How To: Clear All Items from Your Nexus 5's Overview Screen in Just One Tap

Clear All Items from Your Nexus 5's Overview Screen in Just One Tap

Android 5.0 brought a lot of changes to the world's most popular mobile OS, but few were more central to the user experience than tweaks made to the "Overview" menu (more commonly known as the "Recent Apps" menu). Aside from a visual overhaul, Chrome tabs now exist as separate entries in this list, as do Google searches and a few other activities.

This was all done in the name of productivity, but in reality, another change has made Android multitasking into a cumbersome experience for many users. All of these new entries, as well as the traditional elements, get carried over through a reboot—meaning every tab, search, and app you've ever launched since updating to Lollipop stays in the list until you manually swipe them away.

In an effort to help make this cluttered UI more manageable, developer Gar Ynych has created a mod that will add a "Clear All" button to your Recent Apps menu. With this one installed, maintaining a tidy multitasking view should be even easier than it was before Lollipop came along.

Requirements

Step 1: Download the Flashable ZIP

To begin, point your Nexus 5's web browser to this link. The flashable ZIP will begin downloading immediately, but wait until it has finished before moving on to the next step.

Step 2: Boot into Custom Recovery

The next step is to boot into your custom recovery. From a powered-off state, press and hold the volume down and power buttons simultaneously. When Android's bootloader menu comes up, press the volume down button twice to highlight "Recovery mode," then press the power button to select it.

Step 3: Install the Mod

Before you flash this one, it would be a good idea to make a NANDroid backup. If anything goes wrong, or you decide you'd like to undo this mod, the easiest way to get things back to normal would be to restore that backup.

That said, start by tapping the "Install" button. From here, navigate to your device's Download folder, then select the "ClearAllRecentsButton_501.zip" file.

From here, just swipe the slider at the bottom of the screen to install the mod. When that's finished, tap "Reboot System."

When you get back up, you'll find the new button in the top-right corner of your Recent Apps menu. Just tap it and all of the entries will be cleared away.

(1) Before the mod, (2) After the mod

Has this mod made it easier for you to manage your multitasking experience on Lollipop? Let us know in the comment section below or via Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

13 Comments

Dallas,

Do you know if the developer is going to be making this work for other Nexus devices then just the Nexus 5? If so, do you know any ETA on it? I would really like this mod for my Nexus 6. Thanks...

I really want this on my Nexus 6 as well, but unfortunately, the developer only has a Nexus 5 to work with. In the meantime, Paul O'Brien has said he wants to add this functionality to his MCR Modpack for the Nexus 6, so hopefully we'll see an update to that mod fairly soon.

This would be really popular with a revert zip. I hate having to do a twrp restore because of missed texts and messages.

Good call, I'll whip one up real quick. It should only be a matter of throwing the stock SystemUI apk into ZIPMe.

EDIT: Here's a revert ZIP. Tested and working on my Nexus 5.

Yo good stuff my dude but the revert zip is it working for me can u send or post me a new one or any ideas? Don't want to flash stock zip and have to redo my whole phone forgot to backup want stock before I do so yeah Ps thanks filled you and wonder since nexus 7 2012

does this work on nexus 6?

Help! I installed the zip file on my rooted Nexus 5 from the sd card via CWM and after rebooting, my Nexus 5 is bricked with the "System UI error"! HELP HELP D:

How can I flash the zip onto my Nexus 5? I have CWM on my Nexus 5. Thanks so much in advance faisal!

You'll do it the same way you installed/flashed the initial ZIP file.

How can I flash the zip onto my Nexus 5? I have CWM on my Nexus 5. Thanks so much in advance faisal!

Does this tweak works on rooted nexus 5 android 6.0 ?

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