iPad Tip: How to Quit or End An App That’s Stuck or Stalled


Yesterday I had the opportunity to lead an iPad session for a local class of 9th graders. These students attend a school where I’m helping to support a 1:1 iPad project, where all teachers and students will receive an iPad for teaching and learning. During the session, one of the students showed me that the app Mobicip was stuck. Mobicip is a browser app we installed to help filter Internet content (with Safari being disabled through Settings). Whenever she returned to the app, the same screen appeared and she couldn’t go on. We determined the app stalled while she was on a different Wi-Fi network. Now the app wouldn’t work on the school network even though she was connected to it.

Most times, the solution to an app that’s stuck or stalled is a simple one. Use fast app switching. Open the fast app switcher, touch and hold on the offending app until it (and others) start to shake and delete icons appear. You’re now in edit mode. If the problem app isn’t there, tap on another app and then return to the fast app switcher.

Tap the delete icon – the red badge with the minus sign – to end or quit the misbehaving app. Don’t worry, this does not delete the app from your iPad. Now close the fast app switcher by tapping the screen and then restart the app.

fast app switcher delete

For other methods of dealing with a frozen iPad or app see this post.
iPad Frozen? How to Force Quit an App, Reset or Restart Your iPad

Wondering if you need to clean up (delete) all those apps running in the background?
Follow this link for the answer.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. Andy now runs a professional development business, working on site and online to help others make sense and make use of digital tools. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. Click Here for Video Lessons