iPhone apps generally run very smoothly, and the iPhone does a good job of managing them when they are both open and closed. But you may find that an app has become unresponsive, is no longer updating, or is simply not functioning correctly.
It is possible to restart an individual app on your iPhone if it is being problematic, and you can do so by manually closing the app, then launching it as you normally would. You can follow our steps below to learn how you can do this on your iPhone running the iOS 7 operating system.
Restarting an iPhone App in iOS 7
The steps below can be used to close any open or recently opened app on your iPhone. When you follow our guide you are going to see a long list of apps. Not all of these apps are currently open, but they have recently been open. Your iPhone already does a good job of managing running apps, so you should not need to manually close apps very often. This method is best used only when an app is stuck or unresponsive.
Step 1: Press the Home button under your iPhone screen two times to bring up the list of open and recently open apps.
Step 2: Locate the app that you want to restart, then swipe the app up and off the top of the screen.
Step 3: Press the Home button under your iPhone screen once to return to the Home screen.
Step 4: Touch the app icon again to restart it.
If the app is still not behaving properly, then you may want to restart the entire iPhone. You can do this by pressing and holding the Power button on the top of the device, Then swiping the Power button on the screen to the right. Wait for the device to turn off completely, then press the Power button again to turn it back on. If the app is still not working properly, then you can try uninstalling the app, then re-installing it from the App Store.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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