Selectively disable apps / have a sleep toggle / set some apps as inactive (instead of deleting them)

(Celso Santos) #1

:bulb: SUMMARY
Your need in one sentence

As a Station app user I want to be able to disable certain services/apps so that I can still have the services added but not consuming resources when not needed (for instance 4/5 slack channels)

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Tell us about the current experience

When I use Station I do not need to use all the apps at once or have them always active, while the current option is only to delete the service

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Tell us what you are looking to change

I’d like to be able to disable apps/services instead of deleting them

:fire: DESCRIBE THE IMPACT
How would it change your experience

The main advantages for me are:

  • Improved/lower resource consumption
  • Less notifications and active channel
Allow tu turn on/off apps from the sidebar
Disable Apps
#2

It would be a very useful feature for notebook users and for those who are using specific services only a few times a month and don’t need them running in the background all the time. It’s easy to implement, too.

(Georges Abi-Heila) #3

Hey @Celso_Santos, @Mark_SMR,

Thanks for reaching out!
We already “autosleep” your apps according to your specific usage in order to optimise memory consumption. More info about that in the article below.

In the case that isn’t satisfying, could you explain why manual toggles or settings would be better for you?

#4

A manual on-off switch would be much more deterministic, so an app/account would never go online or consume any resources unless I explicitly want to use it. This is especially useful for chat apps, that should be online all the time to receive messages/calls, but currently it’s a pain in the butt to delete and re-add them.

Or if someone uses their computer for both work and home stuff, this would be also good for shutting down the “work” apps at home. I know there is a mute switch for that, but again, it’s not deterministic enough.

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(Celso Santos) #5

It’s pretty much what @Mark_SMR just said.

Sometimes I don’t want those apps to load, at all.
I want them available on Station for when I need them (without having to re-add them, with is a PITA) but for the remainder of the time I don’t even want them to load.

Cheers

#6

Is there a way to disable / enable an app? For example: At the moment I don’t want to be online / active on Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger. Is there any way I could simply keep the session closed on Station?

Thanks

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(Tompi) #7

:bulb: SUMMARY
Your need in one sentence

I would love to be able to turn off some apps without removing them.

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Tell us about the current experience

I have several professional related slacks that are using CPU/memory when I use Station at home. It’s one use case among many others where I would like to stop the app from running but keep it available in one click.

:writing_hand: PROVIDE DETAILS
Tell us what you are looking to change

The same way we can disable notifications from the sidebar for each apps, display an icon to turn off the app to prevent Station from using too much CPU/memory.
Turned off apps should have a turn on icon that reload the app with the same session/configuration.

:fire: DESCRIBE THE IMPACT
How would it change your experience

The main advantages for me are:

  • I don’t want to appear online if I’m not using the app, and I don’t want to logout/change my status everytime
  • I don’t want to use more CPU/memory than needed