Force Quitting

How to force-quit apps on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch with many apps on a light gray background with faint red cross

If an app on your Apple Watch unexpectedly quits, stops responding, freezes, crashes, or won’t open, there’s a solution to that. Just follow this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to force quit a misbehaving app on your Apple Watch running any recent version of watchOS, including watchOS 8.

How to force quit apps on iPhone and iPad

Hand holding iPhone showing the App Switcher

When an app freezes, misbehaves, gets stuck, and does not work as intended, you can force close it and reopen. In many situations, doing this fixes the ongoing issue, and the app starts working fine. The steps to force quit apps differ according to the iPhone and iPad models. This post shows you how to force close apps on any old or new iPhone and iPad.

6 ways to quit an app on your Mac

When it comes to macOS, closing apps is a little different than on Windows machines. Rather than closing the window, you have to actually quit the app, otherwise is stays running on your Mac even though the window has been closed.

Most Mac users are aware of how to quit an app on their Mac, but in this piece, we'll be sharing six ways you can quit apps on your Mac so you can experiment with various app-quitting methods.

Why force quitting apps to save battery life is a terrible idea

I'm standing in line at the coffee shop. A man in front of me is frantically swiping up on all the cards in the App Switcher to force quit the applications he just launched a minute ago. I know why he's doing this, but I can't help asking him about it. "I'm doing this to save battery," he answers, not knowing what he just did has the exact opposite effect on his iPhone's battery life.

Telling him he's wrong and explaining why force quitting apps drains his battery faster than leaving them in the App Switcher is a lost cause. I know it's a lost cause because I have been telling people the same thing for years. No one, including members of my own family, can break this bad habit and trust the operating system will manage their apps in a way that will actually save battery life.

If you are someone who force quits apps believing your battery will last longer, then stop what you are doing and read this.