iOS 7: Closing Background Apps

In iOS 6 and earlier closing apps you aren't using was kind of a pain, and by that I mean a ridiculous process that shouldn't have made it beyond Apple's own labs. In iOS 7, however, it's a much easier process and The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet shows you how.

In iOS 6, closing background apps takes far too many steps:

  • Double tap the Home button on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to show the app bar.
  • Tap and hold an app in the app bar to enable the jiggle mode.
  • Now swipe through the apps until you find the one you want to close, and tap the No Entry button in the corner of the app's icon.

In iOS 7, the process is much simpler:

  • Double tap the Home button to show your open apps.
  • Flick up on the app you want to close.

That's it.

Swipe up on background apps to close them in iOS 7Swipe up on background apps to close them in iOS 7

I'm all about economy of motion in iOS apps, and this is one area where Apple clearly dropped the ball before iOS 7. It would've been great if this is how closing apps had worked all along, but it's nice that Apple finally improved the process.