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Maybe your battery is low and you want to save all power for basic communication. Or maybe you’re travelling and don’t want to incur extra data roaming charges. Whatever the reason, you can easily turn off unnecessary apps on your smartphone. Here’s how:

Steps may vary by device and Operating System version.


  1. Select Settings, then Application Manager.
  2. Select the app you want to disable, and press Force Stop.
  3. On some Android devices, you can also view all your running apps by holding down the Home button. All your running apps will appear. To disable one, simple swipe the app to the right. Or, to deactivate all apps, select the Storage button on the bottom left, and then select Active Applications. Press End All.


Steps apply to BlackBerry OS 6 and OS 7.

  1. Press and hold the BlackBerry button until the “Application switcher” comes up. This shows you all the apps currently running on your device.
  2. Scroll to the app you’d like to close and select Exit/Close.

BlackBerry 10

  1. Running apps are visible on the Running Apps pane. To access it, while in an app, swipe upwards from the bottom and all running apps will be tiled.
  2. To close a running app tap the “X” at the bottom right corner of the app you want to close.

Windows Phone

  1. Press and hold down the Back button on your device. This will launch Task Manager, which will show you all running apps.
  2. To close an app, click it and then select Quit.


  1. Press the Home button twice to access the multi-task bar.
  2. A popup menu at the bottom will show all the background apps currently running.
  3. Press down on the app you’d like to close until a red circle with a minus sign appears. Tap this sign to close the app.

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4 thoughts on “How-To: Turn Off Apps Running in the Background

Darlene, on said:

My iphone does not have a home button that I am aware of. Can you tell me where it might be or give me an alternate route to turning off apps?


sandra, on said:

My facebook icon will not connect, even when I am using wi fi. It is my news feed page that will not open.


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