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Old May 1, 2011, 07:21 AM   #1
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Turning Off Apps running in the background - I never knew this!

Am I the only one that had no clue there was a way to turn off Apps running in the background while leaving the iPad on? I thought I heard before to reboot to close all running Apps and reset the device. Well after I did that, I noticed that all of the Apps were still running, as verified through multi finger gestures.

So now at this point, I'm pretty much thinking there was no way to actually turn off these Apps without some extreme measure. So after googling and finding www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r3T8TyyiTE, I saw that all I had to do was bring up the multitasking bar and start deleting. That's it, just that easy!

That made my day.
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Old May 1, 2011, 07:26 AM   #2
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I come across this all the time with people I know who own iPhones but don't really understand how they work.
They think I'm some sort of wizard when I show them how to close apps or skip to the top of a page by pressing the clock. I would recommend googling an iOS 4 guide or something as if you weren't aware of that feature, there may well be others that you didn't know about but would like to use!
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Old May 1, 2011, 07:30 AM   #3
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Am I the only one that had no clue there was a way to turn off Apps running in the background while leaving the iPad on? I thought I heard before to reboot to close all running Apps and reset the device. Well after I did that, I noticed that all of the Apps were still running, as verified through multi finger gestures.

So now at this point, I'm pretty much thinking there was no way to actually turn off these Apps without some extreme measure. So after googling and finding www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r3T8TyyiTE, I saw that all I had to do was bring up the multitasking bar and start deleting. That's it, just that easy!

That made my day.
And download the Atomic web browser or iCab and start using swipe gestures, just like on a Mac. You'll love that.
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Old May 1, 2011, 07:39 AM   #4
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One of the big reasons for JB'ing devices is the SBSettings, which turns off the background Apps. But when I just did that, the processes didn't show all of the Apps the multitasking was showing. Hmm... I see there's a lot more out there to discover.
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One of the big reasons for JB'ing devices is the SBSettings, which turns off the background Apps. But when I just did that, the processes didn't show all of the Apps the multitasking was showing. Hmm... I see there's a lot more out there to discover.
A lot of the apps in the multitasking bar aren't using resources and are just there almost as recently used applications. Only certain API's are activated in multitasking anyway so if you don't have an app doing anything in particular, then it's probably not taking up any resources.
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It's been I over a year and people still don't know how multitasking works. The apps aren't "running" in the background unless it's audio, VoIP, or location. No need to worry about "closing" them.
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Old May 1, 2011, 08:31 AM   #7
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I never linked all of the Apps using resources on the device. What shocked me was how I thought after turning off / on the device, the same non-native Apps were still open. I'm glad to get the input; real good info.

*edit*

Then again, I was thinking that if an App was 'on,' it was considered to be 'running.' I didn't neccessarily think it was using anything against the battery usage per se' but did believe it would be better to have it closed.

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I used to be anal, and close all the apps running in the background. But... since I enabled multi-touch gesturing on my iPad 2, multitasking works so much better since you don't have to press the home button anymore. Now I leave all my commonly used apps running in the background. Just 4 finger swipe up, and switch apps fast. 5 finger pinch, and start a new app. 4 finger swipe left or right to scroll through all opened apps. If you haven't enabled multi-touch gesturing yet, you have to try it. I hardly ever use the home button anymore. I didn't like how multitasking worked when it first came out on the iPhone, but now I like it a lot on my iPad after enabling gesturing.
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Old May 1, 2011, 09:12 AM   #9
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I think Apple need to come up with 2 close app options.

One that just put it down on the multitasking bar, as you many want to go back to it, or it's a frequently used app.

And another that really shuts it down.

A while ago, I had 100 app icons on my multitasking bar. I don't think there is any real reason to automatically put every single app you ever run in this area.
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Old May 1, 2011, 09:18 AM   #10
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There is NO Multitasking on iPAD !!!

Sorry to hear that such a common task was not known to you.
I just do it daily.
I don't want to get to a point that there would not be enough memory for runing a new application
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It's been I over a year and people still don't know how multitasking works. The apps aren't "running" in the background unless it's audio, VoIP, or location. No need to worry about "closing" them.
There is a jailbreak app that I love on my iPhone that I wish I could put on my iPad. It removes all the "recent" apps out of the bar and only leaves the ones running. Helps out when finding out what is running in the background.
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There is a jailbreak app that I love on my iPhone that I wish I could put on my iPad. It removes all the "recent" apps out of the bar and only leaves the ones running. Helps out when finding out what is running in the background.
That sounds pretty useful. What's the name of it?
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I used to be anal, and close all the apps running in the background. But... since I enabled multi-touch gesturing on my iPad 2, multitasking works so much better since you don't have to press the home button anymore. Now I leave all my commonly used apps running in the background. Just 4 finger swipe up, and switch apps fast. 5 finger pinch, and start a new app. 4 finger swipe left or right to scroll through all opened apps. If you haven't enabled multi-touch gesturing yet, you have to try it. I hardly ever use the home button anymore. I didn't like how multitasking worked when it first came out on the iPhone, but now I like it a lot on my iPad after enabling gesturing.
Yes I have it. I have a PC so I had to embed it without the toggle option that is out their for Mac users. It is useful and was blown away when after I turned the iPad off then back on, I was still scrolling to the Apps I thought were turned off.

Okay I'm still an iOS novice. lol
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That sounds pretty useful. What's the name of it?
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That sounds pretty useful. What's the name of it?
I use Remove Background SBSettings, I havnt tried others but it works well enough for me.
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It's been I over a year and people still don't know how multitasking works. The apps aren't "running" in the background unless it's audio, VoIP, or location. No need to worry about "closing" them.
I think it's quite amazing how, after almost a full year of using an iPhone/iPad, they still believe having many apps in the multitasking tray has no effect on app performance, like games.
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Old May 1, 2011, 02:21 PM   #17
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But where under settings on the ipad2 do you find the current usage like they show on the iphone video?
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Am I the only one that had no clue there was a way to turn off Apps running in the background while leaving the iPad on?
You might consider reading the User Guide sometime, there's a lot of handy information there. Either go to http://support.apple.com/manuals/#ipad or scroll to the bottom of your Safari Bookmarks on your ipad and tap on "iPad User Guide".
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I think it's quite amazing how, after almost a full year of using an iPhone/iPad, they still believe having many apps in the multitasking tray has no effect on app performance, like games.
It doesn't. If the current game needs more ram the OS kicks some of the others out and thus provides the needed ram to the foreground app. A game may lag initially but after a few seconds it will get better as the OS clears the ram as needed.
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