Android: How to completely close an application

When you press back or home within an application on your Android Device, the application does not completely close – it is still running in the background on your device.  Exiting an application on an Android device is the equivalent of minimizing a screen in windows.

There are several reasons it may be helpful to completely close an application – perhaps your device is running slowly (with many apps running in the background).  Having many apps running in the background can also burn battery power.  Completely closing an application may also help troubleshoot some issues you may be having.


  1. From the Home screen of your device, click “Settings”
  2. Select “Apps”
  3. Scroll down list, select the app you wish to close
  4. Tap the “Force Stop” button to end the app’s running process and completely close it




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