running, Favorite, to choose from and easily switch amongst your previously used apps/favorite apps/running tasks. You can use a tiny movable floating icon method to replace long press HOME button key(Pro version only).


Other similar app offering the easy switch between the running apps/tasks from the list of the currently running tasks is the MultiTasking Lite. Double click on the ‘home’ icon to launch the app and long pressing it would terminate all the running apps. The Pro version supports ‘Screen Orientation’ and no ads flashing on the screen.


And there’s a child inside you screaming to get out and do the same thing in a more playful way, use the Shake Multitasking app. Just shake your phone to switch applications. You can adjust the ‘threshold’ and ‘Auto turn off time’ by tapping on the ‘Settings’ icon. Features include App Drawer(long clicking the app will add it to the Favorites), Favorites(long press the app to delete it from the list) and Task(click to quit any running process).


You might find few more similar apps from the Google Play Store(Android Market) enabling you to switch easily between your frequently used, currently used apps and other tasks these are our top five picks for the same.

By Abhinav Singh

I am an MBA student and a founder member of NXTInsight. I love to keep the track of smartphones, tablets, wearables and other similar gadgets, so that I could help my readers to make the right decision before buying a gagdet.

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