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Last App Switcher is a “Last Channel” Button for Your Phone

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You know that last channel button you have on your TV remote that lets you quickly go back and forth between two channels? Imagine that same button for you phone. Android does technically have a feature like this, but instead of switching between two apps (or “channels,” for example’s sake), you are given multiple apps that you must search through and then select.

With a new app called Last App Switcher (LAS for short), you can quickly toggle between the app you are currently using and the app you were using right before it; no more selecting which app you want to see through the multi-tasking bar. 

The app places a little red button on your display, movable to wherever you would like, just like a Facebook Chat Head. Under the settings, there are options to change the size and transparency of the button, which should help you make the button a better part of your home screen.

The app is free to download and use from Google Play, so if you would like to move away from using the mutli-task button so much, give this a look.

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  • Dave

    A couple Touchwiz ROMs allow you to gesture and it will automatically throw your current screen and last app into a multi-window.

  • http://www.tedpavlic.com/ Ted Pavlic

    OmniSwitch does this and more.

  • Derek

    Where can I find that background??

  • Linda Mitchell

    I have to give this a try to see if it’s one of those apps you didn’t know you needed it until you have it.

    Also I found a line to the wallpaper on mycolorscreen: http://mycolorscreen.com/wp-content/uploads/wallpapers_2012/261881/IMG_20130514_165654.JPG

  • PhilyP

    I honestly clicked this article just for that wallpaper. I needs it. Now.

  • SHAWN

    Please do tell more about that fist screen though! wallpaper? Clock?

  • Marcus Thomas

    I like the idea of this app, but there are much better ways to go about doing this via root. It’s such a useful function that I’ve always mapped to the long press of my recent apps button. It seems weird having a floating button for this, but when you refuse to root, it’s not like you have a choice.

  • Jon Leach

    Do people just not like the recents button?

    • antinorm

      Hard-coding things like navigation bar buttons is bad. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the Recents button, but some (many) people find other buttons to be more useful, so why not give them a choice?

  • mgamerz

    That battery level.

  • Kenny Woodard

    Most devices/launchers have multitasking built in so I don’t really see the point of this. Double tap home and select last app. Or on Nova homescreen swipe up gesture set to recent apps.

    • Andrew Merewitz

      This is much faster than loading list of recent apps and tapping your most recent one. This is one tap and its super quick to go back to your last app.

      • Kenny Woodard

        I would rather take that extra split second of tappingtapping/gesturing than have something hovering over my screen at all times. But that’s just me I guess.

  • T4rd

    Seems like a solution to a non-existent problem to me.

    • Bob Omb

      It’s called efficiency. Why use 2 button presses when you can use 1? Personally I use a last app button in the navbar ring.

      • joseph barrientos

        its efficient to have something constantly hovering over your screen? the two button press not only is easy but is MORE efficient than the one button press, why? Because pressing it once allows you to “kill” apps if you want before proceeding to your last app. Also, I use 3 apps at a time mostly and this limits the efficiency of my use case

  • webharsh

    Or in custom ROM you can add one in Navbar. Also I hate floating buttons.

    • Bob Omb

      I use a swipe to in the navbar ring for mine, keeps the stock nav look and last app is just a swipe away. I use the last app button so much, I don’t understand why some people think it’s pointless.

    • Ryan

      Yup, long press of the soft-back key takes me to the last app I had open, I use it quite a bit and is *much* faster than using the recents function (which I do still use as well)

  • BoFiS

    SwipePad has this functionality with paid addons and doesn’t require a floating button to do so

  • Kwame Pobee

    wallpaper?

    • mustbepbs

      Yes, wallpaper please.