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  • [Review] Auto App Killer - Keep Your iPhone's RAM Free


    Whether or not you agree with the way iOS handles multitasking, you cannot escape the fact that it still uses a lot of your memory; iOS suspends your applications in the memory. If you are constantly running on low memory and experiencing bottlenecked speeds and poor performance, then maybe you could use a new jailbreak tweak dubbed Auto App Killer by iOS developer ipodtouchmaster. Auto App Killer attempts to make it possible for you to manually control your memory for the best performance.

    The developer, ipodtouchmaster, explains how Auto App Killer is a better alternative to the automatic memory handling that iOS has:
    Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchmaster
    When you close an application by hitting the home button, the app does not completely close but merely moves into the background (for quick access later). iOS will let you leave as many applications open in the background as you have free RAM. Each backgrounded application is still loaded into the RAM, just taking up space, and waits there until killed. When you try to open an application that requires more RAM than available, iOS will close a background application(s) until just enough RAM opens up to successfully run the app. So after enough time your device will remain at a very low level of RAM until you end up respringing or rebooting to free the applications from memory.

    Auto App Killer resolves this problem
    Since Auto App Killer has the main purpose of giving you manual control over your memory, it wouldn’t be complete without a preferences pane in the Settings application so you can actually set your own manual settings. Luckily, that’s exactly what you will find. The preferences pane is shown below, with the option to choose how much free memory should be left before Auto App Killer takes over. It also includes a feature to auto-kill any application you close out of with the home button instead of causing it to go into the background – this can also help save memory if you’re not a chronic multitasker.



    In short, Auto App Killer lets you use the automatic iOS memory saver to your advantage, by setting a manual memory limit for applications to start clearing instead of letting iOS background applications and wait to start clearing applications until your memory is completely full. In turn, you should notice a smoother iOS experience with crisper animations, less crashes, and faster loading speeds.

    It is noted in Cydia that applications running in the background won’t be closed and only suspended applications will be closed. This means any VoIP call applications, music applications, GPS applications, and other applications of this nature that will run in the background will remain running even as Auto App Killer starts freeing your memory for you.

    For now, Auto App Killer only works on the iPhone and iPod touch and is not compatible with the iPad. It also requires that you be running iOS 5 as no older firmware is supported. If you want to speed up your iOS device and keep things from slowing down as your memory starts getting filled, give this tweak a try.

    Name: Auto App Killer
    Price: $1.49
    Version: 1.0
    Requirements: iOS 5, iPhone or iPod touch
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: ipodtouchmaster
    Editor's Rating: / 3.5/5

    Sources: Cydia
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Auto App Killer - Keep Your iPhone's RAM Free started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Can't you just use disable multitasking via winterboard. Or springtomize? Shouldn't have to pay
    1. AislinnMln's Avatar
      AislinnMln -
      But not all of us want to completely disable multitasking. I like this one - it's customizable enough to be useful while still keeping out of your way, like iOS stuff SHOULD work.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Can't you just use disable multitasking via winterboard. Or springtomize? Shouldn't have to pay
      You would have to pay for Springtomize.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Yeah, but not winterboard.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Yeah, but not winterboard.
      Not everyone wants to completely disable multitasking.
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Springtomize. Doesn't work. When I tried disabling multitasking in springtomize. It came up with a black wallpaper and my dock was missing icons. I also tried doing via Ifile into core services and that screwed everything up. I guess this tweak will work
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      Springtomize. Doesn't work. When I tried disabling multitasking in springtomize. It came up with a black wallpaper and my dock was missing icons. I also tried doing via Ifile into core services and that screwed everything up. I guess this tweak will work
      You have to turn the capabilities you want to to
      Stay on with the killswitch and leave the switches off for the things you want disabled
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      This tweak is awesome but I wish the minimum RAM went down to like 15mb than 75mb. My iPod usually runs under 75mb with a couple apps running. I don't want every app I'm running to quit. Awesome tweak though.
    1. angel.tdw's Avatar
      angel.tdw -
      just waste...
      tried it,,,, after the specified available ram, teh app starts killing the new apps, adn teh old apps remain stagnant in the memory, while it should function as, apps should start deleting from back to front...
    1. jeffrh's Avatar
      jeffrh -
      Just get SwitcherCleaner. It works great and it's free!
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Works great, thank you! The iPod Touch is horrible on RAM. Just horrible.
    1. itzbilly's Avatar
      itzbilly -
      WeeKillBackground...? Works with Notif Center and is free...
    1. vicx's Avatar
      vicx -
      It would be much better with a option that allow you to add some apps that you allow to stay in backgroud( aka Skype) ! Right now if the tweak it's on default it kills all started apps! I am on 3GS
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      I think this app is great!
    1. 24inthelead's Avatar
      24inthelead -
      KillBackground works the best, It instantly kills verything in the BG