As a new user that recently made the huge change from iOS to Android, it is understandable that you have a ton of questions. The Samsung Note 8 and Note 9 doesn’t particularly make your life easier either, with its complex menus and the myriad of features and apps waiting to be discovered.
All these are reasons why you may not be aware that the simple tap of the Home button and the disappearance of the app that you previously had on the screen doesn’t mean that the app is now closed. If you access the list of apps running in the background, you might have the surprise to notice it there. Of course, you probably don’t know how to do that and you have no idea why your Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Note 9 started to move so slowly or to drain its battery so fast. It is precisely because of those apps that you’ve let to run in the background.
Below are the instructions for how to see what apps are still running and how to turn them off. Sure, you could also use the tips in the next section to jump faster between a couple of apps that you want to use. Just because you have an app listed in there, it doesn’t mean you have to close it immediately.
How to access the list with running apps on Samsung Note 9 and Note 8:
- Unlock the display;
- Look at the bottom of the device, right under the Home screen;
- You should spot a soft key below the screen;
- Tap on it and a list of all the apps currently opened will extend on the screen.
How to close the apps running in the background of Samsung Note 9 and Note 8:
- From the previous window, identify the app that you want to stop;
- Use your thumbnail to swipe it, either to the right or to the left;
- The application will disappear from the list, as a sign that it was officially closed, and you can continue doing the same with all the others.
While you’re there, taking these steps, you might also notice that the menu shows you how much memory each of those open apps is currently taking from Samsung Note 9 or Note 8. It should help you to make better and more informed decisions, preserving the resources of the device.