Watchdog Task Manager

Watchdog Task Manager


Stop killing your apps randomly. Start monitoring them with Watchdog.

You don't need a task killer. But you do need a way to make sure a background app doesn't lose control and eat up all your CPU. Watchdog monitors your apps and alerts when one loses control, allowing you to kill just that single app. Killing apps blindly can cause them to stop working as designed, and most app developers won't even take a bug report from you if you are using a task killer!

From Android 2.2 on, the kill command works only on background apps, and they will likely restart immediately. Watchdog removes the app immediately from the list, since there isn't feedback about whether it was successful. Having lots of apps running doesn't hurt your phone at all unless they are doing something. In fact, killing an app and having it immediately restart simply consumes your phones resources. If you just leave the apps running, they will start immediately when you want to go back to it.

The paid version has all the features of the lite, removing the ads, while adding a “blacklist” feature. This allows you to pick a single app that is constantly misbehaving and assign a CPU % threshold to it. When that app exceeds the threshold, it will be automatically killed.

So stop blindly killing all your apps; be smart by managing them instead. Good for all versions of Android.




NOTE: There is an Android issue where Watchdog might crash upon launching after an upgrade. It seems to be related to the upgrade of the app while the old version happens to be executing in the background. It doesn't affect your phone's operation at all. If this happens, re-launch and goto the menu and hit restart for proper monitoring.

Recent changes:
Fixed single alert option.
Fixed translation where Estonian was showing up while phone was set to English.
Collection of fixes for crashes reported by users
Last major update for 1.5 users. The app will remain available, but new UI features will require 1.6 or above.
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About Watchdog Task Manager
Stop killing your apps randomly. Start monitoring them with Watchdog.

You don't need a task killer. But you do need a way to make sure a background app doesn't lose control and eat up all your CPU. Watchdog monitors your apps and alerts when one loses control, allowing you to kill just that single app. Killing apps blindly can cause them to stop working as designed, and most app developers won't even take a bug report from you if you are using a task killer!

From Android 2.2 on, the kill command works only on background apps, and they will likely restart immediately. Watchdog removes the app immediately from the list, since there isn't feedback about whether it was successful. Having lots of apps running doesn't hurt your phone at all unless they are doing something. In fact, killing an app and having it immediately restart simply consumes your phones resources. If you just leave the apps running, they will start immediately when you want to go back to it.

The paid version has all the features of the lite, removing the ads, while adding a “blacklist” feature. This allows you to pick a single app that is constantly misbehaving and assign a CPU % threshold to it. When that app exceeds the threshold, it will be automatically killed.

So stop blindly killing all your apps; be smart by managing them instead. Good for all versions of Android.




NOTE: There is an Android issue where Watchdog might crash upon launching after an upgrade. It seems to be related to the upgrade of the app while the old version happens to be executing in the background. It doesn't affect your phone's operation at all. If this happens, re-launch and goto the menu and hit restart for proper monitoring.

Recent changes:
Fixed single alert option.
Fixed translation where Estonian was showing up while phone was set to English.
Collection of fixes for crashes reported by users
Last major update for 1.5 users. The app will remain available, but new UI features will require 1.6 or above.

Android Market Comments
A Google User
Friday 7:40 PM
I like getting alerts when stuff is getting crazy
A Google User
Aug 20, 2015
What's up? Upgraded to the latest version of Android. Watchdog now only sees itself. Not all that useful. I've uninstalled until it stops staring at its navel. Nexus 5.
A Google User
Aug 14, 2015
Used to be great Doesn't support 5.1.1 & hasn't been updated since Feb 2012, if you haven't got 5.1.1 I would recommend it, but it will stop working if you upgrade.
A Google User
Aug 12, 2015
Great😍 Got rid of sneaky apps running full blown at weird times day and night. Great app!
A Google User
Aug 11, 2015
So far so good Early days having only been using the app for less than a week. But already, I'm very pleased with everything. My days of randomly killing "suspicious" apps with equally dodgy apps are over. The clear message is to let Watchdog and Android work closely together in harmony!