How To Close An App On Windows Phone


Think your closing your apps when you press the home key on your Windows Phone? Think again. Pressing the home key (or start key) just minimizes the app. The app will eventually close after you open five other apps (multitasking is limited to 5 apps at a time). But what if you want to close it now? Here is a step by step guide on how to do just that.

  1. Open up the app that you want to close (as in bring it up on your screen).
  2. Press the back arrow until the app no longer shows up on your screen.

On some occasions (like in the browser), you may need to press back multiple times until it takes you to the home screen. What I do to make this process a little faster is just tap back repeatedly until I see the home screen.For example, when I’m in the browser, I tap “back” 3-5 times to close the app and skip waiting for it to go through all my previous web pages.

A word of caution: don’t press back repeatedly unless you’re okay with accidentally closing out all of your running apps because it may jump to other apps while you are pressing back a bunch of times and therefore close those apps as well.

Note that when you back out of the browser, it won’t close the web page you were last on. Windows Phone always seems to save the last web page you were, even when you restart the phone. The same goes with music. But there is still a difference between saving the last page or song you were on and having the app actually open in the background.


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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.


  1. Priscilla Gipson on

    Thanks a mil. I was having problems with the power draining from my battery fast, but did not realize until recently that with Windows 10, just pressing the back button was not closing the programs. The video was easy to understand and closing programs now works like a charm.

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