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How to close running apps in iOS 7: iPhone now works like Android

We explain how to quit apps on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

So you’ve updated to iOS 7 (or taken delivery of your new iPhone 5s or 5c) and you can’t figure out how to close all those apps you’ve launched. Don’t worry: you’re not alone.

In iOS 6 and previous versions you had to double-tap the Home button to show the tray containing all the apps which were running in the background, using up all the smartphone or tablet’s precious resources (particularly RAM). You’d then tap and hold any one of them to make them all wiggle, and press the red cross to close the app.

It was never a good system, and most people didn’t realise you didn’t actually have to tap the ‘x’ – pressing anywhere on the icon would close the app.

In iOS 7, reviewed, you still double-tap the Home button to bring up the list of running apps, but it’s now a full-screen affair, no matter whether you’re using an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

iOS 7 close apps multitasking list

As well as the icon, you also get a larger thumbnail of what was on screen when you last used the app, so it’s easier to see at a glance which app is which.

To close an app, you simply swipe upwards on the thumbnail to dismiss it – just as on an Android tablet or smartphone. Swipe left and right to scroll through the list of apps.

ioS 7 how to close apps

If you have lots of running apps, it’s quicker to use two fingers to simultaneously dismiss two apps.

See also: How to clear unread Gmail emails in iOS 7: mark them all as read

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