iOS 7 'Close All' Multitasking!

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by rsnapeuk, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. rsnapeuk macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    Is there any implementation of closing all open apps in iOS 7 yet?
  2. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Restart? :D

    It's not something that I would ever expect to be added. Apple has made it clear that they don't believe that managing background processes should be the users job.
  3. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    You can swipe up with 3 fingers closing 3 apps at a time by doing so. It works with only 2 as well.
  4. Donka macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2011
    Only change I would like to see is to swipe up with three fingers on a single app to close all.
  5. Smith288 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2008
    This topic continues to get repeated... Need a sticky on multitask faq.
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    "Closing" all apps is useful when you want to switch rapidly between a few apps and don't want to scroll through all the other open and recently used apps. You close all apps, then open just the ones you'll be using, and it's a much cleaner experience. This is one of the reasons I'm sticking with jailbreak -- there are tweaks to close all apps at once, and also tweaks to show only actually running apps, and even a tweak that shows both recently open and actually running apps, but the ones that have been recently opened but not actually running are grey.
  7. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    Yes, Steve once said that, but then why do we have the option to close apps?
    Every OS needs a task manager, but iOS strives to be more intelligent so that users won't have to think about closing apps. Power users will definitely need a task manager.
  8. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    :) Either way the apps that you are using are the most recent ones. There is no difference in the amount of scrolling in your scenario.

    I'm convinced that most calls for "Close All" are a result of at least a mild form of OCD. :D


    1) Sometimes, we want to remove an app from the recently used list for privacy reasons.
    2) Sometimes, things go wrong.
  9. Pattycerts macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2007
    Despite what everyone tells you, closing all of your apps cleers up RAM(jailbreak apps prove this), so if you're going to do something intensive (game playing, video watching, etc) closing all of the background apps makes the phone a bit more responsive.

    Being 'frozen' in an inactive state still uses some memory, and the more apps you have frozen the less RAM you have. I close all apps and do a reboot once in a while just to clear out the memory, no phone is perfect and doing this is good for any device- phone, computer, ios, android, whatever
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    True, it just feels cleaner, and easier. I know people that never close any programs, even on their desktops. You sit down at their computer and find a hundred windows open, dozens of tabs in each window.... I religiously close each program as soon as I'm done with it. It's how the open stuff shows in my peripheral vision that annoys me. I think some people are just more sensitive to visual clutter than others.
  11. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Despite what you are telling us, iOS will automatically clear out those apps taking up RAM if the foreground app needs more RAM.
  12. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007
    Thanks for this I didn't know. It makes it a little better. I still think there should be a small icon on the bottom of the screen to close everything.
  13. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    My girlfriend's mum has had an iPad 2 since day 1.

    She doesn't know how to see all the recently used apps, and definately doesn't know how to "close" them.

    She plays lots of games, and uses it every evening.

    For over 2 years she's used it almost every day, and she hasn't once complained about battery life or bad performance.

    PS. And if there was a reason to complain, believe me, she would!
  14. Casiotone macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2008
    And it will make your iPhone slower since each time you open an app it will have to completely load itself in memory.

    Like many others said, there's no reason to quit apps on iOS, unless the app is misbehaving.
  15. Squid7085 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    iOS 7 handles multitasking differently, while I am sure it handles it "better" the fact that things now have more options for running in the background task managing might become more of a good idea. I have noticed thus far in iOS 7 that quitting some apps DOES make a noticeable difference where iOS 6, not so much.
  16. ihop3y macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2013

    Great spot, thanks for that!
  17. nextgeneric macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
  18. BaldiMac macrumors 604


    Jan 24, 2008
    Because Apple designed it to quit the app when you remove it from the "browser history-like" list.
  19. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    it annoys me too cuz its one of my OCDs, its bothering me to no end knowing theres still an app open. i close them as soon as i stop using them. especially the battery killer known as FACEBOOK!
  20. .Asa macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2013
    One thing you forgot to mention:
    When iOS runs low on memory, it automatically kills background apps. Only the first few apps in the multitasking switcher are frozen, the rest is just a list of recents. Closing the first three or so will free up RAM, closing all of them is completely unnecessary.
  21. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008
    Because it's still connected the background API's that are always running and will stop the music playing on that background process. So that's why it's browser history "LIKE" and not just browser history.
  22. notrack macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2012
    That's not the entire truth. It might be the theory of the concept, but the practical reality is different. If I send my navigation app to the background, it keeps running and talking and sucking energy. Need to close it. Also mail keeps making pling at every incoming email. Reminders indicates gps useage unless it's propperly closed. And I believe there are more.

    I'm not saying that the automatic background management is obsolete because obviously it does a good job. But I think it can't eliminate the need of "really" closing apps.

    To avoid unnececary discussions and include the ocd fraction, let me re-phrase it to "How to clear the recent apps list at once?"
  23. Kohkane macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2008
    I had no idea this was possible, so much faster than swiping one at a time. :D
  24. fivedots macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2011
    In these cases, Mail continues to "pling" even if you hard close the app. Turn off push/fetch.

    And if Reminders is using GPS then it is because you have a geofenced reminder set up that depends on it and will not work properly without it. Turn off location services for the app or don't use location-based reminders.

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