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What’s New With Nougat Part 11: Save battery by putting apps to sleep

As Samsung continues to roll out new beta builds of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge we continue to test them and find out what’s new. In the latest part of our What’s New With Nougat series we’re looking at a new feature that will allow you to save battery by putting apps to sleep.

The way this works is very simple. Press and hold on an app icon and you will be presented with three options. If you choose “Put to sleep,” you will be notified that this action prevents the app from using the battery in the background. Sleeping apps will not receive updates or send notifications (which is something Android’s Force Stop option doesn’t do), but they will wake up when they’re launched so they will need to be put to sleep again as and when required. This feature will thus enable you to put some of the apps that you rarely use to sleep just so they don’t keep draining the battery in the background, you just need to launch them again like you normally would for them to regain functionality.

This is clearly an extension of the battery optimization option Samsung has offered in Marshmallow, which disables apps from running in the background if they haven’t been used for three days (or a week, if that’s the setting you choose). Sounds good, doesn’t it? Do let us know what you think about this feature by leaving a comment below. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our What’s New With Nougat series to find out all that’s new with Android 7.0 Nougat on Samsung’s flagship smartphones.

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czarnydaniel
czarnydaniel

I don’t have this option put into sleep. Why is that? And the battery drains much faster than on 6.0.1

mantaka
mantaka

Now working anymore for system aps! Samsung such balls!

mustaka
mustaka

Launching a sleeping app should awake it temporarily, and the app should be put to sleep automatically after it is closed, unless the user awakens it explicitly. This way this feature would be much useful.

jbacal
jbacal

Just like hibernation function. It’s nice.

moin444
moin444

a8(2015) upadate android 7 ans me

mantaka
mantaka

Nice 😀 Facebook in sleep mode for ever 😀

mustaka
mustaka

You can disable built-in apps to put them to sleep forever.

glowman
glowman

Now this is interesting!

boobathi07
boobathi07

Can anyone confirm if the pop up notifications for stock Samsung messaging app is lost on beta3 ?

pablojaviero
pablojaviero

I can confirm this! Kinda. You can still reply to the notification with in-line reply that is native with Nougat 7.0

T-mobile GS7 Edge running 7.0 beta2

MStuart
MStuart

I hope this can be done from settings as well since I’m not giving up Nova Launcher…

mjsorensen
mjsorensen

Did you ever find out of the “put to sleep” feature works with Nova Launcher?

mada222
mada222

This is work in home screen not in the app drawer!

S6Edge
S6Edge

Can’t wait for the official update… ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)