Other Do you force close your apps everytime? Is there OCD?


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Nov 18, 2019
Do you force close your apps every time after using it?
Is there OCD?

I watch a lot of people who force close the apps every time after using it.
also they use the force close every time to see if there is no app open before they take the iphone away.
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macrumors member
Sep 29, 2017
For starters there is no force close on an iPhone. An app is either closed or open. If you mean swiping the app in the show all active mode then the answer is periodically I close all active apps. What is OCD? Or are you referring to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? If so I don't think it's Obsessive to close unused apps periodically. I know people who never close any apps but they also have the habit of turning their phones off every couple of days while I never turn mine off which would have the same effect.
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macrumors 6502a
Feb 25, 2012
This should have been a poll.
That said: I know many people who just force close their apps out of habit. They want their app switching window to be clean. Nothing bad to it - it just takes longer to reload the apps when they have to start again from zero.
I don‘t do it at all, only if an app hangs or behaves weirdly.
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macrumors 65816
Apr 27, 2016
New Jersey
Sometimes I do but I don't give much thought to it. Meaning I don't do it for any particular reason. Then there are the times I look at my phone and I haven't closed apps for days and I'm like damn...

now i see it

macrumors 601
Jan 2, 2002
iOS will suspend background apps after a period of time and keave a placeholder picture "card" of the app in the task switcher. That placeholder uses almost zero ram, but it does use a little. Depending on how much ram is installed, the culling of apps by iOS is more or less frequent.

The task switcher/app switcher is a very useful feature in iOS and it becomes almost useless if it's allowed to accumulate every app you've ever opened.
I think it a good housecleaning habit of clearing it out once a day so it's not so cluttered.
But it's totally unnecessary to force quit apps after each use.


macrumors 65816
Jun 18, 2014
I used to do it all the time but I learned that it's better to leave them, as iOS will do its job and I'm now much less stressed about not having to close them.


macrumors 68020
Jul 4, 2012
I do for the ones that I only use occasionally - not for the ones I use all the time. I know Apple says they manage apps and memory etc but my life in computers tells me to close what I'm not going to use.


macrumors 65816
Sep 28, 2015
Chicago, IL
Never crosses my mind unless I need to restart an app that’s not acting correctly but even then, I only close that particular app. I don’t bother with all of them and won’t unless Apple decides to offer a ‘close all’ option.


macrumors regular
Sep 16, 2017
Only if there is an especially demanding or a misbehaving app. Otherwise no. iOS handles this very well. It's mostly a waste of your time to do it yourself.

For not as recently used apps, they may be in the app switcher but I just tap the home screen icon.

What is glorious is swiping the gesture bar right to get apps 1-4 apps ago! Magic.
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macrumors 6502
May 6, 2013
I close camera because I noticed my phone’s multi tasking sharply takes a dive with it open in the background
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macrumors 68000
Oct 20, 2018
Been using iPhones since 2012 and have never force closed any app unless an app is misbehaving.. which is rare. I haven’t noticed any issues with this practice.
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macrumors regular
Oct 23, 2019
Despite all rational and scientific logic I close everything. It’s like an itch you can’t scratch.

I think having to work with Vista and 512mb ram for a year has left me scarred for life even though it was well over a decade ago.


macrumors 68040
Jan 24, 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa
Do you force close your apps every time after using it?
Is there OCD?

I watch a lot of people who force close the apps every time after using it.
also they use the force close every time to see if there is no app open before they take the iphone away.
Nope, I never close apps unless the app is being buggy and needs a restart.

I learnt years ago to just let things run and allow the system to manage all of that while I go on with my daily life.

On both my iOS and Android devices I don’t do any of that, it’s pointless.


macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
There is no way to force close all your apps. It's not typically a problem however it should be avoided, especially the foreground app. "Forcing" software to do anything outside its own programming isn't typically wise due to variables the developer can't account for.

Force closing an app in iOS is like Force Quit in MacOS or End Task from Task Manager in Windows 10. A healthy app cycle includes the opportunity to tidy up, save data, release its resources and end the app process. Apple says it should only be used for unresponsive apps (like MacOS and Windows force quit).

In iOS an app moved to the background is given a few seconds to perform those shut down steps to prepare itself in the event resources are needed and iOS (or the user) terminates it operation. iOS will send out low memory warnings that give apps the ability to release memory using assets.

Allowing iOS to handle it is typically better for battery life because iOS can keep the entire app or portions of the app ready to reopen without the CPU needing to start from scratch reading data from NAND.

There are a lot of variables here when it comes to the app actually doing something in the background if it has access to API's that allow background operation but thats a different topic.

Regardless if this literally triggers your OCD there isn't going to be much you can do about it. You gotta do what you gotta do but unfortunately there isn't a 'close all'.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 31, 2013
Only apps i force close are ones that arent working for whatever reason....and Waze as i dont trust it to stop using battery\GPS etc properly.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 10, 2014
I use to years ago but now I don't unless its frozen. Not necessary and will just drain battery having to reopen the apps.