MacMost Now 678: Quitting Apps On Your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Learn how to force an app to quit on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. You may need to do this if an app freezes up, or you wish to see a portion of the app that only appears when you first run it.

Comments: 3 Responses to “MacMost Now 678: Quitting Apps On Your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch”

    Douglas A. Brace
    12 years ago

    In my experience, powering off an iOS device does not close the programs that are opened in the recent/multitasking list.

    This is one complaint that I gave about iOS's implementation of multitasking. When I shutdown (or restart) a device, there shouldn't be any programs opened when it is turned back on.

    I also have this complaint about Lion. Whenever I shut down or restart, I have to uncheck the box that says I want the programs open, to open again automatically (my wordage is wrong but you get what I mean).

      12 years ago

      A "recents list" is just that -- the recently run apps. Powering off does close them. When you power back on, the apps are still "recent" so they are in your recents lists. Maybe people confuse the "recents list" with a "running now list."
      On Lion you are talking about the Resume feature. That's different. It does launch those apps. You can turn it off in the System Preferences if you don't like it (but it is quite handy to have).

    Bruce John Shourt
    12 years ago

    You did't tell about the highest level method to solve app or iOS malfunctions. It's the reset. Press and hold both the Home button and the On/Sleep buttons until the screen goes dark, then lights for Slide startup, goes dark again, and then release both when the white Apple icon appears. This is faster because it doesn't quit the apps but I've found it's more effective in solving malfunctions like dropped FaceTime, etc.

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