Apple's latest iOS 7 mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads introduced a raft of changes to its user interface for the first time in five years, causing plenty of confusion among users who were accustomed to iOS 6 and below.
One complaint users have had is closing apps via the multi-tasking menu. In previous versions a simple double click of the home button would do the trick, revealing a list of apps with a little red close button on each one.
In iOS 7, things are slightly different but not a lot more complicated. In order to close an app to save your RAM and battery usage – another common complaint with iOS 7 – simply follow these steps:
- Double tap the home button.
- Swipe through the carousel of open apps with your finger to find the app you want to close.
- Swipe up on the rectangular image of the app you want to close. It should now fly off the screen and the app will no longer be open.
If you want to go one step further and completely remove an app you don't like or that's hogging your RAM and battery life, nothing has changed. Simply touch and hold an app icon, then tap the little X that appears in the top left-hand corner. Press the home button when you've finished deleting apps.
Bear in mind that you won't be able to uninstall any of Apple's default apps such as Notes, Calendar and Stocks – if you don't want them you'll have to move them to another screen or put them in a folder to keep them out of sight.
Check out our iOS 7 tips and tricks video for more hints on how to get the most out of your Apple device.
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