How to Completely Close Out Running Applications in iPhone iOS 7 to Save Battery

The new iOS 7 brings an updated multi-tasking view for switching between your running apps, but it also silently changed the method used to completely quit & close out your apps running in the background.

If you’re anything like me, you like to be able to fully exit your apps to help free up memory, improve battery life, or to just get out of an app that has become unresponsive.

iOS 7′s new method to completely exit your running apps (and prevent them from running in the background) is even easier than iOS 6′s, although it isn’t immediately obvious.

All you have to do is double tap the home button to bring up the multi-tasking view, then swipe up on the screenshot of the app you want to exit. The app will fly off the screen, and release its resources to the OS.

Easy, right? Don’t feel bad if you couldn’t figure it out. While many of the new features will be familiar to veteran iOS users, some aren’t immediately obvious. One of the first things that I had difficulty figuring out was how to force-quit my apps.multitasking-for-all-apps

Pro-Tip: Close Multiple Background Apps at Once

Although there isn’t currently a way to completely exit all your background apps at once in iOS 7, you can use multiple fingers to swipe and close up to three apps up at once. Repeating the gesture multiple times will make quitting everything quick and easy.

Previous Versions of iOS

With previous versions of iOS (from 4-6), all you had to do was double tap the home button, tap and hold on the app you wanted to close and tap on the red icon that would appear. Now, tapping and holding the icons in the multi-tasking bar does nothing.

More iOS 7 Tips Coming Soon!

This week we’ve been kicking the tires on iOS 7, Apple’s latest OS for the iPhone and iPad, and while there’s a lot to like, there’s also a lot to learn, so come back soon as we explore more of the new features and hidden tricks to mastering iOS 7.

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