Like Windows PC, the Android OS also support the app auto start or auto run feature. We have the option to pick what apps to run in the background automatically when we start or restart our mobile phone. I was configuring a security app trying to lock Settings and Gallery app on Samsung Galaxy phone following this guide to lock apps, photos and videos on Android mobile. I found the apps are not locked each time my phone get rebooted. I must have missed something in the settings. Turning on auto run to allow this private data locker to start automatically in the background did the trick. If anyone wants a app to auto start on Samsung phone, you can follow below instructions.
Method 1. Allow app auto run during installation
This is the easiest way to auto start an app on the phone. When you download and install a new app, if you see the application permission request dialogue with the auto run option, you can select to enable it.
Method 2. Enable auto start from Application Permissions
If you missed the chance to turn on auto run during the app installation process, you can also go to turn it on later from Settings >> Application permissions. See below figure.
Method 3. Activate auto run from Application manager
Some Samsung phone model also have this option built into the App info screen. Go to Settings >> Application manager, find the app from Downloaded, SD card or All tab, tap the app name to open its App info screen, you may find the Auto Run option right below the Show notifications option. Touch to activate auto run to allow the selected app to run automatically and keep it running in the background without interruption.
Manage auto start on Android phones – extra tips
Some third party apps also has the feature to manage app auto run. Cases in point? Clean Master is a perfect example. Head to the Phone Boost section of this app, you can find the Autostart Manager where you can choose to enable autorun or disable it. This app however requires root access on the phone. Without rooting you can not use the autorun manager tool within this app.
Don’t want an app to auto start on Samsung phone?
Simple. Unlock your Samsung mobile phone, tab Apps, then go to Settings >> Application Permissions, find the one you don’t want to auto start, and disable autorun. After that, the app you stop cannot auto run unless you open the app on your mobile phone again. Alternatively, you can go to Settings >> Application manager to find the app and disable the auto run option to prevent the app from starting at boot. Of course, you can also use third party autorun manager apps to achieve that.