How to Close Apps on LG G5

The LG G5 is one of the latest Android smartphones on the market and it has a lot to offer. Now that the April 1 release date has passed and users have purchased it, we’re getting a lot of questions. Here we will explain how to close apps running on LG G5.

LG’s new smartphone has it all, like a big and bright 5.3-inch screen, three cameras, a powerful quad-core processor, and it’s made of aluminum. It’s a powerful phone that can run two apps at the same time, shoot 4k video and more. Finally, users may want to close some running applications.

A task as simple as closing unused apps may seem like a normal, everyday process to many, but first-time smartphone owners or iPhone converts will want to learn how and when to do this on the LG G5. Below are a few screenshots and easy instructions for those wondering.

Put your finger on the scanner on the back, turn on the LG G5 and start enjoying some of the latest apps and games with this powerful Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. It can multitask as well as any smartphone on the planet, and eventually some users will have too many apps running in the background, which can hurt their battery life.

Typically, the idea in Android is to let the operating system manage the apps itself, not the user. Add 4GB of RAM and the phone should have no issues running all apps. However, there are still some moments 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, putting apps to low-power sleep ready to take action when needed, and saving battery the rest of the time. It does this even more aggressively on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a feature called Doze. So, usually, we don’t need to clean anything. However, here’s how to do it anyway.


Clearing apps or multitasking menu from the LG G5’s memory is very quick and easy. Here’s how.

Owners can start by tapping the square screen button in the lower right corner of the screen. This is the multitasking menu key that brings up all currently used and running applications. For example, switching from Gmail to YouTube, then browser and back to Gmail with this button is extremely fast and efficient. This is also where we can swipe and clear apps or even entire apps, but we don’t recommend doing the latter.

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Tap the key and it will show all running apps as shown above. Deleting the SMS text app only means it will need to be restarted on your next incoming message, wasting battery and CPU cycles and the same is true for Phone or Browser. So usually don’t clear them and don’t press “Clear All”. Users who clear all will have many apps reopening the next time they need it and draining their battery life.

It’s best to let Android 6.0 Marshmallow keep them all in a deep sleep state and just close any major apps.

So how do we close apps? In the photo above, you will see the Google Play Store on the side. A simple swipe closes it and clears it and any app the user chooses to swipe and close. Any saved progress or the website you might be on will have to be reloaded the next time you use that app.

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At the bottom of the LG there is a “clear all” button that will delete every application that is in the system memory. A good time for this would be at work or at night. Any other time it’s not worth it and will likely eventually lead to reduced battery life.

Again, with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, the OS does a great job of running sleep apps. Not to mention Android N coming this summer will put apps to sleep even faster for better battery life and better performance.

All said and done, just close any major apps you won’t need for a while or battery issue. Something like YouTube, Google Maps (navigation), or even Netflix. They can be killed to conserve battery life. Other than that, leave all the heavy lifting and management to Google’s operating system. While you’re here, check out the Top 10 Settings to Change on the LG G5.