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How to close background applications on ios 7 iphone 5s, 5c,5,4s,4 and ios 6

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You may not be aware of this, but some applications may be running on your phone's background. These applications cause your phone to function slower than expected as some background applications consume needed resources. Though not all background applications should be closed all the time, some of them may need to be closed in order to give your phone some "breathing room". If you try to open an application and it crashes (after pressing the icon to launch it the app does not appear) clearing out all the background applications often fixes the problem.

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This wiki will discuss the task switcher / active applications panel and how to close background applications on both ios 7 and ios 6 and below. IOS 7 is preloaded on the iphone 5s and 5c. Some older model iphones can run IOS 7 so you will need to first determine if you are running IOS 6 or 7.

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Edit Closing background applications in iOS 7 (iphone 5s & 5c)

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    Double tab your home button to bring up your task switcher/applications panel.
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    Ignore the icons at the bottom, as they no longer are used to close applications.
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    Instead drag the larger preview of the application upward and off the top of the screen.
    Just a simple swiping up action works nicely.
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    Close multiple apps at once:
    You can use multiple fingers to swipe multiple apps.
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    Close All apps at once:
    Sorry apple still hasn't clued in that you might want to just remove them all. At least I couldn't find a way. Please update this wiki if you figure out a way. :)
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Edit Showing active applications panel in IOS 6

The active application panel shows the list of applications currently running and consuming your phone's resources, including the Internet data. To view the active applications, including the panel itself, follow these instructions:

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    Go to your home screen.
    Quickly press the "Home" button twice to get to the active applications panel.
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    You will be shown an iconized list of active applications running on your phone.
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    From the list, you can now proceed to close or open any desired application listed.
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Things to note

  • Tapping on the application's icon from the panel opens the application's window.
  • The panel works just like the computer's task manager, though it does not show system processes as they are required by your phone to function normally.
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Edit Closing background applications in IOS 6 or below

Closing unused background applications saves your phone's resources, including internet data. Follow these instructions to close background applications on your iPhone 5.

  1. 1
    Go to your home screen.
    Quickly press the "Home" button twice to get to the active applications panel.
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    You will be shown an iconized list of active applications running on your phone.
    Tap and hold down a desired icon until a red minus sign appears on the upper right part of the icon.
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    Tap the red minus icon on each application icon in order to close the selected application.
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    You should see that the selected background applications have already been deleted.
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    When you are done deleting all the selected background applications, press the "Home" button twice and you will be taken out of the active applications panel and into the home screen.
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Edit HOW DO YOU MINUS APPLICATIONS IN iPHONE5 WITH I0S7

The old ios interface provided minus symbols so you could touch the minus symbol to shut down background applications. The interface has now completely changed. You now swipe pictures of the screens of the app you want to close. For detailed instructions follow the steps at the start of this wiki.

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Edit This Howik may be applicable to other iPhone devices

This Howiki has been tried and tested on iPhone 5 alone. However, if your device is on the latest OS, this Howiki may also be applicable for iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch and iPad. If you have successfully applied this Howiki on other iDevices, please share your experiences in the comments section so others, too, may know.

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Edit Tips

  • Deleting an icon from the active application panel simply closes down the application. It will not uninstall applications.
  • System applications cannot be stopped from the active applications panel.

Edit Questions and Answers

In the step: "From the list, you can now proceed to close or open any desired application listed." How do you close them? Many have no exit option.

In the step: "From the list, you can now proceed to close or open any desired application listed." How do you close them? Many have no exit option.

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Anonymous user #1

207 days ago
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Does not work with ios7 . U never get a red x to use to close them. Help.
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Howik AdminCaptain

182 days ago
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See the section for IOS7 above.
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Anonymous user #2

59 days ago
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In the step: "From the list, you can now proceed to close or open any desired application listed."

How do you close them? Many have no exit option.
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