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Pro tip: Closing apps in iOS 7

With iOS 7, the steps for closing running apps has changed. Jack Wallen walks you through the process of closing those apps you no longer need at the ready.

iOS 7

Prior to iOS 7, to close a running app, you could double-tap the home button, which would reveal a row of quivering icons representing running apps. A tap on one of those icons would then close that particular app. However, with the release of iOS 7, that behavior is no longer available. Fortunately, the developers of iOS have seen to it to make the process much easier.

If you double-tap the home button, a preview of each running app will still appear (Figure A). You can long-press any one of those apps all day, but nothing will happen. Instead, here's how you have to end those running apps.

Figure A

Figure A
iOS 7 Running on a Verizon-branded iPhone 5.

  1. Once you've double-tapped the home button, the previews will appear
  2. Swipe to either the right or left to locate the app you want to close
  3. Tap and hold the app you want to close
  4. Swipe upward

When you swipe upward, you should see that app preview fly up and off the screen. Once that happens, the app is completely closed. The one app you can't close is the home screen (which will actually appear in the previews). No matter how much you try to swipe that preview upward, it will bounce back down.

For users who were accustomed to the pre-iOS 7 method of closing apps, this new method isn't that far off. Had you expected those shivering icons, you'd be waiting for a long, long time.

What other iOS 7 tips and tricks do you have up your sleeve? Share your expertise in the discussion thread below.

 

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Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

7 comments
Cookiepress
Cookiepress

You need to swipe the preview, not the icon. Took me reading several other sites to realize this

vipermansa
vipermansa

this doesn't work for me either....tapping pulls up the app.

can't swipe either


help please

shoaibq
shoaibq

TIP:

Tap and hold 3 apps at a time and swipe up to close all 3 of them.

ralley
ralley

I love Touch ID, but sometimes my thumb approaches the Home button from the wrong angle, which would not get recognized. So, I used a few of the ten available slots with the same finger, each at different a angle. Now, no matter how I pick up my phone, the Touch ID recognizes me and unlocks it.

mscott7713
mscott7713

Doesn't work on my  7.0.4. I ve tried numerous times. is there something that needs to be done in settings?

villagesoftware
villagesoftware

@vipermansa I hope this helps

Once you have it looking like Figure A, put your finger in the centre of the app PAGE (NOT the icon) you wish to close then swipe up. You should see the page rise up then once it's moving up take your finger off. You may have to trial how far up you need the page to rise to make it close.


I hope this helps.

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