iPad Tips: Close Open Programs in iOS4

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Although this may not be a groundbreaking tip for experienced iOS4 users, today I’m going to show you how to close your open programs.

At first, I thought that it was just me — as a new apple owner — who didn’t quite get it, until I started hearing from other users who have recently discovered this feature months after the release of the multitasking feature.

To back up, with the recent release of iOS4, iPad and iPhone users can now multitask, quickly moving between open apps by double clicking the Home button. This also means that you can listen to music or run processes in the background while using another app.

In think we’d all agree that this is a great new development, but if you’re like me, you may not have realized that you need to actually close those programs now.

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Here’s how:

1. First, double click the Home button to open the current programs pane.

2. To see how many programs you currently have open (and if you don’t already know how to close them, it’s probably quite a few), swipe to the left on the pane. I had something like 20 programs open after a few weeks of use.

3. Next, tap and hold on any program until the red minus signs appear and then tap again on the programs you want to close (Note: this is different from deleting the programs entirely, in which case you’ll see a gray x rather than the red minus sign.)

It’s a credit to iOS4 that it continues to work so well even with dozens of programs open, but I tend to only keep the ones that I’m actively using open now that I know how!