How to Restore KitKat’s “Recents” View on Lollipop

How to Restore KitKat’s “Recents” View on Lollipop

by Ravi Singh
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Lollipop replaced the “Recent menu” with a rolodex of every app and webpage ever opened by your device. The new Recently app from Chainfire restores Overview to its previous glory, and bolsters the feature with the ability to customize the number of “recent apps” on display.

The app is up on both Google Play and the forum thread, but may be pulled from the latter momentarily; both links are below.


  • Age Limit – Hide apps that haven’t actively run within X hours/days.
  • Entry Limit – Hide apps beyond a certain number of entries. Currently running apps are always displayed, regardless of this setting.
  • Launch on Boot

Recently aims to restore sanity, by limiting which apps are shown. In its most aggressive configuration, it will show you only apps that are actually running right now. Because Android can be fairly aggressive itself with killing off apps, apps you have used just a minute ago may disappear from the list in this setup, and configuring Recently to remove entries that have not actually run the past few days may be the better option.

Before you pull out your task killer pitchforks, Recently does not kill background apps – it simply hides them within the overview list. Better still, the app produces no wakelocks, and has virtually no impact on battery life.


  • Android 5.0 or 5.1
  • Root access
  • Kernel with logging enabled

Pro version : 

Purchasing the Pro version supports my developments and will allow you to start Recently automatically at boot.


As with all apps, be sure to read the full forum thread before posting bugs. The app is new, so much discussion will be had over the coming days and weeks; watch this space!

Download Recently 1.0.1 APP APK

Recently v1.01 App for Android
  • Recently v1.01 - Make recents useful again on Lollipop


This app is built specifically for Android 5.0 and 5.1. Future versions may work differently, the recents/overview screen may be fixed, etc. In a year this app may no longer be relevant.

Download Recently APP

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