Quit Multiple Apps At Once on iPhone & iPad Using Multitouch in iOS 6
Did you know you can quit multiple running apps at the same time on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? Thanks to multitouch support, you can actually quit as many apps as you can get your fingers on (literally). Here’s what to do on any iOS device running versions 6 or prior:
- Double-tap the Home button to summon the task tray, then tap and hold on any icon to make them jiggle
- Use multi-touch to simultaneously tap on the red (-) quit buttons of all apps to quit
You can quit up to 4 apps at a time on an iPhone and iPod touch, and up to 8 apps at a time on an iPad, that limitation is dependent on how many apps are visible on screen, and from there it’s just a matter of being able to physically tap on all visible red close buttons at the same time.
This is obviously just like the standard method of quitting an app in iOS but thanks to multitouch technology it makes closing groups of apps faster than ever. It can be a bit challenging to tap close simultaneously on a group, but give it a few tries and you’ll get the hang of it quickly. To close out all of your apps, flip through the task bar and do 4 finger taps with one hand in the same place, while you use the other to navigate within the multitask bar.
There isn’t a way to force quit multiple apps though, if you need to do that you’ll want to just reboot the device, which closes out everything, though after a reboot the most recently used apps will maintain a cache for quicker access than ones that haven’t been launched in a long time.
This is for iOS 6 and prior versions, whereas newer versions of iOS like 7.0 and 8.0 onward support a different multitouch trick to quit out of apps from the multitasking panel. You can learn how to quit apps in iOS 7 and iOS 8 here.