Open applications, where to find them?

dcaccount

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Nov 17, 2013
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Hello,

I actually have not understood where are shown all open applications on the Apple Watch Series 2.

Are those in the dock, or?

How can I close an open application (like swipe up with the iPhone) that I do to need any longer?

Thanks for helping, daniele
 

dschulian

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Apr 29, 2015
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How to kill Apple Watch apps
  1. Press and hold down the side button until the shut down screen appears.
  2. Press the digital crown to force quit the active app.
Wow, thanks! It was driving me crazy when the SuperPopcorn app died and I had no way to force a kill signal.
First, I did it the old way, when I noticed a brief vibration on my wrist. Then, I saw the SOS feature counting down..Wupps :D
 

Julien

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Jun 30, 2007
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That should be every app in your dock.
They are NOT open and running. They are just held in the last open state (to reopen fast) and able to update their data which I believe is controlled by wOS. I believe that about the only Apps that can run (be open) in the background are fitness apps. So I'm not sure what the OP is asking about.

Maybe a developer could chime in on this.
 

dschulian

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Apr 29, 2015
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They are NOT open and running. They are just held in the last open state (to reopen fast) and able to update their data which I believe is controlled by wOS. I believe that about the only Apps that can run (be open) in the background are fitness apps. So I'm not sure what the OP is asking about.

Maybe a developer could chime in on this.

Where did I say that they were running?
The question was which ones are open.

I'm familiar with WatchKit and how it works.
 

Julien

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Where did I say that they were running?
The question was which ones are open.

I'm familiar with WatchKit and how it works.
I'm referring to what the OP is most likely implying. Just read their first post and you will see since they seem to equate open apps to running apps and even reference the iPhone app switcher and the 'need' to remove them.
 

dcaccount

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Nov 17, 2013
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Thanks for replying.

I have indeed some confusion. The picture I have is the iPhone one, that is you can check what apps are open and if you want, close them with a swipe up.

I can not understand how it does work with Apple Watch.
Can anyone please explain?
 

BlueMoon63

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They are NOT open and running. They are just held in the last open state (to reopen fast) and able to update their data which I believe is controlled by wOS. I believe that about the only Apps that can run (be open) in the background are fitness apps. So I'm not sure what the OP is asking about.

Maybe a developer could chime in on this.
Yea - this is correct and I also understood the OP's question. I immediately thought he was asking about the same iPhone function. When I saw the solution offered, I was thinking I missed something.

There are other apps that stay open in the background besides fitness. I think those are maps, remote, timer and who knows how many third party apps - maybe 1 or 100. Apple doesn't say.
 

Night Spring

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Yea - this is correct and I also understood the OP's question. I immediately thought he was asking about the same iPhone function. When I saw the solution offered, I was thinking I missed something.

There are other apps that stay open in the background besides fitness. I think those are maps, remote, timer and who knows how many third party apps - maybe 1 or 100. Apple doesn't say.
iOS has never been good about showing which apps are actually running in the background. The list of apps on the iPhone is actually a list of all recently opened apps, and if you keep scrolling, it includes apps that were opened long ago, like sometimes weeks before, and has long since stopped running. I don't think the Watch ever had a comparable list, and it still doesn't. You just have to trust that the OS is correctly managing the apps in the background.