Open, Close and Manage Applications on Samsung Galaxy S4

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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 on opening and closing applications, rearranging applications, organizing applications with folders and installing and uninstalling applications on your Samsung Galaxy S4.

How to open an application in S4

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    Go to your phone's Home screen by press 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 Application screen, tap on your desired application to open it
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    3 From the Application screen, tap on your desired application to open it.PNG
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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 is 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 where 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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    7 Scroll to your desired application and tap on the icon to open it..PNG
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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 touch screen.
    8 You can hold and swipe any application icon to the left or right to remove it from the list..PNG
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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 application 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 application 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 on 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 on 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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    9 Tap the Task Manager icon (pie graph icon) on the lower-left portion of your touch screen..PNG
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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 press 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 with some options, 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 application on your S4.
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How to organize application into a folder in S4

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    Go to your phone's Home screen by press 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 with some options, choose "Edit".
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    Tap an hold your desired application and drag it to "Create Folder".
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    Put 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 application into a folder in S4.
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How to rearrange Application Screen panel in S4

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    Go to your phone's Home screen by press 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 Application Screen, do a pinching gesture on the screen to see the panel previews.
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    Drag a desired panel preview to a new location to transfer it.
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    You have successfully learned how to rearrange Application 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 press 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 Playstore.
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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 press 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 with some options, choose "Uninstall".
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    Tap on a desired application to uninstall it.
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    Default applications cannot be installed 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 press 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 with some options, 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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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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