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Old 02-10-2008, 06:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For example, when I'm using the browser, or gmail, or something, sometimes I just escape out instead of closing it, so it's still open in the background. Does this consume more battery life or anything? If it's nothing substantial I don't know if I'll bother closing many apps, makes it easier to pick up where I leave off!
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Yes, it does consume battery life. Using exit from the menu key will close the application.

You can see your background applications by pressing Alt + escape (the key right of the trackball).

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For example, when I'm using the browser, or gmail, or something, sometimes I just escape out instead of closing it, so it's still open in the background. Does this consume more battery life or anything? If it's nothing substantial I don't know if I'll bother closing many apps, makes it easier to pick up where I leave off!
Yes, it will eat your memory and you risk losing data. It will also eat your battery if the application stays in contact with the internet.

Always use the Menu>End (or Close) or the Escape key!

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This is a stupid question, but what's considered the "Escape Key". I guess I normally hit the "back" button or the blackberry button to get back to the main menu but I think both of them leave it open in the background. What's the shortcut instead of browsing to "Close" in the Menu?
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It's the one to the right of the trackball. If you use the red end key it will put the app in the background. To see what is running in the background hit Alt + Escapte and keep holding Alt. Anything more that the base five programs is extra in the background.

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This is a stupid question, but what's considered the "Escape Key".
Yes, considerting it is posted just two posts above your question.
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Yeah yeah... So I don't read all of your posts, it's not like you post anything helpful ;)

But seriously, thanks! Does gmail still get its email without running in the bg?
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I think I saw a 'no' in there somewhere =P
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The Gmail application? Isn't it one that can't be closed?
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Well, if you load it and hit "Escape" it stays open. But you can go to Menu->Exit Gmail. But it seems like if you do that, it won't notify you anymore. I'm not positive though so I was gonna see if you knew
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Default Apps in background: causing MANY user problems

Many readers of my BlackBerry 8130 blog are reporting problems with memory shortage, disappearing email messages, etc.--all because they are running too many applications in the background. This largely stems from users not realizing that when you are finished with an app you should CLOSE it rather than just escaping out of it.

One reader, after I told him about ALT-ESCAPE to see what apps were running, reported that he had almost every app on his phone running and didn't know it. He started out asking why his email messages were disappearing. When memory is low, the BlackBerry OS does everything it can, in a reasonably graceful sequence, to free up memory, including deleting old messages.

Please, BlackBerry owners, learn to close your apps rather than just pressing the ESCAPE key or END key to push them into the background.

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Well, if you load it and hit "Escape" it stays open. But you can go to Menu->Exit Gmail. But it seems like if you do that, it won't notify you anymore. I'm not positive though so I was gonna see if you knew
@CaseLogic: It is meant to remain running.

@KelleyDCarter: Seems like you need to spend more time educating YOUR blog readers, very definately. So much traffic there--how do you find time to visit here?
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CaseLogic,
First, your question wasn't stupid even if you did overlook the answer in the post above yours.

Second, you do NOT need to need the Gmail "app" open for your BlackBerry to receive your emails. The email from there is "pushed" to your phone.

Lastly, I agree with the earlier posts that advise you to NOT leave apps open for convenience, as they use memory and battery charge. But it's your phone to use as you please, right?

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Just to clear this up a bit. The "escape" key closes almost all apps on the BB. It closes all of the native BB apps. There are some 3rd party apps that don't close with it. Google Maps doesn't. BBWeather doesn't. There are probably a few more I haven't listed. The biggest problem comes when people use the "End" key (red phone button.) This leaves the app open and goes directly to the home screen. This is the most common bad habit. The other issue that RIM has acknowledged is the use of the application switcher. 25 uses of that and they say you will get the memory cleaner cleaning out your emails and call logs.
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kelly, I think you will learn that GMail is only "pushed" if it is on your BIS account. Running as an application (as in the case of the OP), it must be running to retrieve mail, since it is not "push". Hence the same reason the Gmail app is not a part of your notifications on Profiles.

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It's an obsession of mine to try to keep all my apps closed, but a bunch of them won't close no matter what I try. Browser, Berry-a-Code, Blackberry Messenger, Messages, and Phone will never close. Is it supposed to be that way? I can understand why Berry-a-Code, Messages, and Phone might never close, but I don't have the blackberry plan activated so I don't use the browser or messenger. Is there a way to get these to close?
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Devin, yes.
Those you listed (Browser, Berry-a-Code, Blackberry Messenger, Messages, and Phone) and BBAlerts, BeamBerry are a few additional that will not close because they are required to be running in the background for other apps to use as needed.

As far as the Browser--make certain it is not left on an ACTIVE webpage.

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Browser always stays running but Address Book doesn't.
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