Phones and Tablets are just small computers the size of your hand; and just like your computer, the more programs you have running at a time, the slower it will run. To keep your Galaxy device running its best, you need to make sure you are closing the apps you use when you are finished.

This can save you on data usage, phone speed, and battery life. All that just by simply closing apps that are running for no reason at all.

Galaxy S9 and Newer

1. First, go to your Settings app.

Device care

2. Scroll until you see the Device Care tab.

Optimize now

3. Now tap Optimize Now, and this will close any background apps that are drawing on your battery power.

Galaxy S5 and Newer

1. Tap on the Recent Apps button that is on the left side of the home button on the face of your Galaxy. This will open a list of all the apps you have used and didn’t fully close when you were done using them.

2. You can scroll through your open apps and close each app you want to close now.

3. To close the app, Tap and Drag the app to edge of your screen like you are throwing it off the screen. Some devices may have an X in the top right corner that you can tap to close the app as well. You can also close all apps by tapping the Close All button at the bottom of your screen.

Galaxy S4 and Older

1. You want to start by going to the Home screen on your Samsung Galaxy S4.

2. Now, you want to Press and Hold your Home button to show all the apps you haven’t closed since you used them.

3. Now, you can scroll through the apps and close the ones you want.

4. You can either Tap and Drag the app to the edge of your screen, or you can tap Remove All at the bottom right side of your screen to close all the open apps.

Close Background Apps on Your Samsung Galaxy

1. You need to open your Task Manager or Smart Manager if you are using an S7

  • S4-Press and Hold the Home button and tap Task Manager in the bottom left corner of your screen
  • S5 and S6– you will Tap the Recent Apps button to the left of the Home button then Tap Task Manager in the bottom left corner of your screen
  • S7– Swipe down from the top of your screen and tap the Gear icon to open your Settings, then Tap Smart Manager and Ram

2. Tap the End button next to each app that you want to close and to close all the background apps at once, just Tap End All.

3. Tap OK when it pops up to confirm that you want to close the apps. You might get a message that says “If you force stop an app, it may cause errors”. Don’t worry, just click Force Stop.

If you have an issue with closing apps using the Ram manager, you will have to close each app individually by swiping them off the screen in the Recent Apps screen.