How to force quit an unresponsive iPhone app

by Milind Alvares

How to force quit an unresponsive iPhone app

by Milind Alvares on February 12, 2010

How to force quit an unresponsive iPhone app →

I’ve seen a bunch of people attempt the old way of doing it (press and hold the home button) with no results. Aron Trimble at TUAW explains how it’s done on a OS 3.0 device:

To force quit an unresponsive app all you have to do is press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the red slider. Normally, this is what you would do to power down your iPhone or iPod touch. In this case however, when the slider appears, release the sleep/wake button and then press and hold the Home button. If it works correctly, your iPhone will forcefully quit the unresponsive app and return you to your home screen.

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Weird that they made the process more difficult and less intuitive. I wish there were some sort of on-screen prompt for this, because I constantly see people looking for an answer to this issue due to the lack of any info on the device. Seems like they could address this..I mean, if Ms can do it, Apple can do it better.



i have an iphone 3gs 32G and it won’t allow mw to open any apps…none. it starts up fine and everything but when i try to open an app it won’t load up. i can’t access my contacts, calculator, winterboard, settings nothing on the phone. i cant even make a call. the only way i can send a text is throught bitesms using the quick compose feature otherwise nothing works and i mean nothing. please help me, i own a iphone 3gs firmware 3.1.3 new boot rom MC 5.12.03


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