Force Quit a Stuck Application on the iPhone / iPod Touch

Sep 17, 2009 - 5 Comments

iphone I love my iPhone but every once in a while you run into an app that misbehaves itself and seems to be stuck in some infinite loop of iPhone-frozen madness (WhitePages app I’m looking at you). Thankfully, you can force quit an application on your iPhone / iPod Touch by holding down the Home button for 10 seconds. I have noticed that after force quitting some applications the whole iPhone seems to have slowed down a bit, whether it’s from a memory leak or mystery cpu cycles, I have no idea, so I will often reboot the phone to get things back to normal again.

Force Quitting for iPhone users
1. Hold down the sleep button until the red “slide to power off” slider appears (don’t swipe it)
2. Release the sleep button, but then hold down the Home button until you see the “stuck” application disappear, and returns to the App icon menu screen.
[ iPhone 3GS tip is courtesy of reader Jim C. Thanks Jim! ]

Update: it turns out you can force quit any app this way, not just stuck apps.

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  1. Jim C. says:

    Force quit on the iPhone 3GS is slightly different, since holding down the Home button for any length of time will only cause Voice Control to activate. On the 3GS you do the following with the “stuck” application still onscreen:

    1. Hold down the sleep button until the red “slide to power off” slider appears (don’t swipe it)
    2. Release the sleep button, but then hold down the Home button until you see the “stuck” application disappear, and returns to the App icon menu screen.

    It’s one extra step over force quit on the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod touch, but achieves the same effect for those of us with the iPhone 3GS.

  2. Dave M. says:

    I don’t understand why this procedure is never reported correctly.

    With OS 3.0 and higher, no matter what phone (and probably iPod touch) you have, you have to hold the sleep button down until the red “Slide to power off” slider appears, then press and hold the Home button.

    My wife has the original iPhone 1G and I have the iPhone 3G. Both phones are running OS 3.1. We also have an iPod touch, but it’s not been updated to OS 3.0. On both of our iPhones, the sleep button has to be used to force quit an application.

    The use of the sleep button is due to the iPhone 3GS’ Voice Control feature, but its an OS thing, not a hardware thing.

  3. Vance says:

    Thx Dave you were spot on and big help.

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