How to close ipad apps

If an app on your iPhone or iPad doesn’t work as expected, try this.

Close and reopen the app

Force the app to close. Then open the app to see if it works as expected.

Restart your device

Restart your iPhone or restart your iPad. Then open the app to see if it works as expected.

Check for updates

To see if updates are available for the app, open the App Store, tap your profile icon, then scroll down to see if updates are available. If updates aren’t available for the app, update the software on your iPhone or iPad.

Delete the app, then redownload it

Delete the app. When you do this, you might lose data that was stored in the app. Then redownload the app. Then check to see if the problem with the app is fixed.

Get more help

  • If the App Store itself is not responding, contact Apple Support for your iPhone or for your iPad.
  • If you found the app on the App Store, contact the app developer. If the app is made by Apple or came with your iPhone or iPad, contact Apple Support for your iPhone or for your iPad.
  • If you bought the app recently and you no longer want it, you can also request a refund.

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How to close ipad apps

Looking for a way to close all of the running apps on your iPhone all at once? Apple insists you shouldn’t ever have to force close an iOS app because memory and processor management is good enough such measures shouldn’t be necessary. In reality, though, there are definitely times when you might benefit from forcibly closing your apps, such as when your device is low on memory. The problem is how tedious it can be closing them one at a time. Here’s a way you can close running apps all at one time.

How to close ipad apps

When your iPhone is running slow, it may help to close running apps (Image Credit: picjumbo.com)

How to Close Running Apps All at Once on iOS

This process is going to suspend all of your apps, freeing up memory and processor time. The first thing you need to do is press the Sleep/Wake button until you see the slider to shut down your iPhone.

How to close ipad apps

To close running apps all at once on your iPhone, get to the Shutdown screen

Next, press and hold the Home Button for approximately five seconds, or until you are returned to either your Lock or Home Screen. That’s it, your apps have all been suspended. If you double-press the Home Button, you’ll still see each of them listed. However, you will probably notice these apps refresh or relaunch when you tap on them. That’s because they’ve actually been shut down.

Proof of the Method In Action

Since your apps will still show up if you double-press the Home Button, let’s show that this process actually works. The first screenshot below shows the memory usage on my iPhone 7 Plus just before I close running apps all at once.

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Memory usage before I close running apps

Next, you can see the memory usage after completing the process. As you can see, more than a gigabyte of memory has been freed up.

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Memory usage after closing all running apps

A Helpful Shortcut to Close All Your Apps

If you have a large number of apps running, this method can be much faster than swiping each one up individually to close it. You free up memory and processor time, helping to speed up your iPhone.

How to close ipad apps

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If you need to shut down an app because it is behaving erratically or you suspect it is causing other problems such as slowing down your iPad, clicking the Home button won’t do the job. Here’s how to close an app that isn’t behaving correctly.

These instructions apply to devices running iOS 7 and later.

How to Force-Quit an App

To force-quit an app, open the multitasking and control screen. To get there, double-click the Home button at the bottom of the iPad. The Home button is the physical button just below the iPad display that is used for Touch ID. You can also use multitasking gestures; pinch in with four or five fingers anywhere on the screen.

How to close ipad apps

The App Switcher appears with the most recently opened iPad apps displayed as windows across the screen. Each window features an icon above it along with the name. Swipe from left to right and scroll through new apps, so if the app in question isn't your most recently used, you can still get at it.

Hold your finger on the app window you want to close, then slide your finger to the top of the screen without lifting your finger from the iPad display. This gesture shuts down the app. Think of it as flicking the window off of the iPad.

What If Closing the App Doesn't Resolve the Problem?

The next step after force-quitting an app is to reboot the iPad. When you click the Sleep/Wake button at the top of the device, the iPad goes to sleep.

To restart the iPad, hold the Sleep/Wake button for several seconds until you see the instructions to slide to power down the iPad. Follow these instructions and wait until the iPad display goes dark before clicking the Sleep/Wake button to power it on again.

How to close ipad apps

If a specific app has problems and rebooting doesn’t solve it, delete the app, then download it again from the App Store. You won’t have to pay for the app to reinstall it. However, you will lose anything that was saved in the app unless the app saves it to the cloud — such as Evernote saving notes to the Evernote servers.

Do I Need to Always Force-Quit Apps?

The iOS environment knows when you’re using an app or need it to run in the background. When you switch, iOS tells the app it has a few seconds to wrap up what it’s doing. Likewise, the app can continue what it’s working on before it goes inactive, and iOS will grant those apps the processing power they need.

Apps such as Apple Music can play music even when they're inactive. They'll keep doing so unless you force-quit or return to them and stop the playback.

For all other apps, when you switch to another app, iOS suspends the one you were using, and it stops getting resources like the processor, screen, and speaker.

Is it possible to close all of my open apps at one time together instead of one at a time?

iPad mini 4, iOS 11

Posted on Jan 14, 2020 5:07 PM

If you can you can close multiple apps by using multiple fingers placed on each app window in the iOS app switcher and slide up all your fingers together to quit multiple apps.

Posted on Jan 14, 2020 7:02 PM

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Well, did this work for you, or not?

Jan 14, 2020 7:47 PM

Using your other hand you can quit 3 or 4 apps at once!

Jan 14, 2020 8:00 PM

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Jan 14, 2020 5:57 PM

If you can you can close multiple apps by using multiple fingers placed on each app window in the iOS app switcher and slide up all your fingers together to quit multiple apps.

Jan 14, 2020 7:02 PM

Isn’t it interesting that on YouTube there are at least 3 videos that describe how it can be done but none of them work. 😡😡😡 What is that about?

Jan 14, 2020 7:29 PM

Well, did this work for you, or not?

Jan 14, 2020 7:47 PM

With small hands, I can do 2 at a time so definitely an improvement. Thanks.

Jan 14, 2020 7:58 PM

Using your other hand you can quit 3 or 4 apps at once!

Jan 14, 2020 8:00 PM

All my apps are now closed so I can’t practise!

Jan 14, 2020 8:32 PM

Isn’t it interesting that on YouTube there are at least 3 videos that describe how it can be done but none of them work. 😡😡😡 What is that about?

Anyone can post a video as long as they have an account. Personally, I don't believe most anything I see on Youtube.

How to close ipad apps

The iPad is a generally stable device with a long battery life, and switching between its apps is a breeze. But once in a while, you may run into issues with one of your apps.

If you experience sluggishness or an app becomes completely unresponsive you may need to force it to close.

Thankfully, the fix is quick and easy.

How to close iPad apps

1. For iPads made before 2018, double tap the Home button to open the app switcher. On iPad Pro models made after 2018, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to the middle of the screen.

2. Swipe right or left to scroll through recently used apps and find the app you’re looking to close.

3. Press and hold the app window, then swipe up (without lifting your finger off the glass) to send it off the screen.

4. Press the Home button once to return to the home screen on iPads made before 2018. Tap outside of the app switcher to return to the home screen on iPad Pro models made after 2018.

If you find closing the app didn’t help, you can try restarting the iPad.

How to restart an iPad

1. You can shut down an iPad by holding down the sleep/wake button until you’re prompted to “slide to power down.”

2. The iPad is off once when the screen is completely black.

3. Simply press the sleep/wake button to turn on the iPad again.

How regularly apps need to be closed

You won’t need to go through and close apps on a regular basis. iOS is designed in such a way that apps do not need to be force closed regularly. Apple recommends closing apps only when they become unresponsive.

How to know if an app is closed

You’ll know an app is closed when it no longer appears in your recently-used apps. You can see which apps are running by double tapping the home button or swiping up from the bottom of the screen (depending on the model of your iPad). A carousel of app windows will appear just as they did in Step 2 of “How to close iPad apps” above.

What to do if an app regularly becomes unresponsive

Forcing an unresponsive app to close is an easy process. If you have an app that is regularly unresponsive, there may be an issue with the app itself, and closing it may only temporarily fix the issue.

If this is the case, you can check the App Store to see if app developer has released an updated version of the app (and update the app). If an update doesn’t help, you may need to delete the app and install it again.

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How to close ipad apps

Apps on your iPhone or iPad might occasionally freeze or start to behave erratically. When this happens, you can close the app using the built-in App Switcher feature. Restarting the app is your best bet for fixing most issues—here’s how to do it.

First, Launch the App Switcher

To close an app on an iPhone or an iPad, you’ll need to open the built-in App Switcher. This feature is essential for multitasking. It allows you to manage which apps are running and switch between them easily.

Here’s how to launch the App Switcher:

  • On iPhone X or later/iPads with iOS 12 or later: Swipe upward from the bottom edge of the screen, pause near the middle of the screen, and then lift your finger.
  • On iPhones and iPads with Home buttons: Double-press the Home button quickly.

How to close ipad apps

Using the App Switcher, we’ll force an app to close. This means the app will have to restart and reload the next time you tap it. This method can fix some temporary problems you might be having with an app.

Closing an App with the App Switcher on iPhone

Once the App Switcher is launched on your iPhone, you’ll see a screen that looks similar to the one shown below. Large thumbnails of all the apps you’ve recently opened will be visible on the display; you can swipe left or right to look through them.

Swipe through the thumbnails until you find the app you want to close and center it on the screen.

How to close ipad apps

Swipe upward quickly on the app’s thumbnail until it disappears from the screen.

How to close ipad apps

Afterward, the thumbnail will no longer appear on the App Switcher screen because it’s now closed.

How to close ipad apps

To restart an app, find its icon on your Home screen and tap it.

Closing an App with App Switcher on iPad

After launching the App Switcher on your iPad (as covered above), you’ll see a grid of thumbnails of all the Apps you’ve recently opened. If you’ve used many apps lately, you can swipe left or right between them until you find the app you want to close.

How to close ipad apps

Swipe upward quickly on an app’s thumbnail until it disappears. If you prefer, you can use more than one finger to dismiss more than one app at a time.

How to close ipad apps

After you swipe away an app’s thumbnail, it’s closed and will no longer appear on the App Switcher screen.

How to close ipad apps

To restart an app, tap its icon on the Home screen. This should relaunch the app, and (hopefully) it will work properly this time.

Still Having Trouble with an App?

If, after all of this, an app is still crashing, freezing, or otherwise giving you trouble, try restarting your iPhone or iPad. If that doesn’t help, there are some other techniques you can try, including updating or reinstalling an app. You might also try contacting the developer of the app and explaining the issue. Good luck!

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The iPad does a very good job of managing apps to maximize your battery life and device performance. Unlike full desktop operating systems, many people will not need to manually close or exit an app on their iPad. You can simply touch the Home button under your iPad screen and the app will either close or enter a suspended state. But apps can misbehave and start functioning incorrectly or needlessly draining your battery life, prompting you to need to learn how to close an iPad app. Fortunately the ability to do this does exist, and you can scroll down to follow our guide to learn how to force close an unresponsive app.

Force Close an App on the iPad

The tutorial below was written using an iPad 2 running the iOS 7 version of the operating system. If you have an iPad 2 or newer model and you have not yet updated to iOS 7, you can read this article to learn how.

The method below is going to take you to a screen that displays all of your most recently open apps. Not every app on this screen is running or stuck. You can swipe away all of these apps if you so choose, but the majority of them are likely closed or in the suspended state that Apple uses for app multitasking on the iPad. With that in mind, follow the steps below to completely close an app on your iPad.

Step 1: Double-tap (press it quickly, two times in a row) the Home button under your iPad screen.

How to close ipad apps

Step 2: Locate the app that you want to force close.

How to close ipad apps

Step 3: Swipe the image of the app towards the top of the screen to close it.

How to close ipad apps

You can then repeat this for any other app that you want to force close. You can press the Home button under your screen to exit this view and return to your normal Home screen.

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Sometimes, an app gets stuck on a screen or stops responding. If you force quit the app on your iPhone or iPad, it “unsticks” everything. We’ll show you how!

What Does Force Quitting Do?

When you close an app on your iPhone or iPad and go back to the Home screen, you don’t actually quit the app; it’s still running in the background. You can think of it as “pausing” the app.

If an app crashes, is stuck, or generally behaving badly, force quitting is likely the best option. This actually quits the app, and when you open it again, it loads up fresh. Any temporary issues you were experiencing with that app should be fixed.

How to Force Quit Apps on an iPhone

The process of opening the App Switcher and force quitting an app on an iPhone is slightly different depending on which model you have and which version of iOS it uses.

First, let’s talk about the newer iPhones (X, XS, XS Max, XR, or later) which have the notch at the top of the screen and don’t have a Home button.

On your iPhone, stay in the troublesome app or open the one you want to force quit. Swipe up from the bottom (the Home bar) of the iPhone screen.

How to close ipad apps

Hold your finger on the display as you approach the middle of the screen. When you see a preview of the app in card size, lift your finger to open the App Switcher.

How to close ipad apps

You can now scroll horizontally in this interface to see all the previously opened apps. When you see the app you want to quit, swipe up on its preview. The card should disappear through the top of the display.

How to close ipad apps

If you use an iPhone X that runs iOS 11, you have to tap and hold the app preview, and then tap the red “-” (minus sign) button to quit the app.

If you’re iPhone has a physical Home button, just double-press it to open the App Switcher, and then swipe up on the app preview to quit that app.

How to Force Quit Apps on an iPad

The method to force quit apps on an iPad is similar to the one for iPhone, but the interface is different.

If you have a newer iPad Pro with Face ID (that runs iOS 12, iPadOS 13, or higher), swipe up from the bottom of the screen to the middle area, hold for a second, and then let go to reveal the App Switcher.

How to close ipad apps

You see a grid of previously opened apps. Find the one you want to force quit and swipe up on the preview to dismiss it.

How to close ipad apps

If your iPad has a physical Home button, double-click it to open the App Switcher. If you run iOS 12 (or iPadOS 13) on an older iPad with a Home button, you can still swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the App Switcher.

After you quit the app, find it on the Home screen (or use Spotlight search to locate it), and then tap on it to open it again. The app should now work fine.

If you still have issues, try our tips to fix a crashing app. If all else fails, we recommend you restart your iPhone or iPad.

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