For most Android devices, once you launch an app, it will continue to run in the background, which can slow down your device and drain your battery.

For some newer devices, this may not be a big issue, but on older models or if you are running powerful programs, this may be where your device becomes hot and starts to lag. Here are the steps that you need to take to close apps that are running in the background.

1. Close Running Apps

1. Launch your recent applications menu on your device. This may be different for every device. On some you can hold the home button. On others on the bottom left of your screen may be a symbol or icon that you can push to launch this menu.

2. Find the applications that you want to close. On some devices, you have to scroll up and down or left to right in order to search through each application.

3. Tap and hold the opened app that you want to close. If you tap and don’t hold, then the application will just open on your screen and it will not be closed.

4. After holding it, swipe up or right, depending on how you have the applications arranged.

5. If you want to close all of the applications, then you can just push the “Close all” button located at the center of the bottom of your screen.

2. Close apps with Developer Options

1. Open Settings on your phone.

About phone

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the settings options and tap “About Phone.” On some phones, you may need to tap the “System” section before you are able to go to “About Phone.”

Build number

3. Tap the “Builder Number” header multiple times. It will be located at the bottom of the menu. For Samsung, you will have to tap “Software Information” before you are able to do this step.

4. You will have to enter your password before you can be made a developer to have your phone in developer mode. You should see a message that says, “you are a developer” or something similar to that.

5. Tap the back button, which on most Android models is located in the bottom right corner of the screen.

tap developer options

6. On some devices, you will see an option that says, “Developer Options” and you will be able to tap that after pressing the back button.

Accessibility Screen Reader

For Samsung, you will have to go back to the original settings menu. Tap “Accessibility” and you will be taken to another menu. Then, press “Screen Reader” which will be the very first option. You will see three choices.

Tap the “Settings” section. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the menu and you will be able to tap “Developer Options” which is the last choice. If this doesn’t work for you, then you can always swipe up and search “Developer Options” in the search bar at the top of the screen.

Background processes

7. On some devices you will be able to click on “Running,” but for others, this feature may be called “Processes” or “Background Process limit.”

No Background Processes to close apps

8. On Samsung, you can select how many processes you want to run in the background, and you can even select “No background processes” which will prevent any background apps from running.

On other devices, it will take you to the “File Manager” where you can disable or force stop these background processes individually.

3. Close Apps in Settings

1. Open the Settings. You can swipe your finger down the screen and press the small gear located in the right corner or you can swipe up and search for your settings app in the search tab at the top of your screen.

Apps in Settings

2. Go to the “Apps” section in the settings. It will be towards the bottom of the options on most devices, so you may have to scroll for a bit.

Force stop app to close it

3. Press Force stop or disable to close the app.

You can also sort the apps by pressing the three vertical dots on the right side of the screen to help you.

Located next to those dots is a search option that you can use to search for specific apps if you would like to make the process quicker.