Your phone isn’t perfect, and neither are the apps that come on it. When an app misbehaves, there may be something you can do about it.

To “force close” an app means exactly what it sounds like: stopping the app without waiting for it to shut down by itself (think of pulling a “control, alt, delete” on your computer). If an app freezes or isn’t acting the way it should be, you can force close it. However, we don’t want you to jump to this conclusion every time something is odd about your phone, so be careful!

KEEP IN MIND: Not all Android phones are the same. Some will have more steps required to complete each task, others will have less. At AndroidGuys, we will do our best to walk you through each task as well as we can.

Force Close 1

First, head to the Settings menu, and scroll down until you see the “Apps” button. Once there, you should see a tab at the top labeled “Downloaded apps”. For this particular case, this is the one we want. If the app in question is on that came on your device, you may want to scroll over to the “All apps” column.

Select the app that you’d like to force close, and look towards the top. You’ll see a big box that reads Force Close. Click it, and select ‘OK’ when prompted.

Force Close 2

That’s it! Your app has (most likely) closed, and should be up and running again. If you’re still experiencing problems, you may want to either uninstall/reinstall the app or head to the Internet for some more specific help.

Still having trouble? Head to the comments and we will do our best to help you out! If there is anything you would like to suggest to AndroidGuys or to any other readers, feel free to use the comment section below!

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