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  • How To: Force Quit Apps on 3.x
    Back in the firmware 1.x and 2.x days, there was a simple way to free up memory when an app used to hang - quitting the app "forcefully" by pressing and holding home button for about 10 seconds. Those who upgraded to 3.0 in Beta stages might have missed this useful function - but the good news is that it's back, not exactly the same as before though. Due to the addition of Voice Controls in iPhone 3GS (which are accessed in the same way force-quit used to work) Apple has changed the shortcut, even for 3G and original iPhone users.


    Image courtesy TheiPhoneBlog

    As discovered by a guy named shutter13, the method now works as follows:

    To force quit an application in 3.0, press and hold the sleep/wake button until the slide to power off screen appears, then press and hold the home button until the application quits (about six seconds).
    A bit complex, yah - but hey, at least it's back! Another minor change is in the transition when force quitting. Before it used to be like a laggy app screen but now, the app just disappears in like a "poof" transition.

    [via EverythingiCafe]

    P.S. Even if you don't want to quit an app, use it on Home Screen (not Lock Screen) to free up some memory.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How To: Force Quit Apps on 3.x started by sayam View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. MacDevil7334's Avatar
      MacDevil7334 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stooovie View Post
      So, does 3.0 feel slower, faster or about the same as 2.2.1? Thanks!
      It seems to be a bit slower than 2.2.1 on my iPhone 3G. I did a clean restore to 3.0 but it still feels slightly slower. It is certainly nothing like the difference between 1.1.4 and 2.0 was when everyone upgraded last summer (2.0 was unbelievably slow and buggy). I will say that my battery seems to drain faster than it did on 2.2.1. However, I think these two problems are relatively minor and well worth the new features. I am also confident that Apple will tweak the speed of firmware 3 with future updates.

      The one other thing I will add is that the GM build of 3.0 seems to be very stable. I am pleasantly surprised after the disaster that was the initial release of 2.0.
    1. WalkingBird's Avatar
      WalkingBird -
      Or if you have 3.0 jailbroken you can kill tasks through Mobile Terminal with the "killall" command. the only downside is that not all apps are called the same as they show in spring board such as the phone it's called "MobilePhone" !
    1. daxter146's Avatar
      daxter146 -
      Whats with the vpn thing? Jw
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      [QUOTE=brianturney;4377671]Yes, 3.0 is jailbroken[QUOTE]

      No its not. Up to beta 5 is but the GM IS NOT jailbroken YET.
    1. Bar10der's Avatar
      Bar10der -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronfin44 View Post
      I drive for UPS, and I know it's not us. I asked the at&t rep yesterday the same question and he said "FedEx".
      Cool Thanks =)
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      jesus, that sucks!
      its bad enough your app hung, now you gotta do all this bullpoop to quit it.
      damn i miss 1.1.4 more and more everyday.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by timbo View Post
      This is great, I think...... If the 3.0 firmware is a great as the say..... why would this be nessesary??
      It may not be, that doesn't mean it is unwise to still allow for things like this. The titanic was supposed to be unsinkable. We all know how that went! :P

      Quote Originally Posted by tattoojack View Post
      jesus, that sucks!
      its bad enough your app hung, now you gotta do all this bullpoop to quit it.
      damn i miss 1.1.4 more and more everyday.
      Yeah, you are right. Pushing two buttons is a LOT of work!
    1. nebulight's Avatar
      nebulight -
      It didn't work for me. I'm running the 3.0 release and it just turned off my phone. The screen flashed all white like a screen shot then shut off immediately.
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      It may not be, that doesn't mean it is unwise to still allow for things like this. The titanic was supposed to be unsinkable. We all know how that went! :P



      Yeah, you are right. Pushing two buttons is a LOT of work!
      well yeah, compared to the old way, it is. but thanks for the sarcasm!
      another useless post!