Open, Close and Manage Apps on Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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One of the greatest features of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is the ability to find, open, view, and manage applications. Practical and useful apps make the smartphone experience all that much better, and knowing how to access and edit your device's applications is valuable information.

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Let's face it, without being able to use apps, a smartphone wouldn't be nearly as convenient, and would mostly resemble a device from the 90s, minus the massive screens of course.

Below we'll take you through everything from uninstalling an app, right through to opening two applications in split screen mode.

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Open, Find, and Close Apps on Google Pixel & Pixel XL

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    Tap an app on the home screen or swipe up from the little arrow to access the application drawer.
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    Here inside your app drawer you have access to every app installed on your device.
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    If the app you're looking for is not installed, type the name or keyword into the search box.
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    This will search and populate results directly from the Google Play Store.
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    To close an app at any time, tap the recent items button, then swipe the app from left to right in either direction.
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    You can also tap the "X" to close an app, or "CLEAR ALL" to shut them all down.
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Configure, Disable, or Delete Apps

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    From the home screen, tap or swipe up from the little arrow.
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    Inside the app drawer, tap "Settings".
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    On the Settings screen, scroll down and tap "Apps".
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    Inside Apps, tap the little gear in the upper right corner.
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    Here on the "Configure apps" screen, you can select which apps act as the default for various functions, such as your primary internet browser.
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    To temporarily disable an app, head back to the main apps screen via settings
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    With the "ALL apps" tab selected, scroll to and tap the app you wish to disable.
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    For our example, we used the Google Play Store app.
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    On the App info screen, tap "Disable"
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    When the alert message pops up, tap "DISABLE APP".
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    To delete an app entirely, head back to the main app screen through settings, then tap the app you want to uninstall.
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    On the App info screen, tap "UNINSTALL"
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    When the confirmation box pops up, tap "OK".
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    You can also delete an app right from either your home screen or the app drawer
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    Tap and drag the icon to the "Uninstall bin".
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View Two Apps in Split Screen Mode

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    To view two applications at once, go to an app, then tap and hold the "Recent items" button for 2-3 seconds
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    After a few seconds, a black divider line will appear with all other open apps below.
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    Tap the app you want to add to split screen.
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    When in split screen mode, you can expand the viewing area by dragging the divider line up or down.
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    To exit split screen, drag the divider line to the top or bottom of the screen.
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    To swap the app you have in the lower section, tap the recent items button, followed by the new application you want in split screen mode.
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Disable Background Data for Apps on Pixel & Pixel XL

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    From the home screen, tap or swipe up from the arrow.
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    Inside the app drawer, tap the "Settings" gear.
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Apps".
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    Inside Apps, tap the application you want to disable background data on.
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    On the App data screen, tap "Data usage", followed by the toggle switch next to "Background data".
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    This will make it so the app only uses data when it's open in the foreground.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • To save on battery power, close any apps you're not using.
  • Be careful which apps you temporarily disable. In our example above we used the Play Store app, if you disable it, you will not be able to search for new apps.
  • Save time by placing your most frequented apps on the home screen.
  • Use split screen when you have to switch between two apps often.

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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