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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 two 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 and 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.

Switch between recent apps

  1. Swipe up from the bottom, hold, then let go. 
  2. Swipe left or right to switch to the app that 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.
  • Find your home screen: Go to your home screen. Learn how to get around on your phone.

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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