If you're anything like me, you like to be able to fully exit your iPhone apps to help free up memory, improve battery life, or to just get out of an app that has become unresponsive, but iOS 7 changed the way it's done.
iOS 7's new method to completely exit your running apps (and prevent them from running in the background) is even easier than iOS 6's, although it isn't immediately obvious. (Update: force-closing apps in iOS 8, iOS 9, iOS 10, and iOS 11 works the same way unless you have an iPhone X.)
- Double-click the Home button to bring up the multitasking view.
- Swipe up the screenshot of the app you want to exit.
The app will fly off the screen, and release its resources to the OS.
Easy, right? Don't feel bad if you couldn't figure it out. While many of the new features will be familiar to veteran iOS users, some aren't immediately obvious. One of the first things that I had difficulty figuring out was how to force-quit my apps.
Although there isn't currently a way to completely exit all your background apps at once in iOS 7, you can use multiple fingers to swipe and close up to three apps up at once. Repeating the gesture multiple times will make quitting everything quick and easy.
With previous versions of iOS (from 4-6), all you had to do was double tap the home button, tap and hold on the app you wanted to close and tap on the red icon that would appear. Now, tapping and holding the icons in the multi-tasking bar does nothing.
There's a lot to learn about the new iOS 7 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, so make sure to visit our iOS 7 tips section to explore all of the new features and hidden tricks. Also make sure to check out the 15 most annoying things, 18 coolest new features, and 18 sneaky privacy-betraying settings in iOS 7 that every iPhone user should know about.
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