Manage Lollipop’s Overview Screen with Recently App (Root Required)

Android Lollipop replaced the Recents screen with a new Overview screen. The Overview screen displays your open apps and activities and enables you to pin an app or game, thereby cancelling the menu buttons. However, Overview screen displays every app that you have ever launched, as well as lists multiple instances of tasks until you swiping them away.

Read on to know how to manage Lollipop’s Overview screen with Recently app. Rooted Android Lollipop users can tweak the Overview screen with Recently utility, enabling you to specify various settings including how many running apps are listed in the screen.

Created by the famous Android developer Chainfire, Recently app brings several customization options for Overview screen in Android Lollipop. You can configure the app to remove overview screen entries that have not actually run the past few days.

How to Manage Lollipop’s Overview Screen

1. Head over to Google Play, install the utility Recently by Chainfire [HERE] and then launch the app.

2. Grant super user access to proceed, and then toggle the switch in the top-right corner of the display to enable it.

3. You will see a number of options, such as Age Limit, Entry limit, etc.


4. Age Limit determines how long an app can stay in the Overview screen. Tap the option and select how long an app can stay. Alternatively, choose ‘Running apps only’ option.

5. Entry limit let you cut down the number of apps that are listed in the Overview screen to just running apps. Tap the option and choose a desired value.

Many other options are available like launch on boot, but require to purchase the pro version of the app.

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.

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