This brief tutorial will show you how to close (quit) any currently running Apps on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
The method used to close an open App (or game) on an iPhone or iPad has been pretty much the same since multitasking came to iOS. It’s a tiny bit different based on the device you have – an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch with a Home button or an iPhone/iPad without a Home button.
The trick is to bring up the “app switcher” by double-tapping the Home button if your device has one, or swiping up from the bottom of the screen and momentarily holding your finger in place if your device doesn’t have a Home button. If that sounds a bit confusing don’t worry – we have a guide dedicated to using the app switcher.
If you have an iPhone, your open apps will be displayed in a carousel that you can scroll (sideways) through. When you find the one you want to close tap it and while holding your finger down, swipe up.
If you have an iPad the process to close apps is nearly identical to the iPhone. Instead of a carousel, your open apps will be displayed as a grid that you can scroll (sideways) through. When you find the one you want to close tap it and while holding your finger down, swipe up.
20 thoughts on “How to Close Apps on Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch”
Thank you, I’ve been looking for this for about 3 years!
Holy smokes. Cool. Been using an ipad for over a year and missed learning this. Maybe closing all those apps will help with memory problems and Safari freezes and crashes of ios7.
So simple! I couldn’t find the instruction on the new iOS 7 manual
Thanks a lot it works. Greetings from Geneva
Thank you. It works.
So very helpful ,
thanks for your help
Thank you very much!
Thank you my iPod was very slow now it is very fast :) :)
thank u so much :)
Now I know how to close running apps on my ipad. Thanks for the post
Thanks you soooooo much
Thank you so very much!!! :)
That was proper!! Thanx..
I thank you very much, I was starting to get a little nervous but I am good now.
Not that I know of :-( It would be useful though.. Hopefully Apple will include it in a future software update…
What version of the operating system are you running? (See posts above to find where to find that info). Are you double clicking the button?
Thanks – really helpful. No wonder the battery on my iPhone was running down so fast. I had all the apps I had ever used open in the background. Doh!
Awesome ~ Thanks.