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Samsung Galaxy S3: How To End Or Close Down Running Apps


So you’ve bought a new Samsung Galaxy S3 and you’re excited to play with every apps on phone. You play games, sending text messages, and running different applications at the same time.

But.. you started to notice that your battery seems to get drained too fast even if you’re just using one application at a time. In addition to this, you started to feel that your phone is getting warmer.

If you’re experiencing this problem, then you might be running too many applications at the simultaneously.

It is important that you REALLY CLOSE an app or program. Simply switching from one app to another doesn’t mean that you had closed the app already.

All the while, the app is just running in the background. So if you want to avoid depleting your phone’s battery too fast and enjoy your S3 even longer, I would advice that you close or kill an idle apps. Follow the easy to follow steps below and you’re good to go.

Closing or Killing Idle Apps on Samsung Galaxy

For closing running apps

  1. Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S3 and press and hold the Home button for about 3 seconds, in order to view what apps your Galaxy S3 is running.
  2. You should now see a list of apps that you have opened on your S3, now to close these apps put your finger on the desired application window and swipe either to the left or to the right.

Here's a video tutorial:

By following these steps, you can close any app that you are not currently using so you can control your battery life. Of course there are other reasons for closing the applications; in some cases, apps stop working properly and they start to freeze and can’t be closed using the Home button. In this scenario, you can force close the application and restart it instead of having to restart the device.

For closing ‘frozen’ apps (which cannot be closed using the Home button)

  1. Unlock your device and swipe down so you can see the ‘Notification bar’.
  2. Find ‘Settings’.
  3. Go to the ‘Applications Manager’. Once there, you will see three tabs:
    1. Downloaded
    2. Running
    3. All
    Choose ‘All’.
  4. Find the application that you want to close. Click on it and select ‘Force Close’.

These methods can be used when applications are running when you don’t want them to, or when you simply need to close down an app you are not using to save battery life of your phone. Either way, doing these can surely help your Samsung Galaxy S3 last longer than it would have been when you do multi-tasking.

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