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How to view recently used apps on Android

You can view recently used apps on Android using some of the system's own tricks. One of them is the list of applications running in the background, which shows the last programs opened on the platform.

Another alternative, this one exclusive to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, shows you exactly when a particular app was last used. And there's also a Google site that lists your mobile activity. Learn how to see which apps were last used on Android.

3 Ways to See Recently Used Apps on Android

Run apps in the background

One of the easiest ways to view recently used apps on Android is to open the window with apps running in the background. To do this, tap the three-line icon at the bottom left, or tap and drag from bottom to top (if navigation uses gestures) to open the list of apps.

Apps always appear from the last time they were opened to the oldest. It's worth noting that if you close or force stop a running app, it will be removed from the list of background tools.

The background app list always shows the latest open apps on Android (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho)

Access the “Google My Activity” website

Google My Activity is a free website from Google that lists all of your activity history on the company's services. This includes Android and any action on the operating system apps, from opening or closing apps to deleting or downloading new programs.

To use the features of the page, follow the tutorial below:

  1. Go to “” (without quotes) in your browser and sign in to your Google account;
  2. Click on “Web & App Activity”. Then, on the next screen, turn on the feature;
  3. Go back to the Google My Activity home screen;
  4. Click on “Filter by date and product”;
  5. Check the “Android” box and click “Apply”;
  6. See the latest activity on your Android phone, including recently used apps.
Google's website allows you to view recently used apps on Android (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho)

Open Android Settings (Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy line phones have a dedicated filter that displays recently used apps on Android. Simply access the system settings, as in the following tutorial:

  1. Open the “Settings” app;
  2. Go to "Applications";
  3. Tap the three-line tick icon next to "Your Apps";
  4. Under “Sort by”, check “Latest Used”;
  5. End with “OK”.
Galaxy phones have a custom filter to view recently used apps on Android (Screenshot: Caio Carvalho)

Clever. You will be able to see the most recently used apps on Android, from the most recent to the oldest. Remembering that the method works on Samsung Galaxy smartphones running the One UI interface.

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