How to Stop Background Apps on an iPhone (or iPad or iPod Touch) Running iOS 4.0

Posted on September 6, 2010 10:23 PM

The multi-tasking feature released with iOS 4.0 is a great feature to allow you to run more than one application at one time; however, the implementation assumes you always want to keep each app running (in a minimized fashion) rather than closing them – so, with iOS 4.0 instead of closing the app when you click the home button, it simply allows the app to run in the background.  To see what apps you have running, press the home button twice.  This will bring up the multi-task bar which shows all the apps running in the background.

To close an application that is running in the background, follow these steps:

  1. Push the home button twice.
  2. Push and hold down one of the app icons showing in the multi-task bar - this will cause the app icons to jiggle (similar to when you re-arrange apps on the main screens) & have a red circle with a minus sign.
  3. Push the minus sign to close the application.

You may want to close applications you don’t want running in the background for the following reasons:

  1. Memory – each application running is taking up memory
  2. Security – applications may be running services in the background that you don’t want running
  3. Battery – having multiple applications running in the background will drain your battery quicker

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Comment by SHAN

October 22, 2010 7:52 AM

Hey superb man. you have hit the nail on the head. The facts are straight n simple. i was browsing for this info for a while n got only junk n confusing info. Nice one. thank u.

Comment by webrowzinque

July 19, 2011 5:56 PM

An actual answer the battery life mystery! Thank you.

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Comment by Nele

September 19, 2011 2:12 AM

Thanks! been looking for this Smile

Comment by eli peled

October 14, 2011 6:13 AM

My iphone 3g ios 4.1
when i push twice on the home noting happened.
can you help.?

Comment by Dipsspid

November 21, 2011 7:30 AM

Hi man ...Thanks a ton . It works for IOS 5 also . Bulls eye .. !

Comment by sanoop

November 23, 2011 5:41 AM

Hey Thanks a lot man.. u r grt .. I was just wondering wat happens to the apps when we interrupt it by pressing the home button.. Thanks a lot man..

Comment by Kyler

January 27, 2012 6:32 PM

Thanks so much! No wonder it lags.

Comment by Nishanth

March 3, 2012 5:40 AM

Thanks a lot.
Simple and easy to follow.
Seems like I havent closed any app untill ive bought the Ipod touch Tong
I just closed all the apps.
Thanks to you Laughing

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