How to Close an Open App on the iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 battery can drain pretty quickly when you are playing games, watching videos, or talking for an extended period of time, so it’s important to make sure that you aren’t needlessly wasting battery life with open apps. iOS 7 is generally pretty good about managing apps and battery life, but you may find that certain apps are staying open longer than necessary. So if you were used to the method of closing apps in previous versions of iOS and are having trouble closing apps in iOS 7, then follow the steps outlined below.

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Closing Apps on the iPhone 5

In many cases the apps that you see when you follow the steps below are not the apps that are currently open on your phone. The list that you will see is technically the list of the most recently open apps, and not all of them are running or open. This is an important distinction, as you may initially think that you have dozens of apps running on your phone, when there may only be one or two. So, with that in mind, follow the steps below to find, view and close the apps that are open or were recently open on your iPhone 5 in iOS 7.


Step 1: Unlock your iPhone 5.


Step 2: Double-tap the Home button at the bottom of your phone, which will bring up a screen similar to the one below.

how to close apps on the iphone 5 in ios 7



Step 3: Swipe up on an app that you want to close. If it helps to visualize it, you are swiping the app off the top of the screen. You can repeat this for any additional apps that you want to close.

swipe up on the app you want to close



You can then press the Home button again to return to the Home screen.


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