Samsung considered the worst brand to manage applications in the background


The DontKillMyApp platform is dedicated to assessing how aggressive the brands (OEMs) are to prevent applications from running in the background. After its last update, Samsung is catapulted to the first place.

Previously, South Korean technology was positioned in the third position of this hierarchy. With the most recent update of this classification, Samsung jumps to the top, a two-position rise that the brand would certainly have missed.

Samsung imposes more restrictions on background applications with Android 11

Samsung is doing an excellent job of updating its equipment to Android 11. However, the distribution of One UI 3.0 brings its users new rules and permissions so that applications can run in the background.


Like New firmware, Samsung is more restrictive than ever in this chapter. As the DontKillMyApp platform points out, these restrictions can only be eased with direct user intervention.

On Android 11, Samsung will prevent applications from running in the background by default, unless they exclude applications from battery optimizations. This is a serious departure from standard Android process management policies. “

In fact, Google has been working hard to combat its partner’s practices by limiting how applications can run in the background. Practices that OEM´s justify with RAM management and equipment autonomy.

Despite the restrictions imposed by Samsung, DontKillMyApp notes some exceptions. One of them is the COVID-19 contagion tracking apps that use the Google API.

In contrast, DontKillMyApp shows concerns about the proper functioning of physical activity monitoring applications. Dependents of the smartphone's various sensors may also see its functioning affected.

How to ensure that certain applications continue to run in the background

As noted above, the user can circumvent the rules unilaterally imposed by Samsung. But for that he will have to dive into the settings of his equipment.


Therefore, the user must follow these steps: Settings – Applications – Select an application – Battery – Optimized battery usage – All. Once you get to this list, you should disable the apps that you want to work in full, even in the background.

OnePlus, Huawei and Xiaomi follow Samsung in this chapter

In the ranking revealed by DontKillMyApp we can also find other popular brands in the Android world. The Chinese OnePlus, Huawei and Xiaomi appear in the same table in this order, and whoever is higher is considered worse in this department.

Like Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei also receive the highest rating when evaluating the DontKillMyApp platform. Xiaomi already gets one point less than its compatriots.

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