How to Close Apps on HTC One M9

HTC’s new One M9 is one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones available today, despite looking almost identical to the ones released last year, and as a result, users will have to multitask and use lots of apps throughout the day. With 3GB of RAM and plenty of processing power, you can run multiple apps at once, switch between them as you wish, and here we’ll explain how to close or clear apps on HTC One M9.

Doing something as easy as clearing or closing unused apps may seem too generic and simple to average users, but first-time smartphone owner or iPhone converts need to know how to perform such a task on their new HTC One M9.

After being announced on March 1st, the HTC One M9 was finally released on April 10th. most carriers in the United States and around the world. Since then we have received (and answered many) many questions and one of them is about closing all running apps on your device. Read on to learn how to stop apps one by one or close them all.

The general rule when it comes to Android is to let the operating system manage your memory, not to mention the One M9 has 3GB of RAM and can multitask with the best of them. That means there is no reason why it can’t uninstall tons of apps that are open at the same time. However, there are times when a user might want to delete unused apps from memory.

Google’s Android operating system does an excellent job of managing apps and multitasking unlike other operating systems by putting apps in a low power state ready to take action when needed, and saves battery the rest of the time. Then you can multitask and switch between apps in seconds with the app switch button for a seamless yet productive experience. However, many users still prefer to close apps manually and here is how to do it.


Clearing apps from memory or multitasking menu on HTC One M9 is actually extremely easy and similar to previous models or most Samsung devices. Just above the screen is a back, home and square icon. The last one is the overlapping squares, multitasking or app switcher button.

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Simply tap the overlapping square-like button at the bottom right of the screen. This is the multitasking menu key that brings up all currently used and running applications. For those who don’t know, switching from Gmail to YouTube, then to the browser and back to Gmail with this button is extremely fast and efficient. However, this is also where a quick swipe will close and kill apps.

M9 apps

The image above is what you’ll be greeted with when you tap the multitasking menu key showing all currently running apps. It’s all small tiles and here you can see I swipe the YouTube app, close it and turn it off from running in the background. It’s a good idea to leave things like phones, messages, and even browsers here, especially if you use them frequently. Deleting the SMS text app means it will only need to be restarted at your next incoming message, wasting battery and CPU cycles. This same rule applies to all apps, so only turn off the ones you won’t need anymore. Big stuff like Maps, Navigation or CPU intensive games.

A simple swipe of your finger across each tile will swipe them away and instantly close the app. Any saved progress or the website you may be on will have to be reloaded the next time you use that app. The image above shows us swiping to clear the menu and something. That’s all, you’re done. It’s that simple to clean and close apps on the new HTC One M9.


However, if you’re about to go to work and won’t be using your device or going to bed at night, you can choose to tap the circled “X” at the top of the screen, aka “turn off”. Press the “all” button. This will close every single running app in the recent apps menu and leave you with a blank page as shown above.

Closing all your apps can cause the phone to slow down because it will need to restart certain apps as they are called and will eventually shorten battery life. Again, clean only what’s necessary and usually killing that menu and all apps isn’t as necessary as many users think. I rarely do it myself except turn off things like a game or Google Navigation.

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You can also click the three-dot button, which is the menu, go to settings, and change the layout from HTC-style grid view to something like the “card view” that comes with stock Android. This is our choice, but to each his own. That’s all you need to know about closing apps on One M9, now enjoy the new aluminum smartphone.

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