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How to Force Quit Apps on Apple Watch

Aug 17, 2020 - Leave a Comment
Apple Watches with crosses on

Ever had an Apple Watch app freeze or become unresponsive? if so, you may wish to force quit the Apple Watch app.

How to Quit Apps on iPhone 11, 11 Pro, XS, XR, XS Max

Jan 12, 2019 - 3 Comments
How to quit apps on iPhone XS and iPhone XR

Want to quit apps on your new iPhone? If you have an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, or iPhone XS Max, you might be wondering how to quit apps and access the multitasking App Switcher, since there is no Home button. Instead, all modern iPhones and iPads … Read More

How to Force Quit Multiple Mac Apps Simultaneously

Jan 25, 2018 - 3 Comments
How to force quit multiple Mac apps concurrently

You probably know the various different methods for how to force quit apps on the Mac by now, but a lesser known capability is that Mac OS allows you to force quit multiple apps at the same time. This can be a great trick when troubleshooting, as well as a just a nice way to … Read More

How to Force Quit Apps on iPad with iPadOS 13 App Switcher

Sep 28, 2017 - 3 Comments
Swipe up on app to force quit on iPad via App Switcher

The iPad features an excellent app switcher complete with a nice look and a multitude of nice multitasking features, as well as the ability to perform critical functions like force quitting apps. This article covers force quitting apps on any iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini, as long as it’s running a modern … Read More

How to Force Quit with Touch Bar on Mac

May 4, 2017 - 11 Comments
Force Quit on Touch Bar Macs

Ever wondered how to force quit apps using the Touch Bar Macs? While there are many different ways to force quit Mac apps that aren’t responding, perhaps the most commonly used force quit method involves the Option + Command + Escape key sequence. But that Touch Bar Escape key is software… see the potential for … Read More

How to Quit Apps in iOS 10 and iOS 9

Nov 11, 2015 - 15 Comments
Quitting apps in iOS 9 is done through the app switcher multitasking screen

Quitting and force quitting apps in iOS 10 and iOS 9 is easy, whether you’re on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Though the multitasking screen may look different in modern iOS versions than it did before, the basic mechanism of forcibly quitting apps remains the same as prior versions of iOS.

Gracefully Close an Application from the Command Line in Mac OS X

Sep 5, 2014 - 11 Comments

Quitting apps gracefully is typically done through the appropriate application menu by choosing “Quit”, but the Mac GUI is obviously inaccessible from the command line of Mac OS X. So when most command line users are confronted with the need to exit an application, they wind up using the ‘kill’ command to terminate the process … Read More

How to Quit Multiple iPhone Apps Simultaneously in iOS with Multitouch

Jul 20, 2014 - 13 Comments
Quit apps in iOS 7 with a swipe up gesture

If you ever need to quit out of more than one app on the iPhone, or quit a bunch of apps quickly in iOS, using a handy multitouch swipe gesture at the iOS multitasking screen is enough to quit apps simultaneously. This works really well to quickly clear out the multitask bar of all running … Read More

How to Quit Apps in iOS 8 & iOS 7

Sep 28, 2013 - 1 Comment
How to Quit Apps in iOS 9

Quitting out of running apps in modern versions of iOS is a bit different than it was before, but once you get the hang of using the new multitasking screen, you’ll find the change is for the better. Not only can you use this to close out of a single app, but with a simple … Read More

Quit All Open Applications Instantly from Mac OS X Dock with a Simple Mac App

Jun 2, 2013 - 16 Comments
Quit all apps icon

If you’ve ever needed to quickly quit out of all open applications in Mac OS X, you’ve probably just resorted to flipping through every open application in the Dock, then hitting Command+Q, then repeating until everything is closed. But there’s a better way, and with an extraordinarily simple Automator app you can create a function … Read More

Quit Multiple Apps At Once on iPhone & iPad Using Multitouch in iOS 6

Aug 11, 2012 - 9 Comments
Quit Multiple Apps at Once in iOS with Multitouch

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:

6 Ways to Force Quit Mac Applications

Mar 2, 2012 - 31 Comments
How to force quit apps in Mac OS X

Do you need to force quit an unresponsive Mac app? Is your Mac seeing the infamously dreaded spinning beachball of death? Is an app failing to respond to any input? Maybe you have an errant process or two? When any of the above happens, you’ll probably want to forcibly quit the application in question, and … Read More

How to Force Quit App in iOS 6 on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Feb 14, 2012 - 26 Comments
Force Quit an App on iPhone

Rarely, you will need to force quit an iOS app. While iOS is generally very stable, every once in a while you’ll encounter a third party app that misbehaves. iOS apps can freeze or become stuck, and you’ll usually know instantly because the iPhone or iPad becomes unresponsive to touch behavior, or something within the … Read More

How to Quit the Finder

Feb 12, 2010 - 36 Comments

At its core, the file and folder explorer of OS X known as Finder is essentially an application like any other on the Mac. Accordingly, users can quit the Mac OS X Finder in a few different ways which we’ll cover here, but perhaps the fastest way is to just launch the Terminal app and … Read More

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