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  • KillBackground - Kill All Background Apps in AppSwitcher


    The Multitasking / AppSwitcher feature, first added in iOS 4, is a great implementation that allows quick switching of applications from anywhere on your device. For the most part, in terms of use for simple purposes, the AppSwitcher does a great job of giving you the options and methods you need to best use your device. The only downside to the Multitasking feature is that you're only able to remove one background application at a time. This can be cumbersome and extremely annoying, especially if you have a ton of applications open. Background applications many times can bog down the performance of your device; thus it is applicable to check every so often to delete processes you're not using. A new tweak that just appeared in Cydia, KillBackground, makes the removal process much easier.

    It's quite simple - when you access your AppSwitcher view, there are two skull like tabs on both sides of the view. Tapping either one of those tabs will kill/remove all background tasks in your AppSwitcher. Quick and simple. There are no options or settings to configure and it works well. And to top it off, the tweak is free of charge!

    Give it a shot if this something that would be of use to you - it requires iOS 4.0+ and works on all iDevices (I tested on iOS 5 beta 4 and it works fine - using jailbreak tweaks and applications on the iOS 5 beta will be done at your own risk. Please be wary of the consequences and possible risks).

    Name: KillBackground
    Author: Mathieu Bolard
    Version: 1.0-1
    Price: Free

    Post your thoughts on this in this thread: there are other applications like this that do similar actions, however what makes this one nice is that it is simple, free, and located inside the AppSwitcher view.

    Source(s): Cydia
    This article was originally published in forum thread: KillBackground - Kill All Background Apps in AppSwitcher started by Joshua Tucker View original post
    Comments 58 Comments
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      Just installed it. Works Like a Charm right outta the Box. I think this will be EXTREMELY useful.
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      Cool it works like a dream
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by baRRy boRRis View Post
      . . . or you could install SwitcherPlus for free from Cydia. A kill all badge is just one of its many features. AND it's implemented in a much nicer looking way than this.

      It's also been out for almost a year too
      +1

      lots of great options, e.g., put the time and date in the MT tray, you can set exceptions (i.e., apps that are never to close), etc.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Tucker View Post
      Thanks friend - it's good to be back! Been busy with a multitude of things lol.
      Well hopefully you got some rest in as well
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mattlawer View Post
      Ok i'll fix that but if someone is interested in designing new "buttons", contact me.
      Because i'm not a really good designer...

      my twitter.
      oh damn, i wish i had the source code for this...
    1. iKillYou's Avatar
      iKillYou -
      hahahaha nice thread but let's be honest, iOS 4 multitasking FAILS, no need to sugar coat it. The ONLY app that makes iOS 4 multi-tasking actually function well is MultiCleaner, PERIOD! Other than that you're just better off DISABLING that crap. With multicleaner you can make multi-tasking work the way that Crapple should have made it work which is when you're inside an app....

      One Tap Home = Close App
      Short Hold Home = Minimize App

      I mean honestly what kinda MORONS over there are Crapple was in charge of the multi-tasking feature and just decided "let's just make it background EVERYTHING"?? Boy and people try to say that Microsoft does dumb crap, I can't tell

      Nuff said!!
    1. Spliff1's Avatar
      Spliff1 -
      Great app works really well. I shall install it on my wife's iPad she is always complaining about shutting down apps. Thank you, not sure how people can moan at a free app?
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Tucker View Post
      So maybe if the tabs were smaller you'd be on board? That would most likely be an easy fix.
      I'm content with RemoveBG - I have mine set to close all apps when I double tap the status bar - but I think the possibility of accidentally hitting the skull with this tweak and mistakenly closing apps is too large, even if there is only one skull and its size is lessened.

      I think a pop-up window asking, "Are you sure you want to close all running apps?" would be the best solution.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      ...I think a pop-up window asking, "Are you sure you want to close all running apps?" would be the best solution.
      No additional pop-ups please ..... I'm pop'd enough
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by iKillYou View Post
      hahahaha nice thread but let's be honest, iOS 4 multitasking FAILS, no need to sugar coat it. The ONLY app that makes iOS 4 multi-tasking actually function well is MultiCleaner, PERIOD! Other than that you're just better off DISABLING that crap. With multicleaner you can make multi-tasking work the way that Crapple should have made it work which is when you're inside an app....

      One Tap Home = Close App
      Short Hold Home = Minimize App

      I mean honestly what kinda MORONS over there are Crapple was in charge of the multi-tasking feature and just decided "let's just make it background EVERYTHING"?? Boy and people try to say that Microsoft does dumb crap, I can't tell

      Nuff said!!
      I agree that the decision to automatically minimize all apps is pretty silly, but I don't like the idea of taping the home button to do one thing, having a short hold to do another, then a long hold to enable voice commands. Trying to hit that middle option perfect without enabling voice commands would drive me crazy.

      How 'bout a tweak where something like a three finger scroll down minimizes apps while tapping the home button closes them?

      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      No additional pop-ups please ..... I'm pop'd enough
      True...true. I had to disable all push notifications because the pop up windows were driving me crazy! How 'bout making the warning window an option in the tweak's settings?

      Ooooohhh...I have it! How 'bout dragging the skull across the multitasking switchbar thing? As an extra bonus it could open and close its mouth eating the apps!
    1. CustomSS1's Avatar
      CustomSS1 -
      This looks great!

      btw, MultiCleaner is similar to this tweak and works with Activator, although it's a payware
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      This is such a fail go get SwitherPlus
    1. DuBB_B's Avatar
      DuBB_B -
      RemoveBG is just as easy. Good alternative tho
    1. PathKiller29's Avatar
      PathKiller29 -
      Stop bashing the dev

      Go make something better than come back
      Show some respect guys
      U don't like it. Dont say anything
      I'm sure the Dev really doesn't care much. It was a learning experience for him.
      What have u learned how to be a bigger ***?
      Enjoy the free tweak or don't.
      No need to ruin it for others
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      The only complaint I have about this is that you can't set certain apps to keep running
      RemoveBG actually does that. There's an "exceptions" list you can create.
    1. blinden76's Avatar
      blinden76 -
      Let's keep bashing. What happens when the devs of the other tweaks stops supporting? The more the better guys.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by blinden76 View Post
      Let's keep bashing. ....
      I hope you are joking
    1. blinden76's Avatar
      blinden76 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      I hope you are joking
      Sarcasm is hard to write. My meaning was stop bashing because we need more people developing tweaks. Sorry for the confusion.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by blinden76 View Post
      Sarcasm is hard to write. ...
      So true. No reason to bash.

      I think we're lucky to have so many developers creating great stuff.
    1. blinden76's Avatar
      blinden76 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      So true. No reason to bash.

      I think we're lucky to have so many developers creating great stuff.
      Absolutely.