Shutting Down iPhone Apps: Proper Technique and Reasons to Avoid It

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Shutting down applications on an iPhone is a quick 20-second process, but is it necessary to close them at all? The response might be unexpected!

Guidelines for shutting down your applications on an iPhone

Total Time

  • 20 seconds

Step 1: Access the “App Switcher”

For an iPhone with Face ID: Swipe upwards from the base of the screen and pause in the center. For an iPhone with a Home Button: Double-click the Home button located at the base of your iPhone.

Step 2: Locate the Desired App to Close

In the App Switcher, swipe left or right to find the app you wish to close.

Step 3: Close the Application

Swipe upwards on the app’s preview to shut it down.

Does closing applications benefit your phone’s battery?

Interestingly, no; closing applications isn’t always advantageous for your phone’s battery. This is because iOS is adept at managing apps efficiently while they are active but not in use (referred to as running “in the background”).

Shutting down an app and then relaunching it can consume more power than leaving it running in the background.

How frequently should you shut down your applications?

You don’t need to regularly close applications on your iPhone unless you have concerns about the following:

  • The app is unresponsive or malfunctioning: If an app is malfunctioning, closing and reopening it might resolve the issue.

  • Battery life or sluggish performance: While iOS is designed to efficiently manage background applications, there are instances where you notice a specific app draining a significant amount of battery in the background. If you are anxious about conserving your battery life when away from your charger, you may opt to close apps that you do not intend to use until you return home.

  • Privacy concerns: Certain apps track your location or perform tasks. If you wish to ensure an app is closed for privacy reasons, you can manually shut it down. For instance, some apps track your location.

Valentina Rogers

Valentina is a tech-savvy wordsmith, blending her expertise in digital trends with a talent for crafting compelling stories that resonate with readers of all backgrounds.

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