iPhone Tip: How to Force Quit a Frozen Application

In spite of their much polished nature, iPhone applications can get unresponsive too. This tip will help you quit iPhone application that is not responding or if you want to permanently quit an application and not minimise it when multi tasking is enabled.

An iPhone application downloaded from the App Store can go unresponsive at times due to memory issues or some other bug. Similarly, opening a lot of pages in iPhone’s Safari can cause it to become unresponsive.

In case of unresponsiveness due to memory issues, the iOS watchdog automatically quits the app usually. However, on some occasions I have found the need to quit Safari when it’s waiting endlessly on accessing a poorly designed webpage. Here’s a tip you will find useful in these situations.

How to Quit Frozen Application on Devices without MultiTasking:

This included older devices like iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G and older. Since there is no multitasking bar on these older iOS devices, here’s the manual method to force quit an application.

While in the app, press and hold the Power Button till you see the Slide to Turn off screen.

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Now Press and Hold the home button till the app quits and you are taken back to the homescreen. It usually takes around six seconds. You can now launch the app once again and continue with your work.

How to Quit Frozen Application on Devices with MultiTasking:

Since iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G/4G support multitasking, the process is different on them. Follow these steps:

Double Click the Home Button to access the multitasking bar.

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Now tap and hold any icon to make it wiggle. You will see a red (-) sign on every icon now. Tap the red minus sign over the app you want to quit. You may need to swipe left or right to see more apps.

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Remember, pressing the red sign in the multitasking bar only quits the app and does not delete it. You can launch it again from your homescreen when required.

Next time a webpage makes your iPhone responsive, you’ll know how to quit safari and launch it again.

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