This guide explains how to install Background Apps & Process List on FireStick. You can use the steps to install the app on Amazon Fire TV products, including FireStick 4K Max, Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and other Android-based devices. However, before we get into the installation process, let’s see what the app does and why it’s worth it.
What Is Background Apps & Process List?
Multiple apps running in the background can slow your FireStick, consume more power, cause your device to overheat, and use the Random Access Memory (RAM) fast. Force closing or stopping these apps optimizes your FireStick.
However, forcing close or stop several apps individually can be overwhelming and time-consuming. That is where the Background Apps & Process List app comes in. It is a free app that lets you force close apps running in the background of Android products, including Fire TV products, Android TV, tablets, and phones.
This app is a lot like the Task Killer app. However, Background Apps & Processes List is available on the Amazon Store, and Task Killer is a third-party app that must be sideloaded onto FireStick.
We have added the app to our list of Best FireStick Apps.
The features of the Background Apps & Process List include:
- Listing user apps and system apps on your device
- Close multiple or all apps at once
- Option to choose the apps that open at device startup
- Switching the layout of your device
Attention, FireStick Users!
Governments and ISPs constantly monitor your online activity, and accessing copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick could lead to serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend getting the best FireStick VPN to mask your IP address and securely stream your favorites.
I personally use ExpressVPN, the fastest and most secure VPN available. Not only is it easy to install on any device, it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, if you're not 100% satisfied, you can always get a refund. ExpressVPN is currently also offering a whopping 3 extra months free on their annual plan!
It is a worthy app that helps optimize your FireStick. When you force close the apps running on your device’s background, you achieve the following:
- Save power
- Reduce your device’s temperature
- Save the RAM of your device
- Reduce your device’s CPU usage
- Speed up your device
How to Install Background Apps & Process List App on FireStick
Installing the Background Apps & Process List app is straightforward because you can find it in the Amazon App Store. Follow these steps to install the app on your FireStick:
1. Click Find > Search on your FireStick home screen.
2. Use your remote to type Background Apps & Process List and click on it.
3. Click the Background Apps & Process List app tile under Apps & Games.
4. Tap Get or Download and wait for the app to download.
5. Press Open to start using the app.
Highly recommended if streaming with free or low-cost services 👇
How to Stream on FireStick Anonymously
As soon as you install the right apps, your FireStick is all ready to stream your favorite content. However, before you start, I would like to warn you that everything you stream online is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming free movies, TV shows, Sports might get you into legal trouble.
Thankfully, there is a foolproof way to keep all your streaming activities hidden from your ISP and the Government. All you need is a good VPN for Fire Stick. A VPN will mask your original IP which is and will help you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is compatible with all kinds of streaming apps and is very easy to install on Fire TV / Stick.
We do not encourage the violation of copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you start streaming on your Fire Stick / Fire TV, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it free for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for a full refund.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV Stick and go to Find followed by Search option.
Step 3: Now type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results.
Step 4: Click Download to install the ExpressVPN app on Fire TV / Stick.
Step 5: Open the app and enter the login credentials that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click Sign in.
Step 6: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more detailed info on using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
How to Use the Background Apps & Process List App on FireStick
If you intend to use the Background Apps & Process List app frequently, consider adding a shortcut for the app on your FireStick home screen. To learn more about moving a downloaded app to the FireStick home screen, read our full guide to creating home screen shortcuts.
The Background Apps & Process List app has a simple user interface with five items on the menu: Preferences, Close Multiple, Close All Apps, System/User, and Switch Layout. When you select an app from your list of apps, a pop-up menu gives you several options. These options include:
- Launch application
- Force stop
- Clear data
- Clear cache
- Clear defaults
If you want to force stop the app, select Force stop, then press OK.
The app also lets you force-stop several apps simultaneously. To do this, select Close Multiple on the menu. At the top of the tab, you’ll see the number of apps running in the background. Follow these steps to force stop multiple apps at once:
1. Select the apps you want to force stop.
2. Tap Close Selected Apps.
3. Click Force stop on the pop-up menu.
When you click Close Selected Apps, each app’s info screen pops up one by one. The app’s info screen of the next app only appears after choosing Force stop on the current app. For instance, if you select eight apps, the first app’s info screen will pop up, and you’ll choose Force Stop. When you press OK, the second app’s info screen appears, and you repeat the process until you have force-stopped all eight apps.
The Switch Layout menu lets you organize your FireStick apps and change the layout. Additionally, you can choose the apps that should start when you boot your FireStick. This feature is accessible under the Preferences tab. When you select an app, and the app details pop up, check the Open App on Boot box.
What Are Background Apps?
Background apps run when your device is on, even without you actively working on the app’s window. Most background apps start when you boot your device, slowing the boot-up and taking up your device’s RAM.
Is It Okay To Force-Stop Background Apps on FireStick?
Yes, it’s okay to force-stop background apps on FireStick because it speeds up your device, frees up available memory, saves power, and prolongs your battery’s life. However, be careful when forcing an app to stop because it ceases to be functional until you open it manually.
Is Background Apps & Process List App Worth It?
Yes, the Background App & Process List is a free app for FireSticks and other Android devices with a lot to offer. First, it lets you force stop apps unwanted background apps, which offers several benefits. These benefits include speeding up your FireStick, freeing up your RAM, and saving processing power.
Secondly, you can use the app to switch the layout of your FireStick apps. Thirdly, the app lets you choose which apps to start when you boot your FireStick. Lastly, the app enables you to clear app data, cache, and uninstall apps you no longer use.
How Can I Turn Off Background Apps on My FireStick Fast?
To quickly turn off background apps on your Firestick, install the Background Apps & Process List app from Amazon App Store. Follow these steps to install the app on your FireStick:
- Click Search on your FireStick home screen
- Type Background Apps & Process List on the text box
- Select Background Apps & Process List on the suggestions
- Tap the app’s tile under Apps & Games
- Click Get
- Tap Open when the installation is complete
When you open the app, choose Close Multiple Apps, select all the apps you want to close and tap Close Selected Apps.
How Do I Fix a Background Apps & Process List App Not Working on FireStick?
If the Background Apps & Process List app stopped working on your FireStick, troubleshoot it with the following steps:
- Clear the app cache
- Clear all data history
- Restart your FireStick
The Background Apps & Process List app on FireStick lets you close apps running in the background. Closing these background apps and limiting what apps start when you boot the FireStick optimizes it. It speeds up the FireStick, saves RAM, reduces CPU power usage, and reduces its temperature. I showed you how to install Background Apps & Processes List on FireStick. How was your experience? Please let me know through the comments section below.
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