Quick Tip: How to close apps in iOS 7

Apple has retained much of the familiar functionality in iOS 7. The method of completing some tasks have not changed from iOS 6. There are however a few things that have changed and for the better. A new method of searching, swiping in the opposite direction to delete messages are just a few of the changes. A question we’re starting to see regularly in our iOS 7 help forums is related to quitting apps. This too has changed, with the new multitasking feature. Here’s how to close apps in iOS 7.

In iOS, double-clicking the home button will bring up the multitasking, which is essentially a collection of ‘running apps’. With previous versions of iOS, you would have to tap and hold an icon. Your icons would start wiggling and you could tap on the minus sign to close them.

Close Apps in iOS 7

When you double-click on the home button in iOS 7, you’ll see a new webOS style cards view. The old method of tapping and holding the icon will not work. Instead, to close apps in iOS 7, you simply flick the card up. Flicking or dragging up will work. My personal favorite is flicking as it provides me with a sense of power. Get out of here app.

how to close apps in iOS 7

Why Quit Apps in iOS 7

People tend to quit apps in hopes of better battery life, which we’re going to tackle in an upcoming how-to guide. Open apps in previous versions of iOS didn’t have any effect on battery life. They were in a paused state. Apple’s new intelligent updates changes things a bit. Apps can now access data in the background, if they are enabled under Background Refresh. You can disable these apps by entering Settings > General > Background App Refresh.

If an app is behaving badly or has become problematic, that’s a perfectly good reason to quit the app. Engage multitasking and flick away.

Apple’s iOS 7 looks completely different from iOS 6 and it can be a bit offputting when things don’t work as they have in the past. Quitting apps is one of the changes that while different, is a nice improvement. Our iOS 7 Review and Guide provides a complete overview of what’s new. You can also find individual iOS 7 how-to guides. Still need help, our iOS 7 forums are a great place to ask questions and receive free expert advice.

  • jerry

    That was easy. Thanks so much!