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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4 iOS devices
Apple made it quite easy and intuitive to quit out of apps in iOS 4; however I have not seen this method mentioned anywhere.

Double tap the Home button to bring up the multitasking applications view, then tap and hold on an app (as if you were arranging your home screen). A small red circle will appear on each app; tap one to close that app. And, of course, you can still swipe through the list to see more.

[crarko adds: I can't test this one on my iPhone 3G. Please confirm that this works.]
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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: andrew_zinn on Aug 31, '10 07:56:47AM

Works. I have not been able to get an authoritative opinion about is whether there is any reason to quit frozen apps.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: VxJasonxV on Sep 08, '10 04:30:24PM

I don't think I've ever had an App Freeze on me. Not since early 3.0 Firmware times, at least.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: DarkHorseMBA on Aug 31, '10 07:57:36AM

I do this all the time works, great!
Wish there was a way to quit all apps at once though.

DH



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: EPunisher1 on Aug 31, '10 07:58:12AM

Yup! Works just fine.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: karlnospam on Aug 31, '10 08:00:57AM

What is the other method? I only ever used that one



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Aug 31, '10 10:37:33AM
@karlnospam: i, too, had the same reaction and question that you did. however, after rereading and rereading the post (i won't call it a "hint," because it's not one), i think it was simply worded poorly:

delight1 wrote:
"Apple made it quite easy and intuitive to quit out of apps in iOS 4; however I have not seen this method mentioned anywhere."

the way it's worded implies that there was already an "easy and intuitive" method (method A) and that there's another method (method B) that the poster hadn't seen mentioned anywhere. but i don't think that's what he/she meant. first of all, as far as we know, the described method is the only method of quitting apps, and it's not "easy" at all, which makes this post all the more confusing.

delight1's statement would have been clearer, had he/she worded it like this:
"Apple made it quite easy and intuitive to quit out of apps in iOS 4; however I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere."

(while i disagree with the statement, i believe this wording more accurately states what delight1 intended to convey.)


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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: Blacktiger on Aug 31, '10 08:02:15AM

I can confirm that this works. Also, don't forget that the itunes controls are available by swiping one screen to the left of the running applications list.

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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: critcol on Aug 31, '10 08:05:00AM

It works on iPhone 4, but I thought Apple mentioned the hold to quit in the original iOS4 presentation way back in April 2010.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: greebly on Aug 31, '10 08:05:51AM

Yes, this is completely valid and works quite well, with a few provisos.

Please note that programs that have constantly running backends do not die from this, like the Mail application for example. The mail app might not appear to be running, but the background processes that do "Push" are still running. In order to restart mail you need to do the "2-button hold until it resets" method.

I know this because I occasionally have to restart mail because my company's Exchange server does funny things and mail doesn't re-connect properly.

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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: gardel on Aug 31, '10 08:08:27AM

If an app appears across the bottom in the multitasking view (when double-clicking the home button), it does not necessarily mean it is running in the background. Apple also shows icons for recently run apps in the multitasking view, including those without background support. Touching the red circled "minus" for such an app simply gets rid of the icon from the view, and does not terminate a background app.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: conigs on Aug 31, '10 09:22:15AM

Actually, this does affect the background program state. I have to do this occasionally when Mail hangs or is having trouble with displaying content. You can also try it with the iPod app or Pandora. Removing it from the "recent item" bar stops audio from playing. You can also check this against running processes if you have iStat installed.

However, if a program has a traditional saved state (from pre-iOS4 days), it will not be affected. But a fast-app switching saved state might not necessarily be preserved.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: PatrickS on Aug 31, '10 08:10:25AM
I'm using this since I've installed iOS4 on my 3GS, it's the canonical way to quit applications and documented as such all over the place (even in Wikipedia).

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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: marksch on Aug 31, '10 08:13:50AM

I'd call this common knowledge and not worth a hint. I also believe that Apple's "solution" is generally believe to be very bad user interface design. It should be possible to just hit one button to quit an app right-away, instead of having to press one button twice, then press and hold and finally try to touch a very tiny icon. Does anyone know a BETTER way to quit an app? Please?

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This only removes the icon from the quick switch list
Authored by: jweaks on Aug 31, '10 08:15:39AM

This does not alter the app's frozen state in memory. It only removes it from the quick launch list.



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This only removes the icon from the quick switch list
Authored by: JPry on Aug 31, '10 09:20:45AM

Not true. This does quit an app in which the state is being maintained in the background, and it also removes it from the list.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: winfred on Aug 31, '10 08:19:59AM

This is indeed the official, and documented, way to quit applications. Also described on the Apple site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4211



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: diamondsw on Aug 31, '10 08:22:10AM

Another "it's in the documentation" hint. And this isn't even buried - it's the standard way to do things.

Not. A. Hint.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: mozart111 on Aug 31, '10 08:29:30AM

Yes this way of quitting multi-tasking apps is insane. Totally non-Apple way of doing things.

Any app opened goes into this place. I use so many apps - it is so tedious. So many news apps that are in the suspended state - do not refresh when opened again. So you have to close it again, open the multitask bar, delete them and then reopen again.

What was Apple thinking. Open up 100 apps? Everyone is in there.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: Typhoon14 on Aug 31, '10 08:29:31AM

While I'm not one to criticize people for posting documented tips if they're buried or obscure, this is the standard and only way to quit apps on the iPhone 4. It's prominently mentioned in the documentation, and is about as obscure as selecting "Quit" from the application menu or hitting Command-Q is on the Mac.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: trailstrider on Aug 31, '10 08:31:22AM

This is not easy! It requires too many steps for something that should be quick and easy. Also, if i happen to have run a dozen apps, I have to close them all one by one this way! How can I have apps close automatically when i leave them if i DONT want them to background? Ive noticed that more apps here definitely drains the battery faster.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: JaxMyers on Aug 31, '10 08:34:00AM

I'm surprised that the editor can't test this. Maybe the editor needs to get an iPhone 4 or at least a 3GS if he is going to be running a site with hints for iOS 4....?



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: crarko on Aug 31, '10 08:38:17AM

Certainly. Should I PM you with the information to fill in on the check? ;)

Craig A.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: lowbatteries on Aug 31, '10 11:23:18AM

Assuming you're eligible for an upgrade, NextWorth will give you $95 for your 3G. Then ungrateful commenters only need to cough up the other $100.

Or, you could upgrade to the 3GS ... unless you're holding out for that Verizon iPhone.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: steve413 on Aug 31, '10 10:19:00AM

Brilliant idea. I think you Craig absolutely needs an iPhone 4. I assume you will be buying one and sending it to him?



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: ragmaxone on Aug 31, '10 10:57:47PM

not enough, crarko should have iPhone EDGE, 3G, 3GS and 4 so he can test each hint on each model.
the same for Macs : Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook, MacBook Pro 13", 15" and 17", and obviously one for each generation.

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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: RunLevelZero on Aug 31, '10 08:42:17AM

To quit all running apps you simply hold down the power button until the slide to power off comes up, once it does hold down the home button for about 7 seconds. All running apps will quit.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: SeanAhern on Aug 31, '10 09:35:32AM

Uh, no it doesn't. Or, at least, it doesn't work for me with the latest iOS 4 on my iPhone 4. I just tried this with an app that displays a home screen when first launched, but does not if it's launched while already running.

When I use the (normal) method described in this hint and hit the red "quit me" circle, the app shows the launch screen when I start it. This shows that it really restarted.

When I use the method you describe, holding down the power button until I get "slide to power off", then holding the home button for 7 seconds, the app does NOT show the launch screen. This shows that the application did not restart.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: JPry on Aug 31, '10 09:52:51AM

The method described by RunLevelZero did work for me with no problem. I tried it with Weather Bug Lite and Lux DLX 2 on iPhone 4 running 4.0.1.

Edit:

Actually, let me clarify: I had each of the mentioned apps open and running. Under normal circumstances, pressing the home button and then returning to the app will show the saved state. While each app was running, I held down the Sleep/Wake button, then held down the home button until the home screen reappeared. This forced the apps to quit. So maybe it doesn't quit all apps, just the currently active one.

Edited on Aug 31, '10 09:55:50AM by JPry



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: RunLevelZero on Aug 31, '10 09:55:58AM

Perhaps I should have clarified that the slide to power off screen will disappear and you will drop back to your application icons if you performed the steps successfully. Did this happen with you?



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: SeanAhern on Aug 31, '10 10:08:20AM

Yep, I get dropped back to the home screen with the app icons. But running applications did not quit.

However, what JPry suggested seems to be true for me: The currently running application does quit. It's just that this does not seem to quit ALL running applications. Just the currently active one.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Aug 31, '10 10:21:12AM

Uh, this doesn't work.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: crarko on Aug 31, '10 08:43:06AM

Hey, folks, at least part of the reason to post these things is to see if anyone has a better way to share.

We do know that a simple restart of the device does not seem to purge the apps from the multitasking drawer. Perhaps an app like iStat will show if the processes are really still active, and what resources are being consumed.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: JPry on Aug 31, '10 09:22:51AM

An easy way to see what apps are running is with SBSettings on a jailbroken phone. This also allows you to quit background apps while leaving their position in the quick launch bar intact.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Aug 31, '10 10:10:10AM

This is documented by Apple. There is however absolutely no need to do this manually, that's why it's kind of hidden. The iPhone will purge background apps automatically when it needs to, you can see this from the iPhone's console, and it will usually purge the 3-4 longest unused apps first.

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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: fmaxwell on Sep 02, '10 11:42:08AM

If you think that there is no reason to do this, then start a copy of Copilot, the GPS navigation app, and then swap to another app. Then watch as you battery gauge drains very quickly. That's just one example. Many apps running in the background tend to drain the battery quickly.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: hamarkus on Aug 31, '10 10:33:05AM

Is there a list of which apps actually make use of some the background APIs? It seems any app playing audio automatically falls into that list (or maybe I just missed the fact that there was an update those apps I have tried it out with).

The key problem here is that certain apps which as their main task play audio do not have a UI for stopping the audio. Until iOS 4, pressing the home button was their UI for this. With iOS 4 they should get an UI, for example stopping Airfoil Speakers should have a button 'Stop playing audio', stopping audio right now is five step procedure:
1) click home button to exit app
2) double-click home button to bring up 'backgrounded' apps
3) hold app icon
4) touch red icon
5) touch anywhere to exit 'backgrounded app menu'



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: conigs on Aug 31, '10 11:25:56AM

Double tap the home button to bring up the switcher, then swipe right to bring up the audio controls. Whatever app is currently using the background audio API can controlled from there.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: disuse on Aug 31, '10 11:07:15AM

Confirmed...

Granted, on JB'ed iOS devices, you can install SBSettings and then 'Remove BG Processes' to close everything at once. Or, using multifl0w, you can see currently running apps and close by the red X.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: monkeys_suck on Aug 31, '10 05:07:26PM

This is a 'duh' moment: it won't work on 3G because multitasking isn't enabled for it!



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: MarkHolbrook on Sep 01, '10 07:32:46PM

I agree this works... What is confusing is knowing what is a running background app and a recently used app... I wish Apple had let that hold, minus thing be ONLY for running background apps.



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Easy quitting of multitasking apps in iOS 4
Authored by: ezmac on Sep 26, '10 11:53:54AM

doesn't work for me, maybe is my iphone 3G, won't support it !!!



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