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Clear Background Apps is a recently released, and extremely simple, jailbreak tweak that’s available on Cydia. It lets users quickly kill all apps using a button found at the top of the iOS 7 App Switcher.

If you’re looking for a quick method for easily getting rid of all running apps on your device, it doesn’t get much simpler than Clear Background Apps. We’ve taken it for a brief test drive inside; check past the break to see how it works.

Once you install Clear Background Apps, you can begin using it immediately. There are no options or settings to configure in the stock Settings app; just install it and go.

To use Clear Background Apps, invoke the App Switcher by using a double-press on the Home button. At the top of the App Switcher in the middle of the screen, you’ll notice a broom icon. This broom icon is the button that you’ll tap to kill all running apps. Once you tap the broom icon, all apps will be killed immediately; all of the running apps will disappear instantly from the App Switcher.

There are, of course, other jailbreak tweaks out there that allow you to quickly kill all apps. Some of the other tweaks available contain options for setting up restrictions, exemptions for certain apps and the like. But if you’re looking for tweak with no added bells and whistles, something that allows you to quickly kill all running apps with no fluff, then this might be the tweak for you.

Clear Background Apps is available free of charge on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Give it a whirl, and report back down below in the comments.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    “There are, of course, other jailbreak tweaks out there that allow you to quickly kill all apps. Some of the other tweaks available contain options for setting up restrictions, exemptions for certain apps and the like”
    Yep.. I used slide2kill when I was jailbroken and I loved it. It felt part of iOS 7 with almost no added U/I elements.

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Ya, I used ‘slide2kill7’ before I installed auxo2. Was simple and clean.

      • I just got Slide2Kill 7 and it’s simply amazing!

      • john

        check out sicarius for a “kill all apps” tweak that also comes with a slick animation when killing them apps.

    • oioile

      slide2kill7 +1
      Now I am using Auxo 2, have to swipe up, tap and tap again to kill all apps and return to home screen. Hope Auxo2 would make it easier to kill all.

    • BoardDWorld

      This is the most native feeling version. weekillbackground is what I have used up until now.

      It would be nice to see it centered properly on the iPad Mini Retina though.

      Big thanks to the devs for making this free.

    • Nguyen Le Apps

      I’m also comfortable with slide2kill

  • abdullah575

    there are more tweaks do the same!!

  • Auxo2 nuff said

  • Irishantichrist

    Causes resprings on both my iPad 2 and 4s! Uninstalled!

    • Alberto Violero Romero

      it work perfect in my ipad 3

      • Irishantichrist

        Just realised that my iPad is actually a 3 too! More up to date than I realised. I suppose what this highlights is the downside of jailbreaking – with so many different authors and so many tweaks, there’s bound to be issues that effect some of us but not all

  • Why is this not native in iOS 7? I use this feature all the time on my Note 3. So handy, just one click and all apps close.

    • Becaus eyou don’t need to close Apps, they are frozen in the background and iOS will close them if it need the RAM, so those teaks are pretty useless.

      • I really wished it worked as well as you think. But iPad Air suffers a lot from crashes due to low memory. 🙁 So I really need to be able to close apps manually

      • Jeffrey

        So am i pretty sure ur device is jailbroken

  • Smart close by Ryan Petrich is awesome

  • lemonhead

    smartclose is the way I roll !

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  • Ariel

    Sicarius gives the most “appley” solution. Simply slide up the springboard card. Just disable the annoying 3d card animation, and then perfection acheived

  • J. Rockwell

    As far as battery saving goes. If you use the app frequently it is better to have it frozen in the background, and disable Background App Refresh. Rather than Kill it in background. Though it may seem satisfying killing apps in the background, and swiping up to make them disappear in switcher it actually affects your battery negatively.

    Scotty Loveless wrote a great article saying.


    iOS 7 made it super fun to close your apps: all you have to do is double-click the home button and swipe up on the app preview to blast it into a digital black hole.

    What most people tell you is that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps the apps from running in the background.


    Yes, it does shut down the app, but what you don’t know is that you are actually making your battery life worse if you do this on a regular basis. Let me tell you why.

    By closing the app, you take the app out of the phone’s RAM . While you think this may be what you want to do, it’s not. When you open that same app again the next time you need it, your device has to load it back into memory all over again. All of that loading and unloading puts more stress on your device than just leaving it alone. Plus, iOS closes apps automatically as it needs more memory, so you’re doing something your device is already doing for you. You are meant to be the user of your device, not the janitor.

    The truth is, those apps in your multitasking menu are not running in the background at all: iOS freezes them where you last left the app so that it’s ready to go if you go back. Unless you have enabled Background App Refresh, your apps are not allowed to run in the background unless they are playing music, using location services, recording audio, or the sneakiest of them all: checking for incoming VOIP calls , like Skype. All of these exceptions, besides the latter, will put an icon next to your battery icon to alert you it is running in the back


    So if you want to completely save battery drain. Just disable the Background App Refresh, and don’t even mess with killing it from the background.


  • Alberto Espinal

    If you have Auxo 2 you kinda don’t need this, but for the folks that don’t have Auxo 2 it is very usefull.

  • Alberto Violero Romero

    i love this tweak,

  • Chad Santana

    Some of the other tweaks available contain options for setting up restrictions, exemptions for certain apps- which apps do this

  • cody s

    doesnt work for ios 8 so it sucks

  • for ios 8.x use slide2kill 8 lite, works great! 🙂