Chainfire’s ‘Recently’ app, which is designed to customize the Android Overview screen, now support Android Nougat. Recently version 1.4 fixes the Nougat compatibility issue and lets you manage the Overview screen. With the ‘Recently’ app, you can customize the Overview screen to show what you want on it, but the app requires root access on the device.

Overview screen (it was called Recents screen in KitKat) displays your opened apps and activities and enables you to pin an app or game, thereby cancelling the menu buttons. A disadvantage of Overview screen is that it displays every app that you have ever launched, as well as lists multiple instances of tasks until you swiping them away.



If you do not want to show all of your previous activities and opened apps in the Overview screen, then you can use Recently to customize it. However, the app requires root access on the phone.

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

How to use Recently to Manage your 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.

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