Find, open & close apps on a Pixel phone

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

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

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Find & open apps

From anywhere

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to the top.
  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 have options, choose one.

From your Home Screen

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to the top.
  2. In the Search bar, type the name of the app you want to open.
Switch between recent apps
  1. Swipe up from the bottom, hold, then let go. 
    • If you’re on Android Go with 3-button navigation, tap Recent apps .
  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. Swipe up on the app.
  • Close all apps: Swipe up from the bottom, hold, then let go. Swipe from left to right. On the left, tap Clear all.
  • Close all apps on Android Go: Swipe up from the bottom, hold, and let go. At the bottom, tap Clear all.
  • Find your Home screen: Go to your Home screen. Learn how to get around on your phone.
  • Stop apps working in the background:
    1. To open Quick Settings, from the top of the screen, swipe down twice.
    2. To see the number of active apps running in the background:
      • At the bottom left, tap # active apps.
      • Or, at the bottom right, tap the number next to Settings and Power .
    3. To close each active app, tap Stop.

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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