The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a powerful flagship Android smartphone. One that can multitask with the best or run any app or game available on the Google Play Store. However, there are times when closing all running applications can be beneficial.
This may seem like a simple task for most smartphone users, especially if you’ve used Android before, but with the Galaxy S4 selling millions of units and stealing older Blackberry or iOS users, this question sounds more like you might think. For all those average smartphone users wondering how to close and clear running apps on Galaxy S4, we have the details below.
While the general Android rule of thumb is to let the operating system manage your memory, not to mention that the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with 2GB of RAM, there are times when a user might want to open unused apps from memory. Google’s Android operating system does an excellent job of managing apps and multitasking, easily putting apps into a ready-to-action low-power state, and more. However, many users still prefer to close apps manually.
Whether it’s to free up RAM, terminate a crucial battery life-consuming process like Google Maps, or for other reasons, here are the simple steps. You’ll just have to tap a few buttons and you’ll be done in no time. It’s simple, many people already know how, but here’s how if you don’t.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 (and most Samsung devices) has a dedicated rectangular home button on the bottom front of the device, and you’ll want to long press that home button. From here, you’ll see the multitasking menu, which is great for switching from YouTube to Gmail and back with ease, but this is also where you close and close running apps.
This screen actually changes a bit from carrier to carrier in the US for some weird reason, but the steps remain the same. After long pressing the home page, you will see icons or Task Manager, Google (Now) and Close all apps at the bottom of the screen. The “X” symbol on the left close all and just tap it to close all currently running apps.
Such an easy and simple tap will close all currently open apps on your Samsung Galaxy S4 or other Galaxy devices. However, many users may not want to close all apps, just something like Google Maps, navigation, Netflix or anything else that might drain the battery.
Just closing an app is even easier. When a user long presses home, you will see tons of tiles giving a live preview of each open app along with the icons detailed above. If there are more than a few, you can scroll through this list and swipe through each app and running program. Swipe your finger and the app closes.
Now the rule of thumb mentioned above is that Android handles memory and running apps nicely, and sometimes killing all those processes can actually reduce battery life. Simply because the phone will restart some of these apps, or if you turn the camera off only to turn it on after 20 minutes, you’re wasting processes and battery life. So, as a general rule, it is only necessary to close large or processor-intensive applications, or perhaps clear them all before going to bed at night.
Users request all sorts of different results to clear apps via app and task manager, but use it wisely and feel free to try it yourself today.