The new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a fast and powerful phone that can even run two apps at the same time. But here we will show owners how to close apps on the Galaxy Note 7 to keep performance and battery life in check. There are many different options and controls on the device, as a result, this is one of the most frequently asked questions to us.
Doing something as simple as deleting running apps or closing apps you’ve finished sounds simple, but it’s not for everyone. Those coming from other devices or an iPhone will want to know how.
It is really easy to close and close apps running on Galaxy Note 7 quickly which will help battery life and overall device performance. Now that the phone has been around for a while and has millions of users, we’re going to show you exactly how to do it. Read on for more information on why and when to close apps and the full instructions.
Most of the time the owners will not need to do anything or close any apps as the phone and software will manage everything for you. The Android operating system automatically stores everything in our memory for the best experience, but some may want to do things manually. With 4GB of RAM, the Note 7 can multitask with ease and run multiple apps smoothly.
With Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a new feature called “Doze”, our phones put apps in a low power state in the latest apps menu, ready to be opened when needed, and save battery the rest of the time. They actually go into deep sleep and take almost no power, but still let the notifications go. Users can easily switch between apps at the touch of a button, and overall the system does a great job. But if you still want to kill them yourself, that’s it.
Removing or closing apps or recent apps menu from memory on Galaxy Note 7 is relatively easy and just as it has been done on Samsung devices for years. It’s different from iPhone though and choose other Android devices so many owners have to learn how to do it. There’s a dedicated multitasking capacitive button to the left of your home key and we’ll have to navigate here.
Simply tap the overlapping rectangle-like button to the left of the dedicated hardware home button and fingerprint scanner. This key brings up all recent apps or running apps on the phone. Here we can switch different apps in seconds, swipe each one or turn everything off at once.
After clicking the recent apps button, all currently running apps will have a Rolodex-style card view, and as you can see, there is a large “Close All” button at the bottom. We’ll come to that shortly.
Simply swipe your finger across each box to swipe and close that particular app. It’s that easy. Any saved progress or website should reload or even start over the next time you use that app, which can actually consume more battery than you’re saving. The image above shows me swiping to delete the menu and an app in the screenshot on the right. Do the same and you have successfully closed apps on Note 7.
We mentioned above that hitting the Close All button is not a good idea. Here is why. We recommend that users leave things like phones, messages, and even browsers here, especially if you use them frequently. Clearing the SMS text app only means that the next time you receive a text it will need to reboot and the battery will be wasted. This same rule applies to all apps, so only close those that are no longer needed at the moment and let the system manage them all. Certain apps like Games, Google Maps, and others may impose more taxes, and you can turn them off if you want.
Pressing “Close All” will completely close all applications that are open, running, or waiting to be reopened. This means websites will disappear, a text will be deleted, the video you were on YouTube and more will be deleted. There’s nothing wrong with that other than what we mentioned above, so only do it at certain times. Like when the phone is not needed at bedtime, at work or in the near future. Otherwise the system will have to reboot.
All that said, swipe up on the apps you no longer need on the Galaxy Note 7 and keep the performance at its best. While you’re here, check out our guide linked above to make your phone even faster. Stay tuned for more Note 7 coverage.