Knowing how to force-close an app is important, not only so that you can stop an app that might be frozen, but also so that you can see and stop all of the apps that are running in the background.
(Up until now, if you wanted to close running apps, you double clicked the home button, touched an icon until you saw the red “-”, and then deleted those apps on the bottom of the screen.)
I’ve talked about the importance of this before:
Is your iPhone (iPad) Sluggish? Give it a Clean Sweep. (With iOS 7, you should not need to close all your apps all that often. The developers claim they are using very little of the resources.)
This “how to” has changed in iOS 7.
To force-close your apps in iOS 7, double click the home button (as before)…. but this time, instead of seeing a row of icons at the bottom, you will see a screen that is new to you.
This screen will show you the open apps (the ones that used to line up across the bottom) AND, in addition to those icons, you will also see a snapshot of the app as it appeared when it was open. Move to the left and right to see all the open apps.
If you touch the screenshot of any of these open apps, you will return to it, and the screenshot becomes the actual screen. If I had touched that peaceful alarm clock screenshot, for example, I would have been taken back ‘into’ the alarm clock app.
To close each app, put your finger on its screenshot and flip it up. Whoosh! Gone.
Closing open apps in iOS7: Double click the home button. Flip the screenshots UP.
ta da …. done!
I don’t know if it’s ‘better’ than the old way, but it is kind of fun.