Google Pixel 6: How To Close Apps & When You Should
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are extremely capable smartphones. Trying to figure out how to close open applications? Here’s how to do so in seconds.
Google made sure to outfit the Pixel 6 with every feature that it could, but with so much going on, it can be easy to overlook simple things — such as closing apps on the phone. In almost every regard, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are outstanding smartphones. They have vibrant and smooth displays, great performance, solid battery life, and some of the best cameras currently available. For $599 and $899, respectively, it’s hard to go wrong with either one.
Another big component of the Pixel 6 lineup is the software experience. Both phones ship with Android 12 and Google’s all-new Material You interface. While it’s still Android at its core, Android 12 and Material You usher in a pretty dramatic UI overhaul. The notification panel looks different, many of Google’s first-party apps are redesigned, and there’s a powerful theme engine that makes Android more personal than ever before. While these changes are mainly for the better, they can make finding certain features tricky.
A prime example of this is figuring out how to close apps on the Pixel 6. Although Google doesn’t make it immediately clear how to do so, it’s actually quite simple if you know where to look. At any time, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold your finger until you feel a small vibration and see the multitasking menu appear. Swiping horizontally shows all of the open apps, and to close one, swipe up to make the app disappear. If closing apps one by one sounds tedious, there’s also an option to close all open applications at once. From that multitasking menu, swipe all the way to the right and tap the ‘Clear all’ button that appears. Just like that, all of your apps are closed and no longer running in the background.
When You Should Close Apps On The Pixel 6
That’s how to close apps on the Pixel 6, but when should this actually be done? If a specific application is running poorly or not working as expected, closing the app and re-opening it can be a great way to get things back to normal. Whether Twitter stops loading Tweets or TikTok videos randomly aren’t playing, closing the app and then diving back into it can do the trick. Additionally, if it feels like the entire Pixel 6 has begun acting funky, closing all of the applications and starting from fresh is a good first troubleshooting tip.
Beyond those situations, however, you don’t need to regularly close apps on the Pixel 6. It may look daunting to have 10, 20, or even 30 apps showing up all at once in the multitasking menu. But Android is designed to handle all of these without draining battery life or hogging up memory. Closing apps all the time doesn’t necessarily hurt the phone, but it’s also not required in day-to-day use. Keep these tips in mind, close apps when you need to, and don’t stress about repeatedly closing them all the time.
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