How to Close Apps on an Android: 10 Steps - MakeSureHow
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Google's Android operating system supports multitasking, a feature that allows apps to continue running in the background or sit paused when you are not using them actively. This means you don't have to quit what you are doing on your Android device before you start doing something else, and when you want to return to what you were doing before, you can pick up where you left off. Android closes down processes -- the work done by apps -- when they are no longer needed, but leaving too many apps running in the background can still strain your device's resources in some cases. You can close apps within Android itself or by using a third-party app.


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    Closing From Settings in Gingerbread: Press the Home button to minimize the app you're currently using and return to the Home screen on a device running Gingerbread, Android version 2.3.
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    Launch the Settings app and tap the "Applications" button.
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    Tap "Manage Applications" to view a list of currently running apps.
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    Tap the apps that you want to close to select them, and then tap the "Kill Selected Apps" button.
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    Closing from the Task Manager in Ice Cream Sandwich: Press and hold the Home button on your device if it is running the Ice Cream Sandwich version -- or newer -- of the Android operating system. The task manager is displayed.
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    Tap and hold the app you want to close -- often referred to as a "long press" -- to display the context menu. Tap "App Info."
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    Tap the "Force Stop" button to close down the app.
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    Closing Using a Task Killer App: Launch the Google Play Store app by tapping its icon on the Home screen.
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    Browse through the categories or search for a "task killer" app such as Easy Task Killer Advanced, Advanced Task Killer or Super Task Killer. Open the app's product listing, tap "Download," and then tap "Accept & Download." The app is installed on your device
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    Launch the task killer app and tap the "Kill All Apps" button. The button may be labeled differently depending on the app, but will be similar.


  • Some models of Android smartphones and tablets use slightly different functions to open the "Manage Applications" page. For example, Motorola devices require you to press the Menu button then select "Manage Applications" from the on-screen menu, while Samsung devices launch the task manager directly by holding the Home button. Consult your device's documentation for details on locating the "Manage Applications" page.
  • Apps can also be closed in Ice Cream Sandwich by opening Settings, tapping "Apps," and then "Running." Tap the app you followed by "Stop" to shut it down.


  • Any unsaved work is lost if you close an application down fully.
  • Stopping -- or "killing" -- an app should only be performed manually if the app has become unresponsive. The Android operating system has built-in procedures to close operational apps safely, which is recommended whenever possible to avoid instabilities or a loss of functionality.

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