How to close background applications on ios 7 iphone 5s, 5c,5,4s,4 and ios 6

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You may not know it but some applications may be running on your phone's background. These applications cause your phone to function slightly slower than expected since some background applications eats resources. Though not all background applications should be closed all the time, some applications may need to be closed in order to give your phone a breathing space. This Howiki will discuss on how to show the active applications panel and how to close background application on iPhone 5.

Showing Active Applications Panel

The active application panel shows the list of applications currently running and using your phone's resources including the internet data. To view the active application on it, including the panel itself, check on these instructions:

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    Go to your Home Screen
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    Quickly press the Home button twice to get to the active applications panel.
    1 From the Home screen, press the Home button twice..PNG
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    You will be shown with an iconized list of active applications running on your phone
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    2 Recently active applications are displayed. To close an application, tap and hold the icon until the red minus signs appear..PNG
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    From the list, you can now proceed on closing or opening any desired application listed.
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Things to note

  • Tapping on the application icon from the panel opens the application window.
  • The panel works just like the computer's task manager, though not showing system processes since they are required by your phone to function normally.

Closing Background Applications

Closing unused background applications saves your phone's resources including internet data. Check on the following instructions on how to close background applications on your iPhone 5.

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    Go to your Home Screen
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    Quickly press the Home button twice to get to the active applications panel.
    1 From the Home screen, press the Home button twice..PNG
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    You will be shown with an iconized list of active applications running on your phone
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    Tap and hold on a desired icon until a red minus sign appears on the upper right part of the icon.
    2 Recently active applications are displayed. To close an application, tap and hold the icon until the red minus signs appear..PNG
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    Tap the red minus icon on each application icon in order to close the selected application
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    3 Tap the red minus icon to close each application..PNG
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    You should see that the selected background applications have already been deleted
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    4 Once all the required applications have been closed, press the Home button twice to return to the home screen..PNG
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    When you are done deleting all the selected background applications, press the Home button twice and you will be taken out of the active applications panel and into the Home screen
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    5 The background applications have been closed..PNG
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Things to note

  • Deleting an icon from the active application panel simply closes down the application. It will not uninstall applications.
  • System applications cannot be stopped from the active applications panel.

May be applicable to other devices

This Howiki has been tried and tested on iPhone 5 alone. However, if your device is on the latest OS, this Howiki may also be applicable for iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch and iPad. If you have experiences successfully applying this Howiki on other iDevices, please share it to the comments section so others, too, may know.

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