Find, open & close apps on Android

You'll find some apps on your Home screens, and all your apps in All Apps. You can open apps, switch between apps, and see 2 apps at once.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 9 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Find & open apps

From anywhere

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to the top. If you see All Apps Apps menu, tap it.
  2. Tap the app that you want to open.

Tip: If you're using a Google Account for work or school, you’ll find your apps in a "Work" tab.

From shortcuts

  1. Touch and hold the app.
  2. If you see options, choose one.

Switch between recent apps

  1. Swipe up from the bottom, hold, then let go. 
  2. Swipe left or right to switch to the app you want to open.
  3. Tap the app that you want to open.

Tip: Another way to switch is to slide the Home button to the right. See an interactive tutorial on how to switch between apps.

Close apps

  • Close one app: Swipe up from the bottom, hold, then let go. Then swipe up on the app.
  • Close all apps: Swipe up to the middle of your screen, then swipe from left to right. On the far left, tap Clear all.
  • See your Home screen: Tap Home Home. If you don't see Home Home, tap Home Home.

Tip: Even if you don't close apps, you won't run out of memory or battery. Android manages these automatically.

Get new apps

You can get more apps in the Play Store app Google Play. Learn how to download apps.

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