MacMost Now 920: Switching Between and Quitting Apps In iOS 7

Switching between apps is different in iOS 7 compared to earlier versions of iOS. You can now easily bring up a list of currently running and recently used apps, and flip through the list. Then you can jump to one. You can also use this list to quit an app. A second method exists to force-quit a stubborn app.

Comments: 17 Responses to “MacMost Now 920: Switching Between and Quitting Apps In iOS 7”

    Dave Cook
    6 years ago

    Very Helpful – Thank you.

    John
    6 years ago

    You can also bring up the running apps with the 4-finger swipe from the bottom just like in IOS 6 and earlier.

      Paul Schluter
      6 years ago

      When I do the 4-finger swipe on my 4S (with 7.0.2) from the bottom it is just like I am doing a regular scroll-up in the app.

        6 years ago

        The 4-finger swipe is specific to the iPad. It doesn’t work on the iPhone. I can’t even fit four fingers across the bottom.

    dan
    6 years ago

    is there a way to disable game centre. It seems to go away after I click cancel a few times, but it isn’t a feature I want or use

      6 years ago

      Game Center doesn’t do anything on its own. Other apps use it. So it depends on what app is using it. You can disable that app’s use of Game Center, and also Game Center notifications. Depends what you are trying to do, specifically. You write “click cancel a few times” — cancel what, exactly?

    Peter
    6 years ago

    Thanks for this Gary it was very helpful. However after downloading IOS 7 some of my apps are still saying “waiting” and although I am on wi-fi they will not download and it has been hours since I loaded the software. BTW, these same ones don’t appear in the side-to-side scrolling list that you demonstrated. Any idea of what has happened to them? I have been looking around to see if others have this problem. Thanks.

      6 years ago

      Really impossible for me to guess. Problems need first-hand help. I’d take it to the Genius Bar.

      Gloria
      6 years ago

      I also have the ‘waiting’ sign on 4 apps on my iPad touch,I can’t even delete them and start again. I have tried syncing them on my laptop in iTunes.
      Where do I go from here?

    Pete
    6 years ago

    Hi Gary,

    I like and appreciate your site, really helpful for some of my issues. Another question I have that is related to this video is, can multiple apps in the recent list be closed all at once? Would save me many swipes when I get my iPad back from my kids who don’t bother to close apps they use!
    Thanks

      6 years ago

      No, there isn’t. And it wouldn’t save you any steps. On the one hand you’d need to select each one and then press a button to quit them. So quitting 9 apps would take 10 steps. But now you can do 9 swipes, so 9 steps.
      You don’t need to worry so much about quitting apps. A typical iOS user should never have to quit apps. Most pas aren’t doing anything. Think of them as “frozen” if it helps.

    John
    6 years ago

    Many thanks – couldn’t figure out to quit an app at all! Was interesting to see in the previous comment though that you didn’t need to worry about quitting an app because “they don’t do anything”. I guess I was thinking it was helping to free up memory – like my computer!

    Pat
    6 years ago

    Thank you Gary very helpful as usual

    David K
    6 years ago

    Thanks – always useful – though I did prefer the look and feel of the previous iOS.

    Pat
    6 years ago

    Thanks Gary……very helpful!

    Ruth K
    6 years ago

    Thank you for your very useful newsletters. I save them all! Am I correct in believing that open apps in the background use up the battery life quicker on a iPhone 5? Many are reporting shorter battery life since the upgrade.

      6 years ago

      No. Apps running in the background shouldn’t use battery. Some apps do — because you are using them (like a bike or jogging tracking app). But normal apps running properly won’t. Think of them as “frozen” in the background if it helps.
      Some people are also reporting better battery life since upgrading to iOS 5.

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