Your iPhone or iPad may be calling out for help. Is it sluggish? Does the battery drain even when you haven’t been using the device? Do apps close before they’ve even launched?
Here’s a little secret with iPhones and iPads: When you close apps, they don’t really shut down – they just go into a state of suspended animation. So chances are, your phone is half-running every app you (or any child who has held your phone) have ever opened. No wonder it’s protesting.
Powering off the phone (hold down the off/wake button until the “slide to power off” appears) doesn’t close out your apps either. But a soft reset (simultaneously holding down the off/wake button and the home button until the “slide to power off” appears) will close everything and shut down your device.
But it’s really easy simply to shut down the apps you aren’t using. Here’s how:
Hit the home button (the round button below the screen) twice quickly. A bar with apps on it appears at the bottom of the screen. This shows all the half-open apps in suspended animation. Swipe to scroll over – you will be surprised how many there are.
Press down on one of the apps until they all start to wiggle, like this.
Then simply hit the minus (“-“) sign on each app you want to shut down. Each app you close will increase your device’s working memory and improve reliability and performance. Mapping apps are the worst offenders.
Aren’t you glad you didn’t toss your temperamental iPhone out the window? All it needed was some love and attention. Siri would thank you if she could.