How to Close Running Apps on the iPad

Is your iPad running slow? Then you probably have a ton of apps that are still running in the background. In iOS 4 for the iPad, Apple introduced multitasking which allows you to quickly switch between apps, but in order to do this the app is placed in a “paused” state while you access another app. This can affect performance especially if you have several games and other memory intensive apps running on the iPad.

To close apps on your iPad you can reboot the iPad or close individual apps by following the instructions below.

Software/Hardware used: iPad running iOS 4.2.


1. Press the Home button twice.

2. Press and hold down one of the apps that appears in the recently open list.


3. You will notice that the apps will begin to wiggle, tap on the small circle with the negative symbol. This will close the application. Repeat the process for the remaining apps.

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