How to Freeze Applications on Android

Android has plenty of great features and many different applications, both pre-installed and available from the Google Play Store, that you can use to your advantage. However, there may be times when you want to temporarily freeze one or more of these applications to prevent them from draining your battery or using up memory on your device. Here’s how to freeze applications on Android to prevent this from happening.

Freezing an application

To freeze an application, follow these steps:

Open the Application Manager from your device’s Settings. Scroll down and tap on All. Select the application you want to freeze and tap Freezing. Tap Freeze in the pop-up box. Finally, you will be given a confirmation prompt that tells you how long it will take for the application to be frozen.

You can change this time by tapping on Freeze app for and adjusting the slider at the bottom of the screen. When you are ready, click OK to confirm your choice. The freezing process may take up to three minutes depending on how much data is being transferred from one partition of memory to another.

Managing frozen apps

This will guide you how to freeze applications.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Battery.
  3. Under the heading titled Battery Usage, click More battery settings.
  4. Next, scroll down and select the app or process that you want to freeze.
  5. Tap the button next to it labeled as Don’t run and press done.

The pros and cons of freezing applications

Freezing applications is a way of saying you don’t want them launched until you say so. A quick search for how to freeze application led me straight to this website that is dedicated solely to the subject.

First, let’s talk about some of the benefits of freezing an application.

People tend not to be as annoyed when they have been frozen and have to wait a minute or two before they can use their app again. It has also been found that people are less likely to uninstall your app if it has unfreeze capabilities because it shows that you care about your customers.

On the other hand, there are many negatives associated with freezing apps such as having difficulty in locating certain apps in order to unfreeze them.

Freezing apps while keeping root access

Android root users can put any application into a deep freeze by navigating to the app’s APK directory and adding .freeze to the end of its filename. This will prevent it from running, starting or even installing from an installation package. It won’t work if you have chosen to use system-wide permissions for that app, however.

After completing this task, go ahead and download Booster for Root & Non-Root (one of my favorite tools) which includes features such as removing unwanted bloatware applications, cleaning unused files from your device’s storage and more!


Applications can be frozen by long-pressing the home button, touching the square with the app, then dragging it up. Once you see the big red cross on top of the app’s icon, a popup will appear asking if you want to freeze or unfreeze it. Long-pressing an application while in this menu will also let you delete an application permanently.

You cannot return the application once it is deleted, so be sure that you are ready to delete before doing so. Frozen applications will not work and can not be opened unless they are unfrozen again. There is no way to undo freezing an application; only deleting it will free up space for more apps.

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