Google introduced the “Clear All” button in the multitasking or recent apps menu with Android Nougat and it has been a stable in its mobile operating system since then. The company opened up the first public beta of the upcoming Android P earlier this week and many were surprised to find out that the Clear Apps button had gone missing. Naturally, they wanted more clarity on the matter and Google has now promised that the button will be brought back in future builds of Android P.
A common misconception is that using the Clear All button to get rid of the apps in the recent apps menu is going to speed up the device or somehow make it run smoother. That’s not what it does. It’s just an easy way of keeping the recent apps menu uncluttered.
You’ll know just how much time this little button can save you if you’re one of the many people who have dozens of apps running in the background and tend to switch between quite a few of them frequently. Google’s David Burke has now confirmed that while the latest Android P developer preview doesn’t have the Clear All apps button it will be reinstated in an upcoming build.
The team had initially decided to drop this button after seeing that the new side-scrolling apps list in Android P didn’t really warrant a need for it anymore but it will prove to be quite useful nonetheless from a multitasking point of view, which is precisely why users raised their voices and compelled Google to bring it back.