How to Use Multitasking -iPhone iOS4 & iOS5 for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S
If you have updated your iphone to OS4 (available today and way cool)…You MUST learn about multi-tasking and how to close apps! If you don’t exit apps completely, they will keep running in the background and drain your phone battery in just a couple of hours.
Multi-tasking is the feature that allows you to keep one app running while you do something on another app. Say you are surfing the net on Safari, and you want to check an email, you can have both running at the same time. When you go back to Safari, the page will have loaded in the background.
(Previously, you could be on a phone call and check your email, but couldn’t switch back and forth between two apps. Note: only certain apps that have been updated for OS4 will work with multi-tasking.)
With OS3, until today, when you pressed the round home key below the main screen, you exited the app you were in. Now, it doesn’t necessarily exit. And running more than one app at a time will EAT UP your battery life (drain it faster).
There are no manuals so here’s
HOW TO USE MULTI-TASKING
From any screen–the home screen or while in an app–double press the home button (the home button is the rounded square button below the touchscreen).
This will bring up the multi-task app dock at the bottom of the screen.
You’ll notice that the home screen and icons will appear faintly in the top half of the screen. (In the picture above, you notice that OS4 lets you use a photo–like the one of us at the falls–as a background on your home screen that sits behind your icons.)
You want to pay attention to the apps at the bottom. All apps that are running will appear here in the multi-task dock.
Here you can switch between apps by single tapping the icon. Be sure to swipe left or right to see more than the four icons at the bottom if you have more than four apps running.
To switch back to another program, double press the home key to bring up the multi-task dock and tap on the app you want to return to.
More importantly, you want to close all apps you are not using! Because they are wasting precious battery.
To check which apps are running and close those you don’t need:
1. Bring up the multi-task dock by double-clicking the home key.
2. Tap and hold any icon (like you do to move icons around the home screen). A minus sign (-) will appear near each app icon.
3. Tap on the minus (-) sign to close the app.
I can’t emphasize enough to close all apps that you are not presently using.
That should do it.
so…I’ll keep giving you tips as I learn them…
Next up: Easy iPod and Pandora control.