"Close All Apps"

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TeeRav19, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. TeeRav19 macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2015
    Houston, TX
    Do people still close out of all of their apps or do you just leave them running? Does closing all of your apps help the speed of your iPhone? Or is it just a habit?

    I know I used to be anal about making sure all of my apps were closed all the time but it seems like I don't really have a need to anymore. I still try to close them all once I put the phone on the charger before bed, for some odd reason...
  2. SmplyRckless macrumors member


    Mar 10, 2015
    I close them once I'm done with them. I honestly have no idea if it's better for the phone or not. I've heard so many different things on this. My battery & performance is smooth if I leave a ton of apps running in the background also though.

    I think it's up to whatever u feel is essential.
  3. CaCHooKa Man macrumors member

    CaCHooKa Man

    Sep 21, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    I close some apps since they keep running in the background if I don't. Mainly Snapchat.
  4. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    If you're on a 6s or 6s+ it isn't really necessary with the 2GB of RAM. On older devices you might want to close them to minimize app reloading.
  5. Trickhot3102 macrumors 6502


    Dec 21, 2013
    I keep the ones I know I'll be using all day open (Facebook, Instagram, music...) and I'll close out the stuff that I just needed to check once
  6. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I haven't done this since the iPhone 4. On my iPhone 5, I would very rarely prune background apps when something crashed. I haven't had to do that with my 6+ or the 6S+.
  7. iNinja08, Oct 22, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2015

    iNinja08 macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2015
    The difference between iOS and Windows, Mac, Linux and how they handle memory usage varies. Typically on OS's other than iOS background applications or processes consume more and more memory and continue running in the background, in iOS background apps are held in memory but are suspended and will not be utilized by the cpu until the app is brought to the foreground or background app refresh is enabled for such apps. The general consensus on iOS is leave the background apps alone.
  8. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    I don't close any apps (with the exception of Facebook), and have great battery life.
  9. Cergman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2013
    my tesla
    Stuff just sitting in memory doesn't burn battery. Quite the contrary actually - loading/dumping from memory uses battery. If you're constantly closing and opening apps, you're repeatedly loading it and removing it from memory whereas if you just left it 'suspended', it wouldn't need to waste battery reloading into memory. I never close any apps unless it's malfunctioning.
  10. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    I close them because I like to and it's much easier with 3D Touch.
  11. WarcraftWidow macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2015
    I never close apps unless it is misbehaving. My app switcher usually has many dozens of apps in it. Never noticed a problem.
  12. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    I have a 6+ and I still see the need to close them all. When they are connecting to the web or doing any background refresh.

    I do want Apple to add a close all X button.
  13. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Same. I've surprised a few people with the amount of apps in my app switcher. Doesn't bother me.
  14. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    STOP STOP STOP. Everyone. This has been well explained and documented since iOS 4. "Hard closing" all your apps will actually worsen your battery life. The only app you should force quit out of is facebook.
  15. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    I wish there was a force touch option to close all apps or close all tabs. Pretty annoying.
  16. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    The battery is amazing regardless. I just started doing things because I want to maximize it. I spoke to a guy, on here, who posted a screenshot, and he had ridiculous standby and usage amounts. He suggested that one of the things I needed to do was kill apps when not using them. That's why I started doing it.
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    And perhaps after today's Facebook update even that might not really be necessary for many.
  18. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    And then there are those with crazy battery life screenshots who don't close apps.
  19. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    It's not, it's worse for the phone.

    It's worse for performance and battery life. Apps are slower to open and your phone is working a lot harder clearing and using the RAM constantly.

    It's well documented now.





  20. Vundu macrumors 65816


    Jun 10, 2009
    Manchester, UK
    I close the ones I use rarely, the more commonly used ones I leave.
  21. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    If you're saying some phones just perform better than others, absolutely.
  22. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    I'm saying thet constantly closing all apps isn't some special secret thing that will result in amazing battery life.
  23. rowdt1 macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2015
    The Netherlands
    I don't close them. I easily get through a day with my iPhone 6 so I don't think I have to. Also, I once read it closing all your apps actually worsens the battery life.
  24. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Leave the ones you use frequently open. Close ones that you use less than once per week, or something to that effect. If you have a 6S there isn't much need to close apps. Closing the and reopening them (reloading them back into and out of RAM) worsens battery life as other in this thread have noted.
  25. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    Well, I said that was one of the things.

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