How to Force-Close Apps in iOS 7

Screen shot 2013-09-20 at 7.36.56 PMThere are so many changes in iOS 7, we will be tackling them here on this blog one-at-a-time. Slow and easy.

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.

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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.

To summarize:

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. 🙂

Screen shot 2013-09-09 at 9.35.25 PM

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8 thoughts on “How to Force-Close Apps in iOS 7

  1. KidazzleInk says:

    Sounds like a logical way to close an app anyway. I think I’ll like that. However IV’m not racing in to load the new software just yet.

    • I agree with you. If I didn’t feel an obligation to this blog, I might have waited a little longer, too. I am very cautious when it comes to updates. No reason to race to the update. Take your time! 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    I find the new update very difficult to understand & changes are not not readily available as the “old”…I have moved to Google

    • You are not alone. There are many complaints about this update. Lots and lots of changes. So far I’ve found a few things I like, but overall I feel not-very-happy about it. 😦

  3. It was better in the older versions where you could just turn on the deleting/closing mode and tap with your thumb on the same spot without having to look on your phone. The swiping up is just less comfortable.

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