How to manage your applications in your Samsung Galaxy Note8 [Tutorials]

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the most powerful smartphone in the market today but all those impressive specs and design will be useless without its applications. Everything that runs in your phone is an app or a service. Even all the settings and preferences are governed by an app called Settings and all those features that make the phone look sexy, they have their own apps so that users can actually enjoy them.

Your Note8 comes packed with pre-installed apps from Samsung as well as other service providers not to mention the apps mandated by Google to be present in every Android device. Then you will also have to install apps that are useful to you to make use of your phone’s resources and get the most out of it. Needless to say, you should know how to manage all your apps so that you can enjoy to fullest and that’s the purpose of this post.

But before we jump to our tutorials, if you found this post while looking for a solution to a problem with your phone, then I suggest you visit our Note8 troubleshooting page for we have already addressed the most common problems with this phone. Find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions we suggested. If you need more help, don’t hesitate to contact us by filling up our Android issues questionnaire.

How to clear apps caches and data in your Galaxy Note8

Clearing the cache and data of app means you’re actually resetting it. It will bring the app back to its out of the box settings and configuration. It is imperative that you know how to do this because it’s also a very effective troubleshooting procedure that addresses most of app-related issues.

For instance, if one of your apps doesn’t open when you tap its icon or if it keeps on crashing every time you use it, this procedure may fix the problem for you. However, just like most of the resets, you may lose the data you may have accumulated while using this app or if it’s a game app, you may lose your progress. So, use this at your own risk but this is how you do it:

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Apps.
  3. Tap the desired application in the default list or tap 3 dots icon > Show system apps to display pre-installed apps.
  4. Tap Storage.
  5. Tap Clear cache.
  6. Tap Clear data and then tap OK.

It’s simple, right? But it’s effective.

How to update applications in your your Galaxy Note8

There are times when an app-related problem occurs due to compatibility issue. For instance, you’ve recently updated the firmware of your phone and then some of your apps started crashing, won’t open or became sluggish, it’s possible the current version of those apps are no longer compatible with the new firmware.

Apps developers look out for new firmware updates because as soon as those updates are being implemented, they will also roll out updates for their apps to patch some issues with compatibility. However, there are times that it would take a day or two for some developers to update their apps and others even stopped supporting theirs and that’s when things get messed up. So, try to find out if there are apps that need to be updated and then update them…

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Play Store.
  3. Tap the Menu key and then tap My Apps. To keep your apps automatically updated, tap the Menu > Settings then tap Auto-update apps to select the check box.
  4. Choose one of the following options:
    • Tap Update [xx] to update all applications with updates available.
    • Tap an individual application and then tap Update to update a single application.

If the problem you’re experiencing has something to do with compatibility, then this procedure will fix it.

How to uninstall apps from your Galaxy Note8

Assuming you know which app is causing the problem and updating and clearing its cache and data didn’t fix the issue, then you will have to uninstall it so that your phone will continue to run without being interrupted by it. You can only do this to apps you downloaded and installed but apps that came pre-installed may require you to have root permission to get rid of them and we don’t usually recommend that. But for instance the app you’re having problems with is a third-party, then this is how you uninstall it…

  1. From the Home screen, swipe up on an empty spot to open the Apps tray.
  2. Tap Settings > Apps.
  3. Tap the desired application in the default list or tap 3 dots icon > Show system apps to display pre-installed apps.
  4. Tap the desired application.
  5. Tap Uninstall.
  6. Tap Uninstall again to confirm.

This will remove the app from your phone as well as delete all the files and data you accumulated while using it. This is the solution to problems caused by third-party apps.

How to clear list of recently used apps in your Galaxy Note8

This procedure will simply close apps or stop them from running. Do you know that hitting the Home button while you’re using an app doesn’t actually close the app? You’re just brought back to the home screen but the app continues to run in the background using resources and if you have some CPU-intensive apps running, you may encounter cases wherein the phone becomes sluggish at times or cause other apps to crash. That’s why it’s necessary to close apps running in the background from time to time and this is how you do it:

  1. From any screen, press the Recent apps key, located on the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. To close an individual recent application, touch an application from the list and drag it to the right or left or tap the ‘X’.
  3. To close all recent applications, tap the Clear all icon.

I hope that these tutorials can help you somehow.

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Harold has been in the tech industry since 2008 when he started out as a tech support for companies like Time Warner, Comcast and Tracfone. He’s been troubleshooting phones when the smartphone industry started booming. During his tenure as a tech support, he’s already been writing for various tech blogs and doing some freelance SEO. In 2012, he joined a small team of bloggers to write for The Droid Guy, and he has been with the company ever since. Today, he doesn’t only write tutorials and troubleshooting pieces but also shoots and edits videos for The Droid Guy channel while trading stocks on the side.

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