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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$3.49
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4.6
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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.

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User reviews of Watchdog Task Manager
Not sure why some think it uses battery reserouces too much, seems to do what it claims. A good cpu monitor, though
Jul 30, 2012
Allows you to auto kill apps that take to much CPU.
Mar 10, 2012
I'm giving this a thumbs-up because it clearly doesn't deserve a thumbs down; however, if we were rating it on a scale of 1 to 5 (five being highest) I definitely couldn't give it more than 4; and I might just consider giving it a 3, though that's probably too harsh. The problem, in the main, is that Watchdog, itself, seemed to be a resource hog. Don't get me wrong, I completely understand and love the concept. As an IT pro for 35 years, I completely get it. There's no question that, THEORETICALLY, what Watchdog does is better than just randomly or periodically killing apps. But in actual practice -- at least on an unrooted phone -- it not only didn't really improve things, but it actually both slowed things down as well as used a lot of battery resources. Oh, sure, by tweaking its settings, I could improve those things; but at the expense of some of the cool features. The truth is that my phone actually got pretty laggy with this app running; and whenever I'd use a task killer to kill even it, things sped up. Using a task killer to kill everything (except what's on my exclude list) every time memory got low, before I installed Watchdog, actually seemed to keep the phone faster and more responsive. Again, I agree that that's not necessarily the best approach, but I'm starting to think that if one carefully builds a thoughtfully-considered exclusion list with something as simple as the task-killer feature in something like ZDBox, one can actually get better overall performance from the phone with Watchdog not installed. And so that's what I did. I carefully built a thoughtfully-considered exclusion list in ZDBox, and let it kill everything (except what's on the list), including Watchdog, every time memory got low. Things seemed to improve. Then I just flat out uninstalled Watchdog (sad that there's not a setting in it to disable itself) and let my careful exclusion list and ZDBox handle things, like was happening before I installed Watchdog. And, sure enough, the phone's generally less laggy. So, I dunno... I feel bad, now, that I bought it; though it's been a couple of weeks so I know it's unreasonable to ask for a refund. That said, maybe I want it as a "purchased" item in my Android Market account just in case I ever want to re-install it. Anyway, my point is that while I COMPLETELY understand and agree with the THEORY of Watchdog... I mean... c'mon... it makes complete sense; it didn't actually live-up to the promise in practice. [sigh] What a disappointment, because I was really looking forward to how it could help. In Watchdog's defense, I can see how it would definitely be more effective on a ROOTED phone. Unrooted phone users, though... I dunno. Watchdog can definitely help you learn what's doing what, but unless the phone's rooted, it can't really actually DO much about it... at least not sufficiently well that it's worth purchasing it. Maybe I'm wrong; and if the maker of the app wanted to discuss it with me and we could see if we could improve things together, heck, I'm up for that. But for right now, I've uninstalled it... and will now watch, carefully, how (or if) the phone is different for a week or so. Make no mistake about it, though, Watchdog is well-written and is, at least theoretically, dead-on about how things should be handled. But sometimes theory and practice are two very different things... as it appears is the case here... or so, at least, it is my opinion... for now.
Jan 4, 2012
Love this app...It really work on run away apps....saving your battery, another must try.
Nov 10, 2011
Great. Detected the problems on my system within minutes. I love this application.
Sep 13, 2011
Android Market Comments
A Google User
Yesterday 7:52 PM
Great app No need for task killers. Just use Watchdog to keep track of any processes that use up a large amount of system resources and kill them if necessary.
A Google User
Tuesday 11:09 AM
Great app! Great app, function and all. UI is a little bit dated, hopefully it gets updated in the near future.
A Google User
Tuesday 1:37 AM
So far so good... See above.
A Google User
Monday 6:33 AM
Doesn't work w/KitKat 4.4, no support even w/paid Crashes no matter what, developer does not respond, stay away.
A Google User
6 days ago
Fixed me! Battery life on my Note 3 had slowly shrunk over time from days to just hours by constantly using other app killers, and as time went on, that just made it even worse. Seems like Watchdog takes a couple weeks of running on your phone to work it's magic, but now that it has, my battery life is nice and long again, and bonus, Watchdog keeps my phone running smoothly. Love. Get. Install. NOW!