Open, Close and Manage Applications on Samsung Galaxy S4 Marshmallow/Lollipop vs Jelly Bean/Kitkat

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Samsung Galaxy S4's processor is so powerful that it can run almost any Android application on the market. This article will discuss the basics of opening and closing applications, rearranging applications, organizing applications with folders and installing and uninstalling applications on your Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Method 1: Marshmallow/Lollipop

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    To open an app, tap the "Apps" icon on the home screen.
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    From the application screen you can open any app by simply tapping it.
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    You can also access any apps that are currently open.
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    On Lollipop, hold down the home button
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    On Marshmallow tap the menu icon near the bottom left of the screen.
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    Close an application from the currently open apps by tapping the "X" or swiping left to right.
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    To manage a specific application, head to back to the home screen, then tap "Apps".
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    Inside Apps, tap "Settings".
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    While on Settings, tap "Application manager".
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    On Lollipop, ensure you're on the "MORE" tab while in Settings.
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    On the Application Manager screen, scroll down and tap an app of your choosing.
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    On Lollipop, swipe to see "ALL" applications.
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    Here on the App info screen there are several options
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    You can Uninstall, Force stop and clear cache (for applicable apps).
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    If you want to close the app, tap "Force stop". You may lose any unsaved data by closing an app this way.
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Method 2: Jelly Bean/Kitkat

How to open an application in S4

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    Go to your phone's home screen by pressing the "Home" button (S4's lower middle button)
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    1 Go to your phone's Home screen by press the Home button (S4's lower middle button).png
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    Tap on the "Applications" drawer icon to get to the applications screen, and view all the applications installed on your device
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    2 Tap on the Applications drawer icon to get to the Applications screen and view all the applications installed on your device..PNG
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    From the Applications screen, tap on your desired application to open it
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    You have successfully learned how to open an application
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How to open an application in S4 from the recently-used applications

When you exit from an application using the home button, you are not actually closing it, but are merely minimizing the application. Only when you press "Back" when on an application and it exits, is when you can say that the application has closed. Either of the two ways, you can view your most recently used applications by doing the procedures below. Using this technique will allow you to open a recently used application faster. Follow the procedures below:

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    From your phone screen, including any open application screen, press and hold the "Home" button (S4's lower middle button)
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    5 From your phone screen, including any open application screen, press and hold the Home button..PNG
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    You will be taken to the "Recent Applications page where you can view all the recent applications that you have used, and it will be arranged chronologically, with the last opened application on the bottom
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    6 You will be taken to the Recent Applications page where you can view all the recent applications that you have used..PNG
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    Scroll to your desired application and tap on the icon to open it
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    You can hold and swipe any application icon to the left or right to remove it from the list
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    You can also remove all applications from the recently-used app list by tapping on the "Remove all" icons on the lower-right part of your phone's touchscreen.
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    You have successfully learned how to open an application using the "Recent Applications" feature.
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How to close an application in S4

Closing an application in S4 allows you to free some RAM on your phone to give more computing power to other processes. Closing unused applications will also save you battery juice to keep your phone from dying immaturely. Follow the procedures below to close running applications in Samsung Galaxy S4.

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    When using the application, you can close it by pressing the "Back" button located on the lower-right portion on your phone.
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    Some applications will automatically close upon tapping of the back button, while others need a confirmation
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    Confirm the termination and you are done with closing the application.
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    You have successfully learned how to close an application.
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How to close an active application in S4 using the Task Manager

When you press the Home button when you are on an application, you have minimized the application and you still have running it in the background. These applications running in the background will eat up your RAM and your battery power. You can open them through the Recent Applications and close them by the usual procedures or you can use the Task Manager to do it. Follow the procedures below to close applications using the Task Manager.

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    Press and hold the Home button (S4's lower middle button)
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    You will be taken to the Recent Applications page where you can see a link to the Task Manager.
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    Tap the Task Manager icon (pie graph icon) on the lower-left portion of your touch screen
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    You will then be taken to the Task Manager with the Active application on the first tab
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    Tap on the "End" button to the right of the application icon to close the application.
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    Alternatively, you can tap on "End All" to close all active applications on your phone.
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    You have successfully learned how to close an application using the Task Manager.
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How to rearrange applications in S4

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    Go to your phone's home screen by pressing the "Home" button (S4's lower middle button).
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    Tap on the "Applications" drawer icon to get to the applications screen and view all the applications installed on your device.
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    Tap the "Menu" button (lower-left soft key of your phone).
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    You will be shown some options
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    Choose "Edit."
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    To move an application icon to a new location, tap and hold the application and then drag it to your desired new location.
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    To move an application to another panel, tap and hold the application and drag it to the extreme side (left or right) of the screen.
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    You have successfully learned how to rearrange applications on your S4.
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How to organize applications into a folder in S4

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    Go to your phone's home screen by pressing the "Home" button (S4's lower middle button).
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    Tap on the "Applications" drawer icon to get to the applications screen and view all the applications installed on your device.
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    Tap the "Menu" button (lower-left soft key of your phone).
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    You will be shown some options
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    Choose "Edit".
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    Tap and hold your desired application and drag it to "Create Folder."
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    Put in a name for that folder and tap "OK" when you are done.
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    You can add more applications to that folder by dragging them to it and tapping "Save" to save the changes.
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    You have successfully learned how to organize applications into a folder in S4.
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How to rearrange the Applications screen panel in S4

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    Go to your phone's home screen by pressing the "Home" button (S4's lower middle button).
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    Tap on the "Applications" drawer icon to get to the applications screen and view all the applications installed on your device.
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    On the applications screen, do a pinching gesture on the screen to see the panel previews.
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    Drag the desired panel preview to a new location to transfer it.
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    You have successfully learned how to rearrange the applications screen panel in S4.
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How to install an application in S4

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    Go to your phone's home screen by pressing the "Home" button (S4's lower middle button).
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    Tap on the "Applications" drawer icon to get to the Applications screen and view all the applications installed on your device.
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    Tap on "Samsung Apps" or "Play Store."
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    Search for your desired application.
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    Download and install applications from there.
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    You have successfully learned how to install an application in S4.
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How to uninstall an application in S4

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    Go to your phone's home screen by pressing the "Home" button (S4's lower middle button).
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    Tap on the "Applications" drawer icon to get to the applications screen and view all the applications installed on your device.
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    Tap the "Menu" button (lower-left soft key of your phone).
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    You will be shown some options
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    Choose "Uninstall."
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    Tap on the desired application to uninstall it.
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    Default applications cannot be uninstalled using this method.
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    You have successfully learned how to uninstall an application in S4.
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How to share an application in S4

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    Go to your phone's home screen by pressing the "Home" button (S4's lower middle button).
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    Tap on the "Applications" drawer icon to get to the applications screen and view all the applications installed on your device.
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    Tap the "Menu" button (lower-left soft key of your phone).
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    You will be shown some options
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    Choose "Share app."
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    Select on the application that you want to share.
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    Tap on "Done" and select the sharing method.
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    Follow the on-screen instructions and you should be able to share without any problems.
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    You have successfully learned how to share an application in S4.
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Questions and Answers

Closing applications on Galaxy S4?

I press the back button but apps don't close. Have to press the home button (middle bottom of phone) then it shows all open apps then I have to slide to the right one by one to close. Is this the fastest way?

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The fastest way to kill all of the applications is probably installing Advanced Task Killer. You can either launch it and kill applications by tapping on one button or even set up an "Auto Kill" list so that everything is closed automatically.

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Is it possible to create a folder?

For example, one folder for games, and another folder for apps. how will I do that?

Yes, you can create a folder by using the instructions below:

1. Go to your home screen on your device

2. Press the menu button on your device so that you can see the option to create folder

3. Once your folder is created you can name it what you will like

4. Long press on an application and drag it to your folder so that you can save your application in the folder successfully

Were are the settings for the home button?

Hi, my phone went in for a screen repair for which they had to wipe my phone. I've started using it again now and the home button does not take me to the home screen (minimize apps) as it used to?? Is there a place where I can find the settings?

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You may have the S Voice enabled which is why it is slowing down when you press the Home key and does not take you automatically to the Home Screen. To disable the S Voice just do the following steps:

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  • Load S Voice
  • Press on the "Menu" key
  • Go to "Settings"
  • Uncheck "Open via the home key" option

Once you disabled this shortcut combo for S Voice, the Home button will respond quickly and take you straight to the Home Screen as it's supposed to.

Hi, when I go to Settings - Application Manager - Running, it shows at the bottom left I have 1.4GB used, and I have a ton of applications that appear to be running?

These don't show up when I do the simple hold the Home key down. Are these running apps essential to keep the phone operating properly? Can I go in and shut down the ones I know I'm not using?

Yes, you can. The services and programs will automatically run the next time you reboot the phone anyway. Generally, always keep applications that start with "Google" running and shut down those that you do not need or do not recognize completely. A lot of other programs may be needed for full functionality of the device; so, if you do not recognize the service, shutdown it, and the system stops responding, you can just reboot the phone; and everything will be back to the initial state.

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Why don't I have a soft key on the lower left of my Galaxy S4?

I don't seem to have a "soft key" for the menu on the lower left of my home screen on my Galaxy S4, instead, it calls up my Google search bar. What am I doing wrong?. I have tried: Pushed the home key, tried the icons, looked up answers online. I think it was caused by: If I had any ideas, I would have tried them!

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To see apps running in the background, hold down the home key for about 3 seconds.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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