13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 24, 2011 8:47 AM by Demo Branched to a new discussion.
joanna0995 Level 1 (0 points)

How do you close apps?  When I double click home button, I see no way to close Apps.

iPad, iOS 4.3.2
  • igmackenzie Level 4 (2,285 points)

    When you are looking at the multi-task area, hold your finger on the app icon for a second or so until it wobbles, then tap on the 'x' to close it completely.

  • Jim P Level 2 (300 points)

    After double clicking the Home button hold down one of the open apps for about 3 seconds until you get the red close buttons.. You then you can close them

  • Demo Level 10 (88,811 points)

    Double tap the home button and th recent apps appear at the bottom. Tap and hold down on one of the app icons until all of the icons begin to wiggle. A red minus sign will appear in the upper left corner of all of the icons. Tap the minus sign to close the app.


    When you are done, tap the home button again.

  • igmackenzie Level 4 (2,285 points)

    Why do we have three replies saying the exact same thing?

  • Demo Level 10 (88,811 points)

    igmackenzie wrote:


    Why do we have three replies saying the exact same thing?

    Actually - and I am not trying to be a smart *** or bust anyone's stones here but we don't have three replies saying exactly the same thing.


    The actual sign that shows up on the wiggling icon in this case is a minus sign not an X. I was just trying to clarify for the OP. The red close button reference may be confusing to some people and again I was trying to be very specific.


    ig ...I mean no offense to you, Jim or to the OP but I have seen more than a few cases where if the OP was confused because the terminology in the post was not what the OP saw on the screen when they tried the suggestions that were posted.

  • PogoPossum Level 4 (2,505 points)

    In addition, Jim P's response was posted a minute before yours (although for some reason it shows up after), so likely he didn't see your post as he was responding just as you didn't see his.

  • igmackenzie Level 4 (2,285 points)

    I'm so glad I asked now!

    Actually, Jim's post was after mine. The reason it shows a minute later is because I edited mine.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,906 points)

    You will often see a clutch of almost identical replies with time stamps that are very close. Depending on how long it took some one to open the post and reply to it, they may not see posts that came in while they were composing. I will open a whole bunch of threads in separate tabs as I scan through the forum, them go back and answer them.  Don't take it as any sort of insult.


    I only find it odd when someone gives an identical answer hours or days later.

  • igmackenzie Level 4 (2,285 points)

    Thanks Meg.  I wasn't taking it as an insult at all, I was just wondering why it happens.  Of course a minute here or there is totally understandable, but I regularly see posts after an hour or more - sometimes days! - after saying the exact same thing.

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)



    Besides the Home button if an app freezes you can "force quit"...


    Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPad for a few seconds until a red slider appears, then press and hold the Home button until the app quits.









  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,906 points)

    I suspect there are a fair number of people who read the original post, think, "I know! I know!" and hit the reply button without actually reading any of the other answers.

  • Vizdemere Level 1 (0 points)

    FWIW, the subject title brought me here, so I was hoping to find something on 'How do you close apps' - as, if I have an app, how do I close it; how do I close apps in general?

    Closing multiple background multitasking apps is a different thing.

    Any pointers, in case the title draws others here too?  Tks.

  • Demo Level 10 (88,811 points)

    The way that we described above IS the way that you close/quite apps on the iPad. Apps do not quit in the conventional way that you are used to doing on your computer and there is no way to close an app within the app itself. There is no X in a window to quit the app.


    Actually most apps that are in the multitasking area/tray/bar - whatever you want to call that area that comes up when you double tap the home button - are not really running anyway. This is just a list of your most recent apps.


    I'm sure there are quite a few articles explaining multitasking but this is one that I found with a very quick search.