Force Quit Apps In iOS 7 Beta With Multitasking [iOS Tips]

Multitasking iOS 7 Beta

iOS 7 beta brings with it a host of surprising features, one of which is the new way in which the mobile operating system handles multitasking. In iOS 6, a double click on the Home button on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch brings up a multitasking bar along the bottom of the screen. On iPhone and iPod touch, it only works in Portrait mode. On the iPad, it works in both Portrait and Landscape screen orientations.

That’s the same in iOS 7, but the visual look of the multitasking system is quite different. Instead of a small bar sliding up from the bottom, you get full previews of each app in the multitasking list. You can swipe left and right to move between apps at will. Also different in iOS 7 beta is the way you force quit apps, to start them anew or prevent certain ones from running in the background.

In iOS 7 beta, double click the Home key as per usual to engage the multitasking system. You’ll see an icon for the app and an app screen preview across your iOS device.

Previously, you’d tap and hold on a multitasking bar app icon and get the app wiggle. You’d then tap the X button to remove it from the multitasking bar, letting it start from a clean state next time you started it up, or keeping it from running in the background.

In iOS 7 beta, all you need to do is swipe the app review up toward the top of your screen, and it will be taken out of the list, essentially doing the same thing: letting it start from a clean state as well as keeping it from running in the background, if the app supported that.

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  • joewaylo

    It’s a nice feature with WebOS once it comes out. What would also be nice is if they made the ability to Force Quit All Apps. I don’t generally need to run them all after a while. So I have to rapid tap them in iOS6′s case. For iOS7, I’d look like I’m playing a video game where I have to rapid swipe upwards to kill all the apps.

  • moncerthcaracas

    it is also a good thing to note that swiping 2-3 apps upwards at the same time may let you close apps more.

  • Eurofag

    That’s a pretty long way to say
    1. double click the home button
    2. swipe up

  • JacktheMac

    I met a bunch of fortysomething smartphone users at the weekend. They all agreed that the iPhone’s killer weakness was that you had to spend all your time force quitting apps “so that they don’t run down the battery”. I tried to explain, but they didn’t believe me when I said there was no need unless it was an app that could truly multitask – and even then battery usage would not be massively impacted.

    Perhaps Apple should enlighten users, or include a ‘kill all apps’ feature.

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