How to close Apps on an Android Device
Your smartphone is a hardworking tool capable of literally almost anything. Used for phone calls, emails, Apps, directions, purchasing equipment and thousands of other tasks. After carrying out hundreds of App demonstrations with accountancy firms it became clear that many users were unaware that their phone was running apps in the background.
Why bother closing Apps?
What they didn’t realise was that; by allowing these Apps to run in the background they were actually wasting much of the devices processing speed and battery life. Some we spoke to had never even closed a single App before. That meant they were running a high number of Apps, slowing their device down and reducing its battery life and length.
The MyFirmsApp is designed for example to load with a splashscreen showing when the App is loading. Clients were calling asking, where is my splash screen. Not realising they had not actually closed the App, and it had been running since they first opened the App! When we explained how to actually close an App they were amazing by the increase in device performance and delighted to see the splash screen back.
How to close an App on an Android device
To close down those sneaky background Apps the first step is to access the task bar on the device.
Simply press and hold the ‘Home Button’; a screen will appear like the one opposite, select the ‘Pie-chart’ icon then select the ‘Active Applications’ icon in the top left hand corner of the phone. You will then be presented a list of all active Apps; you can then either end one at a time or all at once. You will get a pop up warning you that forcing the app to close may cause errors; select ‘OK’ and then your app will be closed.
Alternatively you can turn your phone off and on again