How to Close Apps on the Samsung Galaxy S6

With a beautiful new design and powerful 8-core processor the Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the best and fastest smartphones on the planet. It’s capable of multi-tasking and opening a wide array of apps, even two at the same time with multi-window mode. However, there will still be times users will want to close apps on the Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, and below we’ll explain how to do it.

Doing something as simple as clearing or closing unused apps may seem very generic and simple for average users, but first time smartphone owners users switching from the iPhone will need to know how to perform such a task on their new Galaxy S6.

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Now that the Galaxy S6 has been available for nearly two months we’ve been getting a lot of questions, and one is about closing unused apps. Closing and clearing apps on the Galaxy S6 to improve performance and battery life is extremely easy, so read on for the simple instructions.

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Samsung’s phone has a fast 8-core processor and 3GB of RAM that can handle almost anything, but we’ll go over how just in case. The general rule of thumb on Android is to let the operating system manage your memory. That said, there are still times a user may want to clear apps from memory that aren’t being used.

Google’s Android OS does an excellent job managing apps and multi-tasking unlike any other operating system by putting apps in a low-power state ready to be called into action when needed, and saving battery the rest of the time. However, many users still opt to close apps manually and here’s how to do it on the Galaxy S6.


Clearing apps out of memory or the multi-tasking  (recent apps) menu on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is extremely easy, but may be different with than previous Galaxy devices. There’s a dedicated button for all your recent apps, and a single clear all button to make it all very easy for the end user.

Simply tap the overlapping rectangle-like button to the left of the dedicated hardware home button. This is the multi-tasking menu key that brings up all currently used and running apps. For those that didn’t know, switching from Facebook to Gmail, then to the browser, and back to Facebook is extremely fast and efficient with this menu. However, this is also where a quick swipe will close and kill apps.

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Once you tap the button to the left of the home key you’ll see what is pictured above. This is the recent apps menu. It’s a good idea to leave things like phone, messages, or even the browser in here, especially if you use these often. Clearing the SMS text app only means it will need to restart on your next message, wasting battery and CPU cycles. This same rule applies to all apps, so only close the ones you won’t be needing anymore.

A simple swipe of your finger on each box will swipe them away, and instantly close the app. Any saved progress or website you may be on will have to reload next time you use that specific application. The image above shows the menu, and us swiping to close the YouTube app. That’s all you have to do to close apps on the Galaxy S6.


However, sometimes a user may want to simply clear everything all at once. Again, this is not recommended as the OS does a great job keeping most apps in a low power state. If so, just tap the new “Close all” button at the bottom, which will wipe out every app currently in system memory. A good time for this may be while at work and you won’t be on your phone, before bed, or while driving.

We’d recommend only clearing apps that you won’t be needing, or apps that are system intensive. Something like YouTube, Google Maps (or navigation are a big one) and even Netflix. As they can be killed to preserve battery. In general clearing apps is rarely needed on Android devices, especially ones as powerful and efficient as the Galaxy S6, but each user can do as they please based on their own needs.

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Killing all of your apps could end up slowing down the phone, as it will need to reboot certain apps as they are called, and in the end lower battery life. So again, only clear what’s necessary, and generally this menu isn’t as needed as most think. For some reason Samsung removed the menu key in favor of it, but for those who’d like better control, now you have it.

In the end only close apps you won’t be using for the foreseeable future. Users claim all types of different results for clearing apps throughout the day and using the task manager, but use it wisely and feel free to try it yourself today.