How to Close Multiple Apps at Once in iOS 7 on iPhone & iPad

There’s really no point in comparing multitasking in iOS 7 and Android. Both are doing a great job and while Android has agreeably refined its multitasking system, Apple nailed it (almost) with iOS 7.

One really useful feature that iOS 7 adds is the ability to close up to three apps at once on the iPhone.

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Multitasking has been a cool feature to force-quit apps in the background. But till iOS 6, this has been very limited. That is why we had breakthrough tweaks like KillBackground.

With iOS 7, Apple seems to have fixed this albeit partially. In iOS 7, you can force-quit up to 3 apps at once using multi-finger gestures.

How to Close Multiple Apps at Once in iOS 7

Here’s how to close multiple apps at once:

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  1. Double press the home button to bring up the multitask switcher
  2. Now, you can swipe to bring the switcher to have any three apps that you want to close
  3. With three fingers – each on one app – swipe up
  4. All three apps that were swiped up will be closed.

As simple as it sounds, this works great but has several limitations. I am not sure if Apple will fix them in iOS 7 but here’s what’s missing:

  • Ability to drag-n-drop the apps in multitasking so that you can select the three apps that need to be quit
  • Ability to force-quit all apps like how KillBackground does

Judging by the way things are progressing, Apple might not add these missing features but nevertheless, if you’ve got 9 apps running and you want to close 6 of them, you’ll just have to swipe twice (three-finger swipe) instead of swiping 6 times to quit all apps.

Check out more iOS 7 tips here.

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